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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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I kind of disagree. I think that 300,000 miles on engine, 500,000 miles car, needs paint, and has rust holes in it make it not the best candidate for purchase. I agree that the suspension is important, but fairly easy to figure out if it's a problem. Same with the AC. And the front suspension. And the rear axels. Original owner = really good. I would spend some time looking at his records and see what has been replaced on the car and whether or not it has been serviced regularly.
Search the forum for the Self Leveling Suspension (SLS) so you know what to look for.
If you are looking for a restoration project, you will pay less in the long run for the best car you can find up-front. For $4000 to $6000 you should be able to get a pretty nice car with no rust, everything working. For more than that you should be able to get one with really nice paint and maybe 200,000 miles...
It would be easier if you were in S. California...
What is the owner asking for the car?
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...