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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 05:23 AM
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I will agree that a w108 is a good thing to seek in the $5000-8000 price range. You could probably get a pretty nice one in that range, and probably worth doing instead of a mint/show condition w114/115 that you might find in the same range.

I have picked up three junker w114, one sedan and two coupes, each between $500 and $650. The $500 sedan runs but has serious rocker and trunk pan rot. The two coupes have solid trunk pans, but floor rot, and one coupe has some rocker rot too. I get the sense that paying $4000 for a w114/115 should be a damn nice car needing pretty much nothing.

Since I was able to pick up three $500 cars, two with original Becker radios and all with zenith carbs, I don't think you need to worry too much about the cost to convert things back to original if you want. The car just better be in damn good shape, rust free, and have been taken care of cosmetically and mechanically.

I have decided that the w114/115 love a fair wis a serious distraction from my marriage to my SLC stick shift and convertible SLC. That was only after deciding that I won't be spending the time and money to convert a coupe to a convertible, or a stick shift. ... And that makes the w114/115 just an economically priced ho-hum automatic car to me. The only reason I own the hard top SLC is because it is stick shift.

I bought the first sedan w114 because I just always loved the sedan style.

I still wonder if I will fall back in love with the coupes after putting some different wheels on them.

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My current plan is work on getting my coupes running next week (and the following), and to grind out rust and learn to weld on my white sedan, sell it when done and move onto the coupes. Parting out one of them is still in the cards. The 1-owner, sunroof, tuxedo-paint scheme, white leather interior coupe is definitely going to get cleaned up with the goal of returning it to stock. The other two of mine don't seem to have any need to be stock in their price range.

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post #12 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-28-2014, 04:07 PM
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The W114 is a good hybrid - it has the look of an older car, but it has the suspension of the R107 SLC's - so it will drive more nicely than a W108 with its archaic swing axle rear.
So, you need to figure out what is important to you - looks or driving experience. Mind you, a 230 auto will not be very responsive compared to a modern car.
I had a 280S motor in a W111 finnie and it was a hoot to drive. I now have a 450 V8 in a finnie and it sounds awesome, but the extra weight over the front wheels is quite noticeable so its handling is not very good, especially with Coker wide white tyres.
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