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DwiRic

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'78 300SD
« on: 07 January 2006, 08:08 PM »
Hi, all,

I am new to this forum, but I've been reading through many of the posts and think I have found a great resource for the possible restoration of my W116.

I have had it for about 10 years and have enjoyed driving it all over the U.S.  Over the past few years, I have not driven it as much; however, I am thinking it is time to get the body restored and the uphulstery redone.  Mechanically, she is in fair condition as well.  She has more than 235,000 of experience and still runs fairly well.

My question really is, "Is she worth restoring as a keep sake or just a car to enjoy on those special occassions?"

Thanks in advance.

DwiRic

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Re: '78 300SD
« Reply #1 on: 08 January 2006, 11:21 AM »
Welcome to the forum DwiRic. You have asked a really difficult question but I'll share with you my thoughts on the subject if I understand your question correctly.

Firstly, with the number of miles travelled by your car I would expect it should easily travel the same distance again assuming the engine has been correctly cared for over its life to date. 500,000+ miles is not unheard of from the older MB engines, especially the diesel. Given the age of the car, this would suggest another 30 years of service from the engine so in this regard it would easily be worth looking after the body and interior.

Now, it is difficult for me to say that the W116 cars that we all love so much are just a 4 door sedan. It would be easy to spend large sums of money restoring a W116 but you should ask yourself whether you expect to ever get your money back. They are not a coupe and are not a convertible, either of which would generally have a higher value placed on them by their very nature.

Many of us would be willing and do restore these cars. Why do people spend the money? As a show car, I would not expect them to compete with more special and unique cars but given the life expectancy, a respray and re-doing the interior can prove to be worthwhile if you will use the car. You should not plan to be able to sell your car and get your money back that way.

As I am sure you are well aware, these cars are great to drive and very reliable. There aren't too many 4 door sedans with the same style, class, handling and comfort as the W116 and this may be enough of a reason for you to spend the money.

I hope I have given you something to think about. Personally, I plan to completely restore my W116 one day to 'just left the show room' condition. I just need to save some money first :)
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DwiRic

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Re: '78 300SD
« Reply #2 on: 08 January 2006, 02:30 PM »
Thanks for your response.  I have truly enjoyed this car over the years.  As you have surmised, I am at a crossroads with the restoration question.  I am in favor of restoring it to near show room condition; but the cost is somewhat prohibitive.

Anyway, I think I will give in to my better senses and restore the car for the sheer beauty of it.  By the way, the ride quality is still very close to one of the newer cars that I also own.

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Re: '78 300SD
« Reply #3 on: 09 January 2006, 03:30 PM »
Welcome to the forum DwiRic. You have asked a really difficult question but I'll share with you my thoughts on the subject if I understand your question correctly.

Firstly, with the number of miles travelled by your car I would expect it should easily travel the same distance again assuming the engine has been correctly cared for over its life to date. 500,000+ miles is not unheard of from the older MB engines, especially the diesel. Given the age of the car, this would suggest another 30 years of service from the engine so in this regard it would easily be worth looking after the body and interior.

Now, it is difficult for me to say that the W116 cars that we all love so much are just a 4 door sedan. It would be easy to spend large sums of money restoring a W116 but you should ask yourself whether you expect to ever get your money back. They are not a coupe and are not a convertible, either of which would generally have a higher value placed on them by their very nature.

Many of us would be willing and do restore these cars. Why do people spend the money? As a show car, I would not expect them to compete with more special and unique cars but given the life expectancy, a respray and re-doing the interior can prove to be worthwhile if you will use the car. You should not plan to be able to sell your car and get your money back that way.

As I am sure you are well aware, these cars are great to drive and very reliable. There aren't too many 4 door sedans with the same style, class, handling and comfort as the W116 and this may be enough of a reason for you to spend the money.

I hope I have given you something to think about. Personally, I plan to completely restore my W116 one day to 'just left the show room' condition. I just need to save some money first :)

I have a '79 300SD I'm restoring. Why? I don't know. I just really like the car. Does it make any sense financially? Probably not. I know I'll never be able to sell it for what I'm about to spend on it. In my opinion though, it will cost a lot less and I'll have a better car than a lot of the new junk the automakers are turning out these days (at least in the USA).

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There aren't too many 4 door sedans with the same style, class, handling and comfort as the W116

I'll second that one. And as far as the "rarity" of a 300SD or any W116 goes, I've only seen a few W116's of any kind still on the road around where I live. In a sea of commuter cars and SUV's, a W116 sure stands out!

Oh and before I forget, Welcome DwiRic!
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