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For Sale: 1983 Grey Market 280se

Up for sale is a 1983 280se, grey market imported car. A friend of mine deals with a lot of Mercedes, BMW, and other European vehicles. He came across this car a bit less than a year ago, and asked me if it's an interesting car, as I know more about the older Mercedes' than he does. Immediately after I looked through two pictures of the car I told him to buy it, since I think the color combination is amazing, and of course because it is a grey imported vehicle. He bought the car.
After driving it for a few days, he seemed to enjoy it more than his CLS550. It was his plan to keep the car, bring it back to it's former glory (not that there's much needed) and use it as a weekend cruiser. He then got busy and caught up with a lot of different work and simply lost interest. The car itself is in good shape, drives great, starts right away, shifts nice (except a jerk when gear is switched from P to D and D to R. I suspect it's a simple vacuum line issue), does not overheat, and simply rides like a great '80's landyacht.
Below is a simple breakdown of the good and the bad about the vehicle, as well as some pictures.
Good:
1. Starts, drives, shifts great, and does not overheat
2. Exterior and interior of the car look great
3. Sunroof, mirror adjustment, and other features work great.
4. Tires are in good shape.

Bad:
1. The wood trim is cracked in some places, and is missing on top of steering wheel
2. The suspension makes a squeaking noise when the car is driving. I suspect it is from sitting for a while.
3. The tachometer does not work. I do not know why.
4. The car jerks when the gear is shifted from P to D and D to R.

The car is located in Philadelphia, PA. Any questions can be addressed to me via isved1@gmail.com.
Asking price is $2,200.
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Nice ride.

Seeing how many guys here always drool after velour seats, manual windows/seats etc., that should sell quickly.

Good that you are not closer. Otherwise I probably would have to take a look.

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Well this is strange...

I have the sudden urge to watch the original Exorcist right now and can't find the dern thing. Hmmm, another first.

That's quite the car tho, it should sell quick.

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Nice ride.

Seeing how many guys here always drool after velour seats, manual windows/seats etc., that should sell quickly.
Strange indeed.
What is average and 'dime a dozen' in Europe (or elsewhere) becomes desirable here.
The US market has by far the fanciest and most expensive interiors and they were stock.
What makes a European car more desirable is the high compression motors and/or the standard/manual transmissions than could not be ordered stateside....
IMHO

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Strange indeed.
What is average and 'dime a dozen' in Europe (or elsewhere) becomes desirable here.
The US market has by far the fanciest and most expensive interiors and they were stock.
What makes a European car more desirable is the high compression motors and/or the standard/manual transmissions than could not be ordered stateside....
IMHO

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True. I remember back in the day when we were drooling over the US versions and converting Euro headlights to US specs.

Probably people don't do that anymore, but back in the 80's we did... I had W123s and W114s back then, but remember when a friend of mine had a 1981 or 82 280S with manual everything (tranny, windows etc.) with no AC etc. Talk about barebones W126!

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This one's not THAT barebone (although if it had a manual transmission I'd definitely never get rid of it).
Somebody has to want this gem!

Past - 1992 w201 2.6 (parts car), 1994 w140 s420, 1986 e30 325e, 2005 Stage 2 Subaru Legacy Gt Limited, 1989 w201 2.6 5-speed, 1989 WALD w201 m104 3.2, 2011 CC Sport 6-speed
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I can't believe this hasn't sold yet. If I had space for another car I would be all over this one.

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Great looking car, but those are cloth seats, not velour. They do tend to hold up better than the leather, and given a nice redye they can look brand new.

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I think its part velour & part cloth. The outer sections are velour from what i could tell. :-) Corrrect me if i'm wrong.

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I think its part velour & part cloth. The outer sections are velour from what i could tell. :-) Corrrect me if i'm wrong.
I have the same style in my car.

These are the velour seats: http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_md...7rcwo1_500.jpg

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