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Started by ManfredvonRichthofen, 22 October 2021, 10:22 AM

ManfredvonRichthofen

Hello All

I am contemplating buying this car. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/363588402066?hash=item54a78ebb92:g:22AAAOSw4JNhb-t3

Also featured here https://angliacarauctions.co.uk/classic/results/sat-26th-sunday-27th-june/1979-mercedes-w116-280-se-auto/

I am uk based and a complete novice to classic cars. I am no mechanic. Nor am I wealthy. I have, however, always loved the w116.

I have been casually looking for w116s over the last couple of years and this one seems decent (not great) and one of the few that has come up which is affordable.

The arches (and presumably sills too) need work. It may be that other work is needed too.

I was just wondering if any of you might 1) know what a ballpark cost for replacing the arches / sills might be (probably more a uk specific question); and 2) be able to pass on any thoughts you have on the car generally from the limited info provided in the links  ?

All thoughts gratefully received.

Thanks
Manfred


ptashek

Walk away.

A few people in the MB Club UK have seen that car, and it's a rust bucket.
1993 "Pearl Blue" W124 280TE
1988 "Arctic White" W124 200T
1979 "Icon Gold" W116 450SE (history, resto)

ManfredvonRichthofen

Thank you very much. I had my suspicions.

karmann_20v


Randys01