Hey everyone, first time post.
I am considering buying this 1975 280C
. It has some really great qualities to it. The condition of the exterior of the car is fantastic. The interior is another story. I love the styling, but the condition needs a little work. It is totally driveable as-is, but it has room for improvement. I have pictures of the faults but I'm working with a slow internet connection right now. The asking price of the car comes in well under budget for me, and that leaves room for some mechanical preventative maintenance (this would be my daily driver for a while) as well as some interior cosmetic upgrades. Here is a list of the known interior flaws:
1. Torn driver's seat
2. Missing climate control knob ("Colder")
3. Cracked plastic trim around the shifter
4. Cracked plastic map holder on passenger side door panel
5. Back seat stuffing worn out
6. Ash tray doesn't stay shut (not too worried about that, I'll rig it shut)
I don't live in a big city so I don't know if there is a shop in my town (New Bern, NC) that could do a good job for me, but I'm just looking for opinions on if it is worth the trouble to fix it up. What I'd like to do is replace the carpet, put new leather on and new stuffing in the seats (or just buy new seats?), and do what I can for the cracked trim pieces. That may be a waiting game to come across good ones, or I've seen small trim pieces replaced with wood ones.
My alternative at this point is a 1975 450SL
which is beautiful inside and out but it is a bit over budget and I wouldn't be so happy when the inevitable repair bills starting stacking up. The small investment of the 280C makes it easy to prepare myself for some repairs.