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thinking about a purchase- 1972 250c

i am looking at a 1972 250c- the body appears to be in pretty good shape.

i am looking for a daily driver and have never had a MB.

what are some specifics to check out with this era and model? i have a 1977 international scout, so i am accustom to the nuances of having an older car. i have learned that there may be several model-specific things to look for.

also, are parts relatively easy to come by?

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Parts are easy to come by. Things to look for are rust - these things have issues with the lower rocker panels and floor boards. If compression and leakdown test reveal a good engine, you're golden. Look also at the transmission - if it slips, you might have a relatively expensive fix on your hands. Good luck!
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Good advice given...I would just add that the 6 cycl engines in these cars don't have much power and as a daily driver may frustrate you when attempting to pass modern cars. Also don't expect good gas mileage especially if you have the dual Zenith carbs(pain). I love my W108 and enjoy taking a lesurely Sunday drive during good weather.

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I would agree that it's probably not the best daily driver. If you want an older MB coupe, look for a later 280CE.

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The 72 had it's own issues, the carbs were a bit different and the emission controls were a pain what with the two black boxes used to control timing and carb functions. As for the car it was a small cute car and could be fun to drive if all is working well. Do you want an origonal restoration type of car or just a driver. the car wont likely be cheap to get into a nice running condition if it isn't already. I have seen that model with later small v=6 conversions and it makes a real nice car.
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Coupe's are a different animal when it comes to parts. A lot of things (mostly trim pieces and body misc.) are very model specific but 90% of the stuff is common to all W114's/115's.

On the '72 look very closely at the; area beneath the battery tray, steering gear box mounting frame area, front lower rear sub frame bushing cups, trunk floor and wind screen gaskets. All of these items are repairable but they can be overwhelming taken all at once. The windscreen gaskets are $100+ when you can find them. Add in another $100 of labor from an installer for replacement.

Glass can be the killer! I just ordered a windshield from a glass company. They had to purchase it from Pilkington's Classic Center in Denver. Windshield, gasket, labor and shipping is going to run about $700. OUCH!

A bad windscreen gasket (front or rear) will allow water to enter and there WILL be rust!
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I purchased a 1971 250 C nearly a year ago and I use it as a daily driver. It's a blast. Classy. It gets about 14 mpg. Handles well. Completely capable of getting up to 90+ mph. I really like it. I would like it to get better gas mileage.

I have had no problem getting parts for it, but I live in Los Angeles and junkyards are fantastic for parts. I actually haven't had to get much for it from a junkyard though.

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thanks for all the info. i'm going to check all of this out tomorrow and take it for a drive. the guy wants 3500 for it- i'll have to work on that. i went by the lot again last night to look at it and the body looks perfect. it looks like it's been sitting in a garage forever. it's nice not having salty roads here in the SE.
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went back to drive it and the carb needs to be rebuilt so i wasn't able to crank it up. the body looks perfect. the interior is really good. can't wait to take it for a drive.

thanks for all of your input.
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went back to drive it and the carb needs to be rebuilt so i wasn't able to crank it up. the body looks perfect. the interior is really good. can't wait to take it for a drive.

thanks for all of your input.
I just bought my 71 250C here in AZ about 2 months ago - love the car!!! Make sure the carbs are working properly!!!! I know my 71 has the dual carbs and they can be a pain - I got lucky ( so far ) - mine runs like a top. Make the current owner / car lot rebuild the carbs and make sure it runs right - they can be $$$$$ to get them to run good.

One test is to see how the car starts dead cold - sitting over night. If it cranks right up and runs ( high idle, then dropping to norm. idle as the engine warms ) then they are prob. ok --- if it keep stalling, and throwing fits then you may want to have a MB garage look at it before you lay down your cash. Search this forum for garages in your area - they can be a real help.

Good luck and let us know what happens!!


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