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1975 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Bestattungswagen Rappold 'Coupé' [W116]

1975 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Bestattungswagen [W116] in CSI:Kowelenz - Zwei Leichen ist eine zu viel, Movie, 2011 IMDB

Class: Cars, Funeral — Model origin: DE

1975 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Bestattungswagen Rappold 'Coupé' [W116]

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Owner of this vehicle: Animatronixx

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Animatronixx DE

2023-01-03 17:35

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Undertaker arriving at the crime scene and hearse owner in real life: AnimatronixX, in everyday clothes, drenched in hair grease and stage make up!

This was my companion for seven years:
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Found some behind-the-scenes pictures, taken on Saturday, 10th of July 2010:
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-- Last edit: 2023-01-04 18:00:17

Baube QC

2023-01-03 18:25

AnimatronixX wrote

Undertaker arriving at the crime scene

while listening to this ? .. ;)
( sorry, watching wrestling for so many years makes the brain do its own words associations.. :whistle: )

funny, when i saw the ID i suspected it was your car before clicking on it..
how was the filming experience ?

Mystery Man DE

2023-01-03 19:46

Nice :)
But you forgot the class ;)

Animatronixx DE

2023-01-03 22:44

Baube wrote how was the filming experience ?


I didn't click the link... for numerous reasons! :D

Shooting movies is always fun and I remember an incredibly hot summer day for filming. Expecting a few dudes and a camera, I was actually stunned at how much effort these guys made - they certainly weren't kidding! The set was crowded - probably because they shot a crowd scene at a staged soccer game. The amount of make up they poured over me was equally stunning... The scene I'm in extends to a wider shot with loads of busy people, each one doing their thing at the crime scene. In order to have all these people synchronized, I was given a walkie-talkie to receive my instructions (and then people had to start their acting once my hearse reached *that* point etc.). We had to shoot various takes, because so many people and extras had to do so many different things one after another. All in all another great filming experience, even though I later 'bought' a rotten Opel Corsa B on my way home - by unintentionally backing up into it! (Kaboom! Plastic-Corsa: "OUCH!", steel-bodied hearse: 100% unharmed! :D )

Baube QC

2023-01-03 23:31

nice .. :)
( except for the Corsa part, of course.. )

Animatronixx DE

2023-01-04 00:42

Looking back at it, even the Corsa-part was fun. I mean in the surreal way: Corsa-driver was a young guy, the actual owner was his father, who, by the way, carries the same name as the man who once tried to assassinate Pope John Paul II. New point of view: Daddy sits at home in the frontyard, sees his worried son slowly come home in HIS damaged car, followed by a hearse. Next, a hearse driver, looking like the secret child of Joan Collins and Pennywise (... the make up, remember?), gets out and politely asks for car insurance details of a Corsa on death row, that possibly hadn't seen a car wash or a mechanic in years. I'm still sure they weren't expecting this! And they certainly weren't expecting to easily double the worth of their car by receiving a brand new front bumper shortly after. I mean... you can't script stories like that.

Baube QC

2023-01-06 19:15

:lol: .. no , you can't..
however it sure creates unique , special stories :)

-- Last edit: 2023-01-06 19:16:17

Animatronixx DE

2023-01-09 14:09

12 years after I sold it, my former W116 hearse is still going strong :king: and currently for sale at € 17.990,-.

Verkäufer wrote (...) Hier verkaufen wir im Kundenauftrag einen wunderschönen 280 SE von Rappold. Der Wagen ist technisch wie optisch sofort einsatzbereit. (...)

Gag Halfrunt UK

2023-01-09 14:38

In Andrey Kurkov's novel "The Case of the General's Thumb", a Russian spy buys a "limo" for 2,800 DM.

Quote The car, all five metres of it, looked fine at a distance, but on closer inspection showed signs of extensive body work and efficient re-spraying. A surprising feature was that it had seats only for the driver and a passenger, and a rear door opening onto a vast load space level with the top of the two seats.

Baube QC

2023-01-09 15:38

AnimatronixX wrote 12 years after I sold it, my former W116 hearse is still going strong :king: and currently for sale at € 17.990,-.


just curious.. do you intend to buy it back ?
a manual transmission hearse.. that would be so uncommon here !

-- Last edit: 2023-01-09 15:40:29

tore-40 NO

2023-01-09 15:39

@AnimatronixX; Are you sure it was a 280 SE? In the ad above, it has the rated power output of a 280 S

Animatronixx DE

2023-01-09 17:26

Gag Halfrunt wrote The car, all five metres of it, looked fine at a distance, but on closer inspection showed signs of extensive body work and efficient re-spraying. A surprising feature was that it had seats only for the driver and a passenger, and a rear door opening onto a vast load space level with the top of the two seats.


Sounds about right! :D

Baube wrote
just curious.. do you intend to buy it back ?
a manual transmission hearse.. that would be so uncommon here !


I definitely would! But it's the 18K spare money for a toy, where the issue begins... Now that you mentioned it: All my own hearses were manual transmission ones. Automatic would be nice for a change. :think:

tore-40 wrote Are you sure it was a 280 SE? In the ad above, it has the rated power output of a 280 S


So you're asking me if I happen to mis-remember the configuration of a hearse that was my 2nd daily driver for seven years? Upon receiving it from the first owner, we brought it from "Awww - kaputt!" to "Oooh - shiny!" over several months, thus involuntarily creating a long-time crowd favourite at hearse meetings and it became sort of 'synonymous' with me, almost like a business card. This was the only time that I did the painting preparations on a car myself on my longest Easter weekend ever. I also had a few components of the Bosch K-Jetronic (that's what the "E" stands for) replaced and the car certainly wasn't wearing a carburetor (= "280 S"). Not even stealthily while I was at work. Back to your question: Yes, I'm sure! it's a 280 SE.

The "280 S" with corresponding power output data in the current advertisement was chosen from a drop-down menu, not entered manually. Maybe that was the closest they could choose here or it's just another of the many inaccuracies from this dealer (I know him in person him since 1997). 

I posted a contemporary Rappold advertisement for this type of conversion above. The car shown in that ad is a 280 S. Mine, as well as the 3rd one I know of (in Munich) are 280 SE, but Rappold would have converted any other W116 model as well.

tore-40 NO

2023-01-10 13:44

I was merely ruling out any typos. Thank you.

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