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How important is originality?

Hi. I'm new to the list. I'm considering buying a '71 380SL. It's a terrible color of brown. If I was planning on maximizing by investment potential (meaning, I want to drive it awhile then sell it for breakeven or a slight profit), then is it worth more it's original brown color or a better color.

I know with certain cars, changing colors obliterates their value but I didn't know if that was the case with SL's. Particularly if they aren't a good color to start with.

Oh and sorry if anybody out there actually likes that color. It's not my cup of tea.

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If you modify it, it loses value. Originality on an older car, to me, means everything. I don't want any performance/aesthetic modifications, improvements (other than common sense ones), or repaints. If you take a brown car and paint it another color, I would pay you less for the car. Worse than that, when I found out it was a repaint, I'd just go find another car.

Brown is yuck - there's a lot of really nice brown MBs out there that I come across, and I pass on every one regardless of condition.

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(1) A 1971 380SL? Sure it isn't a 1971 280SL ?
(2) If you want to repaint it, fine. But expect that car to be a hard sell when the time comes.

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The cost of the paint is not a factor. I can do that myself. The cost of three quarts of PPG and a gallon of clear is about $750. As far as your attitude towards repaints - wow. I never heard that before. You must only have seen cars repainted by Maaco.

But, I'll take your advice and repaint it the original color.

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I disagree with POS. If you paint everything, the engine bay, inner trunk lid, etc etc, then it wouldn't bother ME. I'm big on originality, but not THAT big. Besides, Benz hasn't made a brown that I like. I also can't stand the brown ("palamino?") interior colors either.

I say paint it, and do a good job!
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Like I said, to me, originality is everything. The only thing I chase are low-mileage, original vehicles. It's my thing.

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Are we talking about a 71 280SL or an 81 380SL?

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OK. Here's the skinny. It's a 72 350SL. It's red, not brown. The picture lied. Second, it wa looking to be in pretty good shape right up until we put it on the lift. The passenger side floorboard and frame rail were totally perforated - not beyond repair, just more work than I was looking to at this time.

So. I passed on it. Too bad.

I'll keep looking.

BTW, I only buy cars that come in boxes. It's my thing. Check out Hal's 911 blog
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