after a run of bad (and expensive) mechanic experiences and too many frustrations, we are ready to let go of our 1972 280SEL. it ran perfectly for years and though it is not running now, pretty sure in the right hands it would be just fine. a great vehicle to restore, considering the SELs aren't so common.
does anyone out there have thoughts on where we might be able to post to sell and what a good asking price would be?
thanks in advance!
I would suggest that that you take a lot of pictures and set up an account with one of the online photo hosting services first. Once you get this done, write up some ad copy with as much information as you can without being "chatty", then post an ad here in the "For Sale" forum.
You can't find a more targeted audience...
I would avoid your local Craigslist as you will get a lot of lookers and lowball offers that will take a lot of your time without a good chance of success.
As for prices, just do a Google search on the model and see what, if any, hits you get. There will probably be a very wide range of prices, but at least you will have an idea.
No matter how nice or desirable your car is, if it's not running the price will be significantly lower than any comps you might find. Unless the time and expense to get it running is prohibitive, you will get far more for it if you get it running.
Prices on these older models is very subjective. While the long wheelbase variant is not as common as the regular sedan, the real question is, "How much does this add to the value?" Again, if it's not running, it really doesn't matter.
Physical condition goes a long way in adding value, so if the car is dirty, the interior or trunk is full of junk or parts, clean them out and clean it up.
People who are serious buyers will definitely raise an eyebrow and lower their offer if the car appears uncared for, unkempt, or worse yet, have some minor repair(s) left undone.
I know that if I look at a car that needs minor or inexpensive repairs, I immediately question the seller's integrity, as anyone who is motivated to sell a car at the highest possible price would take care of these sorts of things before marketing the car. If not, what else has been left undone or uncared for?
A lot of this is common sense (I think) but I am always amazed at the things I see when I go car shopping...