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Date registered: Feb 2009
Vehicle: 57 and 61 Ponton's 1969 220
Location: The "Great North-WET"
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Really Nice Suprise On Latest Purchase
So a while back I posted a clutch diagnosis problem on a 1969 220 Sedan that I was considering purchasing. I appreciated the help, but just could not decide on the car. It is a 4cyl, 4spd car, kind of heavy and slow, not really in bad shape,,,,,,,,but?
The car was parked in an industrial area and had been for sale for some time, of course not many people saw it. Looked good from 20 feet, and other than some rear qtr panel rust on both sides, plus an old body repair that showed because the paint had not oxidized at the same rate, pretty straight car. The interior is much the same, not bad at all, just some basic issues like maybe a carpet kit.
The rub was that the car had sat for a couple of years and developed a clutch chatter over the down time. They put a new slave in it, no cure. But I am thinking that it could be the motor mounts or the trans mount, since it is not nearly as bad when you put it in reverse. Of course a good tune up and some TLC should go a long way. I can patch panel the rust, and spot in the paint.
Bottom line was they started at 2K, and by the time I saw the car they had dropped the price to 12 hundred. I finally went by the other day and the car was still there, so I called the owner and made my most polite low offer.....5 hundred dollars, which was accepted.
I drove the car home and it cruised down the freeway very well. The clutch even seems to be getting better (corrosion maybe getting worn off)? But the most interesting thing is that a box of paperwork came with the car, in it was every receipt that I think was ever spent on it. I have the original window sticker, bill of sale, all the manuals and all the records from the two previous owners. I have never owned a better documented old car, I just spent a good part of my afternoon going over all the stuff, really a time capsule.
I know, the car is not a really sought after model or anything special, but it is really fun to check out all the history.
69 220 Benz-$500
Complete documentation to entertain myself with-Priceless