2003 Audi RS6 with 23,100 Miles

2003 Audi RS6 with 23,100 Miles

If yesterday’s post on the Audi 4000CS quattro represented the genesis of my love for the brand, if I’m honest the C5 RS6 was the start of where I started to question the choices of Ingolstadt’s design. It wasn’t that the RS6 wasn’t a hugely impressive car; though they seem pretty new still, this amazing ride is over halfway towards being considered “vintage” in some states. 14 years has passed since the original owner plunked down the heady $80,000 for what was briefly the world’s fastest production sedan. Audi brought two turbochargers to the Cosworth-built 4.2 liter V8 party, offering 450 horsepower, sub-5 second 0-60 times and a car that would easily bump into its 155 mph regulated top speed – and it came to America!

Consider, for a moment, that in 2002 when this car was ready for launch, the car that had existed 15 years before that was the very 1987 4000CS quattro I wrote up yesterday.

It was a monumental leap for the company into the throes of the top-tier performance sedans, but alas, it was a war of escalation that hasn’t stopped since. Audi has already announced that the new RS6 will have a gazillion horsepower and may even come here. In response, BMW has promised to up the new M5’s power to no less than whatever Audi produces, plus 50. To me, though the newest and biggest and baddest sedans are certainly mind-boggling, none of them really appeal to me in the same way the 4000CS quattro did. The 4000CS quattro had been a car I could conceptualize owning downstream of the original owner (maybe I’d even be the second owner?), but the RS6? It’d have to be many years and many ownerships before I could even hope to own one. And then, did I really want a seriously complicated car that hadn’t been well maintained?…

1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Coupe

1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Coupe

Sooooo pretty. I find myself saying that a lot about the Porsche 356. Its shape combined with a wonderful array of available colors always attracts my notice and coming across one in a color with which I am not familiar isn’t all that rare. Many of the original colors have appeared under slightly different shades throughout Porsche’s time, so it’s not that we are completely unfamiliar with them, but they are subtly different. Different is nice. The color we have this time is Aetna Blue, a non-metallic light blue that really looks good on the 356, and here it’s contrasted with a grey interior, black carpets, and a hint of wood. A wonderful vintage automobile.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1960 Porsche 356B 1600 Super Coupe on eBay

Year: 1960
Model: 356B 1600 Super
Engine: 1.7 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 82,935 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1960 Porsche 356B ( T5 ) Coupe finished in it’s original Aetna Blue with Grey leather interior. Driven 82k miles ( believed to be original ) with only two owners since new. This amazing example has just completed a three year restoration and has been fully sorted.

Built on 07/26/1960, this California Black Plate car is totally rust free and still retains it’s original floor pan. It has been repainted by a well known facility in it’s original Aetna Blue and the interior has just been renewed using top quality square weave carpets, original Coco mats, beautiful supple leather, new headliner, refinished original gauges, new rubber gaskets and trim and refinished chrome trim. EVERYTHING works including the 6 volt cigarette lighter and all interior and exterior lights. The headlamps are European style H4 and European tail lamps have also been fitted.

Fitted with a correct 1600 Super engine ( # 702913 type 616/12 ) that has just been rebuilt by Rennwerke Porsche using a 1720cc upgrade with a more powerful cam.

Feature Listing: 1995 BMW M3

Feature Listing: 1995 BMW M3

The U.S. version of the E36 chassis Motorsport offering has steadily begun to emerge from its “also ran” position in the category of favored M products. It has languished in value since the introduction of its replacement, the wildly popular and more aggressive E46 M3. Long derided for being a bit too cost-conscience of BMW, the reality is that the car that came to the U.S. might have been a bit better.

Yes, I just said that.

It is true that the North American M3 made due with a less powerful and certainly much less exotic motor. The U.S. S50, based upon the 325i’s M50, displaced the same 3 liters as the European S50B30, but the two differed in nearly all other aspects. Only items like the oil filter are shared between the models; in Euro guise, the engine sang with individual throttle bodies. The engine also sported the trick continuously variable VANOS system to optimize performance. After finally being convinced to bring the second generation M3 to North America, the news came down that the western-bound motor would be less exotic; static VANOS, lower compression, and no individual throttle bodies.

