35 de ani mai tarziu, o masina identica nu mai era un semn al prosperitatii. Mercedesul rosu din poza numarul doi era cea mai saracacioasa masina din parcare, masinile antebelice (chiar si Mercedesurile, mai ales cele mici) fiind socotite "rable" de om sarac sau, in cel mai bun caz, excentric. In anii 70, cateva mii de masini antebelice inca circulau pe strazile tarii, numarul lor scazand rapid dupa ce proprietarii lor le schimbau cu masini moderne. Daca imi permiteti un paralel erau precum masinile anilor 60 in perioada 1995-2005. Ma intreb ce s-o fi intamplat cu exemplarul din vedere.
Ca punct de interes, am avut sansa sa admir un Mercedes antebelic la Slanic in 2008, cu ocazia raliului Carpati Retro. Un loc frumos, care merita vizitat.
Two old images showing a Mercedes-Benz 170V in the resort of Slanic Moldova. The first is from the late 1930s and shows a car from Hotin (Bessarabia). Although it's registered as car number 3 in the county, plates belonged to the owner and not necessarily the car. Vila Majestic still exists, nowadays being the Coroana Moldovei hotel.
Thirty five years later, ownership of a similar car was no longer a sign of wealth. The red Mercedes in the second photo was the least impressive car in the car park, pre-war cars (even Mercedes, especially smaller ones) being considered as old wrecks for poor people (or, in the best case, eccentrics). In the 1970s, several thousand pre-war cars still drove around on Romania's roads, their number reducing dramatically as their owners traded up. It was a little like 1960s cars in Romania in the 1995-2005 period. I wonder what happened to this particular one.
Incidentally, I had the chance to admire a pre-war Mercedes in Slanic Moldova myself, when the Carpati Retro rally toured there in 2008. Worth a visit!