I was planning on holding onto this car until the spring for warmer weather and the maximum price for the car. Well, I bought another car before selling this one or asking the wife. So I need to make "room" quickly. So off to ebay it goes. $200 starting bid, but I will end the auction if I had a buyer at $8000. Big difference I know.
In any case, post a bid! You know it is worth more than $200! :-)
Pictures and videos linked in the eBay ad (text pasted below since I can't seem to link to an auction before it goes live).
Ebay Item # 251228138560
Pictures: Snapfish:Logged Out:Album:Shared
Videos: 1973 450sl for Sale - YouTube
I am a private owner, but have sold at least four cars on ebay before, with 100% positive feedback.
I am willing to assist in shipping this car at the buyers cost. I can also meet a buyer at an Amtrak station (so I can get home) after receiving a deposit.
See ~150 pictures at: 450sl Pictures
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Also see several videos starting with a cold startup on Feb 12, 2013: Videos starting with cold startup Feb 12, 2013
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Please note: The pictures above show many bolt-on modifications from the stock 1973 450sl appearance. Those are not included with the sale, but can be purchased separately if desired. See the list and prices for those items at the bottom of this description.
What are the benefits of this specific 1973 450sl ?
- Copious maintenance done in the last 600-2500 miles:
o New timing chain, timing chain tensioner, intake manifold gaskets, fuel hoses, injector seals, throttle linkage bushings including transmission control lever, new shifter bushing, new tie rods, steering dampener, shocks, front subframe bushings, upper and lower control arm bushings, motor mounts, coolant, oil, spark plugs, wires, distributor cap & rotor, windshield top lock bushings, waterproofed soft top, new AC compressor clutch, wiper motor (replaced with used), new MB engine compartment battery tray, oiled blower motor, acid & POR-15 treated any signs of rust including: Spare tire well & trunk battery/tool tray (which were surface rust only).
- Low mileage: 70,600 miles
- Near perfect red interior, including a crack-free dash.
- Beautiful glossy reflective black paint.
- No rust (with the exception of bubbles starting under the paint on the bottom edge of the trunk which are pictured).
How is the 1973 year different from other r107 cars (1972-1989)?
- 1973 is the last year of the small bumper cars in the U.S.
- 1973 is the last year of the metal-backed timing chain guides. Plastic timing chain guides are known to cause catastrophic failure in the Mercedes V8 motors. This engine does not have that issue.
- 1973 is the last year of the full chrome grill star. Later years got a plastic grill star with a thin metal overlay. In general, these cars received less and less chrome, and more and more plastic over the model’s 18-year-run.
- 1973 has no catalytic converter
- 1972-1973, the first years for the r107, are nearly identical, and the benefits of the early 1972 model (metal blower cover, and chrome shifter plate have been added to this 1973, and the original plastic parts are also included).
- 1973 (along with all other early 1970’s years) has the desired manual climate controls.
- 1972-1975 used the Bosch D-Jetronic “D-Jet” fuel injection system, which is a fun system to learn, and there is a ton of information online from Mercedes and Porche forums from these classic cars. The system is very easy to learn, providing the classic car owner with a solid understanding of how these classic cars work.
- Why does the listing show a "Reconstructed" title?
This car came with no history other than the previous owners never putting any significant mileage on the car and showing a lien of over $15,000 for the car in Pennsylvania where the car was originally titled in 1972. The previous owners said the car had the “R” branded on the title for an unknown reason, but the radiator support has been replaced, indicating that the car was once in an accident. The car has been issue free since my ownership, and the Delaware title is “reconstructed” based on the “R” on the Pennsylvania title. This does decrease the long term value of the car, but not the enjoyment of the car.
Why am I selling?
We had a third baby and can no longer enjoy this car as a family. I have found a convertible that will seat the whole family, but it doesn't look as nice as this one. :-(
$3340 in total.
The prices below are what these items are worth to me. The individual prices are not negotiable, but if all are purchased together with the car, I will entertain offers. I am an avid MB 107 enthusiast, and believe I will have no problem selling the parts/tools to fellow r107 owners at the below at these prices. (I have had offers for most of the items below, but have maintained that I want to save them as options for the person who purchases this car. They will NOT be included with the sale without additional cost to the buyer.)
Seating & Usability - Total: $650
- Folding aftermarket burgundy seat and seat belts (parcel shelf included regardless): $350
- OEM Windscreen with adapter blocks for the early top boot: $200
- Hard Top Hoist: $100
Appearance & Handling – Total $2500:
- Six extra wheels (beyond the included five 14” steel wheels & hubcaps): $2000
o 5 BBS RS009 8x16 et11 w 2” lips
o 4 225/50/16 Summer Tires from 2011
o 1 bundt spare w tire(eliminating need to carry extra lugs for steel spare):
- Euro Headlights (Perfect US headlights with 2 sets of headlight “doors”, both clear and black included with the car regardless): $300
- Gen2 / 560sl / 1986+ front spoiler: $125
- Chrome Shifter Plate: $50
- Metal Blower Cover: $25
All the original parts will be installed for the buyer if the buyer is not interested in these additional items.