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Introducing my 350SE

Started by Jezz, 10 June 2024, 09:48 AM

Jezz

Hi,
Just introducing my 1973 350SE, aqua blue.
It's been a much longer and more expensive journey than anticipated, but after 4 years, major rust repairs and lots of new suspension bushings it's finally registered and on the road.

Apart from the tow bar, aftermarket seatbelts and gear shift knob, it seems to be mostly ex-factory original - Becker Mexico radio cassette, automatic antenna, dark blue leather seats. It's wearing Bundt alloy wheels that I bought for the sake of decent tyres for it's roadworthy certificate. The original steel wheels and body coloured wheel covers will be refitted at some stage.

I'll put some interior pictures up when it's been tidied up and looks less embarrassing...

adamb

Hi Jezz

Congratulations on getting the car to this state. It's never simple to get to the point when the car is finally on the road and driveable. Yours is a very early example. I love the colour. Probably suits Australia more than the UK though. There can't be that many cars on 1972 still out there. I had a model with serial number in the 12XXX range 25 years ago but it's long since dead. Is there anybody with an earlier model? Looking forward to interior shots. The early interiors are much simpler and cleaner in my view. They just got the design right first time.

Adam

BMA

amazing car and very rare color!
And such an early model. Congrats and enjoy cruising.
happy having finally a 6.9 # 7271 in my garage, ...so nice to cruise!

Randys01

We welcome another owner!.and in Aust!
Nice looking car....and he has the papers!
I too look forward to seeing the interior but let's not wait?!

Jezz

Thanks for the kind words!

Here are some interior pictures...

mrkozzy

37,000 deutschmarks in 1972.

 I wonder how may Oz $ that was at the time?  Anyone know the calculation.?
MrKozzy

ptashek

About 10k$ or 122k$ in today's money.
1993 "Pearl Blue" W124 280TE
1988 "Arctic White" W124 200T
1979 "Icon Gold" W116 450SE

adamb


Randys01

Yes well the interior could do with some work. Id be interested to peek under the dash mat.

Jezz


The door trims and centre console were victims to a really shoddy heavy handed vinyl respray job with very uneven surfaces and large areas of paint run
.... So I'm happy assume for now that there is a pristine uncracked dashboard under the carpet.

Randys01

Is the dash top black or blue?

nathan

very cool Jess,
as Adam noted, a manual 350 is pretty uncommon!
good luck with the progress, and continue to update.
nathan from the west
1979 116 6.9 #6436
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