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Noah Dorsey
04-06-2015, 06:28 PM
http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y497/ellenwdorsey/P1170795_zpsb8koubtf.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/ellenwdorsey/media/P1170795_zpsb8koubtf.jpg.html)

I'm posting it here because I'm probably going to need some advice/help over the summer! Should be a fun project though =)

Richard Vyse
04-06-2015, 06:56 PM
Now that is neat!!!!

Noah Dorsey
04-06-2015, 07:05 PM
Now that is neat!!!!

Thanks! I think so...never seen anything else like it. It's TINY by hearse standards- narrow and short. And it's got drapes in front of the partition glass, never seen that on a "modern" coach before either. Just getting it cleaned out tonight and starting to remove outside pieces in preparation for getting it cleaned up before some minor bodywork and paint.

Paul Steinberg
04-06-2015, 08:01 PM
Mercedes 123 body, started production in 1976 and ran till 1986. It was available in a 5 cylinder diesel, and a gas job also. Looking at your car, the wheels are mismatched. The car in 1976 originally came with steel wheels and full wheel covers, and eventually, they installed alloy wheels. The wheels on your car look a lot newer than what was normally seen on the 123 body style. They originally came with 14" rims, and I don't remember if they switched to the 15" rims later on. They were the workhorse of the Mercedes line, and in Europe, they were used as taxis, because of there durability.

Tony Karsnia
04-06-2015, 08:39 PM
Looks like the coachwork was modeled after the Miller-Meteor Eterna:

Congrats on the new acquisition, Noah! Post some interior photos when you can.

Wesley Hord
04-06-2015, 09:17 PM
Definitely not going to run into a lot of these around this country. Very interesting coach. What are your plans for it?

Peter Grave
04-06-2015, 09:20 PM
Congrats on the new acquisition, Noah! Should be a neat Coach when painted and detailed. Best part is no one is going to pull up next to you at a show with one just like it. Hope its a diesel and replace fuel filters SOON Good luck with it

Dieter Obeji
04-06-2015, 09:37 PM
Mercedes 123 body, started production in 1976 and ran till 1986. It was available in a 5 cylinder diesel, and a gas job also. Looking at your car, the wheels are mismatched. The car in 1976 originally came with steel wheels and full wheel covers, and eventually, they installed alloy wheels. The wheels on your car look a lot newer than what was normally seen on the 123 body style. They originally came with 14" rims, and I don't remember if they switched to the 15" rims later on. They were the workhorse of the Mercedes line, and in Europe, they were used as taxis, because of there durability.
A friend of mine has a 72 Mercedes ambulance, and it has 15" steel rims and hubcaps. From what I understood, the commercial cars all came with these.

Adam Borkat
04-06-2015, 10:56 PM
Love it Noah! I think about this coach every so often and wondered when one of us here in the club would finally save it. Glad it was you.

Noah Dorsey
04-06-2015, 11:48 PM
Congrats on the new acquisition, Noah! Should be a neat Coach when painted and detailed. Best part is no one is going to pull up next to you at a show with one just like it. Hope its a diesel and replace fuel filters SOON Good luck with it

It runs on regular unleaded actually.

And I forgot to thank Attila and Dieter for their recommendation of Michael DaCosta as a transporter- VERY easy to deal with, friendly, accommodating, and has reasonable rates. I HIGHLY recommend him, as he has done a few professional cars and knows what he's doing.

Dieter Obeji
04-06-2015, 11:55 PM
It runs on regular unleaded actually.

And I forgot to thank Attila and Dieter for their recommendation of Michael DaCosta as a transporter- VERY easy to deal with, friendly, accommodating, and has reasonable rates. I HIGHLY recommend him, as he has done a few professional cars and knows what he's doing.
I'm glad things worked out well with Mike. He's been great to work with. I love the Mercedes. It really looks more like an American coach than a German one.

Rick Franklin
04-07-2015, 01:31 AM
i see a road trip for me!:biker:

Noah Dorsey
04-07-2015, 01:51 AM
Come check it out, Rick! We'd be glad to see you =)

Noah Dorsey
04-07-2015, 04:02 PM
Looks like the coachwork was modeled after the Miller-Meteor Eterna:

Congrats on the new acquisition, Noah! Post some interior photos when you can.

I agree, Tony. It reminds me of the Eterna style also- what would you call that? Landau/Limousine style? Landaulet? Although at the moment it reminds me more of this Futura... ;)

http://onscreencars.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/ecto-1_primer.jpg

The coachwork was done by Grazia Carrozzeria in Bologna, Italy, I'm not sure if they are still around...all I could find was a mailing address, so I sent a letter. We'll see what kind of light they can shed on the car.

