There's a lady in the CNET Australia family that's dear to our hearts and whom we're trying to save. Her name is Matilda and she's a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL convertible.
Despite being freshly minted in 1985, Matilda comes from a long line of SL roadsters and SLC coupes. This generation of the SL is one of Mercedes' longest lived car lines, with initial models rolling off the line in 1974 and production finally ending in 1989.
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Despite running smoother than she has in a while, some of Matilda's electrics have taken permanent leave. The windscreen wipers, for instance, are stuck in this position; bouts of precipitation require MacGyver levels of ingenuity to overcome.
According to West Star Autos, the prognosis for Matilda isn't good. Although the amount of visible rust isn't too bad, the metal cancer has worked its way throughout the car's body, even into the air vents. To get it roadworthy would require AU$15k, while a complete restoration might cost up to AU$40k.