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Affordable German Convertibles: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL and 1990 BMW 325iC

 I spent a fair amount of time last night – like many nights – surfing around the interwebs looking at various cars for sale. It’s not that I need another car, but with the attention span of a gnat when it comes to my cars I do like to look, and occasionally buy. Last night’s session revealed two cars that interested me – this 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL and this 1990 BMW 325iC. Strangely, they were both listed by the same dealer for the same price and they both appear to be in remarkably similar condition: variations on the theme of modern-classic German convertibles.

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1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL Pagoda Euro: Opportunities and Decisions – UPDATE

UPDATE: October 3, 2011:

Pictures received, along with some more details.  The interior does come with the car, but there are issues lurking beneath.  Compression is between 105 and 130 – low for this car and with no explanation.  That suggests a head rebuild at a minimum, and potentially a full engine rebuild.  Coupled with the need for body work and paint, the cost of the car is quickly exceeding its potential value.  I still believe the car is a great deal, but for someone with the knowledge, time, room, money, skills, or friends to get the needed work completed without requiring a second mortgage – if you can even get one at this point. Inquiries welcome at totallythatstupid@gmail.com.

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