Frustrated though enthusiasts may have been to not be getting the “true” model, many were just happy it was coming here at all. But the amazing thing was what the USA motor offered. At 240 horsepower, it was indeed 46 down on the European cousin. Yet other numbers told a different story; torque was nearly the same between the two, as was weight, and the real advantage of the Euro motor was only quite high in the rev range. That meant acceleration in the real world was effectively identical between Euro and USA models. Sure, you lost a bit of top speed – but where in the U.S. were you hitting 155, anyway?…

1987 Audi 4000CS quattro

1987 Audi 4000CS quattro

You either get old Audis, or you absolutely don’t.

It’s something I’ve never quite understood. Put a 1985 Audi 4000CS quattro next to a 1985 BMW 3-series, and the Audi looked more slick. The interior details were certainly on par with the BMW, too. Tech? Sure, the Type 85 had basically all the same gadgets that came on the E30, too – which is to say, not many. Electric windows, sunroof, power antenna, power locks were pretty much standard fare in the marketplace by that point in the near-luxury class. The Audi was reasonably quiet going down the road, fit five in a pinch, had a reasonably sized trunk and got reasonable mileage – though admittedly the “power of six, economy of four” idea of the inline-5 worked out generally in the ‘economy of a 6’, power of a 4 direction. The quattro also featured fully independent suspension, 4-wheel disc brakes and sway bars front and rear. None of this was particularly revolutionary at the time.

What was somewhat revolutionary, though, was what Audi had done in 1983. No, it wasn’t the introduction of all-wheel drive; the Quattro had already been on the market for a few years, and in all honesty the Jensen FF well and truly beat it to the technology by a full decade and a half. Unorthodox, though, was taking that basic supercar (for the day) platform at plunking it in the more reasonably priced 4000 model. Removing the turbo and boxflares reduced the asking price by over 50%, yet you got 90% plus of the Quattro’s performance and driving experience. For an entire generation of rally enthusiasts and VW fans, the 4000 quattro was legendary even while it was still on sale. BMW owners would quip that it was slow and underpowered (apparently, in that case, never having driven an early 318i); Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts would counter that the W201 was better built.…

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet with 6,348 miles

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet with 6,348 miles

Ever been out shopping and you impulse bought a shirt, wore it a few times, then it sat in the back of your closet for many years? Then finally one day you rid yourself of that shirt because you wanted it gone without too much hassle? Well, that’s what we have today. Only it’s not a shirt, but a highly desirable Mercedes-Benz.  Imagine living in a world where in 1995 you drive down to your local Mercedes-Benz dealer, purchase a car for $79,000 ($125,000 in today’s money), put a few thousand miles on it, then seemingly forget about it. Situations like this still blow my mind.

This 1995 E320 Cabriolet for sale in, you guessed it, California, was sitting at an estate with four flat tires for over ten years. It had only 6,300 miles before being noticed then rescued by the seller. It received a careful examination and full rehab before being listing for sale ready for a new owner. Much like the 1,300 mile 1982 240D I looked at last week, this is essentially a brand new car. So with nice examples of these cars with over 100,000 miles still selling for prices in the mid-teens, how much will this one bring? I might have an answer.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1995
Model: E320 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 6,348 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This an amazing find, and the cleanest Mercedes I’ve ever seen outside of a new car showroom. It’s an almost mint condition 1995 Mercedes E320 convertible coupe with only 6,384 miles on it and one prior owner. It was stored its entire life in a perfectly conditioned garage, and wasn’t driven the last 10-12 years before I got it. This car is in amazing condition, down to the still legible paper price-tag style stickers clearly visible on the brake heat shields, and all the paint markings on the undercarriage from original assembly at the factory.

