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Rusting question on 280SEL or 300SEL

I am to purchase one of these cars. I live in Arizona now--rust is not a problem.

However, I may be moving to a coastal area with high humidity (Washington or Oregon).

Even if I keep the car out of the rain, I am concerned that the humidity alone will accelerate the rust. Is this a valid concern?
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I would say yes, but unless you drive the car through puddles, you aren't likely to get rust in the hard to scrub spots. If the car just sits, the humidity will get you in the long run, but not like salty roads and winter driving would.

As an example, I've got a project 300SEL in storage in Wyoming, and prior to the car going to me, it sat about 20 years in both the mountains of Colorado and the open air of Wyoming. The paint is hashed and I'll have surface rust to contend with, but the structural areas, the areas covered in undercoating and such, are all still good.
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