BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jul 2018
Vehicle: 1979 450SL
Location: Toronto, Canada
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Need help pricing a 1979 450SL for sale
Hi everyone, new member from the Toronto area. My father is looking to sell his 1979 450 SL that he has owned since new. I still remember the day the dealership delivered it to our home and he made me take my shoes off before getting in! It was his dream car that he was finally able to afford, and it pains me to see him have to sell it due to old age. It has 209356 kms and is still being driven every once in a while. It was serviced at Merray Motors back in the day, then he switched to an independent when he found out one of his patients was an MB mechanic.
The interior is in very good condition. It starts easily and the transmission seems fine. The paint is good but near the bottom of the car (rocker area) there are areas of rust, some more severe than others. It has been painted a few times with the factory charcoal grey, but I suspect there will be some work involved to make it "showroom". Other problems include:
- AC and fan don't work, but the temp setting seems to be OK
- Intermittent battery drain issue (was last solved by just driving it for an extended period and playing with the AC controls)
- Oil leak from the engine somewhere - can't tell if it's the head or just valve cover
I know it's tough to offer an opinion without seeing or hearing it. I'm trying to find time to go over there when the lighting is decent to take some pictures and maybe a video. In the meantime, are there any guidelines I can go by? Can anyone recommend a good shop in the Toronto area that can do an honest inspection? I'm also OK with a reputable forum member coming by to take a look and provide feedback - I have a lift in my garage to help look under it.