1972 Porsche 911R Tribute

1972 Porsche 911R Tribute

We feature a good number of these 911 tributes and backdates. Whether they are tributes to the original Carrera RS, to the 1967 911R like the one we see here, or just built by someone who prefers long-hood design, many of the basic principles and ideals behind them are pretty similar. And they can be very difficult to value. We wanted to take a look at this one precisely to help us gauge that value. This 911 is up for auction with no reserve so it should show us what the market thinks of these cars. Or at least what it thinks of this one. While the proverbial devil is in the details with any of these builds this one strikes me as falling within a middle ground and I think that makes it particularly useful for trying to understand value. It doesn’t appear to be the most well executed or thorough build, but you can see that a good deal of work has gone in to building this 911R tribute and there are a lot of nice touches presented throughout. Bidding right now sits at $50K.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Porsche 911R Tribute on eBay

Year: 1972
Model: 911T
Engine: 2.4 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 0 mi
Price: Auction

NO RESERVE AUCTION – THE WINNER WILL GET THIS BEUTIFUL

PORSCHE 911R TRIBUTE – WEIGHTS UNDER 2000 LBS * 100+ PICTURES *

COMES WITH CLEAN TITLE, BILL OF SALE, AND ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER

FOR THIS 911R RECREATION THE 1972 911 T US MODEL WAS SELECTED BECAUSE IS THE MODEL YEAR THAT IS INSPIRED WITH 911R AND ONLY YEAR THAT HAS OIL FILLER/TANK ON THE RIGHT SIDE WHICH IS A TRADE MARK OF ORIGINAL 911R.

THE CAR :

* MATCHING NUMBERS – ORIGINAL DEALER WINDOW STICKER

* RUNNING 2.4 LITERS ORIGINAL ENGINE – PARTIALLY RESEALED

* RACING CHAIN TENSSIONERS

* WEBER CARBURETORS – REBUILT

* ORIGINAL 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION – SHIFTS GOOD

* GOOD CLUTCH

* FRONT AND REAR FACTORY SWAY BARS

* NEW BRAKES with SSI braided lines

* NEW KONI “CLASSIC” SHOCKS ALL AROUND

* NEW TURBO STEERING TIE RODS

* STRAIT BODY WITH ZERO RUST – NEVER IN ACCIDENT

* NEW BARE METAL GRAN PRIX WHITE SINGLE STAGE PAINT JOB ( FOR ORIGINALITY AND WEIGHT SAVING)

* THE ORIGINAL FACTORY UNDERBODY COATING WAS LEFT ON THE BODY FOR AUTHENTICITY REASON -BUT CAN BE REMOVED FOR FUTHER WEIGHT SAVING

* NO BODY FILLER ON THE CAR

* NEW PIRELI PERFORMANCE TIRES

* ALL SEALS ARE NEW

…AND MUCH MORE…

THE 911R PARTS:

