Were you a social-climbing, Mercedes-driving, industry hack in the 1990s?
October 19, 2008 11:18 PM Subscribe
When I lived in LA a few years ago, I heard about a short-lived craze among status-seekers in the entertainment industry.
posted by AngerBoy to travel & transportation (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Apparently, at the time, there were two models of Mercedes-Benz sedans that looked virtually identical. The only differences were the model number affixed to the back of the car - and the fact that one model was probably ten grand cheaper than the other.
So it seems that a couple of enterprising body shops were doing a brisk business in Mercedes modifications: young social-climbers would buy the cheaper model Benz, then bring it in to the shop, and for a small fee, the shop would swap out the logo on the back of the car for the one from the more expensive model.
Does anyone else remember this wonderfully typical LA story? I've been thinking about it forever but don't have any idea what the two car models in question might have been. Anyone know?
I might have read the story in the LA Weekly; I'm not sure. This would have been some time in the late 1990s.