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newbie looking for some info - 1971 280SE

A friend of mine rescued a 1971 280SE from the scrap yard for $600. I know nothing about these cars but really took a liking to it so I did a bit of googling and found that when properly restored, these cars are quite valuable. The car is in very good condition especially considering where my friend bought it from. I have no idea why someone decided to send it to the scrap yard. The body has no visible rust, but does have some eraser head sized pimples and is very straight. The interior has a few loose parts but seems to be all there. I'm not sure about the motor, but it was running according to my friend. Anyways, he doesn't have the time for the car. I do and am being offered to buy it for basically what he paid, but my mechanical knowledge and experience is limited so I could likely get in over my head, but I do like to learn as I go. It's a pretty cool car and could be a fun project if I can handle it.

Will I be able to get parts from local shops or will it be mercedes specific? I'm in a small town that doesn't have a mercedes dealer so that is why I ask.

Any other info would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Well if this is your friend perhaps you could borrow the car for a day and drive it to a mechanic either in your town or in the nearest big town. You're looking for an older mechanic who knows German cars and maybe Mercedes. Have them do a full inspection for you. It will cost you $100 ~ 200 and would be well worth it before you start to drive / restore the car. There may be some serious issues that you cannot see.

Tell them you are thinking of buying the car and maybe restoring it - or just driving it around for a few years until you can buy a new one. Tell them you are interested in doing the work yourself if you can and you might find their advice helpful.

You can generally get parts (the internet and this forum can be very helpful). The car is nice to drive but it does get poor gas mileage - maybe even as low as 10 -12mpg (check this as you drive to the mechanic). If you're driving it every day you might bankrupt yourself before you can restore it.

Conversely - if you've got room for a hulk you might make more off of parting it out and selling the parts here or on eBay.

Good Luck - it sounds fun, just be aware before you commit to it.
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Originally Posted by brendelac View Post
A friend of mine rescued a 1971 280SE from the scrap yard for $600.
The least expensive part of ownership of a 280SE will be the acquisition cost ($600). I agree with the other poster - have an inspection and see if it is worth it to make the car a driver.

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^ Solid advice. Parts availability is starting to get a bit spotty, but generally speaking, not problematic in terms of vital parts required to keep the car running. Cosmetic items can be more challenging. If the body and interior are in good shape, that's half the battle and a very good start. Good luck!

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Thanks for the replies. The car is in Vancouver, BC Canada (Surrey to be exact). I'm about 200 miles from where the car is. Are there any Vancouver members that could recommend a shop that would be able to give the car a good inspection?
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