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#25295 of 26456 Re: . [hpmctorque]
Mar 19, 2013 (7:47 pm)
Yep, 4 on the tree was common until 1965. then 4 on the floor also became available. They all drive like a newer car - but I won't complain that mine is automatic. It's sometimes a little weird, but durable.
#25296 of 26456 Another old Benzo project
Mar 20, 2013 (12:14 am)
At first I thought it was a lowrider but then it said it had air suspension, which obviously failed at one point. And this oneis not even the V8 so doubt that anyone will even try to restore it.
Parts or project?
1968 Mercedes 300 SEL
#25297 of 26456 Re: Another old Benzo project [boomchek]
Mar 20, 2013 (4:25 am)
I wonder if that car has an air suspension that is shot? Looks like a lowrider.
#25298 of 26456 Re: Another old Benzo project [boomchek]
Mar 20, 2013 (6:04 am)
Oh, that's a rare bird, earlier series W109. Might be a good flip if it can be made to run and drive. Suspension could be shot but might be OK - after they sit for a few weeks, they sag down - that one has been idle for a long time. Rotten suspension parts would be my worry. If it can run, sit up to normal height, and isn't rotten (the biggest worry) - buy it for say $900, put a little into making it move, sell it for $2500 for a lover of money pits. Not a sane restoration project, as you'll spend 40K to get 10K in return.
But seriously, likely a parts car, and for the right price, a good one as it looks complete. Looks like it has super rare accessory rear headrests, those with the Euro lights could nearly be worth the asking price. That would be the kind of thing I would rescue if I had a big building for storage.
#25299 of 26456 Re: Another old Benzo project [lemko]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 20, 2013 (9:02 am)
Yes, it has air suspension. i think it's probably a parts car. These have very little value even in nice shape, so there's really no "up" here.
#25300 of 26456 Re: Another old Benzo project [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 20, 2013 (9:11 am)
I guess the spring conversion kit for a Panther wouldn't work on that Benz...
#25301 of 26456 Re: Another old Benzo project [texases]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Mar 20, 2013 (9:40 am)
Unless you're a Handy Andy you're going to run into complexity and expense I'm afraid. The market picks and chooses and it is sometimes cruel I guess.
If this were a '67 Jaguar MkII 3.8 four-door sedan it would be sold so fast there wouldn't even be a need to advertise it.
The 300SEL is a rare car--another example of how rarity does not always translate into value.
#25303 of 26456 Re: Another old Benzo project [Mr_Shiftright]
Mar 20, 2013 (10:25 am)
Well here's the way I look at it.
I can buy it and get it towed to our local indy Benz mechanic where he can take his time and mess with it and make it running but even if the repairs to make it a runner cost me $5k I still think it would take me forever to find a buyer not only at a break even price of around $6k but at a price where I can come out ahead on it.
So even if I put it at $10k it would probably be tough getting rid of it, even to an MB enthusiast as for $10k there are so many other quasi collectible Benzes in nice shape that one can buy.
I guess the worst case scenario would be the air suspension that might require new hosing, compressor, airbags?, plus if it sat for years then new fuel injectors and other related componensts, an full engine rebuild maybe?
#25304 of 26456 Re: shifty car [qbrozen]
Mar 20, 2013 (10:30 am)
Very nice 944 Turbo. But salvage title for $3,000 worth of repairs? Odd...