- The trunk seal is sticking out under the lid on the right side.
- Right rear wheel is missing its trim ring
- Molding on the fenders don't look right. These cars had early style which shrink in a funny way.
- One incandescent low beam remaining suggests this is a lower mileage car
- Tires are scary
- Exhaust is patched
- Radio is wrong
- Wrong battery
- Trunk mat is wrong
All inexpensive or not particularly relevant when looking at a $3800 car.
The following are worth knowing more about
- Rust on the floor pan
- Transmission might be wrong. 280SE tag doesn't make sense for 1967.
- Cheap crimp connectors on the transmission wiring suggest questionable quality repairs
- Front end lubrication is nonexistent from inspection of the joints
- Wood is refinished all wrong. Early cars had a matte finish, not gloss.
- Carpet doesn't fit well... possibly replaced.
- Wood at the top of the windshield looks bad... I think this is telling about the car's past.
- Heater levers are missing their little rubber nubs
- Rear hat shelf is a wreck (carpet is bad, shouldn't have any speakers)
- Back seat just doesn't look right. Possibly rebuilt without using the correct horsehair.
- Lots of little thing under the hood suggest questionable mechanical work, lots of general parts, hoses, etc.
Some of these are worthy of discussion IMHO -
- what IS the rust situation on floor pan? How about a look under the carpets?
- check build card for engine and transmission. We know the 280SE badge is wrong but who cares...
- typical lack of front end lubrication
- carpet? I think my 1967 250S had a few remains of carpet and rubber floor mats. Again, in this price range....
- wood at windshield is worth looking at. Was there a water leak around the windshield rubber? Might be rusty inside, might not. Usually water damage to wood is pretty visible. If the wood is falling apart then water got in, and if water got in then how much rust is there in the window surround...
- Heater levers a bit of a pain to replace
- Hat shelf result of someone sticking in a stereo and rear speakers? --> who cares category.
- Back seat doesn't look right, maybe wrong horsehair pads - again we are talking about a $3800 car not a restored car.
- stuff under hood - see previous
I would be interested to see the build card to check the numbers. This may have a transplanted drivetrain from a 280S, which could explain the tag on the transmission.
Worth verifying and easy to verify. A 280S has a different air cleaner (big flat thing).
Again, I am not passing judgement, just making observations. Take it for what you will, but in my opinion this is far from a $5000, or for that matter, $3000 car in the condition it's in. If an overseas buyer purchases it, I hope they have someone inspect it before they close the deal.
Overseas buyers are lucky to find a car that isn't a rust bucket. Much less one that is a good driver with A/C... But along your lines I would suggest that they buyer who wants all of those things to be correct is looking for a $8000 W108 rather than a $3200 W108... If someone wants a perfect 108 then it's either going to cost a lot up-front, or it's going to cost even more in restoration. If people want a "nice" 108, this seems like a nice one to me.