Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: '72 250C, '74 280C, '85 500SEL, '81 300CD.
Location: Tucson, Az.
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Rust is the number 1 concern. The W114's are very susceptible to rusting away. I see evidence of under surface rust on the door sills, front right fender and the trunk floor looks pretty "iffy". Check the floor boards under the carpet. Pay special attention to the firewall/floor pan joining seam and the rear passenger area. Since these are uni-body cars the floor pans are a structural component and need to be in solid shape.
All rust can be dealt with. It's just a matter of how much time. money and effort you want to put into it.
If I had to guess, judging by the condition of the engine bay and trunk area, I'd say the odometer is either; broken, rolled over at least once or has been changed.
As always with any old car, service records are the key.
I'm not a fan of the M130 engines due to their history of overheating problems and those dual Zenith carbs.
Nothing wrong with the design of the M130, it's almost always the failure of the operator not taking care of the coolant level and type.