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1974 450 SEL About to purchase need more info

hey guys I chance to purchase a 1974 450 SEL but i'm not to familiar with older Mercedes. It has about 21,000 miles and in good condition. It has been well kept. Test drove it and drives well. no problems found. What is a good or reasonable price for this vehicle? Any info will help. Thanks
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Like most of these cars the initial purchase price is almost inconsequential compared to the maintenance and bringing up to date maintenance. You have not given much information to go on but with the low miles it should be like new. But due to it’s age most rubber items will need to be replaced unless there is up to date maintenance history with no lapses of several years. Those cars are not particularly valuable though.

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I saw a 6.9 last year that was for sale at a well known dealer for $9,995 which is a good price for that engine, but the standard model doesn't bring much around here generally. To contrast that, Hagerty shows the average value is $13,000+ which I cannot imagine, the info is at the very bottom of the page.
Finally, Keith Martin shows this car to be valued much less, closer to what I have experienced, in real world sales (not values) that range from $1,500-$4,200. I hope this helps, but above all have it checked by a competent indie, the $100-200 spent for an inspection will pay for itself on the first repair.


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cant believe 21000 miles , almost has a zero missing .
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if it is really 21 k and needs nothing , garage kept, and not 210k , the value will go from 1k for a 210k car to ???? , 10k plus .
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-17-2013, 09:52 AM
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I also strongly question the 21k miles. Tell us more about the car, pictures, etc. Rust???? Does the interior look like that of a 21k mile car? Was this a US-spec car or a grey market car? If a grey market car, the instrument cluster was likely replaced. Are there records that document the mileage?

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Like any of the M116/M117 V8's, they have a tendency to break timing chain guides which can result in bent valves and broken pistons. Plastic ages regardless of miles, so if there is no history showing the guides to have been changed, then strongly consider setting aside $1000-1500 for these. Another good bargaining point.
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