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Hey everyone, I have a great question for an experienced Mercedes Owner

My name is Jeff, I am originally from Kansas City, and now live in Charleston, SC. My situation is sort of unique, as I'm not a Mercedes owner...yet. One of my friends from grade school has had an old Benz collecting dust in his parent's driveway in KC. I remember always liking the car, and in a rather joking manner I asked if his father would sell it to me. He said he would...now help me decide how to proceed.

It's a 1958 220SE Sedan, which from my research is a VERY rare model as far as production, as it has the fuel injected engine. I don't even want to say what he wants for it, because IMO it's a great deal.

The car hasn't been started in several years, but ran before it was parked. I'm guessing it'll need new brake linings, wiring, fluids, etc. before it'll be road-worthy. I know it'll cost a lot to do that to such an old car, but I feel it's worth it.

Anyone have any suggestions?

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It's not clear what you're asking about. It seems you've decided to buy the car and fix the problems. What kind of suggestions do you want?

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I tend to agree with Neil, you need to decide what you want to do.

You have a long, expensive project ahead of you and if it's been parked that long you're probably looking at a complete rebuild on the engine; in fact, I wouldn't even try turning it over, just pull the engine and start the disassembly process. Parts are available, but they're not cheap.

A while back I was in the City and stumbled across a guy with a 56 Ponton. Sweet car, he was into the restoration pretty far (I posted a couple of pics in the vintage forum) and had already dropped $20K (not including the purchase price). His had not been parked so he had not had to do the engine, but much of his was cosmetic (paint and interior, finding period tires I think he said cost him $1,500!) and drivetrain (bearing repacks, transmission oil change, etc.)

This is a rare, excellent slice of history, but just getting it back to safe and reliable running is going to be costly, so the question you have to ask yourself is whether you have the stomach and bank account to see it through. If not -- and I mean no disrepect -- please do the car and yourself a favor and let a collector take care of this project.

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That's actually what I was looking for...

Thanks, I really have no idea what these things cost to restore, and you're right, It's not going to be cheap. I still might take it, simply due to the fact that it'll continue to erode away forever if someone doesn't take it home. And that'd be a crime to that car. Anyway, I'll then see if it's worth my while, and if not, I'm sure someone in Charleston would want to tackle it.
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