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Question 1970 280SE Newbie considering purchase

I'm new to the forum, looking at a 280SE to buy as a driver. Previous MB owner of 82 300D bought new and sold in 85.

This 280 has been sitting for 16 years in the dry climate of West Texas. Solid car with just a little surface rust in places, chrome all very good. Car runs well, A/C just serviced and works fine. New brakes with new calipers etc. New fuel pump. Seats are good with no cracks or tears. Needs wooden window trim replaced (not refinished) on drivers door. All other wood needs refinishing. Car needs paint and all rubber trim replaced. Becker Europa radio. Dash has 1 crack as do 3 of the top trim panels just below the side windows. Immediately needs new exhaust system. Plan is to drive some and restore/replace along the way. Is $3000 too much to pay for this driving project?
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Yes. That is a $1000, tops, car.

Paint, $2K, rubber parts and wood replacement/refinishing $1K minimum.

The 16 years sitting is the big drawback. These cars are meant to be driven and sitting for such a long period leads to problems.
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I just finished the refurbishment of a '70 280S. It started in a condition very similar to yours (w/o the 16 year rest) and I paid $1275. Driveable but basically needed almost everything. Yes, $3000 is at a minum twice what you should pay. By the way, I had paint and body work done as well. One very small patch panel was required on the underside of 1 rocker, there was a small hole in the hood (some po idiot put a battery in that was too tall) and the RF door had some poor work done in the past. I removed everything except the aluminum/bright work around the front, rear and side windows which the shop masked and the cost was still a bit north of 6 grand. FYI on your budget considerations.
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w108's add up very very quickly especially if you are paying to have the work done.

If it were my money, I'd go buy a sorted one in great shape for 7-9k and be done with it, if you can do the work yourself and are ready to hunt down parts to find a good deal, DO IT! Means another one on the road and back in great condition!
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If you do decide to take on this project, I'd be interested in helping out.

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I'll disagree with everyone else. If you want a good driver project then maybe this is a good car. For $3000 you have a driving car with A/C. I would easily expect to spend $1000 to $2000 to to get the AC working in my 108 so I think of that as a big plus. It really depends on how _good_ of a car you want to end up with when you are done. If the car is going to be a daily driver, and if you are OK with imperfections, it sounds like a good car.

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Hi MILF Hunter (ummmm wow) is this a coupe or sedan you're talking about? If it's a coupe buy it immediately at that price, you could sell it for a couple grand more the next day or score a great deal for your rolling restoration. If it's a sedan, it's not the cheapest one on the block maybe but as Scoot said, don't let other people's experiences dictate yours necessarily. Each year there are fewer and fewer of these as they are crushed, fall into disrepair, are parted out or abandoned, so if you have looked around and this is the best condition/price in your area, then go for it. At least you won't be paying for shipping or the stress of buying a car online, etc. There's also usually room to negotiate or maybe even ask for some extras if they haven't offered like any old parts they have that go to the car, etc.


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Hi MILF Hunter (ummmm wow)
I was gonna ask, but glad someone else went there first.

Next, we'll have some dude popping up here asking about a MB Bus to bang around in, for "video production" needs...
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Originally Posted by Palolo View Post
Next, we'll have some dude popping up here asking about a MB Bus to bang around in, for "video production" needs...
I was gonna ask that too, but glad somoene else went there first
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