New to the vintage SL scene, currently driving a mint 02 C320 and very happy with it at 28K.
An available 1970 "Champagne" (kinda pukey gold) 280SL convertible with the hardtop option,
4 speed with brown leather and jump seats, disc brakes. About 5 years ago it had the motor re-done, brakes, tranny, shocks, exhaust by a VERY reputable wrench here in Tucson - supposedly the bill was $11K. Paint is pretty darned good, new tires, correct hub caps -a very original car and very roadworthy - it has been driven a couple of times a month since the mechanicals were done and kept inside. No rust - an AZ car as far as I can tell. Mileage about impossible to verify, but the car HAS been taken care of and does not show any signs of excess wear - I would GUESS it has 80 to 100K on it, but who knows... it runs great and does not puke any oil - anywhere.
Now the bad:
It needs a new top, interior, carpet, etc. to bring it back to respectable status, although it looks darned good on the outside, very minor chrome pitting, dings, etc. A looker. Complete. No AC, imagine that on a convertible from 1970...
I own a motorcycle seat re-man business so have the tools to do the interior - and the time - and the contacts for the original OEM materials (or the best available) at wholesale.
$20K is the ask, and supposedly this is a "rare"
car since it is NOT
auto, pale color for females, drum brakes and supposedly only 30 to 60 with these "manly" options were imported to the US. I guess the jump seat counts for something as well.
Should I go for it? Not afraid to take on a project but I want to know my labor will be well
compensated if I decide to sell it in 5 years or so. I'm willing to put a year in to bring it up to a high level.
Oh yeah - this will be the wife's daily driver.
She's never had a ticket or accident in 50 years. She's a looker too.
I am so confused.