Please, Look at This Mercedes Sedan Towing a Ferrari

A prancing horse in need needs a friend, indeed.

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James Taylor sung it best: “Winter, spring, summer or fall, all you’ve got to do is call. And I’ll be there—yeah, yeah, yeah—you’ve got a friend.” True friendship isn’t conditional and doesn’t expire with the season. It means sacrifice. It means inconvenience. It means getting good and snowy in the Italian Alps.

Take this mid-Sixties Mercedes-Benz 250SE. It was not built to be a beast of burden. The “E” designation denotes fuel injection, but still, the sedan’s 150-horsepower straight-six was no torque monster. Rather, it was meant to provide just enough power to waft around with a few gelatinous human beings inside, not tow a great hunk of metal behind. What else was it to do? The Ferrari 250 LM Drogo was a hand-bodied race car. It could barely traverse a dirt road, let alone snake through snow.

That’s why, with slush caking its bumpers and snow covering every window, the valiant 250SE came through. Even if it makes your rear sag piteously and the hitch mars your elegant bumper, a friend in need deserves a helping… tow.

Aosta, Italy, 1968: Automotive companionship showers down like so much snow.