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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-01-2015, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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1972 Mercedes Benz 350SL project car - $2700 (Folsom)

Great project car. Collectors will love this. Hard top convertible. Needs a paint job. Red leather seats in decent shape, one seam coming apart in the driver seat. Dash needs to be replaced. Needs new carpet kit. Engine in unknown condition. It's not running now, but it ran 7 years ago when my father bought it. Has $197k miles. Body is in incredibly good condition. No dings or dents. I don't think there is any rust damage. From what I'm seeing, it's worth $6,000 in fair condition if it runs, up to $12,000-$20,000 if in mint condition.

1972 Mercedes 350sl

VIN: 350SL001495
condition: fair
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 197000
paint color: silver
size: compact
title status: clean
transmission: automatic
type: coupe

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It's what Mercedes called a "California Coupe", meaning there was a removable hard top fitted but no soft top, nor is there a provision to add a soft top frame.

Not terribly common, but also not very desirable for someone who doesn't live in a climate like SoCal, since if you get caught out in the weather you're pretty much screwed.

I've seen a few of these in Florida, too.

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Thanks LWB250!!

I agree....this is a perfect California car!!
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It's what Mercedes called a "California Coupe", meaning there was a removable hard top fitted but no soft top, nor is there a provision to add a soft top frame.

Not terribly common, but also not very desirable for someone who doesn't live in a climate like SoCal, since if you get caught out in the weather you're pretty much screwed.

I've seen a few of these in Florida, too.

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All R107s had the soft top. In 1972 the hard top may have been an option but on later years it was standard. You may be thinking of the W113.

That is not a VIN for a 350SL. It would be 10704312001495 if it has a 3.5L engine and auto trans or 10704412001495 if it has a 4.5L engine. The add has been pulled so I can't tell which.
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Here's the ad:
http://sacramento.craigslist.org/cto/5153129441.html

At least I'm pretty sure that's the same car. I sent the link to TheProctologist for him to check out when the seller decides he wants to get the car "gone".

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All R107s had the soft top. In 1972 the hard top may have been an option but on later years it was standard. You may be thinking of the W113.

That is not a VIN for a 350SL. It would be 10704312001495 if it has a 3.5L engine and auto trans or 10704412001495 if it has a 4.5L engine. The add has been pulled so I can't tell which.
That's the VIN that the CA DMV gave those cars back in the day, I just went through hell getting them to change it back to the 1070441200 format on my car, requiring 4 visits and ultimately having to have it visually inspected, it required a fairly large scene at the DMV to get it sorted out actually involving a few supervisors, meaning he pulled the VIN off the paperwork and not the body

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It's what Mercedes called a "California Coupe", meaning there was a removable hard top fitted but no soft top, nor is there a provision to add a soft top frame.

Not terribly common, but also not very desirable for someone who doesn't live in a climate like SoCal, since if you get caught out in the weather you're pretty much screwed.

I've seen a few of these in Florida, too.

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Actually I think it's what Mercedes called the R107 which came with both a hard top and a soft top, they are pretty common and I've seen a few of these here....

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That's the VIN that the CA DMV gave those cars back in the day, I just went through hell getting them to change it back to the 1070441200 format on my car, requiring 4 visits and ultimately having to have it visually inspected, it required a fairly large scene at the DMV to get it sorted out actually involving a few supervisors, meaning he pulled the VIN off the paperwork and not the body
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.
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Thanks Fonzi. I did receive a text from some one who is the "go to guy" about the DJet system that has the same model and he provided me with some incredibly valuable information about the car. I have received a couple of interest texts, so we'll see if they follow through.
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Thanks Fonzi. I did receive a text from some one who is the "go to guy" about the DJet system that has the same model and he provided me with some incredibly valuable information about the car. I have received a couple of interest texts, so we'll see if they follow through.

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Yes. I saw the CL listing before I saw this thread and due to the location I forwarded the link to the D-jet man who also has a 1972. He is in the Sacramento area and I consider him a friend. I think if your price comes down a good bit, the two of you might be willing to work something out.

These cars aren't for people who like to tinker, they are for the terminally obsessed who LOVE to tinker and get their hands dirty, regularly. Andrew is a good guy. When you are ready to really get rid of the car, give him a call.
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