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Date registered: Dec 2009
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Hey Guys! I am looking at a '65 SL purchased in Germany in 1983. No rust, rebuilt transmission, appraised in 1998 for $20,000, engine rebuilt in 1997, power steering and AC added, rod assembly and rear pinion replaced in 1998, transmission replaced in 1999, new repainted in 2009, reupholstered in 2008, garaged since 1997, driven 3,000 miles in last 10 years, 230 engine replaced with 280 engine in 1998, 280 engine rebuilt 1,000 miles ago (2004), new convertible top. I am not a mechanic. I acquired a 1999 E320 about 6 months ago and have been smitten by the brand. I need some advice on what range of value a car like this may have, ie. retail purchase price. Also, some words of wisdom about the whole concept of a 57 year old non mechanic without a garage even thinking about buying this machine. Should I nurture this fantasy and consumate it with a purchase? If so, what warnings or encouragement might you offer. I get the impression that there are a lot of people out there who have invested $30,000 in cars that have a retail value of $20,000 but they are stuck in the love/hate relationship with the car, living in some state of blissful denial. But then again, maybe that spring time drive with the top down is gratifying enough to overcome the occasional mechanical difficulties. Any thought would be appreciated. Value of car, wisdom of consumating this fantasy, other advice.
Thanks. Great forum! Maybe I need Dr. Phil.