Barn Find: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

For every 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe that Wayne Carini finds in barn, there are hundreds of other cars sitting in barns — usually for a reason. The thing about the barn find is that the hunt is usually the best part. Once you actually find the car, reality sets in and your left with a ton of unknowns with maybe a handful of logistical issues. It’s tough to separate the emotions of finding a gem and really stepping back and thinking through whether or not you should actually buy a barn find car. This 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE in a barn outside of Jackson, Mississippi isn’t a ’38 Bugatti but it’s not exactly a Chevy Chevette either. So lets take a look to see if this W108 is worth saving.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE on Jackson, MS Craigslist

Year: 1972
Model: 280SE
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 81,288 mi
Price: $5,000

$5000 OR BEST CASH OFFER WILL GET IT!!!
True Barn Find! Discovered in an abandoned shop, this beauty has been untouched for over 20 years! It will be sold AS IS, where is, and you must arrange for your own pickup. Inspection before purchase is welcome, but remember this is an AS IS auction, and there will be no refunds after the sale. It appears to be complete, and all original untouched not restored. The only visible flaw is the front driver side headlight casing is missing, see pics.
We have not attempted to start the vehicle, but I’m certain it won’t take but a simple service to fire it up. We were told by the family that owned the property, that the owner passed away some time ago, and his children left it untouched as you see it. According to them, it was in running condition when it was parked!
A thick layer of dust covers the whole car, but I can just tell you from close inspection that the body appears to be flawless! If there is any body damage, it is minor if found at all. The only visible defect seen on the exterior is the front drivers side headlight casing to be missing. It may be in the shop/barn still, and we will continue to look, otherwise it is missing. The car does appear to be a shade of brown, with leather brown interior.
The interior seems to also be pretty dusty and dirty, but nothing a good cleaning can’t solve! The tires are all flat, but should be able to be aired up for transport when purchased,
If you have any questions prior to buying, please ask us and we will respond quickly. Bare in mind we are NOT mechanics, and will NOT make attempts to move or work on the vehicle. We can assist in setting transport up with you with local tow truck companies, that is it.
Clean clear title in hand!

This 1972 looks free from any obvious rust but it’s really tough to tell with it being covered in a layer of dust and dirt. Being a Mississippi car surely helps its cause but there is a lot of work to be done here. Molded over interiors always scare me and this one doesn’t look too bad, but again, you can’t make any kind of judgement without seeing it in person. As far as mechanicals go, this one will take some effort. All the fluids (if there are any left) would need to be drained and the motor would need to be turned by hand to see if it’s free. I’d probably even go as far as pulling the valve cover to see if there are any sludging issues before even thinking about throwing parts at this car. Usually cars that find themselves deep inside a barn are there because there is some kind of issue with them. With 20 years of sitting, there is just so many things that could be going on with this car.

In my opinion, $5,000 is a pipe dream. You have to assume that this W108 will never run again and is a parts car given it’s current state. It would be really easy to dump $10,000 into this car to get it road worthy and you’d be left with a $12,000 car at best. I’d be surprised if this thing could even be rolled if you put some tires on it. It’s probably closer to $2,000 and that would even make me uneasy.

– Andrew

1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 4.5

Keeping with the theme of Mercedes-Benz in a color I rarely see, I present to you a 300SEL 4.5 in the same color as the bonkers SL65 AMG RENNtech — yellow. I must admit I’ve never seen a W108 or W109 in yellow so I was a excited to come across this one for sale in Ohio, even though I don’t particularly love yellow. Much to my dismay, this 300SEL has probably seen its last ride.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 4.5 on eBay

Year: 1972
Model: 300SEL 4.5
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 77,053 mi
Price: Reserve auction

 Chassis# 10905712001693

Engine# 11798112001703

Paint Code: 624G       Yellow

 A 1972 Mercedes 300SEL 4.5 liter, Yellow with Brown interior, A/C. Just came out of a long term ownership. Matching numbers car. The car has been off the road for many years undriven. A very straight and honest body. The chrome is in very good condition.  Besides rust holes on the passenger side floor, it has a solid undercarriage.

The interior is in good condition and can be used as it is. It is just showing its age. Becker radio.

The engine does not turn over due to sitting.

Comes with all the original owner manuals.

An excellent original car needing work. Rolls and steers fine for transportation purposes.

Please note there is no TITLE for this car, it will be sold on a BILL OF SALE ONLY.

 Any questions welcome.

Please message or call Frank Sajjad at 2166452100.

(We can help to make arrangements for worldwide shipping.)

Shipping cost to Rotterdam or Felixstowe, UK is $1,500

Sadly, I think this car has lived its life. Restoring or even just getting the car drivable would be a task that would outweigh what the car is worth. This W109 has extreme rust issues on the floors and some of the structural suspension parts don’t look too sturdy either. The motor won’t turn over, the glass is cracked and I’m pretty sure it doesn’t stop either. Just to top it off, the car doesn’t come with a title so depending on your state you’d have some legwork to do. I generally sway towards not parting cars out that can be saved with a moderate amount of effort, but the prices of W109 parts make this one an easy choice for the buyer.

