Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 1968 250SL; 1970 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet (EURO Version); 1987 560SL
Location: Atlanta, GA
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I own a 1970 280SE 3.5 Cabrio (EURO) in nice condition (#2 but towards the #3 side). I have to restore my wood and spoke with Heritage Woodworks in NC. I would plan on $1500 to $1800 (only if in real bad shape) to do all the pieces. Drew is known worldwide for his pristine work! I love my car...it has a little cowl shake compared to my two SLs but I think I can improve on it with time (only I notice it, while my passengers think I'm too picky). The 3.5 engine performs very well. Some of the parts are NLA and hard to find. I notice the percentage of NLA parts is higher than my 1968 250SL. But I have been very successful on finding everything I need. PLEASE KEEP MY NAME and e-mail me if you have questions or hard to find parts...I have come down the learning curve and may be able to help you! I have a complete set of new spares for the D-Jetronic and Ignition system, in case they go NLA some day (some already have). One useful tip is knowing the Bosch part number (besides the MB #) and you'll find some this way as well.
I am fortunate to have a rust free car, which is rare for a EURO version. Hence, I haven't done any body work or paint. I agree with the above assessments that 20K should well cover the body work. The doors forward have the same body panels as the coupe, while the truck and quarter panels are unique to the cabriolet. K & K Manufacturing make reproduction frame and body parts, so definitely check them out if there's a panel or two that wouldn't be worth repairing.
Anyway...I'm real excited for you, knowing how much I love mine! Keep us all posted!
All the best,
J. P. Mose