Date registered: Aug 2005
Vehicle: 1972 250C, Ducati ST
Location: Norfolk, Virginia
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RE: Buying a '79 450SL, please help figure out the fair price.
Go to eBay and look at the completed auctions for 450SL's in that age range. There are currently about 60 completed auctions to look at for cars between 1976 and 1980.
$9000 seems like a good price for a clean one. From the completed auctions, it appears that the owners think more highly of them than the bidders - there are quite a few that were "reserve not met", even at $10,000+.
For that price, as long as the body is straight, the paint is good, and the car is clean overall, the only other things I'd really want would be the optional hardtop and at least some service records.