Dulquer tells us how he resurrected his beloved TME 250…
Just like many of his colleagues from the film fraternity, actor Dulquer Salmaan is known for his fondness to automobiles.
However, he has not shared much about his passion and the vehicles in his garage.
In a recent post on his official Facebook page, Dulquer has shared the tale of resurrecting a car – his beloved 1981 Mercedes-Benz 250.
As per his post, the car bearing registration number TME 250 initially belonged to a Chennai-based family during the 80s. The car had a busted carburetor the second owner left it unattended on the side for more than a decade sans any proper protection.
Dulquer says ‘she was like Fred Flintstone’s car’ when he found it. Further, he undertook its restoration, sourcing and replacing everything possible.
“Now she runs like a dream and rides softer than any new car. She’s my daily driver in between shoots and I love how small children and old people alike love to see her rolling by in all her former glory.,” he winds up.
READ HIS POST HERE:
“Many of you ask me to post pics of my old W123 Mercedes. I don’t post pics of my cars cause sometimes people take them in the wrong sense. I would love to share with enthusiasts but I request others to not find it offensive or elitist. I’m just blessed to be able to save a few of these beauties.
I’ve loved W123s for as long as I can remember. They would feature in so many films and there were several of them in one of my favourite films which was ‘Samrajyam’. I’d been aware of a 250 in chennai which used to belong to a family known in automotive circles. It used to be used by the grandfather of the house in the 80s. It had a busted carb and the second owner parked it to a side and forgot about it for over a decade. Without a cover or roof over her she was left to the elements to rust away. When we found her she was like Fred Flintstones car. Your feet would go through the floor due to the amount of rust. Almost 3 years later and inbetween drowning in the Chennai floods we managed to resurrect her. She has amazing spirit. Or good Carma as I like to call it. Refused to die or give up.
TME 250. My beloved 1981 Mercedes-Benz 250 straight six petrol. First car I’ve ever embarked on restoring. New coat of Silberdistel green (which as usual I spent months deciding), lowered/stanced on period correct 16″ BBS RS rims. Ive sourced & replaced everything possible on it. Now she runs like a dream and rides softer than any new car. At full chat gives me goosebumps with the way she sounds and can keep up with any modern car. She’s my daily driver in between shoots and I love how small children and old people alike love to see her rolling by in all her former glory.”