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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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Pass on this one
I have been looking at 114 coupes for about 6 months and have driven several. I almost bought one that looks WAY better than that one for $2000 (now $1500). In instead bought a nicer one for $4300 based on all of the rubber / bushing / transmission stuff that had been done to it. It needed nothing to be a good driver, which it is. It's a 1971.
Having said that, I would keep away from the rusty car, and the price is no bargain either. I know of a decent driver car that isn't rusty that can probably be had for $1500. It has $340 in back fees with DMV which probably doesn't matter if you are taking it out of California. Runs well, brakes are good, heater blower works (check this on these cars, it's expensive to fix or at least very time consuming), not rusty.
A few more comments on the 114 couples (023, 073) - the early 250 C with the early-style steering wheel is my favorite. I don't like the later stuff. Then when the body gets a minor update (280 C) you also get the twin cam engine, sometimes with fuel injection. If you get the twin cam with fuel injection you are probably going to get better gas mileage and about 30 hp more power. But you also get some rather unattractive additions to the car, like black drip molding on the sides and stuff like that. Less chrome, more black stuff.
You might search craigslist in the Los Angeles area. Might be well-worth a trip...
ps - if you want me to see if the car I mentioned for $1500 is still available let me know...
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...