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63 220Se Cabriolet..is this too far gone?

Looks kind of sad but maybe can be brought back. Available at $15,750

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More detail (under hood, chassis, close up of various panels) would be nice but assuming it is missing parts besides the obvious bumper, etc. and it is an open car (likely a northeastern car) that was obviously stored outside count on extensive floor and body rust and perhaps frame rust. In short, this car needs it all - notoriously expensive interior, a full mechanical restoration, all chrome, etc. Restorable, sure. Worthy of restoration based on model, sure. A good investment? I can't see that - but then what full restoration is? Seems like a challenge for a DIY guy, and the problem with a car like this is if you are going to bother at all, it just seems "wrong" to me to bring it to driver level and leave it at that. This car violates the "better start = better outcome" rule of restoration BUT it is still a very desirable model. Most deserving of a pro job, but you start a very expensive proposition already on the high side. Has to be a labor or committment of love...

These guys move a lot of cars though, will be interesting to see if this sells. If I ever took on a project of this magnitude again it would be done by a pro and proabably by a shop where you can purchase the car from them - the reason for this is it is one area you can sometimes do well with a restoration shop. They want the contract, and the overall cost justifies selling you the car very reasonably. In the end, a few grand is not that material when you are into the car for say $80K. The issue with a place like Gullwing is they are not in the resto business, rather, they are car dealers, so you cannot make a deal like that here. I am still new to the MB part of the hobby, I know I could do this very easily with a pre-war American Classic or popular model such as a Ford coupe or woodie, and I know some shops that do a lot of Brit cars will do this. I think, but cannot say for sure, this market would be the same in that an MB specialist would make a car available at a very attractive price to get things rolling. If so, though, I would try that route first.

If you just want a driver I would spring for an older restoration or better original, you will be tens of thousands of dollars ahead of the game...

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Looks like it sold. From the pictures it looks like is would be too far gone since rust goes DEEP in these cars and it's missing expensive parts(just from what the pictures show). Once someone opens the doors they will probably never get them to close again. If it were a 3.5 maybe.

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Says it has sold already. Not too far gone for someone.
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