@Rick53: I acquired a 1985 380SL about a year ago with 117,000 miles; similar mileage as the one you are considering. It had a decent maintenance history/documentation from the last previous owner who had owned it since 2008 in South Carolina. It was a California car originally, but it set in Florida for 3 to 4 years before going to the individual from whom I purchased. He took care of most of the deferred maintenance items and drove it about 1000 miles per year and turned over records of what work he did or had done. So I agree with @Sajeev; look for maintenance records, but understand that these are 30 plus year old cars and unless you happen to find one which was maintained by a MB fanatic you will likely have many things that will still need attention after your purchase. Such as motor mounts, suspension/subframe bushings, hoses, belts, fuel system filter and pump pieces, AC, engine chain guides/tensioner/chains. It is likely that some of the these items will be original. At least some of them will need attention because of both mileage and age and can be expensive even if you are able to do all the work yourself. FYI, bite the bullet and purchase true Mercedes parts; they usually cost more but do last longer. BTW, BenzWorld.com is a good online resource and support group. All that said, the R107 is a really pleasant, solid, nice driving grand touring car. I enjoy driving mine and will probably put about a 1000 miles on it by the end of my first year of ownership. I also agree with @Oldmanhiker they are fairly common so they are not going to appreciate due to rarity, but well maintained, regularly driven SLs that don't require extensive sorting should hold their value with maybe some slight upside potential for appreciation. My thoughts anyway. Best of luck.
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