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Car name is almost longer than car

I noticed I’d missed out quite a lot of nice registrations simply because I don’t notice them as I pass them on an almost daily basis.

This nice ‘two number two letter’ example has changed homes recently, and I forget where it was before, but that’s no surprise with my great memory.

Thank goodness the badge on the boot doesn’t have to show the whole name:

Mercedes-Benz C Class 2.0 C200 Sport 7G-Tronic Plus (s/s) 4dr 2016 White.

Mercedes C200 [60 HF]

Mercedes C200 [60 HF]

That IS a B&W image above, seldom seen from me.

In this case, the street seems to be lit by some strangely variable low pressure sodium lamps, and the mixture of yellows just defeated all my attempts to tidy a pretty horrible image.

The yellow either got worse, or when I tried to level the colour, the processing started to kick in with areas of deep blue to compensate.


It IS a white car anyway 🙂


Well, it doesn’t actually merit two pics, but since the weather got better and I was passing in daylight, a proper pic seemed only fair.

Mercedes C200 [60 HF]

Mercedes C200 [60 HF]


March 10, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

This Mercedes is not a L400 NNY

Thinking of a ‘novelty plate’ rather than any disrespect to the owner, from a distance I thought I had come across an amusing LOONY registration plate.

But I was wrong, and when I got closer found it was L400 NNY on a 2005 Mercedes CLS320 CDI Auto (ignore the kid-on AMG sticker).

This is one of my favourite Mercedes body styles, but the first I’ve caught with a notable number so I could grab a pic.

2005 Mercedes CLS320 CDI Auto

2005 Mercedes CLS320 CDI Auto

I still had the gut-feeling that the number had been chosen, and when I got closer, found that the addition of a little imagination – and some stick-on letters – provided the answer. A bit fuzzy thanks to the reflections and glare, but it does explain the plate.

2005 Mercedes CLS320 CDI Auto


February 19, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Feeling flat in Baillieston KH 17

Seems I trip over a fairly nice registration every time I fall out the door these days, and another of my choice of 2 letters and 2 number turned up.

Unfortunately, on yet another hulking brute of an SUV.

That said, this 2005 Mercedes M Class 3.7 ML350 5dr probably manages a more pleasant ‘face’ than most when viewed from the front, but is still just a glorified bus, van, or shed, from the side.

There is one further tiny problem with this one…

The rear tyre is going flat.

But there is good news – it’s only the bottom so far 🙂

2005 Mercedes ML350

2005 Mercedes ML350

February 16, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Surprisingly old Mercedes

Back to my slight favourite of pairs, two letters and two numbers, not seen for a while, this being JL 11.

I was slightly surprised when I checked on this one and found it resided on a 2009 Mercedes.

I guess I’m losing track of more frequent style changes.

That said, I rather like this current styling (2017/2018) which started popping up last year, with a much smoother and fluid style, especially around the rear.

The only problem I’ve found recently is that, at the moment at least, and at night, the overall silhouette of this, and BMW’s styling of similar models can produce similar profiles of dark cars at night, especially if badges and other detail features can’t be seen.

2009Mercedes  E250 CDI Auto

2009Mercedes E250 CDI Auto

February 14, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Guernsey in Glasgow

Funny thing, while quite a few of my neighbours turn up with ‘J’ plates on their cars while having a break from their havens on Jersey, I’ve tended to ignore the ‘G’ plates.

I think it’s probably because I tend to see the same ones over time, so have just become used to them, and don’t notice them.

I must pay attention.

Like our mainland system, they have similar generations of old and new series, and this Mercedes I tripped over recently, in Glasgow, is from the early series as it has no suffix.

I should read more.

I’d know ‘GBZ’ represented Guernsey if I did.

Guernsey Mercedes

Guernsey Mercedes

February 12, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Failed flower shop blooms as beauty salon

Sometimes I forget how hard it can be to get a decent plate if your name doesn’t have the right number of letters, or consist of characters that have number equivalents (and I DON’T count or recognise the sort of equivalence that needs a codebook to convert numbers to letters – that’s just silly).

So, I kind of like it when someone gets a decent combination AND resists any temptation to engage in illegal character spacing or similar trickery to make their find supposedly look better.

For once I DO know what the plate represents, and while the relative position of the shop and the car means I can’t combine the two in the one shot, I can suggest that the Laura is making enough from her beauty salon on the other side of the road to buy her own bus. Hopefully this means it will do better than the sad florist’s that occupied the same shop for a while, and I doubt ever had a chance in this location.

This one’s on a 2015 Mercedes-Benz  GLE250 D 4matic AMG Line – I just think of these unnecessarily huge SUVs that have become popular as: Hulks. I really will never like them.

And I STILL detest Mercedes’ silly marketing ploy of the ‘AMG Line’.

Throwing a few bits and pieces from the AMG parts bin does NOT make an AMG Mercedes.

Building a C63 does, and that’s all that should carry an AMG badge.

Mercedes Hulk [LA11 WRA]

Mercedes Hulk [LA11 WRA]

February 11, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

The illegals – M1 TGJ

Nothing special, apart from the illegal spacing on this one.

This is just a 2013 Mercedes-Benz C180, but has some extra goodies so gets badged as an AMG Sport.