John Royark JR
04-07-2015, 04:15 PM
Im SO GLAD this coach is finally getting saved. Ive thought off and on for many years on checking this one out, but for some stupid reason I never did. I cannot wait to see this one returned to its former beauty.

Steve Lichtman
04-07-2015, 05:52 PM
Holy moly. There's something you don't see every day.

Rick Franklin
04-07-2015, 10:32 PM
at least we know with Noah's ownership, it wont become an incorrECTO !

Noah Dorsey
04-09-2015, 12:29 PM
Sitting for for many years, this thing collected a LOT of dust. I'm still in the process of cleaning it.

BEFORE
http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y497/ellenwdorsey/P1170806_zpsvsxr0ict.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/ellenwdorsey/media/P1170806_zpsvsxr0ict.jpg.html)

AFTER
http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y497/ellenwdorsey/P1170805_zpsza0xif3a.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/ellenwdorsey/media/P1170805_zpsza0xif3a.jpg.html)

I'm taking all the rollers out so I can get it cleaned really good, this thing was filthy!

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y497/ellenwdorsey/P1170815_zpsycqykzbu.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/ellenwdorsey/media/P1170815_zpsycqykzbu.jpg.html)

I have to say, the wall fixtures are my favorite feature. I haven't figured out if they light up yet or not.

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y497/ellenwdorsey/P1170809_zpsamzijf1y.jpg (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/ellenwdorsey/media/P1170809_zpsamzijf1y.jpg.html)

More to come. The hardest part so far has been figuring out why the hatch back door is not closing properly at the top. The gas struts are completely shot, but I think it's the hinges at the top either need to be replaced or just adjusted.

John ED Renstrom
04-09-2015, 01:03 PM
most likely some one forgot there prop stick and slid the hinges trying to close the door. looking good

John Royark JR
04-10-2015, 05:07 PM
WOW. Now I really regret not looking at it years ago. That interior looks so much better than the pix I was sent to me almost 7 years ago. Really cleaned up nice. This is going to be a beauty.

Noah Dorsey
04-23-2015, 05:13 PM
Does anyone know what a "Pin Bushing Housing Plug" is or what it does? One end of it is located right next to the spark plugs on my engine.

John Burchfield
04-23-2015, 07:10 PM
Great looking car, Noah! At first I wondered if it were right hand drive from the first photo, but in those beautiful interior shots it appears the wheel is on the "correct" side! Very American style in interior and exterior design; do you know anything about its history? Congratulations on getting & saving a unique car.

Bill Marcy
04-23-2015, 08:40 PM
I like your new hearse a lot, it is unique and that works for me!

Noah Dorsey
04-24-2015, 03:36 PM
Great looking car, Noah! At first I wondered if it were right hand drive from the first photo, but in those beautiful interior shots it appears the wheel is on the "correct" side! Very American style in interior and exterior design; do you know anything about its history? Congratulations on getting & saving a unique car.

I know the Mercedes W123 Chassis was made in Germany, the chassis was then sent to Grazia Carrozzeria (I don't believe they are still in business, however I snail-mailed a letter to the address I had and have not heard back anything) in Bologna Italy where I am guessing it first served. It then made its way to GC Williams Funeral home in Louisville Kentucky, then to Boatright Funeral Home in Indianapolis, IN. It was then traded in to Butler Coach Company, who kept it for many years before selling it to me.

Noah Dorsey
04-28-2015, 02:47 PM
So, it appears my car was originally a sort of Blue Metal Flake color before it was repainted Black. I'm trying to decide which color to have it repainted. Your thoughts?

Richard Vyse
04-28-2015, 03:23 PM
So, it appears my car was originally a sort of Blue Metal Flake color before it was repainted Black. I'm trying to decide which color to have it repainted. Your thoughts?

I vote for blue....:cool:

Jay Maynard
04-28-2015, 03:57 PM
I vote blue as well. Original is always best IMO.

Noah Dorsey
08-27-2016, 11:21 PM
I had to share my excitement over finding these pictures...

While I don't have the Grazia Mercedes-Benz anymore, I am still fond of it.

I thought my old one might have been the only one they built, but I just came across these. And for a second I thought this might have been the same car (mine was that same color blue underneath the black paint), but the different bumpers, wheels, rear door latch and drapes make me think not...

Sure looks nice though, especially in its home land!

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y497/ellenwdorsey/Grazia%20Mercedes-Benz/image386_zps1mwgb8zi.png (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/ellenwdorsey/media/Grazia%20Mercedes-Benz/image386_zps1mwgb8zi.png.html)

http://i1277.photobucket.com/albums/y497/ellenwdorsey/Grazia%20Mercedes-Benz/image387_zpsi1ltyzrn.png (http://s1277.photobucket.com/user/ellenwdorsey/media/Grazia%20Mercedes-Benz/image387_zpsi1ltyzrn.png.html)