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1975 309D, and the perils of selling an old merc.

Hi there everyone, hope winter is treating you nicely. I wanted to post a little question, regarding a 1975 309D that I'm trying to sell. She starts splendidly, runs well (which, naturally, means slowly and loudly), stops well...for the last few years she has hung around as the workhorse/ guest suite.
I paid 7000 for this vehicle... I knew nothing about these little buses, bought her in Northern California, brought her up to Washington, and now I'm moving across country. I have decided to try to sell her. I have received such a wide range of loose appraisals from mechanics to merc enthusiasts that I really have no idea what these rigs go for. She is totally gutted inside, all there is is carpet. She has rust. The paint is old and chipping off at the odd but numerous small dents and curves. Sort of a face only a mother could love, but I was certainly taken with her and I'm sure I can't be the only one! I don't use her much, and so the only maintenance that's been done is the periodic oil change and replacing the parallel series switch with a solenoid. Does anyone out there have an idea of what I should be trying to get for her? I listed her for what I paid...which I would guess is high for the cosmetic shape she's in, but I'm figuring people will make offers. Am I way out of line? Thanks in advance for any thoughts! Best, M
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the city of san diego , back in the 70 s bought a fleet of those for bus service .they did have a us made auto trans installed , the result was a pricey , under power vehicle .on steep streets with a full bus load , it could not climb the hill .those busses disapearded fast .
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yep, she is slow and loud. cute as a button though.
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What a neat bus! A specialist classic for sure which means your market is a bit limited. You could try getting your ad listed with someone like Hemmings or http://bringatrailer.com/ to get max coverage.
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Nice to see an US version of the 609. Good luck with the sale.
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I agree with Arthur that BaT is a great place to showcase the car and source some offers, it will probably get a huge amount of attention there and possibly land you a deal quickly. You will also find that MercedesHeritage.com is another excellent resource for listing odd and unusual MBs, and Roy Spencer, the site owner, is usually available to advise.

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thanks y'all for the tips...i've heard of bring a trailer. will do. enjoy the weekend. M
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