BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Oct 2006
Vehicle: 1965 220SE sedan (finnie) with 450SE conversion, 1964 220SE coupe project, 1966 300SE coupe
Location: Brisbane Australia
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Is your tacho an electric or mechanical drive? I know with W111 coupes, there can be problems with no mechanical drive for the tacho when using the later engines, and the head has to come off to fit the drive.
You would be best off discussing your options and their impact on value on 113.org as it is such a subjective thing. Personally, I am rebuilding a 280 motor and mating it to a floor shift manual to go into my 250 coupe rather than replacing the 250 and auto, as it is the highest output 'standard' motor and has a more desirable trans for a sporty drive. Most people on the sites I hang out on are more aroused at the prospect of this driveline than the standard 250 + auto. Would that translate to extra value come re-sale? Don't know, and don't care, as I am building it for me to drive.
As for engines, the CC will be expensive. Metric Motors has a good reputation, but again they are expensive. I doubt you would recoup the cost of those engines come time to sell, unless you are doing a nut and bolt resto to a super high standard. Note that I bought a finnie sedan that a guy had a resto shop rebuild the motor for - he spent $18k on the motor... he then blew it up and I bought the whole car for $2000.
Good luck, Drew