* R- STYLE INTAKE MANIFOLDS RAIN SHIELDS WITH PORSCHE SCRIPT

* R-EXHAUST SYSTEM

* LIGHTWEIGHT ENGINE MOUNT

* 110 LITERS CUSTOM GAS TANK WITH R FUEL FILLER CAP MADE FROM ORIGINAL PORSCHE GAS TANK MADE IN GERMANY

* CUSTOMIZED ORIGINAL OIL TANK WITH ENGINE OIL 911R FILLER CAP

* R GOLD LOOK ENGINE DETAILS

* R – FRONT STRUT BRACE

* FIBERGLASS: DOORS, FRONT AND REAR FENDERS, TRUNK HOOD AND ENGINE LID

* R -STYLE ENGINE LID GRILLE WITH REIN SHIELDS

* LIGHTWEIGHT: FRONT WINDSHIELD, DOOR WINDOWS, REAR SIDE WINDOWS, REAR WINDSHIELD

* R- STYLE DOOR WENTS

* R – TAILLIGHTS, FRONT TURN SIGNALS AND FRONT MARKERS

* R- STEERING WHEEL WITH HORN BUTTON

* R-LEATHER STRAPS FOR DOOR WINDOWS

* RED DOOR POOLS

* R-LIGHTWEIGHT COMPOSIT DOOR HANDLES

* LIGHTWEIGHT DASH PAD

* LIGHTWEIGHT HOOD AND ENGINE LID HINGES

* WOODEN SHIFT KNOB

* LIGHTWEIGHT RED HEADLINER

* R- STYLE NEW SEATS AND RED RACING SEATBELTS

* LIGHTWEIGHT PARTIAL CARPET – REMOVABLE – ( THE REST OF CARPET COMES WITH THE CAR )

* R – RED ALL BODY DECALS

EVERYTHING ON THIS CAR IS DONE PROPERLY IN ATTENTION TO SMALLEST DETAILS

This recreation on arguably the most important 911 is dedicated to Porsche 911 air cooled legacy, and is a result of my forty five year long addiction to this icon of all sports cars, and decades of experience in customizing and restoring vintage Porsche cars.

2002 BMW M3

2002 BMW M3

My dad’s E46 M3 was by far and away the best car he ever owned (though I guess that’s not saying much, since he mostly owned Fords). It was a convertible and, as a result, the chassis was somewhat compromised – the dash would shake at the slightest provocation from a pothole. Still, it was a great car, mostly because it was such a perfect all-rounder. It was fast, handled like a precision instrument and looked sufficiently aggressive without being too shouty. It was also very practical. If you took it down to the shops to pick up a pint of milk, and resisted the temptation to mash the throttle, it could be a very docile car to drive. But if you did open it up, the sound of that 3.2 liter straight six was pretty incredible. There’s nothing else I’ve heard that’s quite like it. It wasn’t a growl. It was a rasp, a sinister, menacing one. I hope that one day I’ll own one too.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 BMW M3 on eBay

Ending Soon: What We’re Watching

Ending Soon: What We’re Watching

I’ve assembled another group of auctions that are all no reserve and should give us a good glimpse into several classic (or soon to be) models. This group is oriented more towards driver-quality cars, as many of the no reserve auctions often are. Still, there are some strong deals to be had if you look…

Click for Details: 1999 Porsche Boxster

I know, the Boxster isn’t for everyone. But the 986 brought Porsche into a new age of success and offered a lightweight, driver-oriented and simple, no-frills convertible to the masses. They were reasonably affordable new, but are quickly becoming the cheapest way into Porsche ownership full stop. While they’re not without their issues, this particular car is a nice color combination and has the dreaded IMS bearing resolved. The accident history and lack of a “S” on the back will keep bidding modest, but right now this car could you yours for $6,000.

Click for Details: 1976 Volkswagen Van Westfalia

The mid-1970s Volkswagen Vans weren’t the most popular in the run. Today, they take a firm third-fiddle to the more popular later Vanagons and classic earlier Sambas. Yet look past the model year, and you’ll have vansportation for a much more modest budget. This one has undergone a light restoration and looks like a nice driver and weekend van. Bidding is still under $10,000 – for reference, less than the Samba heap we linked last time.

Click for Details: 1966 Volkswagen Squareback

If a bit more classic Volkswagen is your style, how about this clean survivor Squareback? It’s not going to be perfect (*few are!) but with Beetle and Karmann Ghia prices on a sharp rise, the Type III lineup is suddenly the budget option. Bidding here is still below $6,000 with a few hours to go.

