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Hi everyone,

I recently became the proud owner of a 1968 280SE coupe. In an effort to learn more about it and the community that supports this industry I was brought here.

I don't know much about MB's or classics - but have always had my mind and hands on cars. From modifying to maintenance, to just being an overall enthusiast - I've always enjoyed everything about cars.

Can anyone give me any direction on where to start, some resources specific to my model and year? Things I can look forward to?

Some history on the car:
74K original miles
Most everything is original on the vehicle with the exception of the radio

I'd like to go through the car and replace any non-OEM component with an original one, and clean her up.

Thanks in advance!
 

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Congratulations! I have been dreaming all these years of owning one like what you have myself.

You can try and extract details of your car thru Classic Center using your VIN. With that, you'd know what options are standard and special.

Knowing the maintenance history of the coupe would be in order too. You would not want to inconvenience yourself of a possible breakdown due to negligence. Bring it to a trust/reputable MB shop to be checked.

Hope you could post detailed pictures of your prized Merc here....
 

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Well thanks for the enthusiasm. I'll have to start networking here in central CA to see what resources are available to me.

I wouldn't imagine cars of this age are as easy to walk into a dealer or general parts store and get support for.
 

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Surprise!

One of the amazing things about Mercedes is that the company is very enthusiastic in supporting ALL of their cars. Everything that I needed that was unavailable from aftermarket auto parts suppliers, I purchased at the dealer! Quite surprising. Most things were priced reasonably. I bought a factory brand new drivers quarter a few years ago for $450.00! There were a LOT of 108 chassis cars built so there is also quite a large pool of donor parts cars. The biggest issue I had was the interior wood in my car. That was a huge project-including reveneering all of the pieces-but it was quite do-able and I got satisfying results.
The best things you can do when you are starting out is to find a factory service manual and the replacement parts book. I purchased both on ebay.
 

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I'll have to give the local dealer a shot. I've unfortunately only heard terrible things (so soon and early in the game) of their staff thus far. I guess I'll have to formulate my own opinion of what they can offer me.
 

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You can find most of the items at the CLASSIC CENTER in Irvine, Ca. [email protected] or call: 866-622-5277. Tom Hanson is the specialist. Many parts on the coupe were the same as on the sedans. Be sure to check out your owner's manual and other factory books as well. If you no longer have them, it would be advisable to get them as soon as you can. They will save time when you have questions. Congratulations on your classic!
 

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In my prelim research I kept getting brought to that classics center - seems to be one of the best resources out there - just not very Internet friendly - I'll have to get all my info together and shoot over an email. Thanks for the suggestions!
 

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Here's some pictures for your viewing pleasure, enjoy and tell me what you think about it!





 

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Congratulations! and welcome.

the W111 Coupe is a very beautiful car. Most important is to make sure it has as little rust as possible. Second most important is the interior as they are expensive to restore (leather and wood). Your car is a euro model, so it has kept the pure lines of the original design. The interior looks stunning, and the car does not seem to have rust (but you should check all the usual areas as you don't know where the car was before reaching California).

This looks to be a very nice buy. You should make sure it has been serviced properly with new fluids. Then you should drive it to get familiarized with it, and note all what needs to be done. Your next purchase should be a Workshop Manual. Very good investment.

And you will find a lot of support here.
 

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Glad you all like it - I'm really enjoying it thus far. I just contacted the Classic Center and should have my build sheet and info by this Friday according to the gal I'm talking with.

I'm digging more and more into the history on the car and that's what I'm really enjoying most. It's been in 2 shows (Concours & an MBCA show), both of which it was 1st place, I've got what appears to be what would have been the original 'window sticker', and invoices for the last 5 years of service - which isn't a lot considering it's age, but the shop that did the work is local and gives pretty much took care of all things in need of replacing - such as calipers, pads and rotors, bushings, and other suspension parts that were worn out. Also, in the trunk was the original MBZ tool kit and 1st aid kit - all of which is in German. Really cool stuff.

I'm also working with a company right now in reverting the stereo back to original - so that's my first project aside of all the fluid maintenance and a good detailing of the car.
 

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I always thought that the instrument cluster was one of the most handsome on any model! The early vintage clusters (1964 220SE) were surrounded by wood.
 

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Very nice looking coupe, I sometimes wish my w111 sedan was a coupe. Later.
 

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Wow, that looks amazing!
What a great find
 

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I see you already put the car on sale: AutoTrader Classics - 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Coupe White 6 Cylinder Automatic 2 wheel drive | Import Classics | Fresno, CA

$30.000 OBO on AutoTrader Classics and $35.000 on a Los Angeles Craigslist add that has now expired.

Even if I find the price high (you can find excellent 3.5s at that price) I sincerely wish you sell it around that price. This would mean there is a demand for beautiful unmolested low original miles coupes. I think the current market does not reflect their true value. In a few years may be?

Keep us posted on how the sale goes!
 

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my heart still goes pit a pat over 111w coupes I have had 6 over the years
and just sold both of my 68 loved 250' coupes as I am no longer able to do all the
service work myself. it was a sad parting but I have had 40 years of owning
the beloved mercedes: 6 coupes, 8 220 sedans, 1 190sl, 3 250-280 sedans including a marvelous 4.5 sel, 2 300sd's, 2 300 123's, and a fantastic 1961 300d 4dr hard top I
took to Peble Beach and showed with my other Bay area MBZ Star club members.
I now have 1 300tdt I gave my wife for valentines day 2002, a stunning gold 420SEL
and a 81 300SD daily driver. you are in for quite a ride and are in great company. Congratulations and I hope you enjoy Mercedes as much as I have in my last 50
years
David J
 
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