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280 SEL on ebay 17k+ too Much?

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New to the forum been looking for a 1970 - 73 280 SEL 4.5 for 6 months I found some locally but not worth buying. saw this one on Ebay:

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but it is close to 18K it looks and sounds like it needs very little if any work (I know that is never the case) but its more than any other 280 sel I have seen other that a convertable. I also would have to have it shipped it to me and would want an inspection. I would be risking the 1K deposit and price of the PPI. They state in the listing that the dealer knows this car so I could check with them but it is his dealer.

Is it too much $$ and does anyone on the forum know this car?

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It looks right
I don't like the fact that is not original paint but some don't care at all. I sense a lot of fluffy words and he seems to know these cars as he has two other.
If its not far from you first is to go and see it. Check autotrader classic as what is the average price and what are you willing to pay
At the end of the day I would pay more fur car with all the work done in advance than to spend more later but this you have to confirm


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I sure as heck wouldn't pay that much for a 108. I was surprised to see two bids. I think the most I'd go for one of these ladies is $7k
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It really depends where you come from. This model is rare in Europe, but far from rare in the US. The fact that car registration costs quite a lot here too adds on.
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have seen a few 280 SELs for 5-8K but they all needed alot work. like this one that is about 25 miles form me but it is an SE not a SEL

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1973-...=item232b39888


Grubeguy when you say 7K is all you would pay for one what should I expect condition wise for 7K.

The least condition wise I would take in a car would be little to no rust, running well, with a few know issues l could fix. I dont mind putting $$$ into it but I want to end up with a car that looks great and runs well with everything working (AC, door locks, windows ect) not a car that I put 5k into and still needs paint and and interior. I am I expecting too much?
and last but not least where can I find a decent 108 for 7K?

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$7k = NO rust, well running engine and a good interior. $17k is something I'd pay if I wanted to win at Pebble Beach or something. I've got a great 108 with a little surface rust here or there, and were I to sell it, I'd ask no more than $4k.

For $17k, I'd want to see the car in person, poke around for rust, look at EVERYTHING, have a mechanic look it over, test compression, check breaks, check transmission and rear end, etc etc
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I agree the car would have to be a near perfect example. this one on paper looks that way however, it is not local and as I can not inspect it myself or get the assurances that it is in near perfect condition so I will leave this one to someone else.

I might go look at the 280 se that is near me but I am thinking more like 3-4k tops for this car and then I can start work on it.

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thanks for the input.

I am still a novice on these cars and as with my other hobbies I start with doing research and then I will hopfully get to the point that when I see the right car for the right price I will be in a position to realize it and get what I want for a reasonable price.

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The second one is a bit worrisome. "Sanded and painted the intake"? "Carbs might be a little gummed up"? It's probably just ignorance on the seller's part but it does send up a caution flag.

The first one sure is pretty. I'd have to REALLY want THAT car before I'd drop $17K on it though.
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The 2nd scares me also. I talked to the guy and then never even bothered to go see it. I do really want a 280 SEL and the tan one looks nice. If it was local and every think was right about it I would pay 17K but not if I can't see it myself.

I will find the right one I just got to keep looking.

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The first car for 17K you would definitely have to fly out and inspect yourself and have taken to an independent MB shop for full inspections. you would have to have near perfection on everything to warrant that price, but could well be worth it is really that perfect.
the second car could well be 148K, on ebay many justs show the odo and have no proof that it isnt the 1st or 2nd time around. My 250 will be rolling for the 2nd time later this month.

the second car is very dirty and crack dash, you can do better than that. just take your time and you will find the right one!


the 280SE 4.5 is a great car.
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