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Might buy a 77 450 SL........need some help

My buddy found a 1977 450 SL with 102,000 miles on it, body in perfect condition. What can anyone tell me about this car? He has not driven it yet but will soon, owner wants $7500 for it. Thanks!

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what would like anyone to say? :-)
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Here are the "Gold Book" value...

ranges for the car:

1977 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL Dsp/HP Eng ROADSTER 1973-80 4.5/190 V8

Fair: $4,500; Good: $9,500; Exc: $16,000; Show: $20,000; Loan: $8,500

Ded: Missing Hardtop $1,500

Your subject car is priced between "fair" and "good" condition.

I would recommend having the car thoroughly inspected by someone that knows what they are doing. There is an old saying "the most expensive car in the world to own is a cheap Mercedes-Benz".

There is some truth in the above for the unwary.

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I have a 1977 450sl. I live in San Diego and for the last 13 years, only one mechanic has ever handled it. He knows the car inside and out. I have no serious problems out of the car. Of course, normal wear and tear has to be accounted for....my goodness, it's over 30 years old! You cannot expect a perfect auto but make sure you take the advise of the other peer and, get the car looked at by someone who knows what they are looking at. I really love to drive mine. Very strong engine and really not very difficult to care for. I drop the top down often but now that it's starting to cool a bit, I have just put the hardtop on. If your freind does buy it, and it's in very good shape, he will enjoy it. Beware, it is a gas drinker and has to be upkept to get optimum performance and fuel efficiency. Hope this helps. God bless.
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