My review of car for sale
I went to look at this car today, cash in hand. I didn't buy it because it is more of a project than I want to take on. For the right person, this would be a good car. For the wrong person (me) it would not be a good car.
I did not drive the car so I won't comment on the mechanical condition other than to say that the seller purchased it in July and was told to change all the fluids and didn't. Seller says vacuum locks don't work.
Based on seller's description, I suspect that the SLS is working. The SLS valve and other things down there were clean and the car wasn't sagging. Seller's description of the driving experience suggest that SLS is OK.
The engine compartment is reasonably clean and complete for a driver car. The car does not have ABS. Also, the Euro headlights have been replaced with US headlights. Headlight doors in poor condition. Front bumper aligned funny but probably OK. Grill yucky.
Rear bumper very good. Rear foglight good, backup light lens cracked. Both rear corner lights (tail lights) busted (thanks to those Euro bumpers!)
Paint in crappy condition - light metalic green, possibly older repaint. Regardless, the paint on the car is bad. Door seals crap, needs rear panel door shock. Rear panel interior door handle and mechanism good, which is somewhat unusual. Originally had a roof-mount antenna over rear panel door, now it has a hole in the roof and a rear fender-mounted antenna.
The body is straight and as best as I could tell free from rust. I looked in all of the usual places and found no signs of rust, past or present.
Wheels are poorly painted Bundts.
Options: equipted for a cargo cover, but cargo cover is gone. All the hardware is intact. No tach. AC, not working and not the US style with the push buttons. Power windows (4). right power mirror. Cloth (not velour) interior - rear seats in good condition (60/40), driver seen in poor condition, front passenger seat in decent condition. Door panels and carpets good. Black interior. Dash cracked lots.
Title is clear california title last registered in 2007. Seller is not named on title. Seller has bill of sale from titled owner to next owner, and from next owner to seller. DMV will want title and all bills of sale including from seller to you. DMV says (on phone) that they will probably accept signed title from titled owner and a bill of sale from the seller as enough to put the car in your name. Back fees are $600+ to register through August 2012 plus purchase price sales tax. Requires a smog cert from a "test only" smog station.
I assume out-of-state buyer can avoid all of the paperwork except the Title, and avoid the back fees, but car is not legal to drive out of the state. So either break the law and drive it anyway or trailer it. You can't get a 1-day permit to drive the car unless you start the registration process, which if you are taking it out of state would be costly.
The good part of this car is that it's a straight honest rust-free car that appears to have not been in accidents. If you are looking for a project, this car is a good starting point.
I am in no way affiliated with seller and went to look at car as a prospective buyer.
Oh, besides being rust-free, the car includes THE CORRECT WARNING TRIANGLE in what appears to be unused condition.
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, ...