My favorite rock group of all time is Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. You can imagine my excitement, then, when drummer Max Weinberg called my office and told me he was a longtime SCMer and “a huge fan of ‘Legal Files.’” Flattering indeed, but unfortunate that we made […]


  1. This is a horrific story. The only thing I can say, although it isn’t always feasible, is to try to have a qualified person inspect the car before a contract is signed. “Weinberg retained SCM Contributor Pierre Hedary, a Mercedes expert and concours judge, to inspect the 190SL.” If Mr. Weinberg had done this before a contract was signed, all this heartache and expense could have been avoided. A reputable dealer or shop will allow an inspection before a purchase, and if the car is a lemon, it can be avoided, or if still desired, a lower asking price can be negotiated. Glenn in Brooklyn, NY.

  2. Great article and great cautionary tale. Was it this one?