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72(?) 114 280 sedan - Save or Run away?

Hi all, I'm stumbled across a car for sale that, for some reason, appeals to me. It's an early-70s 280, the seller "thinks" it's a 1972, but not 100% sure. It has 87K miles showing, but, in my experience, 5 digit odometer cars are marked mileage exempt for a car this old, so no idea if that 87K, or 187K, or more.

Body looks not too bad, a small spot of rust at the bottom of the front fender about 6 inches forward of the drivers door. Paint is badly oxidized. Windshield and rear window rubber seals are dry and brittle. Rear window looks to be leaking, going by the stain on the rear shelf.

On a short test drive (tires were manufactured in 94!), she ran smoothly, if a little leisurely. stopped and steered okay, a few clunks over bumps and potholes.

Interior looks pretty nice except for the dash speaker, and the headliner pulling loose from the rear window.

He was asking $2000 when he first decided to sell it, but that was 6 months ago. Now he wants an offer to consider. Car has not been regularly driven since 06.

So, any advice? Is this a money pit waiting to happen? I was thinking of offering $1K.

Not looking for a daily driver, just an occasional cruise-mobile.

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I have a '68 that I'm quite fond of. If the interior's good, it runs well and has little rust, this one might be a good buy.
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This little car deserves a second chance at life!

Interior looks in good nick, I would give it a fresh coat of paint and you halfway there!

Offer $1200 and negotiate from there.. good luck!
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I say go for it, especially for $1200!
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If it was me, the siren calls out loud when I see that steering wheel in a decent car!!!
If you do your own wrenching I'd say go for it!
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At $1000 grab it and go have fun!

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Have the paint polished before going for re-paint. Some of the old paint comes out looking great. If rear window is leaking, check trunk for rust. That's where the water ends up. Check to see of BOTH FANS work. The AC has a fan and the HEAT has a fan. Same fan switch. If you turn the temp knob completely to the left (I think) you get the heater fan. If you turn it at all to the right you get the AC fan and a flap also moves (vacuum) that causes the air path to divert. The heater fan is said to be a big deal to fix. Nice that it has the original radio. How do the seats feel? I kind of like the car. Expect crap gas mileage though.

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Looks worth saving to me... no idea what you should be paying, though. Give it a good polish to get the dirt off and out and then use a 'restorative' wax on it and see the paint gleam! apart from that, the interior looks very good. I have a 230 with the dark blue exterior / cream-white interior combination and it looks stunning, I think. And she has the 'right' steering wheel plus the radio!
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Sorry for the long delay in updating this thread, but I have had a heck of a time re-contacting the seller. Finally got him on the phone today, we talked a little bit, and he is VERY motivated to sell. Basically he's just tired of owning the car and wants someone else to get it out of his driveway. The public parking lot where he had it displayed for sale made him move it, and not it's just clogging up his driveway.

Sooooo, I just made him a very low offer, and told him I was going to be near him this weekend. $500 and I'm meeting him on Saturday.

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500 is a great buy, but do as scoot said. try a compound on the paint, it might make her shine like new. good luck and welcome to our club lol
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