Date registered: Aug 2007
Location: Las Vegas
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1969 280 SL Renovation
Looked at a wonderful 280SL in the last two weeks and really appreciate the feedback I got from my earlier post
I drove the car a couple of times, found a restoration shop that spends 50% of their time on Pagodas and had them spend half a day on evaluating the car.
Though first impression was good (mechanically very good), found a ton of stuff that needs to be done:
- all rubber, ie. hoses, belts, engine mount, seals etc need to be replaced. No service other than oilchanges done in the last 10 yrs.
- some rust, pretty minor considering the age as it is a Nevada car that needs to be fixed.
- which results in the need of a paintjob
- Transmission is at the end of its lifecycle
- Seats need to be reupholstered
- Softtop needs replacement
- tires are too old
Now here are my questions for you:
I got a quote for replacing all the tubes, belts, hoses, engine mounts including full service of the engine (60,000m service) at $2500 - does that sound reasonable?
Rust removal and paintjob at $5000 - same question
Paint: Car is original color baby blue (I think it is called Horizon Blue) with white interior. I am not a huge fan of the color, but don't mind it too much. What impact on value would it have if I change the color to a different original MB color?
Upholstery: Material appears to be vinyl rather than leather - has anyone got any inside on what was used 40yrs ago?
Softtop: does anyone have a source for a replacement softtop and how much do they typically run? It is unlikely that I ever put the top up, thus the question is if it is smart to buy a new one as they won't get any better being permanently in their cubbyhole.
Transmission (Auto) - anyone got a source for good rebuild trannies?
Tires - where the original tires whitewall tires? Any particular tire type you would recommend to stay original?
Tks a lot for your help