I’m curious to see where the bidding ends with this one. W109 prices have been on the steady rise regardless of engine size so I’m not too surprised the bidding is already at a few thousand dollars but if it starts to hear north of $5,000 I’ll be really scratching my head.

– Andrew

Pastel Blue 1972 Porsche 911S Targa

Earlier in the week I featured a Burgundy 911S Coupe that looked really nice and within that post I discussed the potential relative value of a long-hood 911 in that color versus one of the pastels Porsche produced during that time. Here we have just such a pastel: a Pastel Blue 1972 Porsche 911S Targa, located in California, with Tan interior and a well traveled 135K miles on it. Hopefully it can provide us a nice glimpse into these relative values. It’s also stunningly beautiful. I’ve said before that when these sorts of blues are contrasted with a tan interior they make for one of my favorite color combinations throughout the Porsche catalog. Naturally, this one is no different and I particularly enjoy the combination on a Targa where we can see the interplay of the colors to a greater degree. It’s simply a wonderful and highly desirable combination, and that this is a 911S just takes the entire package to another level.

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1972 Mercedes-Benz 250C

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Kick back and relax now that the work week is over because I need some time to unpack everything that this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 250C is bringing today. At first glance I was excited to see a W114 coupe in awesome 860 green and to my surprise it was a four-speed manual as well. Then I started reading the description and looking at the photos to realize this car had much more than what I saw on the surface. So let’s dive into this 1972 250C located in Washington.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 250C on eBay

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1975 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia TC

I’m always intrigued by the variety of market specific vehicles that Volkswagen has produced over the years. From the myriad of Citi Golfs I’ve seen all over South Africa to the SP2 of the Brasilian market, this is a company that’s been very adept at making niche models for regional tastes. Case in point this 1975 Karmann Ghia TC for sale in São Paulo, Brasil. Produced from 1970 through 1976, this coupe was based on the Type 3 chassis and used the 1600cc “pancake” flat-4. This was the direct successor to the Type 14 Karmann Ghia and was sold only in South America. Just over 18,000 copies were ever produced.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC Zender

The C107 is to me a very strange car, yet I’m often compelled to look at them. They’re certainly not the prettiest or best proportioned Mercedes-Benz product and the attempt to make a Grand Touring coupe out of a roadster was perhaps a bit too ambitious. Yet sometimes I see one and am captivated by the look; long, low and with a tremendous amount of presence, the C107 demands attention even if it’s not the best looker. This is especially true of the European versions, which had the trifecta of being more powerful, a little bit lighter and were all-around better looking. Throw in some period wheels and a body kit from a respected tuner and the results can be great as shown by this first model year Euro example:

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1972 Porsche 911T Coupe

Classic color combinations manage to find a place in our consciousness where they stay firmly rooted so as to capture our attention at every appearance. Though the combination we see here probably would best be known through the British automobile industry, under the guise of British Racing Green, it still manages to possess the same allure when attached to a German marque. The combination of a non-metallic Green over a Tan interior is one I particularly enjoy and one which we have seen many times over the years. For Porsche, the color of choice in its early days was Irish Green and it looks particularly good here on a long-hood 911. However, classic or not, green Porsches tend to see less demand. That may not necessarily apply as readily to Irish Green since it’s fairly well regarded, but in general fans of a green Porsche can many times get them at a reduced price. The love simply isn’t always there. Whether that will be the case here, we’ll have to see with this Irish Green 1972 Porsche 911T Coupe, located in Connecticut, with 106K miles on it.

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1972 Volkswagen Baja Bug

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I haven’t really wanted a Volkswagen Beetle in roughly two decades. When I first start pouring through European Car, Eurotuner, and Hot VWs (in late elementary school) the sheer breadth of available parts made personalizing a Bug seem like a great idea. That quickly shifted to GTIs and S4s as middle school rolled around, and the old People’s Car fell by the wayside. After spending a few weeks in LA, however, I’ve been rebitten by the Baja Bug. They’re a hilarious mix of tough off-roader, tuner expression, and disposably replaceable project car. This example is beautiful and well-made without being over the top. The wide tires aren’t too tall, the interior is custom but mostly comfortable, and overall it’s a well-composed Bug that would turn heads on the streets and rip corners on the trail.

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1972 Mercedes-Benz 350SL

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When the R107 SL first debuted, few could have imagined this roadster would have lasted in production for another eighteen years. This transformative roadster placed more emphasis on comfort and luxury than “sport and light” as its predecessor, the W113 had. Somehow, though, the R107 struck a chord with buyers and became a symbol of status and upward mobility for years to come, appearing prominently in television series and movies alike. This 1972 350SL represents the very beginning for the R107, painted in a rare hue of Reed Green with matching hubcaps, complimenting the early, slim bumper look quite nicely.

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1972 Porsche 911E Sunroof Coupe – REVISIT

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The Gold Metallic 1972 Porsche 911E Sunroof Coupe we featured at the end of October is back up for sale this time with a $127,995 Buy It Now price. When we featured it, bidding on the reserve auction reached a little above $100K so the asking price here may be a bit optimistic, but we’ll have to see if anyone can work out a deal for this 911 that is quite clearly from the ’70s.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Porsche 911E Sunroof Coupe on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site October 29, 2015:

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