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1978 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

Sedan
WINTER HARVEST - Gooding & Company
Friday, 17 January - Saturday, 18 January 2020
$78,400
Sale Price
17 January 2020
Sold Date
6
Lot Number
#2
Original
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis No. 11602410120426. Mimosa Yellow over avocado plaid cloth. 2746-cc, 142-hp I-6, 4-speed manual. Wheel covers, Vredestein tires, sunroof, air conditioning, and Becker Europa radio.

EVALUATION : Largely original | A German-market car imported here in 2017 and showing 52,810 kilometers (32,815 miles), which is low but not so low that you’d feel pangs of guilt for driving it. Excellent original brightwork with little age and no scratches. Good but not exquisite recent repaint. Mostly excellent interior with very cool plaid seats, but there are some cracks in the console trim.
Pampered its whole life, finished in very loud (and very 1970s) colors. The 4-speed is rare, although an automatic is arguably more fitting in an old luxury sedan like a W116 Mercedes.

BOTTOM LINE : Condition is important for any classic car’s value; it’s especially important for old Benzes. Plenty of Mercedes with needs sold relatively cheaply in Scottsdale this year, but the best of the best examples, like this one, attracted a lot of attention and a lot of money.

by Hagerty Insider
19 January 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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