It’s a pity Mercedes doesn’t make more fuss over improving the C180 – comparing the spec to today’s offering over one I had many years ago makes the earlier model look like a roller skate, and it had almost no ‘toys’ fitted, while the base model today looks like a top luxury spec by comparison with its past.

The motoring hacks used to trot out a standard line and kick Mercedes (and BMW) for having base models that had ‘everything’ as an option, and cranked the price up like a rocket, but I think they’d be out of a job if they tried the same jibe today.

Mercedes [M1TGJ]

Mercedes [M1 TGJ]

January 18, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

The illegals – DD08 NLD

If I could afford to change Mercedes this often, and run the risk of a ÂŁ1,000 fine for illegal spacing on my plate, I think I’d put this plate on retention at the moment, and temporarily replace it with another from my little collection.

I’d be too embarrassed to be seen in public with it, at least while the ignorant orange moron baby was still able to keep up the payments to stay in power of the US.

Last year.

Badgeless Mercedes [DD08 NLD]

Badgeless Mercedes [DD08 NLD]

This year.

Badgeless Mercedes [DD08 NLD]

Badgeless Mercedes [DD08 NLD]

It would seem to be a Mercedes-Benz C 220 AMG Line Premium +.

Bonus Mustang

Not a GT but the possibly more sensible Ecoboost, parked behind the above, so not ignored.

Mustang Ecoboost

Mustang Ecoboost

I’m not entirely sure of the details, but I think this turbo version is easier on the pocket, develops the same horsepower as my V8 (which is twice the size), matches most of the performance, and uses almost half the petrol.

Such is progress, and that doesn’t even consider the performance of electric vehicles – of which this country seems to sadly lag about 5 years behind the reality.

January 10, 2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Two letters and two number still look good even if squinty

This was a nice surprise, spotted almost immediately as I stumbled out of Partick station recently.

68 NC on a trimmed plate fitted to a nice shiny black Mercedes-Benz C250 D AMG Line Premium + (as registered).

With the chances of me ordering a Mercedes these days, let alone an AMG variant, I’m no longer as familiar with AMG as I used to be, but it looks as if ownership of the formerly independent performance tuning operation by Mercedes in recent years has seen a marked reduction in the value of the badge.

While the true performance AMG is identified (usually) by a 2-digit model number such as C63, or a series such as the Black range, it seems that anybody and their dog can have an AMG badge tacked onto a fairly standard car to make it look better. Perhaps merely buying a set of AMG wheels is enough to qualify for the badge. I doubt if many/any of the numerous AMG badged Mercedes in my creaky old neighbours’ drives have any REAL tuning.

And they certainly SOUND nothing like the few genuine AMG C or Blacks that sometime accelerate past my front door.

So, back to Partick and my hint about something being squinty – while the plate layout and spacing is all nice and legal (thank goodness), it looks as if whoever lined up the numbers might have had little too much ‘falling down water’ before they started.

Mercedes C250d [68 NC]

Mercedes C250d [68 NC]

August 17, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

1VAN is rather nice… but still one of ‘The Illegals’

This was a lucky catch, after seeing this one speed past me on the road, and just managing to spot the imaginative use of illegal number and letter spacing on the plate, I later found the same car in the car park of the local supermarket.

If this was an American blog, I’d now be having a hysterical breakdown of some sort as the car is not only parked on the lines of the slot, in the ‘Parent and Child Zone’, but also not even in the car area of the slot, but on the marked area intended to be left clear for doors to open freely to allow parent to access child seats and carriers.

Americans are getting seriously scary about the hysteria they can raise on ‘social media’ sites with such a pic, and I think it is only a matter of time before someone is injured, or even shot. And this same madness is becoming evident here now (note I deliberately avoided this aspect, and could have taken a pic showing this clearly – but my observation/comment/point is on the US).

This one’s interesting for me for various reasons.

I really am behind on Mercedes models, and noting this as a 2011 Mercedes-Benz Cls350 CDI was a bit of a surprise, I really didn’t think the car/model was that old.

And, while I’m still not a great fan of the current UK registration number scheme, I rather like the way this one looks.

Mercedes CLS350 [CS51 VAN]

Mercedes CLS350

July 25, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Mercedes is back (A1 GPM)

Victim of the long dark nights, I clearly failed to spot the return of this Mercedes (recently?) after it suffered an encounter with an impatient driver.

See the original spotting of the incident, when it was totalled as another car drove into the side as it was turning right:

Modified Mercedes

Mercedes Collision 01


I said it would be back, or to be more specific and accurate, that the registration A1 GPM would be back.

Looks like it was repairable, as it still looks like a grey 2013  Mercedes-Bens CLS250 CDI Blue Efficiency. I had suspected the floor pan/chassis might have suffered.

I guess I must have passed this a number of times recently, comfortably parked this time, in the street it was about to turn into in the pic above. But, it’s usually been dark when I pass here until recently, and the chilly weather means ‘Eyes Front!’, and only the recent light evenings and less windy/chilly days means I can look to the side once again.

I wonder how long I’ve been passing it, and never noticed?

The original was back in November of last year.

This is Ogilvie Street, off Tollcross Road.

Nice and shiny – insurance is a wonderful thing (until the no-claim bonus starts to go downhill)…

Mercedes 2 [A1 GPM]

Mercedes 2

May 2, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

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