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I know it's hard to say with out seeing the vehicles but which of the following would you choose?

'82 280SL, Auto, 66000 miles, 1 Owner, Full MB History with old MOTs, Bronze in colour with beige leather, Original stereo.

'88 300SL, Auto, 107000 miles, 6 Owners, Full History (Mostly MB but some specialist), Light metallic blue with cream leather, Air-con, CD multi-changer.

Both are supposidly mint and are both £9,500
 

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Tough call

The 300 for its newer generation (lighter and more efficient) engine, air-con (assuming the 280 doesn't) and less age.

The 280 for its one owner and low miles.

You will have to look at and drive both and see which you prefer.

A tough call.
 

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Well I looked at the 300SL this morning and I'm rather annoyed at present. The supposid...

Well I looked at the 300SL this morning and I'm rather annoyed at present. The supposidly mint car had filler in every arch, the worst paint job I've ever seen (three different shades each with a different texture of orange peel and drips), pitted chrome on the bumpers and under the bonnet was covered in oil. I wouldn't have minded as much but I distictively asked whether there was any signs of rust around the arches or if it had be resprayed and was told the entire car was mint and all original and the word "Concours" also made it's way into the conversation. Pity as the pics on the internet looked good. No wonder the original bidder didn't pay up.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2427130859&category=9855

Oh yeh, and the Service history was by no means 'Full'.
 

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In March, bought an '82 380sl (US) with one owner and 69k miles for $12000, and have put a...

In March, bought an '82 380sl (US) with one owner and 69k miles for $12000, and have put a new timing chain in it. Not perfect, but when I am surprised with something that's not right (AC, for example), I only hate one lying former owner, rather than 6. Plus, I know where he lives[:)] It is easier on the soul, I think.

I know nothing about ownership in the UK, but I strongly believe history, condition, and records are far more important than pedigree and initial price. Think about the cost of a new canvas top, paint job, visors, transmission seals, timing chain, dash cover, wood panels, etc., and I think you will see my point. I am not anticipating any of those costs moving forward, I hope, but most new owners have to beware.

I think everyone would agree the 280 is a fantastic engine.
 

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My experience is that cars for sale rarely live up to the descriptions given to them by th...

My experience is that cars for sale rarely live up to the descriptions given to them by the vendor. You just have to do the leg work, looking at lots of cars. You must also accept that owning old cars is always a voyage of discovery, sometimes you strike hidden rocks, and some times you meet pirates, but it is always interesting.
 
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