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Date registered: Dec 2011
Vehicle: 2010 Mercedes E350, 2006 BMW Z4 3.0si; previous: 1969 Mercedes 280se, 2006 Mercedes C230 Sport
Location: San Francisco, CA
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It sounds to me like the SF Bay Area (including Sacramento to Monterey) is in their own league when it comes to W108's.
I looked for approx 3.5-4 months for a W108.
The very first one I looked at and drove almost scared me away from W108's. It was a '67 250S (150K mi).....which appeared to be held together by gum, duct tape and wire ties. Oh and it leaked, but the seller told me not to worry, it was just an ill fitting (non-OEM) fuel pump, and won't hurt the car's performance. The price of that W108 was $2500.00.
I looked at another '67, a 250SE (250K mi). Outside no rust, original paint, etc. However the interior was thrashed.....it looked liked what Mike Tyson's tiger did to the '69 convertible on "The Hangover". That seller wanted $3500. I called his mechanic, the mechanic stated the entire front end needed rebuilt (the car shook violently above 50mph). I offered 2K and was "politely" declined.
I bought mine for $3750. What that bought was a 1-owner, garage kept, elderly driven, feverishly maintained 1969 280se (180K mi). The paint is all original and shines, although it won't win me a 1st-place trophy at a car show and the interior is show-room new (still has the Kangol stickers on the seat belts). The rubber around all windows and doors is beautiful, and from what I can tell is original. The owner had every maintenance record from 1969, every manual, mercedes dealer book and all sets of keys. However I do have some rust: there is/was a rust spot on the front bumper, there are two rust dots under the passenger side headlamp assembly and the radiator shroud has a number of rust spots; oh and there are two "quarter-size" areas of rot on each of the rocker-panels. Mechanically though, it runs amazing. All "major" work (transmission, heater core, rear-end, etc) have all been performed 8,000 miles ago. What the car does need is new rubber under the car....I can tell it's tired after 40+ years.
It was amazing what people were asking for w108's is worse condition around here, some rusty examples even asking $5900. When I bought the car I thought I stole it (compared to the w108's I saw around the bay area), however I am beginning to wonder after reading several of these postings. To what degree is rust "tolerable"? When does a w108 sedan become a parts cars?
Last edited by SF W108; 01-26-2012 at 05:23 PM.