This is my father-in-law's car that he asked me to get running and sold for him since he has no interest in keeping it any longer. DISCLAIMER: I am a terrible car salesman. My brutal honesty may actually make the car seem worse than it is, but I really don't like hiding anything that I perceive to be an issue. Feel I need to lay it all out there on the table so there are no surprises.
1986 Mercedes 560SL with 97,793 miles. The car developed a fuel leak at the rear cluster about two years ago and it was parked. Had it towed to my house where I drained the tank and yanked the cluster. Replaced the fuel filter, one of the pumps with a Bosch unit (the other tested fine), cleaned up the hardline, and replaced the main soft line that threads into the feed line to the front of the car. It still has a leak. The culprit is the pump I didn't replace. Figures.
Good news is the car will start and run. Bad news is it takes a squirt of starter fluid to get it to fire. I've been trying to run it a few times a week to get fresh gas through the system with some cleaner in it. Seems to start easier each time I try it out.
Body is straight with the typical parking lot dings/scratches. The car sat at out at some point with a car cover on it and there is some sort of staining (see pic of hood). Not sure if it needs a wet sand, reclearcoating, or what. I couldn't polish it out by hand. Only spot of rust I found on it is on the passenger quarterpanel behind the bumper (see picture). Not sure if that is the sheetmetal itself or the metal reinforcement in that rubber piece (not familiar with these cars).
Interior isn't the worst I have seen but it needs restoration. It has a little crack on the dash. Needs new seat covers. Carpets are faded. All the parts are there though including a sweet hardwired cell phone for that late 80s early 90s look.
I was told the soft top has a cut in it from someone trying to break into the car at some point. I haven't tried to remove the hard top since I really don't want to mess this up, but on a positive note I have the complete factory tool roll with all the tools in the trunk.
Although I did take this for a slow lap around the neighborhood I don't think I would consider it safe to drive. Needs:
- major fluids flushed/changed (trans, brakes, diff, etc)
- inspection of the usual
- probably new tires (one is flat spotted a little for sure)
- tune up
- muffler/exhaust (leaks)
It is a little rough around the edges but wouldn't require a ton of work to make this car could a great driver and quite the looker. Even though I do have some parts missing in the photos (rear emblem and air filter assembly) I do have those and they come with the car. As far as I can tell it is 100% complete with no missing parts.
I am really not sure what an appropriate asking price is for this car...after doing some research it seems asking prices are all over the place. Been told I should ask $6900 for it so I guess I'll start there. Extremely negotiable.
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Vehicle is located in Lutz, FL.
Here are the photos. In the spirit of honesty I will come out and say the photos make the car look a little better than it does in person.
Hood has the worst of it. There is a little on the tops of the fender, the hard top, and the trunk as well:
Spot of rust: