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1968 230 Fintail with a 4 speed value?

1968 230 Fintail sedan with a manual transmission on eBay. Runs and drives with a current inspection. Not very collectible but interesting toy. What are these really worth? Assuming it's a solid car with no rust.

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I follow 230s on ebay because I have one and am interested in its value.

That car looks very clean and rust-free. Looks like the chassis rubber is new. You have to wonder about the engine and carb condition and front suspension (kingpin). Only one way to tell.

The highest priced one I've seen in the last few years was $6800. I think that was an outlier, as normally prices for this model in this shape go for $4500 to $5500. Prices took a big jump up a couple of years ago but seem to have leveled-off.

It's a wonderful car--fun to drive and very easy to work on. Gets a lot of attention on the road.
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The 230 is sort of the performance model of the fintails, with the larger engine in the smaller 110 body. It has power steering and has obviously been cared for. I'm impressed that it has the pre-heat hose from the exhaust to the air cleaner in place.

Several incorrect knobs on dash, one lever missing.

If I were in the market, I would be willing to consider something in the $5000 range.
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If I were in the market, I would be willing to consider something in the $5000 range.
That's about what I was thinking too. Not far off from his $6,500 BIN. A deal could probably be struck if you are serious.
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The 230 is sort of the performance model of the fintails, with the larger engine in the smaller 110 body. It has power steering and has obviously been cared for. I'm impressed that it has the pre-heat hose from the exhaust to the air cleaner in place.

Several incorrect knobs on dash, one lever missing.

If I were in the market, I would be willing to consider something in the $5000 range.
I like the idea of a performance model. Big engine, small car, manual trans.

But wonder if the money is better spent on a S class Fintail or a W108.

I guess the question is what is more important? Fun or return on investment?
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I like the idea of a performance model. Big engine, small car, manual trans. But wonder if the money is better spent on a S class Fintail or a W108.
Having had a few of each, I think my 63 220S is more fun to drive and more comfortable to sit in than any of the W108s I have owned. If you want a little more performance, I would consider a 220SE over a 230S, or an M130 transplant into any Fintail... But it is very difficult to get a manual transmission flywheel for a M130 in the United States...

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