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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-28-2005, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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Shipping a hardtop

I have a 380sl (107 chassis) hardtop that I need to ship across the country(MD-->WA). The top needs to be crated prior to shipment, which I may or may not build myself. I have spoken to several MB dealers and shops, but none of them seem to have a good recommendation. I have found one place ( that will crate and ship for around $500, while other moving and freight companies ask for over $1000.

Does anyone have experience shipping a hardtop? Any recommendations on the safest and most affordable option? Thanks.
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RE: Shipping a hardtop

Hi and welcome to the forum,

I think, your biggest issue here is that the safest option probably won't be real affordable and vice versa. After all, you're trying to ship something that weighs close to 150lbs and is very awkwardly shaped from the shipping perspective.

I work for a major logistics company (send a PM if you want to know which company, I don't want to say it in public since that would be advertising) and am an R107 owner to boot, and my advice is this:

Wrap the entire hardtop in any kind of foamy material, cover especially the glass areas and the chrome parts. Then place the hartop in a crate upsode down, meaning with the roof facing the wood. The roof won't be damaged this way, since it's wrapped in foam, while the top is a lot easier to secure in that position. Secure it with steel cables or high quality rope. After the whole mess is secured wrap the whole thing in plenty of bubblewrap or something similar. Close and stamp the crate and off you go.

As for the prices, $500 and up sounds about right for that kind of distance, depending on the type of service you'd like.

Let me know if you'd like me to find out if my esteemed employer can be of help.

Good Luck,


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