Date registered: Aug 2006
Vehicle: 1972 300SEL 4.5, 1971 Citroen DS21, 1995 Jaguar XJS
Location: LA, CA
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yes look for rust. in the floors, under the seat, and under the gas pedal, and especially on the suspension mounts. good bet the exhaust will be rusty , there is a muffler and a resonator.
the 280c is called a W115 body, and has the OHC 6 M110 engine. it will have a 4 barrel carb that can be troublesome, you can replace with a weber or a holley if you want. check for smoke, driveability issues, stalling. also these cars have kingpins and subframe suspensions, and the mounts can get old, if it rattles or clunks, that can be the cause. it's got a steering box not rack and pinion and the steering may seem vague.
a W115 is a more difficult old car to keep in shape and driving nicely than a 73 dodge dart, but if you're handy the parts are not expensive and this forum is a great resource!
coupes are rare and really great when the windows are all down. if it has power windows, the switches are often the cause of the windows not working