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Thanks flyboyike, this really helps.

I'm quickly realizing how little I truly know about these cars. As I look at the different cars you suggest, there are obviously a number of models that I would find acceptable. Really, I am looking for two doors, two or four seater, convertible or not. It is the more streamlined look that many of these autos you and others have pointed out that interest me, not so much the more austere and majestic look-and-feel of the sedans. Yet, there are many different models that all seem OK to me, and I am uncertain what the differences are or how they might best serve my relatively humble needs, which also include:

* Not looking for a show car or big investment score, just something that is well designed and relatively affordable to drive

* Something that drives well and is safe (good handling, etc.)

* Something that has relatively controlled worst-case maintenance costs; again, I would like to spend a total of about 20K over five years, or 4K per year. I can spend it all up front, or in maintenance over the ownership cycle. Of course, if someone tells me I could spend 30K up front and get something ideal that would be reliable as a new car and the best possible ride, I would be willing to spend more. My biggest concern on cost is not wanting to both spend a lot up front *and* find myself spending a lot in ongoing maintenance.

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* Something that has relatively controlled worst-case maintenance costs; again, I would like to spend a total of about 20K over five years, or 4K per year. I can spend it all up front, or in maintenance over the ownership cycle. Of course, if someone tells me I could spend 30K up front and get something ideal that would be reliable as a new car and the best possible ride, I would be willing to spend more. My biggest concern on cost is not wanting to both spend a lot up front *and* find myself spending a lot in ongoing maintenance.

Danke!
Then I hate to say it but that first 450SLC with 28K miles is your car!Goes like bastard, handles great and with those miles and in that condition, there hopefully won't be too many surprises.

P. S. That seller is a specialist in VERY low mile Benzes and Bimmers. He gets truly amazing cars and that one is one of them

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R107 would be the one for you. The later ones with K-Jet fuel injection should be fairly reliable and many of the convertibles are well kept.
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Here is a possibility. One of our fellow forum members is selling what looks like a very nice 280SLC.

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/forums/thread-view.asp?tid=1211276&posts=4&fid=23

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Thanks for the continued good pointers, flyboyike!

alabbasi, I can't seem to find any R107's for sale, on eBay or Craig's List, might there be some other designation for it? Thanks.
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Thanks for the continued good pointers, flyboyike!

alabbasi, I can't seem to find any R107's for sale, on eBay or Craig's List, might there be some other designation for it? Thanks.
R107 is the series designation for all 1972-1989 SL and SLC models. These are 280SL, 280SLC, 300SL, 350SL, 350SLC, 380SL, 380SLC, 420SL, 450SL, 450SLC, 500SL, 500SLC, 560SL...PHEW! That enough designations for ya?

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R107 is the series designation for all 1972-1989 SL and SLC models. These are 280SL, 280SLC, 300SL, 350SL, 350SLC, 380SL, 380SLC, 420SL, 450SL, 450SLC, 500SL, 500SLC, 560SL...PHEW! That enough designations for ya?

<grin> Yes, plenty. Many thanks!
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We sure don't lack for opinions here, do we?...

dk -

You probably need to do a lot of surfing and learning if you are going to be happy with your choice. A good starter would be to spend an hour or two looking at the cars on "Hack's Mercedes" web site. You can quickly learn to relate the chassis designations with style and time period and identify those that give you a warm fuzzy. Narrow it (your choices) down then start learning about those versions more specifically here and on the other available forums.

Be forewarned: they grow on you and the interest expands, possibly exponenetially (see MRTIKET's stable above). You ask how I know?: It all started with a 107 (84 500SL) last summer. Then a 126 (84 280SEL) last fall; a 116 (77 280SE) this past winter. Last week another 126 (90 560SEL). I'm over the edge...

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RE: Help! Purchasing 2 door late 60's-early 80s Mercedes coupe

Any other comments on this topic? I just started looking into getting an early 80's SL. There is a local 380SL for sale but the owner wants WAY too much for it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4557151916


Any years/models to avoid?
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Any other comments on this topic? I just started looking into getting an early 80's SL. There is a local 380SL for sale but the owner wants WAY too much for it.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=4557151916


Any years/models to avoid?
On 107s avoid pre-1977 models due to the less reliable EFI systems and 380SL/SLC models unless the timing components have been replaced like on the one you linked.

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