I just ended my hunt for gray recaros for my gray velour interior 280slc after approximately 10 months.
1) missed a set of gray vinyl C's that apparently had some minor mechanical or electrical problems in California for $1500.
2) bought one black cloth orthopad driver figuring it would make a comfortable driver seat for me, and got it for only $110, a real steal. Fully functional.
3) found a set of brown vinyl KRX with a few rips with no headrests for about $400, and went drove about 2.5 hours to get them.
4) someone offered me another black orthopad driver with a busted control bezel for $250, and I figured I could customize the bezel somehow and use it as a passenger seat. All functions worked, but it was a project seat. It made a "set" of drivers for me.
5) I saw some nice black speaker headrests and bought them for a little less than $200.
At this point I had two total projects on my hands.
Next a set of gray cloth orthopads came up on ebay for $1500 plus shipping in Long Island. That's just too much for a used pair of cloth seats. I couldn't justify it.
6) a pair of tan vinyl classic C with stated "water damage" came up on ebay for $600 buy it now. I bought them in a heartbeat, and was of course disappointed when they arrived: rustier than expected, needing the rear of the bottom frames replaced, no power functions worked, appeared to have external pumps because just hoses hung out the bottom of the seats. Total project. If only they were the right color I might have decided to keep them. Nope.
So at this point I wasn't ready to invest another penny in seats the gray cloth orthopads until I got my money back for the above inexpensive purchases that simply weren't right for me.
7) After probably a few months of having all six seats listed in a single ebay auction, I finally got the money I needed to go get the gray velour orthopads. I paid out the ass for them because they are just about the only thing I'm ever going to find that is ready to install in my 280slc. I could buy a working set like the OP's and have them recovered, but we all know that would not be cheap.
When was the last time you saw a passenger classic C for sale? How much was it going for?
Passenger seats seem to be far less common.
Add the fact that this passenger seat doesn't need to be reupholstered, and it comes with a matching driver seat. That will save someone 10 months of searching and buying the wrong seats .
That is my experience. Here's what I ended up with after 10 months, which coincidentally were listed for $1500.
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