JR Ewing and his W116

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With the Porsche laid up while I get the water pump reconditioned, I've been forced to drive the 6.9...and it's fabulous! Don't know if I can afford the fuel, though, so the Porsche needs to be mobile this weekend.

However, everytime I drive this car, I feel like JR Ewing - JR and his W116 made a huge impression on me as a youngster.

So now I have a question or two:

1) What W116 did JR drive?
2) That was some strong product placement for Mercedes...I wonder if they paid for this, or whether the prodcuers had to hire the cars. I once heard that Bollinger or Moet didn't sponsor a single bottle of champagne on 'Absolutely Fabulous'. Apparently the producers picked up the cost.
 

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300SD, believe it or not.

Always amusing to the luxury car community how JR Ewing drove one of the most fuel-efficient luxo-barges of its era.

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He had 450SE 1st then a 280SE, in the eps where they abduct Bobby instead of JR the bad guys have slides of the cars, JR had a 280SE, Bobby had a 450SL and Sue Ellen had a Ford wagon, JR's Benzes were suppsed to be the colour of money. I havent caught up from season 3, but it and season 2 had him in a 280. I remember later seasons he graduated to 126's.
Hart to Hart, Dallas, Dynasty and Falcon Crest plus a few others all had product placement agreements, Hart to Hart didnt advertise it in the credits untill the 2nd season (450SL/380SL & a 300TD) Same with the likes of Rolls Royce, Bentley & Jaguar.
 

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I've got Dallas season 1,2 & 3 here and 1 & 2 of Hart to Hart...lemme see what I can do.
 

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Ahhh OK, after some work, we have...
JR's W116 in season 2
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And the Hart's 2 stars.
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I wonder what made the producers choose a 280SE. It must be that all the interesting folks drive M110 engined W116s!!! :):):)

Just joking guys, I know you people with V8s want to be interesting too!!!!
 

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Interesting or erm..."respectable" LOL..ahh back on topic, what makes it more interesting...he drove a Benz, I spose a Caddie didnt have what it took.
 

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I know you people with V8s want to be interesting too!!!!


That's why race mine.. Helps with the 'interesting' factor. Prior to this, I was just a plain ol' person, racing people on the streets with a V8. Now i'm officially a V8 Race-car driver. At least that's what I tell chicks. :cool:

I guess now that I will be racing a 280S as well, it makes me Double cool? :cool: :cool:


Anyway... back on topic. Who's JR Ewing?
Is he related to Patrick Ewing from the NY Nets?
 
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I find the producers decision really interesting that JR should drive a Mercedes. One would think that his character would be better suited driving one of those awful Cadillacs of that period - it sort of ties in better with his gung-ho cowboy character. I wonder if JR influenced the Mercedes brand postively or negatively in the States....
 

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Positive, not just in America too. there would be a few Thistle Green Benzes floating around. The other comment was that there was alot of the copies of the "Hart cars" i.e the SL, the wagon and I guess the Bentley/Rolls & Ferrari Dino.

Another little bit of "wow" The owner of South Fork is/was a 116 driver (300SD in silver) as well.
 

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That's why race mine.. Helps with the 'interesting' factor. Prior to this, I was just a plain ol' person, racing people on the streets with a V8. Now i'm officially a V8 Race-car driver. At least that's what I tell chicks. :cool:

I guess now that I will be racing a 280S as well, it makes me Double cool? :cool: :cool:


Anyway... back on topic. Who's JR Ewing?
Is he related to Patrick Ewing from the NY Nets?

After having to ask "Who is JR Ewing?" you can never be doubly cool! Now you just have to get a 280S to redeem yourself:)
 

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Who's JR Ewing?
Is he related to Patrick Ewing from the NY Nets?


You don't know who JR Ewing is?
How about Blake Carrington?

I guess it was before your time.... :eek:
 

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Blake Carrington I remember, wife Krystal ex wife Alexis (in hindsight I prob should have followed this one) Angela Channing had a 600 (wasn't a huge fan of Falcon Crest).
 

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Blake Carrington I remember, wife Krystal ex wife Alexis (in hindsight I prob should have followed this one) Angela Channing had a 600 (wasn't a huge fan of Falcon Crest).


One of the wives on Dynasty drove a 107 conv
But then they all moved to RRs includind Krystal who drove a Corniche Conv and Joan Collins (Alexys) who was chauffeured in a Phantom V :rolleyes:
 

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[...] Who's JR Ewing? [...]

Ne'er mind, Cam, I've never seen Dallas, either (though I do know of it secondhand). Divorced the idiot box the year before Dallas first went to air ('78) - and haven't lived with one since.

Just another piece of crappy, imported, US techno-cultural imperialistic pseudo-entertainment.

(Dons tin hat and ducks for cover!) :p
 
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