460 restoration

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mpambrose
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So approx 3 years ago I thought it would be a good idea to buy a 1984 2 door convertible and restore it. Fast forward to today and after £30,000 on parts its been a long journey and I now have a virtually brand new car as pretty much everything has been replaced. All Mercedes parts except for the turbo which was fitted by Diesel Pumps UK. I have no idea what the car is now worth but Expedition in the states are charging $90,000 for them. Let me know your thoughts on the car, good and bad 

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Re: 460 restoration
Firstly congrats. Second, amazing. Definitely worth the time (and expense). I'm no expert - so what is the spec of that engine? I assume the interior is as pristine. I think these restorations are priceless. Worth what someone will pay. In the UK, nothing like $90k tho. What's your plan for it now?
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The turbo is supposed to increase power to between 150-200 BHP but I havent driven it yet. The interior is next on the list but I am unsure about colours, I am considering a tan leather as a contrast to the nardo grey exterior 

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A lovely job, I tried to buy one of these in the early years of the century, the seller wouldn't take £1000 for a rough car with siezed brakes, he really didn't want to sell it as I'd have gone higher, ten years later it was still in his yard rusting away, disolving into rust 

mpambrose
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Like all restorations they just eat money and time

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Indeed, restorations can eat money and time. Restorations can also be fascinating, satisfying and hugely worthwhile. Here's wishing you well with your investment in the future.
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Hi and welcome. I have been flirting with the idea of a 460 Convertible project for years, yours looks like an amazing job. Did you choose one of the original greys? The Recaro seats offered for the G were black/ grey, I can see your preference for a leather interior, dark brown might be an idea. The valuation is difficult, it depends on the buyer as these projects tend to underperform in auction. RHD Convertibles are very rare and as you seem to go for the updated look one benchmark (probably ceiling) should be the G500 RHD Convertible. My sense is that at $90k there is more interest in original cars, a Wolf project might sell new for $90k but after three years and a few miles things look differently. Well maintained rust-free 280 Convertibles achieve $90k both in the US and Germany, restored and in an original condition you pay the price of a new G. But no 280 RHDs were ever delivered to the UK and one wants some power under the bonnet ...

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Thanks for your message. I wanted the 463 look so ive replaced front and rear bumpers, front grille, light surrounds, wheel arches and side steps. The wheels are from a G55 but I dont have a spare wheel carrier for the rear. As the car has had lots of later model modfications I choose nardo grey to make it more current. Its a 300D which has now had a turbo fitted to it so I believe it produces up to 200bhp. (not driven it yet)