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The carbs were rebuilt, but havn't been attended to in a long time. Plus the car has just sat for a while..so we both might have bad gas Anyway I do really love those cars and loved it years ago when the same car was parked at the mechanics across from my house (I think carbs were rebuilt then.), I was like wow, I would really like to own one of those one day and voilla! However I don't want my lust for one overcome my better judgement. Maybe I'll start at an offer of $800..I just don't want to pass up on a good deal for this car...but then again I don't need or want another project.
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The problem is that there are lots of good examples for sale in the $2000 - $4000 price range. The cost of fixing an inexpensive W108 up is way higher than what you can buy a good one that someone else has fixed up. So if it doesn't have nice paint, nice interior, runs, no rust, it's basically a $500 parts car. If it does have nice paint, nice interior, no rust, and it runs it's in the $2000 - $4000 range. If it has all of those AND it is really exceptionally nice paint and interior and low miles, etc, then it gets into some real money. But for a nice driver I think you are looking at $2000 to $4000 AND having lots of competition from other sellers at that price.

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Have you seen any "good examples" lately? East coast preferred

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I got lucky and bought a good example, and there were two more that I was going to look at. Two others that I did look at and rejected. I'm afraid that there are way more "good examples" in S. California than on the east coast... I know someone who has a 250 S and a 280 S that were used in movies (along with 40 other cars she owns) and she is selling the collection. They are "work cars", not show cars, and haven't been driven in a few years. Bargains to be had in my opinion. But she didn't call me back in time and I got lucky in Blythe!

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Hey 1985 MB..If I pass on the car would you like for me to tell the owner that you may be interested? (about 30-40 mins west of Baltimore..) I do believe its a good example..On that note I know of another pair of W108's for sale (I cannot tell you at this time the engine numbers). Years ago I went to look at the pair (white) and one was strictly a parts car the other also had a sunroof. At the time I was not serious in buying so I didn't give them the rundown and cant tell you many more details. Every now and then I pass the residence and they are still sitting there under car covers.

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Hey 1985 MB..If I pass on the car would you like for me to tell the owner that you may be interested? (about 30-40 mins west of Baltimore..) I do believe its a good example..On that note I know of another pair of W108's for sale (I cannot tell you at this time the engine numbers). Years ago I went to look at the pair (white) and one was strictly a parts car the other also had a sunroof. At the time I was not serious in buying so I didn't give them the rundown and cant tell you many more details. Every now and then I pass the residence and they are still sitting there under car covers.
Sure. Also let me know why you passed on it, if you do (you can PM me about that if you prefer)

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Well I think I am going to buy it..The seller is asking $1000 and I think its more than fair. We got the car up and running and after a few minutes it was idling like a big kitten. (Unfortunately it was icy out last weekend and driving it was out of the question) However I have two new concerns..After reading up on the W108 buyers guide...the car does have chrome wheel well sorrounds which I knew wasn't original, but I sure hope its not masking rust..Also can these be removed or are they screwed into the wheel wells? My second concern is that there is a bump (not dent) on the front fender, not far from the passengers top headlight. Again after reading this is a possible place for rust and this was a previous repair job? Other than that there, again, is no visible rust anywhere on the car..I do however need to check the spare tire compartment..

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Not sure if you've posted pictures so I am not sure what the overall look is but any running classic car is worth $1,000

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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?

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I will try and take pictures as soon as I can..but I agree I may be getting this running car for a steal. It may not be a cream puff garage queen, but this way I might actually drive it..

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