So my 450 SEL was backed into by a semi truck, both sides were crunched, and needless to say, insurance called it a total loss. So, I'm car shopping again. I've looked at some W210s, and really like the 430s. I just have to find a good one. I'd also take another W116, w126, or w124 in good shape.
But then a stumbled upon this 1961 190D. It looks great in the pictures, and the old guy I spoke to on the phone seems sincere. But, I know almost nothing about these old pontons. I'm going to see the car in person on Monday or Tuesday, and I want a very thorough list of problems to look for. I don't mind dropping another $1,000 or so into the mechanics, but I don't want to have to restore the whole thing. So, just tell me anything that I should look out for.
Here's what I know about it:
Restored in the 1970s
Original owner bought it new, and gave it to his son when he passed.
The son had no interest in it, so he put it on craigslist the day after getting the title.
This was about 3 months ago when the current owner bought it from the son.
The current owner claims to be more of an MG guy, and just bought it on a whim, primarily because of how nice of shape it's in. He says he'll keep it if he has to, as he has room for an extra vehicle, but, it's just not his type of car.
He says the radio does not work, and the tires are very old and starting to crack between the threads. He says he's driven it 30-40 miles around his small town, and it drives nice. Judging by the pictures, all of the interior, panels, chrome, wheels, glass is in good shape. If I had to guess, I'd say it's been garaged most of its life.
He's asking $4,200.
So, when I go see this thing next week, what should I be looking for mechanically? Any common brake, engine, transmission, or electrical problems that I should look out for?
And, assuming it does need work, how expensive are these things to work on? Can you still get good OEM parts without spending an arm and a leg?
Thanks in advance for any and all help!