w108,107 Parts Hoarder
Date registered: Jun 2010
Vehicle: slc5.0cab 280sl5sp 280se4.5 500sl92 GONE:280sl79 4xW114/5 3x450sl72-3 280slc4sp81 280s69 73,81SLCs
Location: Philadelphia Area
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Are you serious about selling? The ad doesn't really look like it. Where are the pics?
I know it isn't what you are seeking, but here is a comment / idea:
- swap headlights plus some cash with me.
- sell me that front spoiler / air dam
Send the shipment via greyhound to keep shipping cost down.
Those two parts aren't doing anything to make a 380sl sell quicker. Isn't it also too hot out there to sell a convertible right now?
Then here are some comments on the ad:
- need more pics, especially some interior pics
- don't advertize 20 MPG as a selling point. Most people shopping these cars either believe they don't care about MPG or have no idea how bad it really can be. Simply say "highest mpg of any 72-89 SL". Or ~50% more mpg than 450sl or 560sl (which is true).
- instead of mentioning the interior being bad, show pics if it being good.
- unfortunately, heated seats are hardly helping where you are. "Hmm... It's about 110 F outside right now. I'm really glad I bought this car with these rare heated seats! Now I know why they are rare. Who gives a shit!" You'd be better off listing on ebay and mentioning that you'd be glad to help ship the car somewhere cold.
- No sense in mentioning that you are a master mechanic and that you've done the work. "Is this car going to be all greasy and dirty inside?" Just say what's been done and make the list look long as hell. And state that the car is not a project, but ready-to-drive and enjoy. That's what people want to buy, not a project. It sounds like you are a mechanic that just dragged home an ugly stepchild (380sl) that nobody wanted for maybe $500-$1000 and now you are just trying to get a few bucks from your side project.
- too many cars? Some have to go? Why this one? Why is it on the bottom of the list?
Tell people what they want to hear when selling a car. No point in lying, or calling it a "creme puff", but know the market and the competition. Selling these cars sucks because there are so many for sale from 72-89 and nobody (well no "r107 novice", which 99.9% of people are) wants an ugly stepchild 380. The 81-83 are "to be avoided" and all (n.a.) 380sl are only 155hp and only get 20mpg. What's the point. If mpg sucks, give me one with some balls!
So highlight why the 84-85 is the best 107 and why people are smart to be reading your ad:
"You are seeking an affordable Mercedes SL that you can really drive and enjoy. This 380sl has had all major maintenance recently completed and has the mandatory double-row timing chain, plus it gets the best gas mileage of any 1972-1989 SL while sporting the classic lines of Mercedes' longest running body style of any coupe, sedan or convertible, ~50% better mpg than a 450sl or 560sl, making it a real practical driver, not just a garage queen. I am looking to move this car fast because _______ . You won't find a better deal.
I am a Mercedes Benz enthusiast and my reputation is more important than the dollars I will receive by selling this car. You won't be disappointed in this car."
this isn't a euro model with big bumpers, is it?
I am also trying to help a local guy who wanted my 1973 buy an SL. Philadelphia is a long way, but if the car is really worth buying, then the shipping may be worthwhile. Perhaps I could take the parts I want off it and resell it out here where prices are at least slightly higher and the greatest seats would be more desirable,
My dream car is a classic sporty five speed (stick+overdrive) convertible that seats five. If, you want 70's-80's Mercedes tuner wheels, let me know.
Last edited by Fonzi; 07-25-2013 at 10:02 PM.