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Old 04-19-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Project car: Would you buy an old Mercedes?

I stumbled onto this car locally, a 1970 Mercedes 280S. The car has 101k miles but has been sitting for the last 5 years. It ran when it was last parked. From the one photo I've seen, the paint is shot but all the chrome looks good and the car seems solid. The price is also right.

Do any of you have experience with these? Things to look out for, is it even worth it? I think these things are cool as hell and something like this would make a cool restoration/project as long as it doesn't end up being a nightmare.

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Old 04-19-2013, 08:21 PM   #2
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:22 PM   #3
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:26 PM   #4
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I had a statistics professor who did just this. He said he had about 8 Mercedes in his yard that he would regularly work on and restore. He said he tended not to work on them beyond the mid to late 90's due to the increasingly complex computer systems.

He also did bird watching when he graded our homework.
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:28 PM   #5
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Old 04-19-2013, 08:36 PM   #6
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Old Mercedes are very similar in complexity to old bmws except slightly higher quality but harder to work on.

I think that is a perfect model for a diy restoration project. It will never have much power with the stock motor but will get up and cruise just fine, plus ride like you wouldn't believe.

Biggest killer of any older car is rust. If it isn't rusted, you can probably revive the engine and trans and take your time with the cosmetics and suspension.

These things were built like tanks back then....nice find.

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Old 04-19-2013, 08:38 PM   #7
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The bagged one is nice as hell. I honestly just don't know enough about these. Plus I'm worried if its been sitting outside for years and years like that the interior is shot. I looked up other ones for sale in nicer shape and found some around $5000 with clean paint and interior.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:04 PM   #8
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I am BMW fanatic but I have a strange love for old Mercedes benzes. This car and the early 80's SL (the convertible) are my 2 favorites. I would buy that car just to have it running or not. Nice find OP! Buy it!


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Buy it an restore it, but don't 'stance' it. That classic deserves better.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #12
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theres a green one of those i used to see on the way to college. they are bad ass in real life
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Fvck yea, do it. I bought a W126 with 90k miles on it a few months ago. It's had a few issues but honestly I love working on it. Old cars are 1000x easier to work on than newer ones. I wanted the body style you're looking at but needed a running car so it wasn't a viable option.
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I have been looking at the EXACT same car for me as well.

I don't know shyte about them. But, if I get one it will look like the stanced 280 in no time.
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I've been looking at these too. The diesels go forever, look classic, and get great mpg
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I stumbled onto this car locally, a 1970 Mercedes 280S. The car has 101k miles but has been sitting for the last 5 years. It ran when it was last parked. From the one photo I've seen, the paint is shot but all the chrome looks good and the car seems solid. The price is also right.

Do any of you have experience with these? Things to look out for, is it even worth it? I think these things are cool as hell and something like this would make a cool restoration/project as long as it doesn't end up being a nightmare.

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Looks like peeling clear coat? The car should not have clear coat. Am I missing something?
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usually not a fan of older cars, but that thing would look GREAT done up.

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