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Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 1966 300se coupe
Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
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Is the paint just faded?
Try buffing it out with a product like 3M Finesse it or some polishing compound.
This car is worth more with presentable original paint than with a low budget new paint job. Don't start stripping it down and sanding it if you don't have the money to paint it properly. You'll have a harder time selling a car that's all in pieces!
Is the leather just worn and cracked in places or are there actually tears and holes in it?
If the leather isn't actually split it could just need conditioning and redyeing. A product called Leatherique is good for this but it's pricey. That company also offers leatherdyes that match original Mercedes colors, also a bit pricey so it might be better to leave it alone. Whatever you do, DON'T USE ARMOUR-ALL OR ANYTHING LIKE IT ON LEATHER! You will end up with shiny cardboard that will crack into pieces when you sit on it.
Has the car been sitting unused for a few years?
Assuming that's the case, you MUST drain out all the old gas from the tank and flush out the entire fuel system with fresh gas. I know it's tempting to just put some new gas in the tank and let it run itself out but, please, trust me on this. Old fuel turns into varnish which will gum up your injectors and mechanical injection pump (assuming it's a six, the V8 is electronic fuel injection) just like it gummed up your fuel pump. You might actually be able to get the old fuel pump running if you take it apart and clean it out.
Please go ahead and post detailed pics of the engine, paint, rust, what the seats look like under those sheepskin covers, woodwork, etc. If anyone is going to give advice or be interested in buying there just needs to be more info on the CAR.