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A word from the wise, please............

Discussion in 'General Mercedes-Benz Related Discussion' started by MrBenzine, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. MrBenzine

    MrBenzine Guest

    Hello, I am about to do something I've never done before. Join the ranks of the SL500 owners.

    I've owned lots of classic Fords over the past 25 years but I have been offered a stunning SL500.

    The car is red, convertible, auto, hard/ soft top.

    1988 with 58000 miles on.

    Of course it's the chrome and metal version which I understand makes it a tad more collectable than the later models?

    The car is pretty near perfect, and I am expecting to pay around £17000 for the beauty. Not sure if that's good value and whether it's a car that will mature like a good wine or devalue...............

    Just wondering what the thoughts of MB owners are regarding the car in general and the particular one I'm about to but this weekend?

    Any thoughts and advices would be appreciated.

    many thanks Chris
     
  2. cleverdicky

    cleverdicky Senior Member

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    Well I'm jealous if that helps ;)
     
  3. Mic

    Mic Senior Member

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    Hello and welcome......it sounds a beauty......and I have to say at that price it has to be one of the very best money can buy I would have thought.
    Nothing wrong with that.

    Mic
     
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    MrBenzine

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    Hi Mic, do you think that cars like the SL500 as described are maybe worth somewhat less than that? Are there exceptions?

    cheers Chris
     
  5. SL55 Mark

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    Prices range enormously depending on condition. If you are paying that sort of money, you need to be confident you are buying a good one. Have it professionally inspected.
     
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    OK will do - it looks amazing to be fair.

    I'll post some pics when possible.
     
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    mikestrivens Senior Member

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    Thanks for the links.

    It's clear that price depends entirely on the car itself. Book means not a lot when it comes down to it.

    A 'book' can't tell me whether to buy or not, or whether I like the car or not - a guide is just that 'a guide'.

    Classics, of which I think the SL500 circa 1988 is, are meant to be enjoyed. I never met anyone yet who 'needed' a classic. Met loads who want one though!

    I shall get the SL on a ramp before parting with the readies;)
     
  9. robparker

    robparker Senior Member Authorised Forum Supporter

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    Just to say.. its a 500SL not an SL500.. picky I know, but SL500 makes people think of the next generation of them as appose to the one you have/are looking at, even though I know you put the year!
     
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    MrBenzine

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    I know what you mean - I've been a fan of Shelby Mustangs for decades and still can't recall if it's a 350GT or a GT350............

    A good way to remember I suppose is 500SL metal and chrome - SL500 plastic and ABS...............
     
  11. Jav.MKI

    Jav.MKI New Member

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    In my humble opinion, every models of Mercedes SL are collectionable.

    Obviously, the models build in '80 are cheaper than older model, but I'm sure that in the near future, the model that you pretend buy will be more expensive every year.

    Best regards
     
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    A typo I think. You probably meant 'intend to buy'?
     

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