Fonzi, you seem to have the common case of plain desire to have something and I don't blame you, those cars are beautiful. But maybe you should really dedicate yourself to a car and fully restore it, you might find it really rewarding at the end. Is like you are creating something new, that's why I'm dedicating myself to one car only to completely restore it. That and I don't have the money to buy other cars lol but I've had the urge to do so. There's a 450 SLC left to die and I'm guessing for several years now, I see it everytime I pass through an avenue close to my girlfriend's workplace. It makes me sad to see it like that all rusted and looks like someone tried to get in cuz the handle is all bended. Also the exhaust system has dropped to the floor, it's that bad. I managed to get the name of the person who owns that car from the registry system here in Peru but first I need to restore mine. That 350 SLC would look so good with me
I hear you. I understand your argument.
Personally, I think I have already done that once, with my 1973 450sl, my first Mercedes Benz. See here:
I have no plans to EVER sell my 280sl 5-speed or my 5.0 SLC convertible. Those will be long long term restorations and cars I continue to drive and enjoy.
I realize that I will probably always have the urge to pickup a good deal when it comes along, and that's one thing that allows me to run this hobby at a near $0 cost. I seem to always be able to sell stuff for more when I "buy right". You can't always pick the time that the deals come along and hit you over the head.
I will take this w108, and probably swap the aluminum wheels with plain steelies, and also maybe take the Becker radio and stuff the hole with a cheap aftermarket one from one of the parts cars I've had. Then of course I will try to make the car run well and perhaps sell it as a cool looming driver. Fixing little things that the previous owner didn't have the gumption to do will help a lot:
- passenger window
- put the interior back in it
- make sure it runs on all 8 cylinders, and maybe replace the timing chain.
- stop/fix that trans leak wherever it is.
That's all stuff that's pretty easy for people who know how a MB was put together, and have "been around the block" as I believe I have. Of course it helps to be able-bodied, have a lift, and have a garage full of used car parts to help along the way. When you have to go to the dealer to buy a nut or bolt, things take a LOT longer than if you have a pile of metric nuts and bolts from previous parts cars.
I have decided to get rid of the 280slc 4-speed stick shift at all costs, and I'm going to pull off all the valuable parts and swap in any lesser quality parts I have around the garage. It will be a complete car, but possibly missing a few bits I'll be able to use to improve my other cars or sell for a profit:
- SLC seat belt guides
- bumpers, swap in lesser quality euro bumpers I have in the garage.
- put back in US headlights
- remove headlight wiper setup, etc.
Whoever buys that car would be buying it for the 80,000 mile drive train and stick transmission anyway.
Then when I probably sell off the w108, I will probably be left with the w114 and two convertibles. That's fine by me.
So there is a plan. I am the kind of guy that likes getting max bang for the buck with initial repairs, and I hate when you get to the point with a car where you are fixing minuscule issues, and breaking other things by using the car. I have three kids that bump my cars with bikes and step on every piece of plastic they can. They break our new cars. "One step forward, two steps back" is where I got with the black 1973 450sl. It took a long time to get the final work done. I was at the point where I was more concerned with the presentation. To me, it's more fun with the car is "nice", but not too nice. Both my 5.0 SLC Convertible and my 280sl 5-speed are there already.