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December 3, 2007

Lord won’t you buy me a ….

Filed under: Mercedes — scotsabroad @ 5:44 pm

We must be off our heads. Recently bought a 1981 Mercedes Benz from car market in Nasr City. A thing of beauty and the perfect vehicle to pick up Audrey Hepburn from the airport.  Spent Saturday morning recently registering car downtown. 25 LE secures an all clear from the head mechanic and the purchase of a compulsory fire extinguisher and the vehicle is ours. For a 27 year old car she is in excellent condition but with somewhat dodgy electrics and alarm. Took us a while to work out where the handbrake was and the car will try to lock itself while doors are open, the car is half loaded or the boys are still strapped in! However I think she has life and talks to other 230s of the same age and breeding. Indeed the man who sold it to us,  Mr Rasheed who sells lifts and lives in Heliopolis, had his luck run out after parting with our car. He had his new Skoda Octavia stolen and the briefcase full of the wads of cash we had given him. He is a gentleman and we wish him a speedy recovery. He was in hospital having fallen chasing the car.  We do feel safer in a big car and it is not ‘look at me I’m an expat in a 4WD’ and it is somewhat flamboyant. I’ve already twanged it – Shona doesn’t know yet, by pulling off another car’s bumper last night outside the Grand Mall. However no damage done to my ‘built to last’ and 50 LE and other notes exchanged – and I drive off. Some great motoring traditions in Cairo.



  1. Cool car, Andy! You could fit a few goats in the back for when it’s time to do some grilling. Have the boys eaten goat yet? Do they even eat goat in Egypt? I’m assuming they do but perhaps I’m mistaken. Well, of course, you don’t eat goat, but that’s no reason for the boys not to!

    Anyway, thanks for the pics as we’ve been wondering what the car looked like.

    Comment by Alistair — December 4, 2007 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  2. “Get your motor running”! Car with charm, history and mind of its own…cool! Is Audrey in the boot?

    Comment by Shari — December 5, 2007 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Shari, fancy meeting you here! How are things?

    Comment by Alistair — December 5, 2007 @ 2:01 pm | Reply

  4. I knew you were keen on a doing a bit of taxi work in your spare time!!

    By the way check for a large scrape down the side of the merc as It looks exactly like the one our bus took the side off in Cairo!

    Comment by Ann — December 5, 2007 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  5. Alistair – wouldn’t goats smell? we couldn’t have that!
    Shari – good to see your comment. doesn’t your sister remind you of Audrey Hepburn?
    Ann – how lovely to hear from you. the car has been resprayed so there might well be a huge scrape under it, but so far so good.

    Comment by scotsabroad — December 6, 2007 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

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