55 years ago, I was in Houston on Thanksgiving Break from Texas Tech. As an avid car nut (my 1st car was a 120 Jag junker) with nothing to do, I wandered by Star Motor Cars (Mercedes dealer still there). On the showroom floor, fresh out of Stuttgart, was a pristine racing silver Gullwing, white leather interior with matched, fitted luggage, for $6000. I had $2500 for a down payment and fantasies of rolling up to a girl's dorm with the driver's door up (!). But then, a sliver of rational thought disspelled the fantasy: there was no one within 250 miles of Lubbock, Texas that could work on a Gullwing and I was just savvy enough to know that all Mercedes of that day were high maintenance on good day. And oh, by the way, with no roll down windows, the car isn't habitable for 6 months out of the year in Texas. So, with a wistful whimper, I walked away.
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