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Date registered: Jul 2012
Vehicle: 1969 Mercedes-Benz W108 280SE
Location: Johannesburg South Africa
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How's the bodywork? How's the engine? Is she running ok? How is she mechanically?
Two things I've learnt from benzworld.org's vintage MB forum. A little bit of surface rust means a LOT of rust underneath. Secondly that these cars were produced in such large numbers that the money one puts into a more "common" MB vintage you probably won't get back out again. Si basically, rather than spending a fortune on restoring a "rust bucket" you can get a pretty decent example for a fraction of the price...
Ok. From what I said above I'm going to say 2 things. Firstly, I bought a W108 with a fair amount of rust. The poor car was screaming for attention when I baught her
and the paint was more of a sanding paper texture than a smooth finish from the African sun. Today she is polished up and sparkling like new. The rust issue can be sorted out, big bucks, but hey I wanted to bring an old lady back to life that still had something going for her. So secondly, I don't care whether people tell me "oh you bought a rust bucket" becuase "hey!" when she's finished they will have to swallow their words. Would have never been so "in love" if I baught a spotless example that only needs a wash now and then. But hey thats just me!
So depending on what your plan is for the car... I'm going to say "is this a good buy?" answer "YES"! People are quick to shy away from a challenge... I say bring it on!
Enjoy your ride!