Thanks for the explanation. Did they actually put a tag on the door jamb or other place? As you showed them. It is not correct.
No, they just changed it on the pink slip, all the VINs on my car were just the original 10704412000XXXX format, no one noticed until they canceled my registration since it wasn't showing as insured, since my insurance was using the correct VIN, my insurance company finally noticed after about 6 visits to the DMV website, multiple emails, and 2 different visits, the VIN# on my pink slip was obscured by the sticker for the license, when I took out the sticker I left the little plastic bit so I never noticed.
Hey Ben, the other option is keep the car and we'll walk you through restoring it
Start by having your wife try and turn the ignition to the "start position" while you jump the starter with a screwdriver to see if that's actually the problem
then it's step by step, illustrated, your next year will look exactly like this:
I personally find two things appealing about the car;
1) The possibility it is actually completely rust free (highly unlikely, these cars are biodegradable)
2) the 0001495 VIN#, that is one of the first 1500 R107's ever made
I'd do what this guy is doing, http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c1...-progress.html
gut it completely, pull the engine, drop the tranny, gut the interior, get it painted, rebuild and repaint the suspension, replace all the rubber and go from there for a full restore, rebuild the engine and service the tranny, cannibalizing both cars, probably take me 5-10 years to get it fully rebuilt and in mint condition enough to be show ready.
Then I'd drive the SHIT out of it and end up like ScottinSoCal, driving around a car worth 5k that I dropped 20k in fixing it up.
I'd be totally OK with that scenario
When I bought my car there were a group of grizzled old guys laughing and telling me if I put 10k in the car I'd have the nicest $3500 car on the block....they weren't wrong, it's just in lieu of money I put thousands of hours in working on the car, it wasn't until the last year or two I was finally able to actually drop some $$$ into the thing, new top, tires, struts, shocks, rubber, etc