Click for Details: 2001 BMW 740iL

Last week it was a sub-$6,000 E32 740iL, but today we’ve got the more popular replacement.…

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

I have a thing for yellow 993s. I like a variety of yellow cars in general, though it doesn’t work well on every car. I also like the 993, though it isn’t my favorite 911. The two taken together work wonderfully and I think of the various yellow 911 models it is the 993 that looks the best. Maybe it’s the shape; maybe it is that the 993 has fewer trim and accent pieces allowing that bright yellow exterior to show more fully. Whatever the particular reason I love it and it provides just what I’m after in a yellow car. The one we see here is a Speed Yellow 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe, located in Miami, with Black interior and just 24,846 miles on it and it’s up for auction without reserve.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe on eBay

Year: 1996
Model: 911 Carrera
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 24,846 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

Parkhaus1 is pleased to offer this rare 1996 911 Carrera Coupe in Yellow over Black Leather. This 993 presents extremely well with bright paint and a supple dark interior. Not often seen in yellow, this 911 Carrera is a beautiful example of the handmade and aircooled coupe. With complete ownership history and having been currently owned since ’99, this vehicle has been enthusiastically cared for. Major services have been recently performed by Parkhaus1 including engine out for clutch, maintenance and re-seal. All stock, this 6 speed 911 is a fantastic example of a unique specification. Parkhaus1 has inspected this 911 and it is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.

1996 911 Carrera (Aircooled 993 Chassis)
24k Miles
6 Speed Manual Transmission
Rare Yellow over Black Leather
Lots of Factory Options
18 Inch OEM Porsche 5 Star Wheels (996) -or-
18 Inch OEM Porsche Twist Spoke Wheels (993)
Completely Stock
Major Recent Service
Freshly Sealed Engine
New Clutch
New Ignition System
Newly Rebuilt A/C Control Unit

Factory Options:
329 – Porsche CR-210 Radio
398 – 17 Inch Wheels
437 – 8 Way Power Seat Left
438 – 8 Way Power Seat Rigght
445 – Wheel Caps with Colored Crest
454 – Automatic Speed Control
490 – Sound System
650 – Sunroof
692 – 6 Disc CD Changer
939 – Pleated Leather Rear Seats
982 – Pleated Leather Front Seats

This 993 presents very well with bright paint, dark trims and clean glass.

1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D

1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D

Last week I checked out a 1982 240D with a mere 1,356 miles and explained that at $18,000, it’s probably going to be snatched up by someone who wants that second chance at a brand new W123. Today’s car, a 1983 240D, will probably offer that same chance at for whoever wants to step up and drop the money for this incredible 240D. Surprisingly (or maybe not), this W123 for sale in California not only has 60,000 more miles than last week’s example, but also is more expensive.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D on eBay

Year: 1983
Model: 240D
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed maunal
Mileage: 62,866 mi
Price: $22,000 Buy It Now

1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D- ID# WDBAB23A3DB382189 – Single owner Pasadena, CA car

White/Blue MB tex – Power sunroof – 4 spd manual gearbox – Manual windows.
Cruise control – AM/FM Stereo – Power door/trunk/fuel filler locks – Tool roll still in unopened plastic bag.
Original safety kit – Unused original spare tire/wheel – 62k documented miles – Original windshield.
Owner’s handbook – Blue/orange quick reference placards.
VPC inspection sticker still on windshield – PDI sticker still in driver’s door jamb – Last year of US 240D production.

Extraordinary preservation from day one – Fully original paint as per infrared paint depth indicator.
Virtually no paint blemishes – Superb paint depth and gloss – Spotless door jambs and shutfaces.
Unblemished exterior brightwork.

Virtually flawless original interior – Perfect dash pad – Spotless carpets – Perfect headliner and package panel.
Spotless undercarriage – Spotless inner wheel wells – Spotless engine bay aprons.
Perfect grille/chrome bars – Spotless trunk area.

Major service just completed – New tires – All fluids and filters renewed.
New engine mounts/trans mount – Sway bar links – Alignment – Fuel hoses as necessary.

