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Old 09-23-2002, 07:46 AM
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to add flash or stay the factory look

hello everyone. i have a question and would appreciate everyone's input. my 72 350sl is a super car...but it doesn't have all the fancy stuff i.e.: wood dash chrome wheel well trim etc. i find myself looking very hard at adding some of the fancier trim items but i'm not sure what to do. should i leave the car just as it came or should i add the trim items. i don't want anything on it that wasn't available from the factory however. so what do you folks think should i leave it as it is or add the factory optional stuff i see being available. which direction would best help keep it's value. i just love the factory red hubcaps one of the main reasons i bought the car.
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Old 09-23-2002, 01:25 PM
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I'm not sure what the factory options were for 1972, but I'm pretty sure the chrome wheel well trim was never one. Mercedes have amazingly few options, probably because of the high initial price. The only option I can think of for my 1988 560SL is heated seats.

The approach I take with mine is a non-invasive one. If I have to drill holes, it's not going on. I won't put cupholders or speakers on my doors. I won't put any of the chrome around the wheel wells or on the door jambs. I also wouldn't cut holes in the rear shelf to install speakers, but I would build a new shelf with speakers in it and store the original shelf. I don't think my rear seat is a factory option, but it may have been a dealer option.

The previous owner installed door edge guards that are painted the same color as the body. They look natural and serve a vital purpose.

The "optional" things I have done are new stereo (who hasn't?), seat belt holders, soft top handles that stay. I've replaced the sealed beam headlights with H4 halogens. I've also installed a steering wheel cover, but that's just until I can find a suitable replacement steering wheel. I can remove every one of these without any trace. It's not that I plan to enter my car in shows, I just like the classic, original look.
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Old 09-24-2002, 12:54 PM
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What is a soft top handle?
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Old 09-24-2002, 01:14 PM
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You know the tool used to turn the locking bolts for the hard top and soft top? Someone makes a version that is designed to stay in the bolt. Look at:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1862891778

That's the exact same set that I bought and it's nice to be able to drop the top and put it back up without first having to dig my tool out of the glovebox and then inserting it, one at a time, into the two locking bolts.
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Old 09-24-2002, 01:17 PM
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Wow...excellent idea. It's those little things that you never think about! Thanks!
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