1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Convertible

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Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Sometimes the best DOTS finds are right under your nose; I found this Benz in my neighborhood.

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Two-tone brown-and-tan paint, red leather interior, convertible top, and genuine old-school European majesty! Perhaps a bit more frivolous than the other DOTS Ponton we've seen, but still exuding Teutonic dignity.

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You don't really expect to see a Grateful Dead emblem on the grille of a car like this, but it seems to work.

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I'm sure the owner of this car gets notes like this one on a regular basis.

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This is one of the most impressive DOTS cars I've seen. The badge has no snakes (like Alfa), but the history behind it is quite interesting. According to Wiki:

The Mercedes Benz logo was originally created by Gottlieb Daimler and was featured in 1909. The logo consists of a three-pointed star that represents 'its domination of the land, the sea, and the air.'

After Daimler's death, his partner, Wilhelm Maybach, took over the company and sold many Daimler cars with the help of Emile Jellinek. Jellinek suggested Maybach to create light, lower and more powerful cars which he named after his daughter, Mercedes.

After the merger with Benz, the Benz laurel wreath was added in 1926 to signify the union of the two firms.