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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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As a W108 owner, I'd be delighted if the value of the sedans actually went up to the 9K range. But as some have mentioned, that is a pretty high price, the sedan would have to be a flawless trophy winner to achieve that price.
I purchased my 1-owner, religiously maintained '69 280se sedan for under $4K some months ago in CA, if that helps you any.....and all it needed was $200 in parts afterward (I replaced worn belts, new rear bushings, pwr str dampener, points, etc).
I use mine as a daily driver (less than 8/mi/day). I feel that the parts are actually reasonable. I have a 2010 Chevy that costs more to operate than my '69 Benz, when you include car payment, insurance, and regular maintenance on that vehicle. (dealers charge you $300 per service A, B etc)
Gas is getting pretty expensive, I just paid $4.89/gallon to fill her up. And they like to drink.....but for a 60s automobile, I think the gas mileage is decent. When I'm asked the mileage I get, I tell people I didn't buy it for the mpg, i bought it because i love it.
If you find any if the SF Bay Area, I'd be more than happy to help you out in taking a first look at it, or driving it to a shop for you to have them check it out.