Pay the extra money and get the 560 with all the papers. I bought a 1986 560 SEL with 55K miles on it with all records included in 1995 for $21K. In the past 8 years I have spent a bit over 10K in repairs that have included AC, new radiator, new timing chain and related pieces, new valve cover gaskets, fixed oil leaks at main seal, new front end parts, etc. The car now has 122K miles on it and runs like new. The money I have spent on repairs comes to about $1250 per year or $104 per month. I think that is pretty cheap considering the satisfaction I get driving this classic. The car would still sell today for $10K as it runs and looks as new and of course has all the original records plus everything that I have done is documented. If you do the math you will see that this has been a bargain car to drive even including depreciation expense. This car is ready to go for another 150K miles at least.
Last edited by Rockman59; 03-13-2003 at 09:45 PM.