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1967 230s Universal Value

I have recently gotten the opportunity to buy and restore a very rare 230s Universal. I know the cars are very rare but what kind of value do they have in the condition its in and restored?
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I have known a couple of people on the west coast who have owned Universals. They seem to be pretty well ignored by the MB community as a whole, probably because they were not 100% Mercedes in a sense.

There is a novelty factor, for sure, but as it is with most restorations, unless the car is highly valued, you're going to be upside down on it forever and can't expect to recoup your costs.

If you investment is minimal and you can do much of the work, go for it. Just don't do it with the expectation that you're going to flip it and make money.

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it looks cool in my opinion.
get ready to spend some cash on this one, A LOT.
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I have known a couple of people on the west coast who have owned Universals. They seem to be pretty well ignored by the MB community as a whole, probably because they were not 100% Mercedes in a sense.

There is a novelty factor, for sure, but as it is with most restorations, unless the car is highly valued, you're going to be upside down on it forever and can't expect to recoup your costs.

If you investment is minimal and you can do much of the work, go for it. Just don't do it with the expectation that you're going to flip it and make money.

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They were not 100% Mercedes? What else was in the mix then?
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The Universals were "conversions". The "official" D-B converter was IMA, although ambulances and hearses were also produced by Binz, Miessen amd several other manufacturers. IMA was located in Brussels.

Consider what you found as an originally very expensive virtually hand-built item.

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The value will probably be about 30% of restoration costs, if you are lucky. I bet the pictured car could eat $60K and want more, unless one is very good with their hands and can do rust repair. Cool cars though, and IIRC W111 Universals are a lot less common than W110s.

I see a broken tail light - that will be tough.
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Holy cow, that's something my dad would have drooled over. Not me though ... I second the motion that restoration costs will be high. If you do ALL the work yourself, you'll save considerable sums, but something as custom as that might require some hunting, or custom work of your own...

Are you going to/did you buy it?
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If we all took repair costs into consideration none of us would start on any restoration, I would love a six cylinder universal and as that one looks relatively complete and straight, well in the teeny pictures, so I personally would go for it, and if you don't want it I'll have it please! Bill.
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I would run like hell from this one


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What!?! That thing looks pretty solid, all the glass is there...... I would drive that thing the way it looks in the picture. I think that's the same color as my car. I bet the seller wants a crazy price. Buy it if its not ridiculous.
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