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January 19, 2007


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you have been tagged (sorry if this is a duplicate)...just go to my blog for the rules.


I love vintage autos! Well, vintage anything! I hope one day to own a vintage truck...but for now, Annie and I toodle around town happy as larks. Annie is a White (my favorite color) Suburban. Once in a while she tows Lula, our vintage trailer. Enjoy Ethel!


I don't know how you could give up your Beetle-I drive one and I love her. But that is a pretty special car. Love those hubcaps!

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I know Chris, I guess I'm okay because I'm giving it to my daugher! BUT, if I ever buy a new car again, it will be a RED Beetle convertible! ;-)


What a wonderful New friend!! And lots of room! Always handy for those best deals-of-the-day!

Jan x


Wow, Kim! She's a looker! Congratulations. I wish you many years of service and friendship with Ethel. Jen


Kim, Ethel is a lovely name for an elegant vintage lady. She looks to be in very good condition, I am very happy for you. I have always thought I would one day like a vintage luxury sedan. Cindy


What a wonderful blog you have here. I just found you through flickr, (you added me as a contact)and I just had to pop over and take a peek. Nice to "meet" you.

Love the car btw---totally cool!!


Oh, I am in love with this car! She's divine, and I love her name! You're a lucky lady!


Ethel???? Thats my Mothers name. LOL. Your Ethel is a lovely looking girl. Good luck and have lots of happy outings together.


Ooh, what a beauty! You're going to have some great drives in her! Great to hear you had a Beetle - these cars do really go with the whole love of vintage don't they?


Love, love, love her! I have always wanted a vintage Mercedes - they are fabulous. Lucky you! BTW, Victorian Trading has some great "shabby" car mats that you might like...


Those "vintage" Mercedes are REALLY solid cars. I love how Ethel matches your home!


Wow! Ethel looks perfect! Not to mention she seems to 'blend' right in with all you have. I'm sure you two will grow to love each other! My husband has been coveting a 'vintage' Mercedes for sometime now...wait 'til he sees this gal!!! You did great!


Oh my goodness! She is just perfect! Have fun in her. Do you have a purty scarf to wrap around your head and glamour girl sunglasses to wear when yo are cruising town with the windows down? If you don't you gotta!


My husband is looking over my shoulder {{{drooling}}} he is saying "what a lucky girl" what did you pay for it! As if you'd tell I said! I like the hubcaps! EnJoY !! which I am sure you will! :)NG..and Natureboy


I'm over 30 so I must be very, very old, too, huh? LOL! I'll go with "vintage", too! Ethel's a looker, that's for sure. And in fabulous condition to boot. What a great find - for you AND for her!

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Ethel is looking very good for a vintage gal! That is just the cutest car and really looks perfect in her new cottage setting.
It is amazing how good the inside of that car looks. Someone did a grea job with it.
I bet you look pretty darn cute driving it, too!

kim in Camas

She's beautiful! Perfect. her last name Thayer? Ethel Thayer.......sounds like you're lisping.
(from On Golden Pond.....Henry Fonda says that about his that line)


Ethel is a very classy lady!
I can so relate to this post. My car isn't as fancy as a Mercedes but it's an old 1978 Volvo station wagon. It's blue, my favorite color and feels like a dear friend. All of my friends joked about me buying a Volvo station wagon when I first bought it in 1988, but now they either think it's pretty cool or baffled by why I'm still driving it. Lately teenage boys and young men stop to talk to me about my car. One patted it fondly and called it "Ol' Blue and another told me he'd just bought one like it and went on and on about how cool it is. So funny! A friend sent me an article from hmmm, I think it was the Wash. Post in which they showed a photo of a car that looked just like mine and wrote about how it's considered to be desirable these days. Who would've thought! LOL!
I love the feel and the quality of older cars. Nothing today compares.


ooohhhh! I LOVE Ethel! I imagine her taking you on all sorts of wonderful thrifting adventures!


Ethel looks like she's in fabulous shape for a 30-year-old...She's absolutely perfect!

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Thank you everyone!! I'm so glad that you like Ethel ~ she is going to get a bath and some pampering today. I think my husband is getting a little too attached to her too!


What a classy looking car! Does it drive well? Have AC?


HOTT DAMN! that is one awesome flippen old car! and it's YELLOW! Lucky dowg! I'll do the tag honey bunch, but I'm off to work now for a bit so it will have to be my next post! xoxoxox


Love your old car! I have named every car I have owned. I presently have two red cars - the small one is Little Red and the truck is Big Red (she pulls our fifth wheel). In between is parked "Sunshine" - she is a 1972 VW Beetle. Our first new car was a 1967 red VW - love those VWs. LOL Ethel is an appropriate name and she looks great parked next to "Daisy".


I *love* old Mercedes! They have the greatest lines. And, I agree with everyone else--she seems to fit with your cottage!


what a perfect Daisy Cottage cruiser! and think of all the goodies that will fit into that gigantic trunk! ooooo, I can smell the go, girl!

Vicky G.

Oh Kim....SHE'S YOU!!!!! Love the car, love the name. I didn't think you would ever give up Pearl, but at least she is still part of the family. My daddy would have flipped over the hubcaps. Good for you. Vicky G.


Oh, Kim! Ethel is beautiful...and how ironic, my aunt & uncle (they live near Brandon) had a twinkie of Ethel back in the 80's (theirs was probably 10 years old at the time!), same color, same look and all. They drove that car til it died & loved it to pieces, so I'm sure yours will go and go...looks to be in great shape. I've always admired those old Mercedes too...and have secretly coveted a 450SL! LOL Have fun with your new girlfriend..and yes, she will be fun to go thrifting and yardsaling in...those big backseats come in handy! :)


How fun! You will enjoy the name! She looks so pretty parked outside of Daisy Cottage! You gotta love ebay! Can't wait to see what treasures you bring home now that you have a ton of roon!! :)


I've always wanted a really old Merc, they are so stylish. One day!


Oh that I would age as gracefully as Ethel! The hubcaps are the icing on the cake. Enjoy! Let's see, I have a blue Explorer who has a twin on every corner. What should I name it? Ditto?


Kim, I LOVE Ethel!!!!! One of my friends mom had this EXACT car and drove it for over 20 yrs. I always LOVED this car!!! I have a big SUV now (and I do love it, lol) but would LOVE to have an old Merceded wagon someday when I'm not playing taxi anymore, LOL! Enjoy your new beautiful toy!


WOW!! Great Car! Someone obviously took wonderful care of her. You Lucky Girl You!!

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