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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-22-2009, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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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
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-23-2009, 02:25 AM
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Hey, that sounds good !
The car might just need a trip ?
The litterature is allways interesting to read, I think..
And for that price, it even could be you got a good deal on it !

Did you have any pic's ?

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One is always "lucky" when he gets an MB.

CONGRATULATIONS on the purchase. Maybe you could post some pics for us to see.

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Congrats on your find!! Don't worry about the desirability of the 220 sedan. This comes from a person who just bought a 1977 W123 230 gas sedan. No great value there but it is in exceptional condition and a car I can enjoy owning and driving.

I drove a new '69 220 like yours in the Fall of '68 when I was looking for a new car. Price then was about $4K, IIRC, for the 4 cyl. gas and a few hundred more for the diesel version. I liked the car but passed on it for a '69 Toyota Crown for $2.9K - a 2.0 L 6 cyl car that was just as big and actually more refined in many ways then the Benz.

Enjoy. You will have fun with it.
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Thank-you for the comments, I will agree with the "luck" in finding a Benz. I will post some pics soon, rain today here will put that on hold.
This is not my first Benz, my wife and I put 257,000 miles on an 88 300 SEL, I have owned both 65 and 66 230's, I currently own 2 Ponton's (57 219, 61 190), both are projects and posted for sale elsewhere here.
This 220 though has some special allure for me, maybe the modest/economical power plant, the understated style, or just the feeling of finding a diamond in the rough. This car will get some pampering, and then regular driving. I can hardly wait to get started!
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Let me add my congrats as well! I'm a big fan of the older Benz's, and it sounds like you have something good, especially for $500!

Good luck!
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Definitely sounds like a coup. Congrats

There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey. --John Ruskin
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