My name is Duy and I'm been lurking the forums for a bit but have recently acquired my first 500E from Trofim4uk/Andrey (listed in classifieds).
Andrey imported the 92' euro-spec 500E from Japan, where it had been stored away since 2011 (last documented service). From what I've pieced together, is that this Italy delivered 500E was imported to Japan in 2002 by the previous owner (not Trofim4uk) who made a few asthetic changes to the front end (facelift, grill, side marker delete, paint).
The story is, the car sat in this mansion and the previous owner just wanted it sold since it had sat after having issues running. Having traveled to Japan, I've experienced that most Japanese guys can be very private, and not interested in disclosing any personal information or entertaining small talk (unless after hours with collegues and saki). So the 036 was sold with one key and no books/records and hurried off the $3.5M property (which is understandable).
Trofim4uk, who has been importing wheels from Japan, brings back this neglected 71k mile 500E and has some issues keeping it running (documented in his owner thread). He got some flame for "flipping it," but the guy has his hands full with MBs (and two young kids). He's a straight up dude and assisted in getting all the documents together at the DMV as we got it registered. I was stoked to pick up this forgotten beast and get it back on the road.
There's lots of deferred maintenance so there's a laundry list of things to get it road worthy, but first I need to get the fuel situation figured out so I can get it to DEQ.
This forum looks like a wealth of knowledge. Thanks for reading and I plan to update with some more progress as things come along.
Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk