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I am quite interested in this car - out of ten Mercedes I've owned only one had been garaged for 17 years and boy did it show when you drove it...sadly that car (also a W116, a 1980 300SD) was run into by a freight truck. I still have it and will probably repair it in time, but I really want one that hasn't had any serious mishaps, and I've had my heart set on a long-wheelbase model for some time. I even bought a '77 450SEL but unfortunately a previous owner had cheaply/dishonestly covered up many serious rust issues and that car has little future but the scrapyard.
I've always said, if I ever bought a 6.9, I'd want the euro model...that would be the ultimate W116 for my preferences. This one also has the manual climate control which I prefer and a sunroof that is a must. Even the original radio is still present which means the wiring hasn't been molested as many have (I rather prefer that radio!). I don't mind repairs and expect the suspension probably needs significant investment to get up to par...what I'm most interested in is the chassis being free from corrosion.
I'm nearly a thousand miles away but I had good experience buying my '74 450SE (with minor known rust and paint issues) from Florida... I would like to arrange a weekend to come down and see the car in person - if it looks good I can make a deposit while I'm there. It will take me a about a month to get the full amount together...is it driveable as it is? The most preferable option would be to come pick it up and drive it to the Amtrack Auto Rail (a service that you can use to ship a car along with your passage between Florida and the northeast).
Anyways if this sounds workable to you please let me know and I'll get tickets to come have a look shortly!
Last edited by Raptelan; 03-25-2012 at 09:25 PM.