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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-12-2015, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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I just can't wait to see pictures of it with some of the filth removed.
That's the right approach to a barn find Fonzi. You have to look beyond the years of dust and dirt and neglect. If what you discover is structurally sound and has potential then you just might be on to something, if it's a car that you happen to like. I happen to have a special interest in vintage Mercedes Benzes. These pictures show case the exact moment that the car was removed from 20+ years of being forgotten inside a Florida shed. Thankfully it was in Florida , not the north east with constant cold and hot damp thaws, and kept indoors away from the weather. When I first saw it, it had most of the removed trim and assorted other parts of it stacked on top of it. Flat tires and a whole lot of unknowns. But then as more information became available and it was freed from all of the stacks of parts resting on it, it began to look like a car begging to be saved. Long story short, I bought it and the widows neighbor assisted with his tractor and two helpers to gently pull it outside for the first time in many years so that it could be transported the next day to me here in NY. The widow of the owner took these photos that you see. Nothing hidden and completely honest in its neglected current condition. It's for sale as it is for now . If someone can see past the dust and read my detailed description in the CL listing, maybe they'll want to continue the rescue of 109 018. If not, then it'll be cleaned up and I'll completely inventory all of the parts that occupy the entire interior & trunk and so on. First the weather up here in the NE needs to behave .
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On my bucket list is to run the cannon ball in one of those.
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On my bucket list is to run the cannon ball in one of those.
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So how much? How about posting the VIN? The database for these cars is getting better and better. Help fill in the gaps.
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I don't think a restoration on a 6.3 this far gone makes sense. Probable costs in the neighborhood of $75 to $100K+ for a car that would be then valued at around $65K. It would be a several year project. It could be done, but you would have to have extreme patience, lots of time and a large, never ending checkbook.

Better off buying a more complete example and then taking it to the next level.

Mine has been a never ending labor of love. Some little detail always needs to be fixed, updated or repaired.

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