Repairs on these cars are expensive, so the value is driven more by the mechanical condition of the car than anything else. If the care and maintenance of the car is well documented, the car is worth more. Don't go by looks alone, all these cars look great. But a worn-out front end can cost you $5,000 to fix. The secret ingredients to a nice car is low mileage, a clean car fax and good service records, and a good mechanical check. Higher mileage cars are ok too, if the right things have been serviced and replaced at the right time, something a good MB mechanic can tell you. Personally, I have found the cosmetic and interior fix-up work to be the cheap part of owning these cars - its the mechanical work that will kill you. I'd rather have an SL with torn seat covers and a stack of maintenance receipts for oil changes, etc than some worn-out car that some nice lady has keep pristine.
So, a 6k 380 would be one with few maintenance records and high miles, while a high priced one would have good records and low miles or high miles and a stack of receipts for the proper mechanical work.
Don't buy these cars like a Chevy - stay away from "gut" feeling and spur of the moment purchase. Do a really good mechanical evaluation of the car or you will get burned. Once you get a good car, become knowledgable in the proper servicing of it.
It really pays to take your time. I spent a year looking, must have looked at fifty cars. I had a few that looked like creampuffs looked at by mechanics, who would come back and tell me tales of cracked subframes, shot front ends (the control arms really need a good look) and warped cylinder heads. A lot of people who buy these cars let the Mercedes reputation go to their heads, and simply don't maintain the cars.
I wanted a 280SL because I had owned two 280 series sedans and I am just in love with the 2.8 engine, which I still think is the finest engine Mercedes ever made. Great on gas, reliable and fine performance. My 77 280E litterly fell apart around the engine over the course of close to 300,000 miles, and that engine was still running strong when I put the thing in the junk yard. I bet the junkyard owner's daughter drove the car for ten years after that.
After a year of looking, I finally found a 280SL that had been owned by a pilot. Pilots do lots of preventive maintenance by habit - you don't get to fix a bad fuel pump at 30,000 feet, and they keep meticulous logs and records by habit. The car was also a steal price wise. I've had little to no problem with the car over the two years I've owned it. I try to continue with his philosophy -when something gives out, replace all the components in the given system.
Would I be wrong and unreasonable to assume that you need a Carfax for that vehicle? If so, PM me your email again and I'll get it to you. Also, I have owned a 560SL for over 5 years now so ask any question you like.
Beginning soon (maybe this month) MercedesSource is going to do a series on a rolling restoration of a R107 380sl.
Here's a quote from the email I just received from MercedesSource... So the long awaited video manuals and repair kits for the R107 will begin in February. :-)
Anyone know where I can find a parts diagram for a Bosch 0438100068 fuel distributor?
I mistakenly let my ‘78 450SL (107.044...) sit for a couple years and the ethanol fouled the FD. I have this car in my profile on eBay so when I searched for parts, it gave me the wrong repair kit. It even...
my 560sl was sitting for 2 months. I was trying to jump-start it yesterday. The power was back, I could hear the central lock system working. but the steering wheel is locked. and the ignition switch doesn't rotate. Can anyone help me with what is wrong and how to fix it?
Hey, it’s a V8 stick shift, and it’s an SLC. Sure, might as well create a thread for it.
Title says 1974, but I believe it to be a 1973 with a plastic coolant overflow (started in early 1973 models) and a dash clock (ended in late 1973 models) bottle and this information...
So I'm here, 450 miles from home. Tonight about 5:00 PM we started on the project of the new upholstery and the passenger seat is done. It looks mahvelous.
Tomorrow we're doing the driver seat and I'll take pictures so those of you thinking about this can decide if you want to tackle it...
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