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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-16-2014, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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For Sale 1959 219 Great Restoration Project

I just received this 1959 219 and it will make a great restoration project. Here is a link to my ad on Craigslist that has quite a few pics. I am asking $4900 and will listed to serious offers. Feel free to call me with any questions.

1959 Mercedes 219 Sedan Ponton Great Classic Restoration Project
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Thats a nice one! Looks like the leather could also be brought back to life. Would be a cool car to own!
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Man in that shape I probably wouldnt even restore it; patina is cool.
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I think you're being overly optimistic in regards to the value, especially since it's not in running condition. While the 200 series cars are becoming rare, they are so plebeian and basic they don't have much of a following and as a result values aren't that great.

In this market your price would be a bit high if it was running and driveable.

I would do some further research on what is selling. In my opinion you're not going to be successful at the current price with the car not in running condition. There are so many aspects of the car whose condition can't be determined without it being in operating condition that a non-runner is on the fringes of being a parts car....

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I live in the Philly area and saw this '59 219 in CL. Went by and took a long look at it and I agree with LWB250...the price was overly aggressive for something that didn't run. The car does look nice but the unknowns were overwhelming for me.


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This is one of those "For some strange reason we're not willing to invest the time or effort to get it running/fixed" CL ads that always puzzles me. Why someone wouldn't make the effort to get the car running, as it would certainly add significantly to the value, always makes me suspect the integrity of the item being offered.

When you consider that there are some parts for the running gear, such as brake boosters, that are NLA or unobtanium for this car, having it not run is a huge gamble on the part of a potential buyer. With fully restored examples barely reaching the high four figures it would be a major roll of the dice to put this kind of money in for the initial purchase and not expect to have twice that in bringing the car up to finished condition.

If it was running, even if there were issues with things like brakes, this would be a $4000 car realistically. It's relatively solid and all the parts appear to be there, even the rare heater boxes. But if the engine doesn't run and it can't be driven, it's no better than a parts car price-wise.

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