Date registered: May 2009
Vehicle: S430 93K; E420 243K; 240D 242K
Location: Near Sublimity, Orygun
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Our 1st Mercedes was a 73 280 sedan with the twin cam six. Ivory with blue leather, an ivory steering wheel and a some what rare, column shift. It had around 70,000 miles with records but also came with a burned exhaust valve and a broken rear shock. Original owner was a retired army colonel and it had been sitting nearly a year.
I rebuilt the head and replaced the shock. It was the greatest car I had ever owned, until the transmission began to fail at around 80K. Once I put in a rebuilt trans, aside from having to play with the float settings in the 4 barrel carb every so often, the car only required regular maintenance, brakes and tires.
When I sold it in 1995 it had about 175,000 miles and the transmission had developed a flare between 3rd and 4th gear that could be adjusted down to a very smooth shift but only for a few months at a time. It was still a beautiful car with near perfect paint and leather. It ran fine, but had a few drips and was in need of some serious $$ to get back to where it used to be. I was asking $4,000 and didn't get many responses until I dropped the price to $2800. Got lots of lookers and lowball offers until I let it go to a local fireman for $1800.
So, allowing for inflation, I think your price isn't to far off for starters but expect to adjust for the market or just keep the car and enjoy it. Don