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I'm in the market for a R107 as a weekend/pleasure vehicle. My budget is fairly limited--I'd like to keep it under $7000. I have a lead on one vehicle, a nice 560SL that was owned and maintained until finally being parked at about 110k miles 9 years ago (parked indoors in a warm Southern California climate). A mechanic who had serviced the car in the 1990s and continued servicing other cars for the owner eventually inquired about and purchased the car. Being a German car specialist, he brought it back to life with minimal effort (new fluids, thorough cleaning, brake inspection, new tires, etc...). It seems like everything is well-sort and working, even the air conditioning! The car drives well and passed the CA smog test without issue. The current owner (this mechanic) has put on several hundred miles since resurrecting the car, but must sell for financial reasons.

Even though everything really looks and works well now, am I asking for trouble by getting a car that sat for this long? Is there likely corrosion in the engine, brakes, etc...? Will the gas tank be rusty inside if it wasn't full when parked? Does sitting effect certain rubber parts that aren't easily replaced? This car only has just over 110k miles, but am I better off getting something with closer to 200k that has been in regular use? I know it's generally a rule not to buy something that has sat, but in this case this mechanic seems to really know what he was getting into and how to best refurbish the car.
 

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On the face of it, that sounds like a good opportunity... you may even be able to bargain him down from where he is a bit... certain suspension rubber bits will have to be replaced anyhow, even if it was driven 1k or 200k... that's just age... if it is running well, and the other systems like AC and heat are working then I would check for accidents, theft and most important RUST!

Post some pics if you can and put up more details, people far far smarter than I will be along shortly to voice an opinion. In the meantime, check out this thread, lots of info, oh, and welcome, it's beauty car:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/r-c107-sl-slc-class/1450550-welcome-damned-old-car-encyclopaedia-germanica.html#post3827742
 

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My own '88 560SL had sat for a number of years. No issues other than normal maintenance-repair. I bought it with 82k, and did brake work and timing chain, and some other very minor stuff. Sounds like it could be a good deal.
 

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If you don't DIY have him service the TC and guides before you buy it. if he is willing. Pay a little extra for him to do it. I understand an Indie charges $800 + for this.
 
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