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Old March 7th, 2012, 12:16 AM
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Thinking About Buying a 280 SL

I'm toying with the idea of buying a Mercedes 280 SL. I want a fun convertible and I've always thought of the 280 SL to as a classic. I've found a couple online but there seems to be massive variances in the prices. I know that some are restored and some aren't and that the miles have and condition are a factor in the price but I can't figure out why some are so cheap and others so expensive. Does anyone have any experience with these cars and why there might be such differences. Is there a certain year that is more desirable? Is there anything that I should look for or avoid? I'd appreciate any input or advice.

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Old March 7th, 2012, 12:45 AM
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I helped my brother with the process a few years ago. Check www.motoringinvestments.com to learn a bit. Like a defender prices can vary greatly based on condition. It all depends on what you are comfortable with. You can get plenty of enjoyment out of a driver that is cheap and slowly restore it You just want a good numbers matching, rust free car to start if you go that route. You end up paying more restoring yourself but you can take your time. Personally I would want to find an all original one in awesome shape with great records over a restored one. Only original once.
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I'd give these guys a call. Their inventory tends to be top of the line but they know the 280 SL market.

http://www.hatchandsons.com/
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Nice. I used to go to the Mercedes dealer as a teenager and drool over the 280SL's. My dad said he'd like to buy us (me) one but $7,000 was way more than anything he could afford.
I still wish we had our '58 220S with the Webasto sunroof.
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Old March 7th, 2012, 06:54 AM
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I had a '68 280 euro model with a 4 speed manual. Loved that car and really miss it. Car was cherry and I sold it for (gulp) 16k back in 94. The only silver lining is i sold it to purchase the 90. I have been watching the value of these sky rocket. Get one and you will love it. My favorite body style of the SLs.
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I'd guess that "D90 Boy" here could help with that. Copley Motorcars always seems to have a decent turnover of vintage euro cars on hand.

If you ever want to go a different route (from the same era) and are looking for a BMW 3.0 CSI I could help you with that, but I don't know anything about the pagoda models aside from the fact that there are typical trouble rust spots. THey are gorgeous cars. I would always end up next to on or near one when showing the '72 3.0 CSI at events. Actually, I think they were built much better than BMWs of that era (back when Mercedes was Mercedes, not a Lexus as it is today).

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I'd give these guys a call. Their inventory tends to be top of the line but they know the 280 SL market.

http://www.hatchandsons.com/

I forgot about them because I thought they sold the business, but that is an excellent suggestion Gary.

There was another guy up here in the northeast that I met through the vintage Porsche world that specialized in early Mercedes (Gullwingsearch dot com or something like that) Thought he was in Framingham (right near Hatch), but I can't remember because this was about 10 years ago.

Hatch & Sons and Copley would be a good place to start.
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Thanks for all the advice. I'm on the fence between getting a 280 Sl or a newer AMG model but that is a different story. The issue with the AMG would be that I'm younger so the insurance would be exorbitant and if I could pay the insurance I would probably end up crashing anyway.
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Thanks for all the advice. I'm on the fence between getting a 280 Sl or a newer AMG model but that is a different story. The issue with the AMG would be that I'm younger so the insurance would be exorbitant and if I could pay the insurance I would probably end up crashing anyway.
Wow! talk about Dr. Dr. Jeckyl (or Mr. Hyde actually) and, um well.... Mr. Bean!
Don't know what your're trying to accomlish, but there is no way a 280sl would be practical as a daily, or to make runs to NYC. Obviously in a perfect world, you'd have both, but sounds like you need to do some benefit analysis quickly.

If you've already got a Defender and this would be a second car, I hate to say it but you've got to go with a newer car. You are already probably spending a lot of you rspare time keeping up with your D as it is! Another vehicle that rusts when you even sweat near it is not going to help your leisure time any.

Keep in mind, a nice 280sl will be parking in front of the restaurant/club every time over a new Bentley or AMG.
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Isn't 280 Sl by itself a rather broad class? Which years are you looking at? Weren't they called the same thing from the late 60s-70s as well as the 80s?
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I'm looking at the W 113 model (1967- 1971)

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Isn't 280 Sl by itself a rather broad class? Which years are you looking at? Weren't they called the same thing from the late 60s-70s as well as the 80s?
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I'm looking at the W 113 model (1967- 1971)
Oh, OK that narrows it down a bit. Another source: I grew up near The Stable, Ltd in Gladstone, NJ and they always seemed to have a rolling stock of them, although none at the moment. There are a ton of them in the area in private collections, that are often sold through them.

http://www.stableltd.com/inventory.aspx
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