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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-24-2015, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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1974 Mercedes Benz 280C

Located in Seattle Area - $7650

Amazing condition, Full Service History Original/Stock Classic Pillarless Coupe.

Originally Purchased and Serviced by Mercedes-Benz of N.A. Jacksonville, Florida, then moved to Huntsville, AL before coming to the
Northwest in 1987.

I would not hesitate driving this car cross-country.

Includes Original owners Manual, Maintenance booklet, Owner's Emissions Systems Manual and

Official Mercedes Spare Parts Catalog (with full parts diagrams and exploded views).

Original Factory Data Card included as is a 1974 Full Line Brochure.

Seems to be all original paint with a few areas of localised touch up.

All original Factory Glass.

Mercededs "Dark Olive" (Code 291) with Original Green MB-Tex interior (Code 166).

Original Factory Tool Roll with Spark plug socket.

Original Factory jack in good condition.

Original Factory Spare tire from 1974 that still holds air! (probably still some "West German" air in there!) It's a Dunlop SP 175 SR 14 Made in Germany with a date code of 274.

The Tire has no cracking but the rubber compound is hard.

Audio is a Clarion PE-751A that according to the receipt cost $444.46 in 1979!!

4 speed Automatic Transmission with Floor Shifter.

Rebuilt at approx 120,000 with receipts.

Starts as it should in second gear and runs through the gears well with no flares or clunks. No delay going into reverse either.

Kick-Down works.

Foot operated Windshield Washer also works.

All dash lights and guages work except for the clock which only works intermittantly (I can hear it working but the dial doesn't always wake up.

Odo, Trip Odo and Speedo work great and are accurate according to GPS.

Heat and defrost Slides move easily and freely.

Blower works in all speeds and defrosts quickly. This is important because as most of you know, the car was built around the blower!

Vacuum door locks work great.

Photo's don't show the door pockets, but they are present and will be included with the car.

Brakes have great bite and stop the car on a dime.

Power Steering system works great with no notchiness or noises.

Factory A/C car but cannot confirm it works as the adjustment bolt for the belt has been rounded off. All A/C components are present and appear to be in good condition.

Original wood in great condition.

Non Sunroof car. Headliner and cross bows in great condition.

Dash Odo shows 61,XXX miles, (5 Digit Odo) but it is 161,000 and as this is my Daily Driver, this will increase.

Original green Floormats and carpeting in good condition.

Original MB-Tex in fantastic condition with no rips and tears.

Doors close with a typical Mercedes "Thunk"...Better than most recent cars never mind one that is almost 42 years old!

Power windows Open and close with full range except Driver's side rear window. Not sure if switch or something else,
but glass is firmly on track and fully closed.

Original Hub-Caps in great condition with one missing some paint.

Original trunk mat included, but could be replaced as it's hardened over the last 40 years.

Trunk light works.

Interior dome light works as it should with the door and the rear light which is controlled by a dash switch works also.

All floors are solid and appear sound with only the Passenger side showing a half inch by 5 inch section of rust.

Small rust area in front of the rear subframe on the passenger side.

I have not touched these small area with POR-15 or any other anti-rust as I wanted it to be very clear to the Buyer.

All four wheel arches are sound with no evidence of even surface rust.

I have been all over this car with a magnet and could not find any issues.

Center exhaust box and rear muffler replaced with original tip . (The exhaust they removed was original but had too many holes to keep)

Wipers are quiet and work in all modes.

The Dual Cam M110 runs great with no smoking or oil burning even at full throttle.

The 4 Barrel carb works great (Solex 4A1) with both the Auto choke and secondarys functioning as they should. Base plate appears sound with no warping or vacuum leaks.

All hard fuel lines in excellent shape.

Driveline Flex disks appear in good shape.

Recent Service with new plugs, wire-set and Bosch Distributor cap and rotor.

"Mercedes Service Manual - Passenger Cars Starting 1968, Series 114-115.
Maintenance - Tuning - Unit Replacement" will also be included.

Additional pics here : https://www.flickr.com/photos/549072...57660132508457
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You are super low on it.

Recently mercedes benz classic posted prices for the W114/15 and coupes are considered now classic collector with type 1 (top condition) fetching 23.000 euros.
Yours is priced extremely low.

let me know if you need the links for these documents.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-25-2015, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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AGREED...I also think they are worth more than this, but the demand in the US seems to be less than that in Europe...Probably explains why many of them are "Going Home".
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Price guides don't write checks or buy cars... also, the difference between a #1 car and a #2 car is often double the money... depends on the model, but the jump to #1 is huge and the number of #1 cars, true #1 cars.... especially big bumper 280Cs, is a very small number.

I had a strong #3 , driver quality '73 280C I sold last year... a great driver, I toured in the car, had great fun with it, had it shipped out from California where it had spent all of its life, to Minnesota.

I had it on the market for 4+ months at $5000. Ultimately sold it to a buyer in Saudi Arabia for $3,000. Crazy nice car for that kind of money.

I LOVE this green car.. great color, inside and out, but my guess is, with those miles, it will languish on the market for a while and eventually sell below the $7,650 you're asking.

You can always just hold on to it. I don't think you'll find something as cool, with as much character for the money you'll get for this one.
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1974 Mercedes-Benz 280C | Bring a Trailer

IMO, you should have taken the $5,100. That's all the money for a big bumper car with rust issues.

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Some people just always talk down cars just so they can snatch them later.
Post it on the European sites, yes they are going home as the demand is there and few good ones are left.
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Not talking it down. I love the coupes. I've paid my dues. I have owned five 250Cs and one 280C. Just being realistic about the market and relative value.
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Going on the Overseas forums....

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