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Date registered: Oct 2012
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1984 500SL - Worth the Repair?
I got this nice looking 1984 Mercedes Benz 500SL about two years ago at 88,000 miles for about $5,000 right before federal tax deadlines.
I was shortly thereafter rear-ended by a drunk driver in an uninsured vehicle that he did not own. After fighting this entire time with both insurance companies, the person involved (who fled the scene and attempted to assault the arresting officer), I have been left without any compensation. The vehicle was fine enough to drive it home from the accident near my house.
In short, now I have this 91,000 original mile, gorgeous inside, wrecked rear-end 500SL. I live in Waco, TX (100 miles south of dallas/north of austin) and there is no foreign body or restoration shop in town. I'm wondering whether I should consider this a parts car and sell it as such or if I would be better off having this vehicle fixed. I'm really unsure as to what I would be getting into in terms of repair costs other than that I know the engine and transmission still engage and drive.
To compensate for my lack of experience here I was hoping to get some advice. I realize a lot of the question of what to do depends on costs which depends on what is broken so I have tried to include detailed photos of all damages resulting from the crash. The interior, cab and front ends of the car remain untouched.