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Hi,all...

So the '72 250C was sold last weekend. I'm sure all of us have felt the tug of watching one of your 'babies' driving away. It never gets easier, does it?

Selling antique cars, especially ones that you've developed an attachment to is difficult. Didn't want to let her go, but I had the classic problem of needing more garage space for that next project.

The antique car buyer's etiquette was key here. I turned away dozens of insulting offers, and even received reasonable offers from folks who were either trying to 'flip' the car quickly, or just didn't click with me. The new owner was respectful of the car, treated it properly when test-driving it, and didn't try to low-ball the price (too much).

She went to a good home, which was a great relief. The car was never advertised; I just drove it around the local area, and waited for someone who loved these cars to call. The new owner is a naval officer, and the 250C will probably be shown when the little detail stuff is taken care of.
Before the sale, I gave full disclosure of all the glitches and issues, as well as all the things I'd had done, and I think that helped a lot. A full box of receipts, extra parts, the original wool mats and the original manuals went with the car.

I'm now looking for a 450/560SL...any leads?

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I'm now looking for a 450/560SL...any leads?
Well, if it's a 560SL you want, may I recommend this one, not too terribly far from you?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1987-560SL-Convertible-with-Hard-and-Soft-Tops-Included_W0QQitemZ4572633780QQcategoryZ6338QQrdZ1Q QcmdZViewItem

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thanks for the lead...a very nice car. The "Arrest Me Red" color is probably not a good idea for me[:D]
I really like the darker blues and greys for these cars.

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thanks for the lead...a very nice car. The "Arrest Me Red" color is probably not a good idea for me[:D]
I really like the darker blues and greys for these cars.
Well, then perhaps this one:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/metallic-blue-560sl-in-excellent-condition-no-reserve_W0QQitemZ4574276691QQcategoryZ6338QQrdZ1QQ cmdZViewItem

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Ike, i swear, e-bay should be paying you for bird-dogging these cars for people!! You are officially the MB SL sales GURU[:0][:0][:I]
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Ike, i swear, e-bay should be paying you for bird-dogging these cars for people!! You are officially the MB SL sales GURU[:0][:0][:I]
Yeah, they should, trouble is I don't know these particular sellers, I just know how to find good cars.

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So your good looking for cars on the web? Then you wont mind finding me a gold delorean for sale! Please!
Thought you had me stumped didn't ya, DB? It'll be a cold day in hell, bud. Enjoy!

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"GOLD" Delorean
Buy that one and paint it.

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Well, almost everything's for sale, if you can wave enough cash at the owners. The two original gold examples (assembled in the Ireland plant) are in Snyder, Texas and Reno, Nevada the last I heard. There were two more manufactured in the U.S. at about the same time, but I have no idea where they are now.

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Hi,all...

So the '72 250C was sold last weekend. I'm sure all of us have felt the tug of watching one of your 'babies' driving away. It never gets easier, does it?

Selling antique cars, especially ones that you've developed an attachment to is difficult. Didn't want to let her go, but I had the classic problem of needing more garage space for that next project.

The antique car buyer's etiquette was key here. I turned away dozens of insulting offers, and even received reasonable offers from folks who were either trying to 'flip' the car quickly, or just didn't click with me. The new owner was respectful of the car, treated it properly when test-driving it, and didn't try to low-ball the price (too much).

She went to a good home, which was a great relief. The car was never advertised; I just drove it around the local area, and waited for someone who loved these cars to call. The new owner is a naval officer, and the 250C will probably be shown when the little detail stuff is taken care of.
Before the sale, I gave full disclosure of all the glitches and issues, as well as all the things I'd had done, and I think that helped a lot. A full box of receipts, extra parts, the original wool mats and the original manuals went with the car.

I'm now looking for a 450/560SL...any leads?
Well, for the perspective from the other side of the sale, I'm the guy that bought the 250C that NavyDave's talking about. The car was in such good shape that it practically sold itself, but Dave had a lot to do with it too. He was friendly, had a reasonable opinion of the car's value, and having all the original paperwork and parts really sweetened the deal. He was knowledgable about the car, and the only modifications that he had made (Weber carb upgrade, electronic ignition and new horns) were modifications that I probably would have made myself.

Seeing how clean his house and garage are also gave me a good feeling about the kind of care that the 250 had obviously received while he had it.

The car's not perfect, but he was very forthcoming about the few minor defects, and they're being fixed.

Honestly, I wish all purchases went this well.

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