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69 280se how much?

there is a guy who has a 69 280se in pretty good condition. well the paint is a little faded (its white) has little rust spots on the drivers side door and rear near the taillights. the brakes need to be redone as it sat for sometime, but the car starts and runs good and it has ac. its straight six the front glass has hairline crack there is no rust underneath the car he and his dad were the only owners and it has 180,000 miles on it. i didnt have my camera but he was very friendly and probably wouldnt mind me taking some. i am asking whats a good price because initially he didnt want to sell but since he knows someone that will take care of the car is interested he might part with it. anybody got ideas?
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how long is a piece of string?

First off, there were TWO 280se's. How many doors does this one have? The two door is worth considerably more than the four door.

Second, the different between a 300$ parts car and 1,000$ restoration candidate is the amount of rust UNDER the car. These cars are unibodies, so there is no frame. Underside rust IS there. Find it. If there are holes the size of your fist (quite possible), you have to ask yourself if it's worth fixing vs just driving it "as is" until you decide it's unsafe. If there are no underside holes, you probably aren't looking hard enough.

Aside from issues of rust, think in terms of cosmetics (life IS a beauty contest). Little things that mean "repaint this car" need to be fixed or you're going to live with them until you're ready to spend several thousand dollars (like 5k) to have the car painted.

Then again, a guy selling his dad's car might consider it worth more than it's worth.

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it is a four door and i looked on the bottom of this ca pretty good there wasnt any major rust. the only reason it had any rust on the outside is someone scratched the paint down to the metal. and youre right about the dad statement. ill have pics this week sometime to get a better idea of what i should ask for it.
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add your location to your profile, and the location of the car in your post.

If it is, for instance, a California car, then rust is typically less of an issue. The rust from a "keying" incident is typically fixable, but I wonder why the owner did not touch the paint up, or have it repaired - this IS a sign that other things may not have been properly maintained in the car's later years.

Have the car professionally inspected, unless you REALLY know what you are doing. Bringing a run down Mercedes up to snuff can be expensive and time consuming.

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... Bringing a run down Mercedes up to snuff can be expensive and time consuming.

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