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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2009, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone,

I'm a total neophyte to Vintage Mercedes... and don't know much about cars at all, other than what I like to look at! I'm looking at 2 right now: a 1974 280C, and a 1978 450SL... Can anyone tell me a few essentials, like how many miles is good for cars in this year, what sort of expense/upkeep am I looking at (both cars are second owners, and claim good condition). THANK YOU!
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-23-2009, 05:57 PM
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the 280c is gonna be carbed unless its a misprint, so not as easy to keep in perfect running condition as injected models.

these cars are not easy, and takes a big leap to start working on these in your driveway. not sure if your planning on that. but it makes the cost in repairs very little to own any model you want.

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milage on a classic isnt really that much of an issue to be honest, if they are low milage that brings its own problems and high milers will have had a parts replaced as they wore out, your main problem will be corrosion, check EVERYwhere for rot, take someone with you who knows these cars, join an owners club if you dont know anyone and ask for help, a lot of parts for classic Mercs are still available from MB so spares are not a huge problem although trim parts can be expensive, especially for coupes, old mercs are easy to work on, many things are designed to be rebuilt and easily got at, they may look daunting at first glance compared to some little 4 pot with no luxuries on it, but the fact that you can rebuild the fuel gauge sender, or the windscreen squirter pump can not only save you a few quid but bring a lot of satisfaction.

I'd say go for it, but take an expert with you to check the car out, you dont want a money pit as your first experiance of classic motoring or it'll put you off for life.

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Buy the best example that you can because it cost double to restore one! The cost of parts for the vintage cars is high IF you can find them. Good news is some of parts are still available from many sources.
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I dunno if its different over in the US but here in europe MB can supply almost any spare for any model of any age, prices are reasonable too as they have a special pricing policy for older cars, they'll even make you something if they dont hold any stock, although that DOES get expensive very fast.

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THank you everyone for your detailed responses... that helps me a lot!!!
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I think the SL would be more fun but a 280 does have it's merits as well. Just be prepared to spend money on the cars. Just because they're inexpensive to sit in it doesn't mean it won't be cheap to bring it up to 100% functionality. They are 30 year old cars after all.

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