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Hello, so i had my sl in one repair shop for maintenance and engine tunning an the guy crashed it pretty badly in 200km/h with rollovers, my question is is this still repairable? I love this car so much and motor seems in a good shape with no damage :( He survives with just brokend hand and lost finger only because of his stupidity, passanger was without any injury, this just proves r129 are the safest. But can it be repaired?

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If it is a left hand drive, just import one from the USA. Right hand drive, just import it from Japan or Hong Kong.

Swap out the internals parts.

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Of course it can be repaired! All it will take is money! Perhaps all the money!

I suspect it's so much money that repairing it would be much more costly than simply finding another one, though.

Like Martin said, find a different one and then move over some of the internals from yours. Even if you just move something to make sure it still feels like your car.

And I'm glad to hear the driver was only mildly injured and the passenger was all right... a 200kph crash in someone else's car is awful! What a shocking way to lose a car, a trusted mechanic being an idiot. I hope the insurance companies don't argue much about it and just do their best to make it right.
 

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Wow. As Lou said above... anything is repairable. But I don't know if this one is worth it right now. This was a pretty severe crash and it looks as though some major structure was compromised, namely the windshield frame which appears to have collapsed in the rollover. This is a key component of the body shell of the car, and while it appears to have done its job admirably, it's a job it was only meant to do once.

Can the car be fully rebuilt? Of course. But it needs everything. Literally everything. You'll spend huge money getting it done the right way. That decision is of course yours to make. I don't know what kind of specialists you have locally.

On another note, I hope you plan to sue that shop into oblivion now, so much so that you can afford to buy three R129s to replace this one.
 

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What country you in? Because my car was considered a total loss from this. And I wasn’t allowed to buy it back.
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That's insane, and comes down to your insurance company not wanting to be bothered repairing an old car.

Nobody here should be driving these cars without a collector car insurance policy like Hagerty. It is the only way to ensure your car won't get totaled out for a fender-bender.

Hagerty in particular exists to support the collector car hobby and if your car ever needs repairs they will work closely with you to make sure your car gets fixed according to your standards.
 

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Nobody here should be driving these cars without a collector car insurance policy like Hagerty.
Granted, all insurance companies are there to look after their own best interest… therefore to screw you whenever possible, with premiums or with claims.

I don’t think there is simple answer what policy Everybody here should be driving with or without.

That said OP car is a total loss… no mater how you slice it. Gone and move on…
 

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Its gone to the great parts shop in the sky. RIP

It was a good trusted friend that did no harm to anybody, and sacrificed itself for others to live on.
May be a black one , or blue , or silver.
280, 300, 320, 500, 600,
Theres plenty of choice out there, its time to move on my friend.
 

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If you have an agreed value insurance policy (and you should) your insurance company should reimburse you for the appraised value of the car. You may even want to press charges against the goon that totalled it. His shop should carry insurance that covers mishaps that happen on test drives. If this were my car, I'd break every other bone in his body.
 

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200kmh? What?! Did he think he was at the Tamburello corner at Imola?

No it cannot be repaired. Full stop. There is nothing that I would consider salvageable after a roll like that. You name it, everything has taken a hit. It would be cheaper to build a new car from scratch, which ain’t gonna happen.

The insurance claim could also be a nightmare because he was so say driving at 200kmh. If that alone doesn’t nullify any professional insurance he might have I would be surprised.
 

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Thank you guys for your opinions, insurance is out of options because it had only the required basic insurance because nobody expected this to happened. I will have to move on. I was told that it will be hard even to get the car for parts back because of policys and laws in Slovakia, if i want money back for the car from the guy..

The last question i have for you all is what model is this steering wheel because the tow truck guy had a great idea and tried it to lift it from hard top and the strap was catched under steering wheel and it bended it pretty baddly and i wanted to put it into another car as a memorial. I loved driving with this steering wheel so much.

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As far as the original poster, it would not have bothered me in the slightest if the "trusted mechanic" was killed while doing his foul deed.

He had no respect for either you or the car entrusted to him.

If it makes you feel any better some other "trusted mechanic" wrecked a Gullwing in Germany a few years ago. I think I can guarantee you that one was repaired despite severe damage.

As others have said anything is repairable - it just takes money. Figure in the value of the car and that determines whether it is repaired.
 

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Gullwings are famous for offing drivers due to lift off oversteer through a corner.
You’ve gotta keep your foot in :D
 

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That steering wheel looks like a Momo.
 

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Was there structural damage? That looks so minor! And if you replaced it with used parts unless there was structural damage I don't see the problem.
I didn’t see any structural damage. The insurance appraiser didn’t look for any structural damage. My family and I are convinced my car was resold. That said, I got some 4 times what I paid for it. Though I’d rather have the car…
 
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