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How should a 67' 250SE feel when driving?

Okay, So I'm considering buying this vehicle. It's cosmetically not that great, but it seems like the mechanics are all solid. $1000. Also, there's a giant hole in the trunk.... Some of you folks should be quite familiar with this car. I test drove it and here's how it felt:

Seemed slow, but had a tiny bit of getup if you punched the gas.
And it was loud. The exhaust was solid, though. It reminded me of the sound of a schoolbus when you held the gas down. Is this normal?
Hello 60's power steering. Nothing better.

I guess what I'm curious about is if these things are supposed to chug or glide. This one chugged. It was like I was driving an elegant rhino that took out brick walls and steel girders in its spare time. Very cool looking though.
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I've been battling rust in my 108, similar in look to yours. I've FINALLY cured the cancerous old bitch, and have a small laundry list of Things to Do on Sundays (small bits of undercarriage rust repair, attempting to understand my manifold pressure sensor, learning not to hate the guy who painted the car for me, etc). If you have a huge hole in your trunk, look for other signs of major rust, especially in the quarterpanels, and especially near the wheel wells.

If memory serves (and I'm drawing from my memories of my dad's 250, more than 16 yrs ago), yours is fuel injected, with mechanical injection, right? (God, I hope I'm right). My dad rebuilt the injection pump and did a general tune up (he later ended up rebuilding the motor in its entirety)(and then spun a bearing), and the car ran very very smoothly. It never had much pep, but was generally a nice, graceful ride.

How are the suspension bits?

If you end up buying the car, there are tons of web sites that cater to older Benz'. I've got a bunch, and I'm sure other members of this forum can also help out.

And if you have any questions about the deepening mysteries of manifold pressure sensors and why my car is so strangely finnicky (my sister in law is insistent that the car is haunted), maybe we can huddle. Yours doesn't have a MAP sensor though ...
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Sounds like the engine is in need of some serious tuning, but the ride should be the equal of any 21st century car.....theres dozens of rubber things under the car that wear and tear but the main thing to watch for are the two rubber mount bushes on the front axle and on the rear, the torque arm rubbers and diff locating bush.
With good shook absorbers the car should indeed glide but pick up should be fairly good,not startling like todays cars but able to maintain 100MPH speeds for long distances are really what these cars are about.

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If memory serves (and I'm drawing from my memories of my dad's 250, more than 16 yrs ago), yours is fuel injected, with mechanical injection, right? (God, I hope I'm right).
Nope, this baby's got a carbourator. But I'm willing to bet they came with both (or maybe the 68's did). Thanks for the heads up on those things though.. I did go over the wheel wells and they seemed solid. It was strange to see the trunk so devistated. I'm definately looking into getting one of these cars (the W111), but if i'm going to get a Cali car then it shouldn't have any rust... or else I might as well get one in PA. From what I've read and from what you guys have told me it seems that this one was on its way out. It didn't feel like a benz should feel, even though it was a 67' (oldest i've driven prior was a 79 300cd)

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In my oppinion it shoud feel as if you need sun roof that opens all the way.
If "the excitement" not sooooo biiiiiig that a fully opened sun roof is needed to accomodate "the excitement" than stuffit and sell the darn vehicle.

When I got my 450SLC I made sure it had factory fitted sunroof ;-)
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