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Date registered: Oct 2007
Vehicle: 500E; CL600 TT
Location: Pinecrest, FL
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1973 280SEL 4.5: Your opinion, please!
Found this '73 280SEL in Craigslist. Car is in Boulder, CO.
Would you please give me your honest opinion about this car? I don't want to get stuck with a money spending machine. Can I use it as a daily driver?
1973 MERCEDES BENZ 280 SEL 4.5: $8,975
This is a rather rare car, being made only for two years with the 4.5 V8 engine. I purchased this car from a California owner about three years ago. It has absolutely no rust and everything works (except the clock). Electric windows, Becker Europa II AM/FM, great heat (sliders work), A/C recharged and blows cold, MB tex, no sunroof. Over the past two years, I have replaced the following: tie rod ends, sub-frame bushings, radiator mounts, timing chain, cam gears, oil cooler lines, front and rear windshield seals, all four door seals, trunk seal, trunk mat, front and rear speakers, custom floor mats, front and rear seat padding, custom sheep skin seat covers (all receipts included). The odometer now shows about 65,000 miles [seller picture shows 45K miles].
The car was repainted before I purchased it. Serviced here in Denver by Mark Langston at Stu Ritter Mercedes (Stu is the technical editor of the MB Star magazine).
Answers from seller:
1) I had the front and rear seats repadded and re-used the original MB Tex
no rips or tears. The sheepskins were put on for comfort, not to cover
problems. I had the wood bow refinished when the windshield seal was
2) As with many W108 series cars, the rear-end compensator has been
replaced with a spring. When you can find new old stock compensators,
they run about $1,000. The front end has been well lubricated and the king
pins are in good shape.