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Yesterday, an incident occurred that I'm sure would send chills down your spines. While waiting at a traffic light, someone backed in to my all-original '69 280se sedan, despite my sounding of the horn and waving of my arms.
As bad as it sounded inside, the damage luckily was quite small, and mostly focused on the rubber insert of the rear bumper as it wraps around the lower passenger rear quarter panel. The impact was very low speed, 2-3 mph, enough to scuff the rubber inside the chrome bumper, and scuff the black plastic within the chrome side trim that runs the upper length of the car. The only other noticeable damage I see, after close inspection, is the gap between the rear of the car and the bumper on the passenger side (side of impact) is non-existant, while the gap on the driver's side is 1/8"-1/4". I also see a small hairline crack in the tail lamp lens (all red with white back-up lens).
My question is "simple". The car, as mentioned, is all-original. I am the second owner after the first owner had it for 42 years. The car is not museum quality by any stretch of the imagination, but looks amazing from 5 feet on. A close visual inspection will show minor chips and what not after 43 years of constant use. I love the originality of the car and would hate to change that due to this impact.
First, does anyone know a reputable auto body shop in the San Francisco bay area where I could take it for thorough inspection? From the outside the damage appears to be miniscule, but I'd love to get a thorough review.
Secondly, where would one find replacement parts, such as the tail lamp lens? Do you recommend just switching out the lens, or replacing the entire assembly?
Is the black plastic in the the upper chrome molding strip separate, or would replacing it mean switching out the entire chrome piece?
Lastly, what would some of you folks do? Part of my draw to the car is the originality, and I'd hate to tamper with that. Is there a place to get quality used trim parts for these cars?
Thank You for all your help.
I would have attached photos, but my camera was not able to really show what the eye can see upon close inspection.
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Aside from having the bumper checked to see if it can be pulled back out from the bodywork (not sure if your car uses shocks or solid mount), but otherwise just leave it. A few scuffs are part of it's story and you will always remember the day, eventually with a chuckle.
My car has many cosmetic needs and I finally decided, with support from the Benz heads, that I don't need to be part of the arms race to have the best looking car. Locally, every other finnie I've actually seen on the road is well worn but beautiful for it.

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I sell the tail light lenses with or without chrome on ebay and on the forum. If there is no damage to the chrome, there is no reason to replace it. The rubber gasket may need replacement just because it is old (both sides, not just the side that was hit) but if it is good then you don't need to replace it either.

Lens if $179 (I think) from Mercedes. Much less on ebay or from me. Contact me with a list of parts that you need. I have a 108 parts car and I regularly go to junkyards. I will _not_ have perfect chrome bumpers or rubber for bumpers though.

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+1 for Scoot, he's a good guy if you need parts!

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+1 for Scoot, he's a good guy if you need parts!
Thank you! I try to be a good guy. Sometimes people don't think you can both be a good guy on the forum and make money on ebay - it's a delicate line to walk and I do my best.

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+2 on Scott. Hard to find are easy for him.... and fresh!

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