You may have wondered to yourself when watching old movies, “what is that accent?” It’s one that’s difficult to put your finger on. You may have heard it if you’ve ever seen movies starring Cary Grant or Catherine Hepburn. A few great television examples of said accent were the character Charles Emerson Winchester from the TV show version of MASH, and Kelsey Grammer’s character Frasier on the TV shows Cheers and Frasier.
It sounds kind of like a hybrid of American and British english, and is exactly what you’d anticipate to hear from the poop deck of a wooden yacht in Newport, Rhode Island. It’s a sort of jaunty upper crust northeastern accent that you would imagine someone wearing tennis whites or golf pants would use when they tell you, “We’re headed to the clahb.” And yes, you read it right, I said “poop deck”.
However, I’m from the New York, and my mother is from the Boston area of New England yet I’ve never actually met or even so much as heard anyone in person with that accent. Then again, I never belonged to a clahb of any kind. As Groucho Marx once said, “I refuse to join any club that would have me as a member.” I’m also not too interested in clubs that would refuse to have me as a member.
So what IS that accent? As it turns out, it’s called by several different names: “Boston Brahmin”, “Locust Valley Lockjaw”, “Harvard accent” or a “Mid-Atlantic accent” and strangely it was taught at prestigious schools right up until the 1950’s. Watch this clip from the movie Auntie Mame to hear a caricature of it.
“Why,” you ask, “why Jacster Trixter do you bring up this relatively obscure accent in your supposed classic and analog car blog?” I’m glad you asked. It took you long enough. Well, despite being a car of German heritage, when I look at it, it’s almost as if it has a cigar in one hand and a martini in the other, saying in it’s best Boston Brahmin accent “this establishment is top drawer, really top drawer”.
Trying to find the words to describe its style, “classy”, “timeless”, “solid”, “exudes old-world wealth”, and “serious as a heart attack” come to mind. I could see myself motoring around the Hamptons on the sat phone with my broker yelling “Buy!” and “Sell!!!” just before ducking into a specialty food and wine shop to provision the cottage.
This pillar-less Mercedes-Benz W114 has been restored “with meticulous detail” and has a new coat of paint as well as refreshed interior. Seats and visors have also been re-stuffed and wooden dash has been polished to its original appearance. Seller states there are many upgrades including a Pioneer bluetooth stereo. The car has power everything, factory AC, and all records including the original invoice, window sticker, and all manuals. This clear-titled, silver (with black roof) over black interior coupe has 118,000 miles and has an asking price of $36,000. Seller is open to offers.
You can find more details of this “top drawer” M-B and contact the seller HERE on ebay.