1973 280SE 4.5
I have too many cars, so this has to go. If I had more time and space I would keep this car indefinitely. However I just took a new job and I don't have time to enjoy the car, so I'm going to sell it so it doesn't get neglected.
I purchased this car in early July, and drove it home 700 miles with no issue.
1973 280SE 4.5
Located near Phoenix, AZ
I'm asking $8,200. Keep reading and you'll see why.
Car is in very good condition. I would call it a nearly perfect driver. There is no rust, zero, zilch, nadda. It was a California car, always garaged. My very jaded buddies who collect and show old American cars were extremely impressed with the vehicle.
I have extensive documentation for this car. There is a log book, with entries for every maintenance item done on the vehicle since 1987, at which time it had 76,484 miles. It includes everything from oil changes to valve adjustments. Additionally I have receipts from myself and at least 2 previous owners.
The car includes a pile of manuals for the vehicle:
Technical Data, Passenger Cars issue 1972
Mercedes-Benz Model 108 Catalog B, 1971, U.S. Version ( vintage)
Mercedes-Benz Model 108 Catalog A, Edition A (vintage)
Mercedes-Benz Service Manual, V-8 Engines, M116 and M117 (reprint?)
Merceds-Benz Service Manual, Series 108, 109, 111,113 (reprint?)
Mercedes-Benz Service, Air Conditioning System, Models 108,9,11 (Reprint)
Mercedes-Benz service, Model Year 1972, Passenger Cars, U.S.A. (Reprint)
Bosch Fuel Injection & Engine Management, by Charles O. Probst
Chilton's Repair & Tune Up Guide, Mercedes Benz 1968-73
The car also includes 4 boxes of parts and 5 14" unmounted Bundt wheels. The boxes have a ton of parts in them, everything from a brand new hood ornament to a new front windshield gasket.
I would rate the car as follows:
It starts up every time you turn the key and runs impeccably. The paint job is a very good respray with some minuscule over spray. You have to look hard to find it. There is one damaged area on the driver's side fender, and a small chip out of the edge of the driver's side door. There is a small crack in the front windshield.
The seats are MB-Tex and were recently redone, and are immaculate. The finish on the dash is beautiful. Has new coco mats. Has an aftermarket wooden steering wheel, comes with original wheel. The ash tray has a crack in it, and I have good spare with the parts.
It handles very very well, with little play in the steering. Tires are in good shape, if a bit old.
The engine runs very well. I had some temperature issues in the 115 degree heat here in AZ, but nothing that couldn't be managed. Once it dropped below 105 I have no issues with cooling.
Feel free to post here, call, or email me anytime with questions.
Last edited by rkroelin; 01-21-2010 at 03:41 PM.