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w114 280c value question?

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While driving today I saw a 280 c. Two tone, black over silver grey.
Leather tan interior, with ac and sunroof. Overall it looked in nice rust free shape. I have not driven it as yet but I was wondering what these cars sell for?
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If the thing were in truly pristine condition, ran well, everything worked, was relatively rust free and was mostly original, I'd pay $5k tops. In perfection, just-off-the-assembly-line condition, I'd do $7-8, but that's my preference only.

Recently, we've seen folks selling the same car for $17k, another for just about half that ... To my knowledge, they're still for sale at those prices.

Take a look at nada.com or haggerties (sp?) for a good estimate on the value. When I bought my 114 years ago, I paid $1400, the car ran well, it had some rusty areas that I repaired and the interior was worn but still nice. I was in Monterey CA at the time.
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Hi All

While driving today I saw a 280 c. Two tone, black over silver grey.

Leather tan interior, with ac and sunroof. Overall it looked in nice rust free shape. I have not driven it as yet but I was wondering what these cars sell for?

Cheers John.

Crazy cheap because there are so few nice examples and so many bad examples.

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He is asking 4k. But is open to offers. I may go and see it at the weekend.
its a nice looking car especially being a coupe.
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What year is it?
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My 2 cents is that a W114 coupe is one of the most under-valued cars you can buy. For what they are, they can be dirt cheap for a really nice one. I think a point will come when the prices on these will climb, but that point hasn't happened or is just beginning to happen. In S. California I see the price to pay being $5000 or less for a really nice rust-free car. To me that's cheap for what you are getting. There are a lot of these for much less, but I would try to buy the best one you can.
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Having owned six 114 coupes, I obviously like them. I had a 1973 280C

I would advise against the 1974-76 because of the big bumpers, carb problems, and crazy smog stuff. The 280Cs are really underpowered with the US M110 engine.

I think the 250C's are the better bet, definitely more pep.

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Thanks for the input guys. I think it is a 1975. It does have the big bumpers which are kind of ugly. I did not know the engine was different from my 280se.
I assumed it was the same.
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I agree with ctaylor738. My first MB was a 1973 280 which with some effort adjusting the carb could be made to run well. In my opinion 1975 was the worst year because it was the first with cat converter. They placed them too close to engine causing over heating problems and warping of the Solex carburetor. Many years ago I saw a 1975 116 with this engine burned to the ground at the dealership. They blamed it on the cats.
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