Offered for Sale by the California Automobile Museum
1971 Mercedes 300SEL
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Body is in good shape with no dents, the magnet does feel a bit light right under the window on the drivers side rear door. The car was repainted with its original color in 2003. Owner states it was not due to damage but paint was simply showing age. As show in pictures, behind the passenger side rear door paint has started to crack and peel, also a bit of peeling near the headlight when you have the hood opened on the passenger side. All glass is in good shape with no cracks, seals around the door windows are starting to age and you can see some threads coming loose. All lights and lenses are in good shape with no cracks. Stainless and chrome around the vehicle is in good shape with no dents, or cracking. There are some minor scratches in some of the stainless pieces. Grill is in good shape but hood ornament was broken off. There is a small spot that has rusted through on the inside of the driver front fender, appears that water collected under the hood and eventually rusted all the way through the fender from the inside., not visible unless you crawl under the car or are under the hood. Trunk area is in good shape, there is some evidence of water collecting on the passenger side but no rusting through. There is some surface rust where the decklid meets the rear window.
The leather seats are nice and comfortable and I could not find any rips or tears in them. Customer states that the seats have been reupholstered, looking through the documentation left with the vehicle I couldnt find any receipts showing when the reupholster was done. The dash is free from cracks and does have an aftermarket cover thats kept it in good shape. Headliner is complete but there is staining on it around the rear windows. I didnt see any signs of leaking from the window seal, could just be years of condensation collecting in the car. Headliner has some minor tears near the back panel on the passenger side. Carpet is in good shape with little wear. Wood grain is complete around the windows but is starting to flake and some of the mounting screws are missing. Steering wheel is in good shape, there is some paint worn off of the steering column.
Car starts right up and has a smooth idle. It does sound like theres an exhaust leak coming from the drivers side of the engine. Air ride controls work and the car raises and lowers correctly however the pressure in the system is lost after a day or so. Vehicle drives well but the transmission does seem to shift a little hard between the gears. Aftermarket stereo has been installed, the motorized antenna was wired correctly and raises when the stereo is powered on. Drivers front window has trouble going back up, will eventually raise after several presses of the switch. Driver side rear window does not go up or down.
There was a small engine fire caused by leaves that had collected under the hood. Damage to wiring harness was professionally repaired and all electrical components of the vehicle appear to be in good working order. During repairs the shop found that there was transmission fluid leaking from the dipstick but after the test drive I found no evidence of fluid leaking from that area. There does appear to be a slow leak of transmission fluid after the car has been driven as there are a few drops under the car now that its been parked for a couple days here at the museum.