Classifind Cut: 1972 Mercedes Benz W114 250C – Sold?
January 31, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
Despite what many believe, not all nice classic cars sell on Bring a Trailer. The site’s 70% average sell-through rate means that on a typical day of 60 vehicles being sold, 18 do not meet their reserve price on BaT. This pretty silver-over-red MB Tex 1972 Mercedes-Benz 250C originally listed at the end of November 2020 on Craigslist in Somersworth, New Hampshire for $9,000 is one such example. The private seller of this same W114 250 Coupe squandered a coveted spot earlier in November here on Bring a Trailer when their nonresponsiveness to the buyer’s questions during the auction limited the high bid to only $6,700. Fresh off that listing, the private seller provides a bevy of pictures and the following video links:
Here’s the seller’s detailed description:
“This car is gas, not diesel. The car is registered and inspected and I drive it. I have many more photos including lots of underside pix and a video walk around of the exterior and underneath. Serious inquiries can arrange a time to come see the car. This is an exceptionally clean, rust free car with a beautiful red interior and I have several like this sell online for $12,000-$24,000.
None of the usual areas rusted like the door bottoms, radiator support, trunk drop offs, quarters or spare tire well. Really an excellent car that needs very little and can be driven as is.
Brake rotors, calipers and pads were all just replaced at all 4 wheels. (within last 50 miles) Very clean, rust free southern car. (See underside pix – can send extensive video of underside)
Florida title in hand – NH is a non title state so I do not have a NH title but can provide a copy of the most recent registration.
Was repainted by a prior owner. Paint is excellent except in small areas where noted
New choke installed within last 50 miles on original Zenith carburetor.
Original radio works.
Interior/headliner in excellent shape (see pix – can send more)
Original owners manual in glove box
A few small rust bubbles, one on either side just behind rear windows (pictured) and one at edge of sunroof (pictures)
Some hesitation or “stumble” when accelerating from a dead stop. The vintage Mercedes specialist who installed the choke for me felt the hesitation was due to a failed accelerator pump in the carburetor. (This is what gives the car a shot of gas when you accelerate which makes sense because heavy acceleration calls for a bigger squirt of gas and it’s not getting it. Accelerator pump could be replaced or a brand new set of Weber carbs would cost under $900.)
Map pocket on driver’s side is broken off but included with the car.
Driver’s seat won’t fold forward
Odometer and trip meter not working – true mileage unknown. Instrument gauge lights not currently working may be a bad rheostat or bulb
Gas gauge not working – assessed by European Auto mechanic and he felt the fuel sender needed to be replaced.
Trunk seal – replaced with a new OEM seal, a few small holes (smaller than a dime) in trunk patched and trunk re-painted.
One rear window crank broken off.“
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