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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-27-2014, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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FS- 450 SL - Red Bank, NJ 12K

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I was told this would be a better place to sell my car than Craig's List. My husband passed away in March and I can't keep his car anymore. It's a 1978 450 SL - off white with tan interior. (Convertible with hardtop) We bought in in the spring of 2012 and only used it a few times before he got sick. Last fall he put 4 new tires on it. It has about 76K miles and a new battery as well. Car looks great! It was garage kept the entire time and we have had a cover on it our driveway. I will send more pics upon request.

I would like $12000 for it OBO.
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Looks great for "garbage" kept.
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If you want top dollar for your car, this is not the place to sell it.

Nearly everyone here is very well versed in these cars and will know all of the places to look for weak points. That is, they will want to buy the car at a fair and reasonable price, not typically market price.

Your best bet is to go to eBay. People pay stupid prices for cars there, and you have some protections in place. You will pay a fee, but you'll also get a wider range of potential buyers who are willing to pay more for a car than any of us would. You'll also get the advantage of the auction mentality, where people will bid up an item more because they don't want to get beaten than because they want it....

I'm assuming you meant "garage kept".

Posting on a site like eBay will mean you should be as descriptive as possible with lots and lots of pictures, the more the better. Definitely state if you have service records, as that is very important to many MB people. If not, don't worry about it.

You'll need to establish a basis for the price. You can't just pick it out of the air or base it on what your husband paid - he may have overpaid!

The car looks nice, but prices for the early SLs (also known as "R107" models) such as this one aren't that great in my opinion, as someone who really wants an SL model like this will probably want to go with a later year for a number of reasons.

I would avoid Craigslist as you'll get a LOT of lowballers and tire kickers wasting your time. You can try and see for a couple of days, but that has been my experience over many years of buying and selling used MBs.

if you want to invest the time and expense, you could go to someone like John Olson who has the "SL Market Letter" to establish a general idea of value. John is the expert on SLs and is very well respected in this regard. He publishes values for all SL models on a regular basis, however, access to this information does require a fee.

Good luck with the sale,

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Looks great for "garbage" kept.
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Looks great for "garbage" kept.
What purpose did this post serve? If you don't like it state your reasons why. If an attempt at humor it is lacking and in poor taste.
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What purpose did this post serve? If you don't like it state your reasons why. If an attempt at humor it is lacking and in poor taste.
It's OK, Rowdie, in the original post I had a typo and put garbage kept, instead of garage kept.
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It's OK, Rowdie, in the original post I had a typo and put garbage kept, instead of garage kept.
That's is why the quote button comes in handy. If Baybear had used it his/her post would have made sense.
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Veronica, very sorry about the loss of your husband. Wish i was closer to lend a hand in the sale.

12k is going to be a struggle. Post some better pictures so we can advise in better detail.
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