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WTB R107 300SL in Los Angeles area

Looking for referrals for an R107 300SL within a 50 mile radius of zip code 91789 (Walnut, CA). I'm aware of a few in the San Diego area and in Northern California, but would prefer to stay in the immediate area, so if anyone knows of a possible candidate for sale, please let me know.

I missed one last weekend--misadvertised as a 1984 and retrofitted with DOT bumpers--but the badge, air dam, and recessed door handles visible in the sole photo posted indicated that it probably was indeed a 300. Seller was asking $3500 and had it gone by the time I saw the ad the next day!
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Just my opinion, the 300SL R107 is a somewhat of a rare car in the US as its a Greymarket car. I would highly advise considering going up to Northern CA or asking a member for assistance to take a look at the car to make sure its worth the time to go up there for a visit. Hoping to find one in a 50mile radius might be tough.... if it were a 560SL, it would be a different story.

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One other option I've thought of is buying from out-of-state or even abroad as these cars seem to fetch relatively high prices compared to 560s of similar condition. But since CA is very stringent with regulations, I wonder what sort of modifications would be required, and what the cost of transport would be.
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I am also looking for a euro version, a 500 would also be good but with european bumpers...
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One other option I've thought of is buying from out-of-state or even abroad as these cars seem to fetch relatively high prices compared to 560s of similar condition. But since CA is very stringent with regulations, I wonder what sort of modifications would be required, and what the cost of transport would be.
Buying them from abroad is not that difficult, except for CA. Importing them in as a classic now lets you by-pass a lot of the headaches. However, it must meet CA CARB specs in order for you to register the car in CA. This may cost $10k on top of the purchase price.

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Thanks for that info--it explains a lot about the high prices I'm seeing. For cars from other states, what is the procedure for bringing them in to CA? Is there a way to find out if a particular car that has been in the U.S. for some time already meets these CA requirements?
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The easiest way is to find a car that was already registered/titles in California... meaning it already went through the CARB test and received that decal in the door jam that they check for during Smog tests.

If you purchase a Euro spec car from another state and try to register it in CA, they will require it to be CARB'd... so you'll have to take it to one of those stations and will check to see if it has all the required emission parts to be CA-compliant. This could be a lengthy thing... or not, never been down this path myself.

My suggestion is that if you are dead-set on a R107 300SL and have seen one in CA for sale, I would not rule it out just because its not within 50 miles of where you live. This forum has a few members in northern CA and you may consider asking if someone can take a look at it to see if its worth the time coming up to buy. Or you can consider having the seller take it to a Mercedes repair shop of your choosing to do a pre-purchase inspection.

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Sounds like a big hassle indeed. I have a few more what-if questions, though, so will cross-post to the 107 board.

Thanks again for this information.
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300sl are very rare, but ironically one popped up not too far from me on ebay. It looks pretty beat down though. I honestly don't know why anyone would be even seeking an automatic one though. What's the attraction to an automatic 300sl? Maybe it's a little more desirable than a 560sl outfitted with euro headlights and bumpers, but is it any more desirable than a gen2 500sl? Or any other Euro that's had the subframe updated?

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Personally I don't understand the high prices relative to unimpressive condition either, but the M103 motor has a nice sound and is smooth as hell.
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