I am removing the most valuable parts from my 1981 280slc 4-speed manual stick shift that is an absolute blast to drive. I put $900 into having the brakes all redone (new rear calipers and new rotors), and also recently had the windshield replace (~$400) but haven't had to do much of anything to the drivetrain.
The car IS going in the next few days nomatter what. I've got a local offer from someone who is also buying my 1972 250c, but the price on the 280slc is one where I wonder if I should be parting out the car instead of selling it whole. Perhaps someone could really use this drivetrain. I know manual trans r/c107 pedals and manual trans setups are pretty desirable, but unfortunately this is not the most desirable 5-speed setup. (I did purchase a 5-speed trans for this car, but knowing the speed at which I work, I sent it off with another forum member and the tailcone of that trans has gone another way. I am not sure if this 4-speed tailcone would fit on the 5-speed, but I assume it would not.)
Anyway, I think I would need over $1500 plus shipping to make this all worth while. I wonder if maybe the drivetrain could be worth even more I don't know. This is all very sudden for me as some crazy local guy I talked to on the phone made me offers on these cars without even looking at them, but I do believe he is serious and will be buying these rare cars at these low prices. I just wonder if I should be giving a forum member a shot at the rare 107 setup. The value is clearly in the drivetrain, but the 280c is not beyond restoration. It simply needs a lot of body work, both for isolated rust spots, and also passenger side damage from someone backing into the car while parked.
Because the car did not generate any real interest on ebay while sporting the headlight wipers, euro headlights, and very nice euro bumpers, I've decided to put on lesser quality parts that I have, taking the high quality and high value parts for myself. So this car will not have headlight wipers or euro headlights. That shouldn't stop anyone from driving the crap out of this car though. All the enjoyment is still there.
Take note, I'm in the process of swapping several parts and while it's the same car as this picture below, it no longer has BBS wheels (bundt installed now), or euro lights (US lights installed now), and the front bumper installed is missing the center rubber piece.
This car does have some rare 1981 Bosch ABS system, but the ABS light is on, and I don't believe the system is working correctly.
The driver front window needs help to go down, but all other windows work fine, and the driver window does go up just fine. (I wonder if the glass has slipped out if the metal support track.)