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Old 08-31-2001, 05:50 PM
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380 SLC - what should I pay?

I've found a 1-owner 1981 380 SLC with 100K and all appropriate maintenance records (including the timing chain change to dual row.) Everything is original and looks and runs great.

How rare is this car and how much should I pay for it?

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Old 08-31-2001, 07:54 PM
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This car is fairly rare, but not highly desired. You should look around for other prices on them before jumping in.

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Old 08-31-2001, 09:00 PM
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Benzmac is absolutely correct in his assessment. I would compare it to 450SLC and 380SL prices. There does not seem to be any sort of premium for the rare combination of the SLC and the 380.
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Old 08-31-2001, 10:43 PM
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From your description I will call the value of this car $3500.00 to 4000.00 I have seen rough examples of this vintage coupe sell for less than 1000.00 and extremely nice low mile examples sell for over 10,000.00.
Look under the car for rust on the floors and frame as these cars from the north usually have problems with corrosion.
If the car is rusty but still looks and runs good figure the value to be about 1500.00 to 2000.00

These cars are great drivers and a great value for what you can buy them for. Even a rusty one can provide you with many miles of happy motoring.

If you like the car make the guy an offer, but be careful, you may then own it!

J. William Tarbrake
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Registered repair shop R7014303
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92 300SE 270K miles perfect
79 450SEL (2 tone custom paint for special occations) SOLD
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Old 09-01-2001, 07:54 AM
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Thanks for help!

This car is in wonderful original condition and (most importantly) my wife is in love with it, so I'm going to pay the $8,500 the guy is asking.

This is my first day on this forum and I'm really impressed with the level of MB knowledge and willingness to help I've encountered here.
Thanks again,

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Old 09-01-2001, 10:43 PM
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They are sweet looking that is for sure. I think it is a Love Hate thing.
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Old 11-19-2001, 10:44 PM
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Bobdog , How's the '81 380 SLC doing??
1979 300D 199 K miles
1995 C280 95 K miles
1992 Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe 57K miles
1979 240D 140Kmiles (bought for parents) *SOLD.
1989 300SE 148 K miles *SOLD
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