Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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I am just restoring 1998 SL500.
Comparing to 2008 Bluetec I bought for DW just months ago - the 1998 plastics are way stronger, soft top is fully operational and in good shape. (don't know if original).
Bottom line, car has dirty interior and deteriorating leather, but mechanically with almost 200k very strong runner.
Reading the forums lately, I am not the only one who bought the project for less than 2% of its original price.
People don't know how to deal with those cars, mechanics have long pens with estimates, so lot of owners get rid of them
But if you are good DIY or have VERY trusted mechanic, you can have very nice ride for pennies.
The "clock" mechanism on soft top is head turner every single time you activate it.
Last edited by Kajtek1; 10-13-2016 at 09:57 AM.