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Date registered: Oct 2002
Vehicle: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb
Location: Los Angeles / Altadena
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Back fees: back fees may be more than the cost of the car. You can call AAA or DMV with the license plate (or VIN) and they can tell you the cost to register it. If it is off there records (if it has been MANY years) then it may be cheaper than if it is only 5 years expired. Or you may get lucky and it may be registered Non-Op. For me, whether or not to buy the car would depend on the rust situation. Being under a car cover doesn't tell you much. If it's a rust bucket, buy a different car independent of price.
Also, I went from an 85 300TD to a 1981 300D. It's MUCH slower, but after driving it a little I'm used to it. I bought it in San Jose and drove it back to Los Angeles the same day. It was fine at 75 mph and very comfortable. Having said that, a 220 D is much more gutless than a 300D. But I think you will appreciate the mechanical simplicity of the car.
Beware of rust!!! Look around front and rear windshields. If they is rust and leaks (which is very common) then look everywhere downstream from there...
Currently: 1967 250 SL, 1963 220Sb, 1965 300SE Lang, 1971 280SE parts car, 1972 Alfa GTV, 1965 Alfa Duetto, 1993 BMW R100R
Past: 1971 250 C, 1985 300 TD, 1967 250 S, 1968 280 S,1981 300 D, 1982 280CE, 3 Facel Vegas, Borgward Isabella Coupe, Alfa 2600 Sprint, Volvo P1900 (yes), numerous less interesting Volvos, ...