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68 280 se coupe any thoughts?

Are these worth restoreing? I have an oppertunity to work on this car, what are the valued at and what should I be watching out for?
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yes if you have the means

this could need serious cash,
depending upon the degree of restoration desired.
as is $1000, rust is the biggest negative

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They are wonderful cars and command a high price when in good condition. If it isn't a rust bucket, would it make a nice "original condition" car without restoration?

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OOh... I like the exterior color. Havana brown. Same color as my 67. Fixing an engine can be pricey. Sitting for long periods is real hard on the fuel system. Get the full story on when it was last run. does it need an engine? Interiors can be expensive also. Check for rust, deteriorated rubber, engine health and interior condition. The body looks good. Bostosh said $1000 as is, Thats pretty close give or take a couple hundred just because.
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A new interior (seat covers and pads) will run about $6k, perhaps a little less. This isn't including the cost of wood restoral, door panels or the dash. Rebuilt power window motors and setups will go about $250 per door (parts only). A paint job can run up to any price, depending how much work you do yourself, how much body rust had to be cured first and more. Any seals (doors, windshields) will run another $800 or so from eBay. A tranny rebuild, if necessary, can be $2k or more (much less if you get one from a junk yard), and I'm not even able to guess the cost of an engine rebuild.

In pristine condition, these things can get up to $20k, but that depends on the market for such a beast.

This is either a W111 or 112. Do you know if it has air suspension?

Much of the work on these cars can be done by someone with a little mechanical experience, or with someone who has a good guide. Though engineering masterpieces in their day, they're relatively simple by today's standards. You just need a place to work and time.
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