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For many of us, retirement seems like a lifetime away. The thought of extensive time in front of the TV and driving slowly in the fast lanes of Florida in a land barge may sound fun to some, it remains a completely unacceptable option for others. Fred and Elisabeth Smits are not the kind of retirees who like to sit still and wallow in the bingo parlor. Over the years, they’ve undertaken extensive automotive excursions together, experiencing everything from the rutted roads of Africa to the unforgiving outdoors of Australia’s Outback. It’s what they live for, and this courageous couple goes about it in a car that isn’t known for being road trip-worthy or sensationally swift.

This New Zealand Couple is Traveling the World in a 1957 Benz
 

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Fond memories of my '58 220S, bought in '68 for $1100, daily driver for 13 years in Massachusetts and Connecticut, but winter road salt rust condemned it, sold for parts for $800.
 
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