Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 35

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Description: When we receive submissions from sellers of vehicles, it usually helps us paint a better picture of why a vintage vehicle is on the market. Those stories take many forms, and in the case of a 1970

When we receive submissions from sellers of vehicles, it usually helps us paint a better picture of why a vintage vehicle is on the market. Those stories take many forms, and in the case of a 1970 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL, we learned from Barn Finds reader L.M.K. that the original owner began having vision problems in the 1980s and sadly parked his W109 in the garage, not to be moved again until recently when his son and widow put the car up for sale after his passing. We hope L.M.K. finds a worthy owner to pass this car along to as he doesn’t have the bandwidth for another project at the moment. Find it here on New York’s craigslist with an asking price of $2,800 or best offer.

The 109-series car denoted that the vehicle came with Mercedes’ well-known air suspension. As you can see in the photos, this car clearly is suffering the effects of air bags that could use servicing; however, L.M.K. notes that the suspension still operates and will even hold the car up at normal height for short periods of time. While that’s promising news, there’s still plenty of work to be done. The body does have surface rust, but no terminal rot, says the seller and the interior is in fair shape but will need cleaning and some mold remediation. All glass is accounted for and it appears only one hubcap has gone MIA.

The SEL W109 was an LWB or long-wheelbase model featuring the fuel-injected 2.8L M130 engine. If you weren’t going to spec your W109 with one of the brawny 4.5 or 6.3 V8 motors, the M130 was a great runner up – it was the largest of the ‘mid-sized’ SOHC motors produced by Mercedes and offered torquey straight-six power. Unfortunately, the one in this car is currently stuck, but the seller is offering to get it running for any seriously interested parties. With a claimed 42,000 original miles, there’s likely plenty of life left in those cylinders if it fires up again.

It may appear a bit down on its luck at the moment, but if it’s as solid as L.M.K. says, I’d love to see it restored. These cars look fantastic on the original steel wheels and painted hubcaps, and sourcing some glass European headlights would really enhance the prestige factor. Air suspension may be finicky and expensive, but it delivers superb comfort and handling when functioning correctly. I’d also be interested to see if the original single-stage paint has any life left to it underneath that haze. Who knows, it could shine again with a cut and buff. Would you resurrect this sleeping beauty to soak up some highway miles? Let us know in the comments below.



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