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post #11 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-08-2014, 11:44 PM
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Looks good. GLWS

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Very nice car! I see you have another W123 in the garage. Is that yours or Dad's? $5k is bottom dollar IMHO on this car since its a euro M110 coupe.

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$5k is bottom dollar IMHO on this car since its a euro M110 coupe.
Finding a buyer who agrees with that might be another issue, though, but I'm sure the right one is out there somewhere.

I think Ebay might be a good place to start with this one.

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Very nice car! I see you have another W123 in the garage. Is that yours or Dad's? $5k is bottom dollar IMHO on this car since its a euro M110 coupe.
That is my mother's 1981 240D. We are trying to convince her to sell it too. She is still living at her home but our family and friends are doing all the driving for her. She is standing her ground on letting it go so far but might be going to a retirement village soon. My parents bought that and picked it up in Germany. They then toured Europe with it and had it shipped over on the Queen Elizabeth II to New York. I think the shipping was free as part of the purchase agreement. This is seriously the car that has only been driven by a little old lady and like the 280CE and not been used in the winter. Their Florida home had another car down there. So obviously it is a one owner with 152,481 miles. The exterior is in excellent condition, never been wrecked, leather interior in great shape. The drivers seat has always had a cushion on it because my mom is so short.
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I LOVE that your parents had matching W123's. So cool.


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I think it is also cool....I just find it sad, that they are selling them and waiting to send mom to the home of old folks then selling the 240D....I find it sad, that they cherished these rides and now the family wants them gone....I would have loved to inherit an older car and kept in the family, telling stories about it...

But at the end, to each its own...

Not the first time, I have seen the old folks shipped away, dumpster dropped off at the home, everything tossed, flipped the house and all the other possessions...
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BREAKING NEWS!!! S - T - F - U !

^Wow, just wow. Definitely one from the latest generation or two.

OP - you give the impression you're expecting an expeditious affair. Understand this would be inversely proportional to garnering top dollar. In addition, from that which you've presented, pros for the vehicle are the above average looking condition and low mileage. Contras are better summed up in one word: documentation. It's simple. To acquire the heftiest take, you'll need to produce verifiable service history by way of invoices, receipts, etc. or point your prospective buyer to the most longevous caretaker for the car. Anything short of this will also severely limit said "top dollar."

IMO, from what we've been shown, the "euro" mystique doesn't apply here as it seems your father chose to go with mostly American flavored bells and whistles. Most likely these were considered options back in the motherland so the "over the barrel" routine is two-fold, marked up add-ons at purchase and value degradation when sold. Specifically, upholstery material, window mechanisms, ACC mechanisms, headlamps, etc. are of the state-side variety and undesirable amongst the crowd who salivates over "euro refinements." For the most part European vehicles tend to be utilitarian. Again, just my two cents on selling that angle.

Lastly, previously stated valuations seem entirely realistic and at risk of being too obvious, your effort towards increasing the sales exposure for the car is second only in importance to presenting verifiable service history. The fleabay seems your best bet. GLWS.

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I really don't know what to say to cooljjay except you don't know the situation and how hard this whole process is to our family. Not wanting our 90 year old mother to drive is for her and others on the road best interest.

To MPZ I am not sure what you are saying. My father did not import the 280CE or chose the options on it. He just bought it and loved it ever since. As far as documentations. We have none plain and simple. We have a car title. All that tells me is he bought the car in 1997 and the car came from Virginia. He always took the car for service at a garage the specialized in older imports. The mechanic he used was almost his age, specialized in Mercedes and died about a year ago. I am not trying to represent the car as a ""euro" mystique. The car is just what it is no more or less. We just need to sell the car and are not fighting to get top dollar. Heck we don't even know what it is worth. I was hoping someone on the forum might appreciate it for what it is and would want to buy it.
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In response to PMs and emails, I went to take a closer and some features on the 280CE. It has automatic climate control, cruise control, power passenger mirror, a control to adjust headlight angle, all power windows work. It appears it does not have power door locks or if it does I could not get them to work. The headlights are sealed beam US headlights.
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I think it is also cool....I just find it sad, that they are selling them and waiting to send mom to the home of old folks then selling the 240D....I find it sad, that they cherished these rides and now the family wants them gone....I would have loved to inherit an older car and kept in the family, telling stories about it...

But at the end, to each its own...

Not the first time, I have seen the old folks shipped away, dumpster dropped off at the home, everything tossed, flipped the house and all the other possessions...


I've really enjoyed most of your posts. But not this one!

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