C43 w202 which color change or not

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  1. horgantrevor

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    I have a 1998 c43 744 silver but looking to change the colour

    I'm getting a full respray glass out and so on

    I have been looking at the newer mb colour range and I have a few ideas

    But I would love a few thoughts from people

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    white :)
     
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    Get it wrapped. Much cheaper and there are some really nice colours available.
     
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    I thought about changing the colour of mine at one point and I was looking at doing it in one of the period Designio colours, I thought about "Labrador blue" I think that is what they called it, or the Burnt Orange colour that I have seen a Gen 202 55 in.
     
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    Keep it original colour,unless you are going to do the engine bay under bonnet/boot etc.a lot of work to do for a proper colour change.
     
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    Keep it original.... but if needs must, Tenorite Grey may look really nice... a modern MB hue that may freshen the W202 shape right up....
     
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    Slightly off-topic but related. Of the more "common" C43 colours that I'm aware of - silver, black, blue/black - which if any is most favoured or considered the best looking? I can't make my mind up!!
     
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    C43 only came in five colors:

    040 Black
    143 Glacier White
    582 Imperial Red
    197 Obsidian Black
    744 Brilliant Silver

    All three interior colors were available in all except the Imperial Red.

    To change color would diminish value and unless the engine is out extremely difficult to change the engine bay color.

    C43 will increase in value as they were low production builds and the first post merger V8 in a small sedan. :thumb:

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    Funny looking Black, as advertised.
     
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    Estates were not available in the USA.
    The five colors I indicated were the only colors available on the 1147 cars imported to the USA from 1998-2000.

    Obvious by your link Azurite Blue Metallic was available in the UK and global markets...possibly many more colors? :thumb:

    Still a rare car and color change would diminish value.

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    But the OP is UK based, and never asked about the US available colours?

    Personally I think the smaragd-schwarz (189) is gorgeous!
     
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    if the car was worth a million pounds then i would say keep it original but as its not and never will be then go with what you want..!!!
    we only live once and its not all about worrying that the car might be worth a little less later on.. tbh i think silver is soooo boring it hurts, :)
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    He could be based on the moon...
    My main point was if you are considering a color change, then only use a color that was available at that time for that model.

    Even doing so, a quality respray is expensive, and if the color is changed the cost of doing so will diminish the value of a low production model.

    Say what you want but any low production pre and early post merger AMG Mercs tend to eventually rise in price.

    A serious buyer of a quality car considers such changes made and adjusts the offer accordingly.

    If you don't care about having a different color in the engine bay then go for a color change !
     
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    that looks nice in white, it makes it look more modern, but i think a darkish grey would do the same trick and make it look more statesman like.
     
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    Hi I was looking into the darker grey

    Or go mad engine out job RED which red I don't know but I have seen one in the flesh and I couldn't stop looking at it

    I'm not too worried about loosing value as it cost me very little to buy
    It has the usual rust spots and now been sitting in a garage most of the year as I'm working over seas

    But I'm looking to have it ready for next summer
     
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    Looks nice, doesn't it? :rock:

    I'll raise you the 3.2 turbo out of my W210 (plus the tiptronic box) but I don't think it will fit :(
     

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