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post #31 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 01:22 PM
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W114 can't possibly go down much more in value. So many of them are so rusty that they have to be dying off pretty fast. 90% of the ones I've seen seem to be so damn rusty that they are sold under $1000. I'm not sure how much longer people will tolerate them rotting away in the fields. The problem I ran into with the cheap rusty ones I've owned is that it was not even close to worth my time to part them out. It's hard to get more than $100 for any single part when you so often can buy a whole parts car for $500. 107s have been a totally different world for me, much easier to make them run, and much more profitable to sell parts. As much as I love the style of the w114 more than the more modern 107s, I've learned that in should keep my focus on 107s. Everybody wants a convertible. It takes someone special to seek out an old MB coupe. The great thing about these w114 coupe is that you can get a car with a TON of character for really cheap. All the other coupes of this age and earlier are going to cost you an arm and a leg. Coupe prices should rise. That's another reason it's probably not worth your effort to try and sell it. It's probably not much more effort to hang onto it and fix it up more if you've got the room to store it.


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post #32 of 33 (permalink) Old 05-11-2015, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Even my wife (who used to grumble about my car) is saying 'Are you sure you really want to let it go?' Fonzi, you re so right. These are cool old cars and the coupes are special in their own way. Everywhere I go, people take notice of my car. It's fun and different in a sea of Accords and Camrys. I'm really starting to lean in the direction of keeping her and attacking the few details that make daily driving less than optimal here in Florida. Now if anyone had clear, detailed instructions on how to transplant an M104 engine into a W`114, I'd be all about that!

These coupes have good looks, a rugged design and plenty of swagger with a few simple modifications. The only trouble is the engines just aren't powerful or efficient. If it was one or the other, I could appreciate it but instead, it is neither.

I hardly ever see a /8 W114 or W115 on the road. That makes me think they are an undiscovered gem that will soon get some love from the collector market. Mercedes Motoring certainly got lots of attention for their light green coupe. I've changed my position from being willing to negotiate within reason to 'The price is the price; take it or leave it'. Thanks, Fonzi and Darren, you guys have gotten me reconsidering.

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Keep her Dave! The car's too nice to let it go!


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