Re: Any thoughts on this classic Merc
@ Robby 1977
Guess what mate ? Taking a look at my back issues of Mercedes Benz Classic and ' The Star ' (MBOC members magazine ) and what did I find ? Two specific articles on buying this very model .
Here's what I've gleened ;
1) As with any Classic Benz a complete and thorough going thru is highly recommended ( putting a damper on the auction idea ) These are extremely durable and reliable older Benz's but ...... if something major is wrong ........ its gonna cost you !
2) These models are considered to be the most desirable of the affordable collectable Benz's . Having said that ..... the price on this for US standards is a bit high ( found two under $4700 ... starting price )
3) Rust is a common issue in and around the tail lights and fins
4) Mainenance is as with any Benz .... expensive .... but again if sorted out these cars are usually troube free and a joy to drive .
My own advice when it comes to buying any Classic auto ...... coming from Jay Leno and Clive Cussler is ......
Buy the car from its owner ..... not an online or otherwise auction regardless of the reputation
Hope that dissuades the friend ..... not from buying a Classic Benz .... but rather from buying one thru EBay ...... Auction Houses etc .
His best bet if a Classic Benz it what he desires is to contact his local Mercedes Benz Owners Club directly . They can ( and will ) give him advice - help him to track down a good car - point him to good mechanics in his area etc . Despite the Mercedes stigma 95% of the MBOC members I've met worldwide are a good bunch and more than willing to help . Membership ( he can join after he buys one ) also gets you a ton of discounts on parts / labor etc as well ....... so worth the price ( modest ) of entry .
Cheers mate !