I have a 72 280CE with a 4 speed and a drive train from a 73 that was way too rusty. My holy grail w114 is a 280E with a 5 speed manual. Maybe someday I'll build one.
I've got nearly the whole drive train from 5-speed m110 1973 280sl including the pedals and shifter. I've got the head, both manifolds, driveshaft, differential.
I think I may have had a serious revelation after driving my recently purchased 100k mile 1979 280sl automatic, and comparing to my 1981 280slc 4-speed manual. The automatic is weak, a real let down. I'm not sure if there is something wrong with it. Or is it simply, "wow. The rev-happy euro m110 really needs to be connected to a manual trans." My 1979 280sl is too rusty to be worthy of a conversion. My 280slc got hit in the side, and will hopefully soon be torn down, and I will determine if there's any chance I will ever upgrade that car to the 5-speed getrag I have.
Having realized that I'm pretty certainly never going to convert any w114 coupes to convertibles, I'm now looking to unload all three of my w114 cars, including the single-owner 1972 tuxedo (black body, white top) white leather interior and steering wheel sunroof m130 automatic coupe. It runs with fuel poured in the carbs, but needs a plethora of hoses replaced. Oil shoots out of the line that goes to the oil pressure gauge because some rodents got to the car. Then some deviant threw a rock at the windshield the first week I owned it. I've got a whole extra 1970 250c (for a windshield if needed), but there are other parts coupes around too. I believe I know of another I think I could get for $500 here in the Philadelphia area. But I'm deciding that, as much as I like w114, I need to focus my hobby. W107 are plenty for me.
I may have a lot of parts to potentially make someone's holy grail. The 1979 280sl is also available if a euro m110 is needed for the drive train.
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