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Old 01-21-2001, 12:25 AM
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i am currently looking for some Mrecedes to add to my collection. here is a list of some i wish to purchase.
i am looking for models that are rare in hope that i can make some money on them when i'm ready to sell. please help me pick a good investment for my money. (the cars marked with a * are ones i think would be a good buy.)

75 300D 182K MILES
*76 280SL
80 240D
80 300D 140K
*80 280CE
*83 300SD 160K
83 280SDL
*84 280SL 96K
*85 190E 2.3 115K (V16??? IM GOING TO CHECK IT OUT)
85 380SE
85 500SEL

im willing to buy two or more if its worth it. your help will be greatly appreciated!

Current Stable:
01 ML55 AMG
92 500E (a few mods)
87 300E (lots of mods)
00 Chevy 3500HD Diesel Box Truck
68 18' Donzi Marine
06 GT i-Drive7 1.0 Mountain Bike (with GPS!)

PREVIOUSLY OWNED:83 300SD, 87 420SEL, 88 420SEL, 90 420SEL, 86 560SEL, 86 190E 2.3-16V AMG, 94 E320

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Old 01-21-2001, 10:13 AM
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If you were living in Europe, the only possible good purchase to make is the W107 SL (6-cylinder preferred).
All the other cars you mentioned are doomed to cost you money instead of bringing any.
The W123 is only good as a coupe (we own a "80 230CE ourselves since yesterday), all the sedans don't do anything reasonable here. SE and SEL's (W126) can hardly be sold here.

But then again, that is in Europe. If I were you, I would buy me a SL and enjoy some roofless rides in sunny weather!

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Old 01-21-2001, 10:47 AM
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I doubt that there are any in your list that will turn into a money making investment, but of course, you never know.

I believe your best bet would be the SL and SDL's.

The 123's, 124's are great automobiles, but I don't expect them to ever be seen in a prominent location in an automobile museum.

Good luck and have fun with it,
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Old 01-21-2001, 01:37 PM
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I agree. Outside of the really expensive stuff, the only cars that have appreciated are the W113's. I have waited in vain for the 250C's to appreciate.

The 280CE has some potential, but look for a late '81 - with horizontal climate control buttons. Those are fairly rare.

Good luck, though.


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