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I won this gem at a local (to my home) auction today via the Interwebs while away. Sight unseen. So I'm not quite sure what I've got myself into, but I do know this- there aren't many 230C models around these parts, even though nearly 19k were built 1977-1980. Maybe because they are dogs. Maybe because their mileage is about the same as the Euro 280CE, with 80ish fewer horses. Maybe because their carbs are a PITA. I don't know, but I'm probably going to end up finding out the hard way.

Let me know what you think from the pics. I won't be able to pick it up for a few days, so I'm curious. This is kinda fun, but only because I got it for a steal. And, thanks to the folks that donated it, Goodwill was at least one winner.

Below is all info I have on it from the auction. Yeah, they thought it was a 230SL. At least they didn't label it a "200 Series" (whatever that is).

Donated 1979 Mercedes-Benz 230SL. Fixer upper? Parts car?

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Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 230SL
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Year: 1979
VIN#: 12304310014871
License Plate: WA 569UDV
Title: WA Clean
Mileage: 161828
Condition: Runs With Problems & Non Runners.

What do you guys see here? I've studied them quite a bit, but I'm curious about what others' eyes see.



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Not sure why no multiple attachments from iPad, so a new post is in order.
 

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More.
 

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And now, the end.
 

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Nah, M104 swap.

Dibs on burl wood and manual transmission if you strip it.
 

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Could a coupe have a manual sunroof?

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I'm not seeing a sunroof switch, no passenger mirror with correct block off plate and manual windows so I'd lean to it having a manual sunroof but crank MIA.
 

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Interesting car. I think that has the M123 engine which from my understanding is best used as a boat anchor. I second the M104 swap. The car itself looks pretty straight.
 

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I have the same problem posting multiple puctures from an iPad

Not sure why no multiple attachments from iPad, so a new post is in order.
Is there a workaround?
 

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Interesting car. I think that has the M123 engine which from my understanding is best used as a boat anchor. I second the M104 swap. The car itself looks pretty straight.
The 123.043 is supposed to have an m115, so I may have dodged that bullet.

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Gotta any toys for me? I need a nicer rear euro bumper, hitch, and some vacuum adjust euros. Hehe
I've been cutting my parts inventory way down. Don't wanna be a hoarder. Spread the wealth. Really, it was to raise $$ for the 15" ARCs. I'm saving those, the French headlights, euro tails, bumpers and the Getrag five-gang for the 300CD. Not too many extras left.

Except for what's already on the 230C. If I end up parting it, you'll know.

Or, I may end up wishing I still had some of those parts already sold. If that's the case, it will be fun to hunt em down again.

I'm thinking steelies with marchig hubcaps on this one. Surely that was original, right? I wish the Russian VIN site was still around.

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Nice job in grabbing the car. I like the fabric color in the interior, definitely a keeper in my book.

The 123.043 is supposed to have an m115, so I may have dodged that bullet.

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The m115.954 should be a very reliable engine. From a purest standpoint, I'd keep it with the same engine.
 

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What? The induction is on the wrong side. So is the starter...

I may have to rearrange the garage.

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Ugh. It's not pretty. I'm dragging it home now.

There's a good chance it won't even come off the trailer.

It's complete, but there's enough rough edges for it to be more than I want to take on.

Gotta think about it a bit. Don't want to do anything too quick.

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