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Old 07-23-2007, 03:09 PM
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Will this affect the value of my 450SL?

If I add jump seats in my 1973 MB 450 SL, do I screw up my restoration value? Were jump seats after market or were they an option in 1973?

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Old 07-23-2007, 03:51 PM
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My '74 had them, from the factory I believe.
Meanwhile, I don't think you need worry about affecting the restoration value of your car. It's not a museum piece. The 107s are merely old cars and will likely stay just that because of the huge number built.
Enjoy it as you like it.
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Old 07-23-2007, 04:00 PM
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I have no reason to believe that they were not an option in 1973. They were also available aftermarket.

If you had a really, really, fine primo-priced SL, you might get dinged by a very knowlegeable and picky buyer if you had aftermarket seats, or for even for adding factory seats. Otherwise, almost no one cares.
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:57 PM
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You might want to keep the carpet covered cover board that is now where the jump seats will go -- the operation is pretty reversible with little damage being done by attaching the seats.

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Old 07-25-2007, 03:53 PM
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Thanks for all your replies. My little guy wanted to go on rides with my wife and I but of course there is only 2 seats. I was concerned that if I added the jumps seats, it would decrease the value. Now I will add the jump seats and remove them if needed.
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Old 07-27-2007, 12:06 AM
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jump seats

Good Choice!! My 73-450SL has the seat and I believe it came with the car.


1973 450SL
1999 Silverado 4X4 Ext Cab
1999 Mercury Sable
1972 450SL Parts car

Previously owned keepers:
1967 MGCGT - 3L-6
1972 Mustang Fastback - 351C

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