Date registered: May 2012
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Soon to be Merc owner, with an already strange situation
Hey guys. I just got home from looking at a Merc a friend I made is sick of looking at in his garage and wants to give it to someone who's actually gonna do something with. Amazing situation, and given some time (and once I have the title in my grubby little hands and it's all legit, i'll divulge the details). Anyways, here's where things get strange.
He says it's a 1979. Fair enough, it has 4 headlights horizontally laid out, the large grill mounted symbol (star? i'm new to mercs, I think that's what it's called though right) and has the slc type style (hard top, 2 door, 280 badging, etc). Here's where things go weird. It's badged as a 280cl. The guy who has it, knows a lot about the history. He's owned it for several years now but has never really driven it, it was a project for his son who has no interest in it. He's restored mercs, jags, etc previously and claims it was a German sold car, brought over to texas by someone in the service. He also claims it was a test mule for either MB, or an MB dealership there in Germany. I can't find hide nor hair of CL classes sold in the US. Some scarce info from some aussie car ratings sites but that's about it. It has additional bodywork attached (looks aftermarket, but late 70's/early 80's vintage), 2 3into1 headers, and DOHC I6 (figuring it's the 2.74), it appears to be lowered, but i haven't had it up on a lift so it's just speculation. It has every single piece I can think of. Even down to the sunroof lip, mechanical FI, etc and it even has manual windows/sunroof/climate control knobs and the big triangle hazards button on the center console. It has a rubber rear spoiler and rear window lip on the upper edge of the rear window. He claims both are OEM.
Now that's all the info I gleaned from the guy. I'm picking up this thing tomorrow or thursday, it's just a matter now of figuring what exactly I'm dealing with so I know 1) how much work I'll put into this, 2) what model(s) I can use to get parts for this thing. And what I should take off (body kit isn't in the best of shape, his driveway has a rather steep transition so it might be coming off unless it's actually worth repairing), and what I should keep (the rear spoiler needs some love and paint before i'd even consider leaving it on).
Anyways, really excited to get into this thing. Learning a lot about this vintage merc and documenting the build as I go. I'll be the first to admit I have put maybe 2 hours of research time into the car, as I just found it. But any help on history, suggestions, parts sources and just plain old discussion would be very much appreciated!