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Finally got a W116...

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bb

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Finally got a W116...
« on: 01 November 2007, 06:44 AM »
Just thought I would say hello properly :-)

I have been looking for a W116 for a while and finally found a good one. I was originally after a 450 non 6.9 (http://forum.w116.org/shop/buying-a-450sel-in-oz-need-help/msg29763), but after coming across a good 280SEL, I decided it would be a good first W116.

It's only got ~180000k's on it, most of the stuff works, no real rust that I could find and apart from stuffed seat springs, a small tear on the drivers seat, cracking wood panels, a crack on the dashboard top, the interior is very good. The paintwork is good save for a bit of cracking on one guard, some chips at the front and the usual scuff marks.

Mechanically it seems good apart from the air-cond not working and a noisy fuel pump (and whatever the workshop that is checking it over next week finds).

I plan to spend some money over the next few months to bring it up to the standard of repair and appearance that I am after.

In closing, I must thank everyone for making this forum such a good source of information relevant to these cars. The information here helped me a great deal when out looking.
« Last Edit: 01 November 2007, 03:45 PM by bb »

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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #1 on: 01 November 2007, 06:52 AM »
Welcome, and I'm sure you're going to really enjoy the 6-cyl M110 engine!
Well loved and cherished...
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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #2 on: 01 November 2007, 06:57 AM »
welcome to the regulars...the 280sel, one of the rarest 116s of all - about the same in scarcity as the 6.9 numbers wise!
enjoy a solid car that will undoubtedly give you many years of service
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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #3 on: 01 November 2007, 08:01 AM »
*taps fingers together in a semi sinister way* Ahhhhh another 280SEL...we better see some pics of your car (friendly, excited tone). Congrats on the purchase too BTW!  ;D
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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #4 on: 01 November 2007, 01:16 PM »
Welcome bb!

Congrats on the 280SEL, they are great cars and I'm sure you will enjoy it!

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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #5 on: 01 November 2007, 03:53 PM »
Congrats bb ;)

What year is the car, colour, and anything else you'd like to add.

Also, have you got a mechanic in mind, or will you be working on it yourself. EDIT, I meant to say, which workshop?
« Last Edit: 01 November 2007, 03:56 PM by oscar »
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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #6 on: 01 November 2007, 04:03 PM »
*taps fingers together in a semi sinister way* Ahhhhh another 280SEL...we better see some pics of your car (friendly, excited tone).

Sure thing. I will post some over the next few days.

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Congrats on the purchase too BTW!  ;D

Cheers.

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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #7 on: 01 November 2007, 04:14 PM »
Congrats bb ;)

What year is the car, colour, and anything else you'd like to add.

Also, have you got a mechanic in mind, or will you be working on it yourself. EDIT, I meant to say, which workshop?

It's a White 1978 280SEL with a weird brown with a slight tinge of orange interior colour. Hard to describe, but pictures will tell.

Apparently it was owned by one owner in Melbourne from new up until a few months ago. I know who the old owner is and am trying to contact them to get some documentation on the car (it came with none).

I bought it from a member of the ACT Mercedes Benz club who bought it from the original owner in Melbourne but decided that he had enough Benz's already.

In terms of workshop, I don't really know at this stage. It's going to MB Spares for a look over next week and a quote on some repairs that I want to do straight up, but I would like to do at least some work myself and of-course capitalise on any contacts this forum might lead to (!).

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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #8 on: 01 November 2007, 04:26 PM »
Being in Canberra I thought MBSpares might be your first port of call.  If it was from an ACT club member and with mbspares contact with the club hopefully they know a bit about already.   The one owner cars are the rarest kind of w116 and I'd like to hook up with a well maintained one one day.  This 280sel is as good as a one owner if the PO only had it for a couple of months.

But good luck with tracking down papers.  Hopefully there's plenty of receipts to show what's been carried out.  Looking forward to the pics - interior sounds like bamboo or maybe tobacco. Check here www.meinbenz.de - click polsterung then w116

EDIT: sorry, just checked and that site hasn't got those colors.
« Last Edit: 01 November 2007, 04:28 PM by oscar »
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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #9 on: 01 November 2007, 05:13 PM »
Yeah, MB Spares know the car and the seller. It has been there a couple of times for some small jobs.

I am going to write a letter to the original owner and see what I can source. Hopefully I will get at least some paperwork.

In terms of interior colour, looking at the link you provided, it would appear that biege is the colour: http://www.meinbenz.de/polster/116/116_204leder_bambus.jpg

Looking at those pictures, I cant decide whether it has leather of mb-tex upholstery. I thought it was mb-tex but I am not so sure after looking at these pictures. When I get home in a couple of days (away at the moment) I will have another look.

This picture is what is giving me second thoughts: http://www.meinbenz.de/polster/116/116_204leder_bambus1.jpg. My back seat looks almost exactly like that and I assume 'leder' is German for leather.

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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #10 on: 01 November 2007, 05:19 PM »
Congrats bb ;)

What year is the car, colour, and anything else you'd like to add.

Also, have you got a mechanic in mind, or will you be working on it yourself. EDIT, I meant to say, which workshop?

It's a White 1978 280SEL with a weird brown with a slight tinge of orange interior colour. Hard to describe, but pictures will tell.

I knew it, another white one!!
Seems white was popular on W116's  ;D
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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #11 on: 02 November 2007, 12:00 AM »
Leder is indeed the German word for leather. Hopefully you will have the data card with the car and you will be able to tell from that what the upholstery colour number is and you will be able to work out if it is leather or MB-Tax.

My back seat looks almost exactly like that and I assume 'leder' is German for leather.

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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #12 on: 02 November 2007, 12:07 AM »
white SEL's are great cars and I'm sure you will enjoy yours a lot,

welcome to the best resource on the internet for w116 cars.

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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #13 on: 03 November 2007, 10:53 PM »
We be headin' "UP" to the 'Southlands'... hahahaaa  ;D

BB, welcome mate - i think back when you were looking for a 450 I suggested BC's cause you wouldn't need to spend anything.  (and now he's dropped the price!) oh well.

Either way, welcome to the world of 116 ownership.

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Re: Finally got a W116...
« Reply #14 on: 04 November 2007, 02:07 AM »
Welcome to the Board and enjoy your Newly acquired car:)
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