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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-19-2005, 07:52 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, so last night I was coming home from work and my apartment manager offered to sell me his 250S. I wanted to see it so I went to his house and there was minor rust along the door panel and the front emblem was missing. He told me the valve seal needs to be replaced but my dad is a volkswagen mechanic and he told me it would be no problem to fix that. The seats need to be recovered and the car has 58,000 original miles... clock still works
(It also has a sun roof)
He is the original owner.

Major problems: the manager is from thailand and he is hard to understand... he said it was a 1979 but I think that he means 1969 because the pictures of the 60's 250s are identical. I'm new to classic forign cars so please bear with me. Did Mercedes produce 79' 250S?

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He's selling for $400 immediately and needs an answer.

Should I go for it?
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RE: Mercedes 250S

It's most likely a '69, I don't think that they made a 79 250S and if they did it was most likely a European model. Someone correct me if I'm mistaken.
As for the valve seals if your dad can do them for you great. Rust can be deadly to these cars but the one you are looking at sounds like it isn't too bad yet. I would eventually take care of the rust. Other than that and from what you've described I would go for it, for $400 dollars it sounds like a bargain.
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Thanks for the reply...

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RE: Mercedes 250S

It is definitely a 1969 250S. The W116 from the seventies only came in 280S/SE and up.

I love the style of these late 60s models.
if you will have some pix please do post them.

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There were very few 1969 250s built (389 according to Nitske). Chances are good it is a 280s. IIRC, the 250s was not even imported past 1968. To determine what you have check the engine number. The 250s has a m108 and the 280s has an m130. You should see the two zenith carbs on either motor. They are nice cars to drive and simple to maintain as long as you or your mechanic knows how to tune the zeniths properly. I drove my '67 250s daily for over 4 years before relegating it to an occasional driver due to fuel costs. The biggest issue, as already mentioned, is rust. Fenders, floors, trunk wells, rockers, are just the beginning. If the rust is not too bad, and it is halfways decent running/driving, for $400 you can't go wrong. With a manual trans these are very nice cars. If it turns out to be a money pit, sell it and recoup your investment.


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