Having just purchased a so-described very original car that was garage-stored for 8 years since the time when the owner closed the garage door on the windshield thus destroying it, I can say that $2300 can buy a car that has less unknowns that this car has. I paid $1400 for mine plus $800 to ship it from Dallas. The owner was not forthcoming about the car and basically it IS rust-free but he didn't mention the frozen brakes, lack of brakes, lack of clutch, etc. So I have into mine what you have into this one if you buy it. Mine is almost drivable right now although I'm still haggling on a new windshield. Brake parts are ready to install, clutch is working, engine starts but carbs need lots of cleaning... I'm thinking now that I might have been better off buying a local running car instead of a project. But I also kind of wanted a project...
I don't know if we ever met, but we sure seem to have the same interests (in cars at least).
We should compare note on getting these Finnies on the road.
I have to many projects that were rejected by their old owners long time ago, and almost need an assembly line to get this going.
Alone over the last couple of years I bought one and my brother bought like 5 he could not pass up on (excluding W112 projects).
My goal over the next month is to get 3 + back up to snuff, plus a 230S Universal.
But let's get back to this thread.
I agree he can do better than what they're asking.
But the reason that car probably sat 30 years is the unrealistic expectation for the value.
I would clearly state that unless proven otherwise and able to inspect and ascertain the following would have to be assumed.
1. Body: rusted (with holes), as this car might have been outside the first 20 years. Having it in a garage the following 30 years would be irrelevant.
2. Engine: we know it doesn't run. (strike one).
We fear it is frozen and carburetors shot. (strike two)
we dread that there may even be underlying problems like thrown rod or cracked head/block (strike three)
WHY was this car parked in the first place ?
3. Interior: If chrome and wood are wasted and the covers torn, then what have we got. I am already assuming that the carpets are rotten in that climate.
4. paint, chrome, glass, brakes, suspension etc etc.....
all those little details that add up and make your money disappear faster than in a home invasion robbery....
FINAL CALL : Offer no more than $1000 or the sellers would have to get a lot more motivated.
This way he is still offering more than most junk yards and by far more than scrap-dealers.
There surely will be other more foreseeable projects.