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Vehicle: 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK350

Engine: V6 3.5 litre, six stage

Transmission: Automatic

Colour: White

Name: Olly Olsson

From: Winton

When and why did you acquire it? I bought it early February this year with my arm twisted up my back by my girl and friends. The friends have a later model and we looked at one the same as this. Spotted this on the internet at a car sales in Christchurch. As my friends were going to Christchurch, they offered me a ride up… No peer pressure!

What is the vehicle’s history? Japanese import

Have you altered it in any way? No

What’s it like to drive? Arggggh…. sigh… it’s really good. It’s a sunny summer Sunday day car. As it’s a convertible, it is weather dependent. I have driven it once in the past two months

Where’s your favourite stretch of road? The West Coast

Top speed? Don’t know what it’s capable of. Although on the Kilmog I was going 110kmh and was wondering if it would pick up speed going up a hill… and it did

Best driving experience? Bluff to Cape Reinga in my Chrysler as part of a Vintage Car Club trip about three years ago with six of us. My second favourite was this year when a group of us did all the major gravel roads in the South Island including the Nevis, Molesworth, Dansey’s and Taylors Pass

Worst driving experience? When you are driving vintage vehicles and people pass you on double yellow lines

What other vehicles of note have you owned? 1930 Chrysler Speedster, 1929 Pontiac Big Six, Morris MarinaBest music to drive to? Rock

If you could go for a drive in any vehicle it would be a…? Vintage Rolls Royce

What was the first vehicle you ever bought? 1948 Standard Eight

Do you belong to any clubs? Vintage Car Club of New Zealand, Southland branch, and the All British Vehicle Club

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