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL

Buying a high mileage car can be a bit scary, even if it’s a Mercedes with a reputation for longevity. Odometer readings can have a profound psychological effect on our perception of a car’s health (and worth), making people leery of high mileage cars. But in truth, at a certain stage in a car’s life, maintenance history and upkeep become far more important than any number on the dash. This is particularly true of the W126. A low mileage car that has been sitting is liable to cause you more problems than a high mileage one that has been driven and cared for by a meticulous owner. The upshot is that if you shop around and choose wisely, you can score a bargain on a high mileage car. This 300SEL, for example, has 286k miles on the odometer and a cheap price tag attached. Offered for sale by a knowledgeable and friendly Benzworld contributor, it offers a budget friendly entry point into W126 ownership backed up by plenty of maintenance history.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL on Benzworld

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE

The 300CE  joined the W124 lineup in 1987. These cars offered the same levels of reliability, passenger comfort and safety as the sedan, but with a shorter body, two doors and no B-pillar. This gave the coupe a much a rakish, sporting look. But there can be no mistaking its provenance: the coupe retains the elegant, taut and brawny good looks of its sedan sibling, and both are unmistakably the work of famed Mercedes stylist Bruno Sacco. Powered initially by the 3.0 liter version of the M103 SOHC engine, in 1990 the CE’s motor was swapped out for the M104 DOHC unit, which increased power output to 217 hp (the engine was revised again in 1993, bumping displacement to 3.2 liters, but power output remained the same).

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE on eBay

1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet

1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet

Searching for the combination of reasonable price and interesting model/color/options can be a tough row to hoe in the world of air-cooled 911s. This model tends to defy that difficulty: the 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet. Of course, there are caveats. The model is interesting only to those who find a particular appeal in the first ever Cabriolet model Porsche offered for the 911. There are plenty of people for whom a 911 Cabriolet never will be a serious consideration. But I do think this model is interesting. It’s not only the first year of the 911 Cabriolet in general, but also the only year of the 911SC Cabriolet. And Porsche long has shown an interest in open-top motoring so the debut of that concept in its full form for the 911 – somewhat ignoring the short-lived Soft-window Targa – should attract our notice. The other caveat is that the 911SC Cabriolet isn’t always a reasonable value relative to other models of the 911SC. They don’t tend to be super expensive simply because few examples of the 911SC are, but value is always relative and in that sense the Cabriolet can seem a little pricey.

Here we have one in pretty standard form and I think it looks quite nice. The asking price ain’t too bad either:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1983
Model: 911SC Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 72,627 mi
Price: $37,995 Buy It Now

1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet: Beautiful black/black factory color combination; garaged California car; low miles. Stored for several years and not driven, recently tuned up and brought back to driving condition. During the period it was not driven the service history was lost or misplaced; all the documentation included is pictured.

Hammertime Updates

Hammertime Updates

The recent “What We’re Watching” posts have given us a bunch of interesting data points for tracking values. We saw good buys in the 2000 E55 AMG and ’87 944 Turbo along with the ’93 740iL. The ’88 M5 sold at what is likely slightly under market value considering how much they’re appreciated; $24,001 seems almost low compared to some of the asking prices we’ve seen in the past year, but it’s not likely that many missed the auction. The ’88 320is, on the other hand, sold for about what we’d expect at $29,000. Over performing were the ’88 Jetta GLI 16V at $8,100 and the ’80 911SC saw strong continued strength in the air-cooled market at $36,011. For the DIYers, both the 2005 S4 that needed engine work and the Euro 928 that needed…well, a bit of everything, were had for reasonable value. And whoever snapped up both the S6 Avant and 80 quattro sure got one heck of a deal!

1989 BMW 320is – $29,000
1988 Volkswagen Jetta GLI 16V – $8,099
1992 Mercedes-Benz 300E – $3,850
2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG – $8,250
1987 Porsche 944 Turbo – $6,400
1980 Porsche 911SC – $36,011
2002 Audi S6 Avant – $7,400
1960 Volkswagen Bus – $45,300
1981 Porsche 928 Euro 5-speed – $3,751
1993 BMW 740iL – $5,300
1988 BMW M5 – $24,001
2008 BMW 328i Coupe – $5,600
2005 Audi S4 – $3,800
2006 Audi A8L – $7,501
1988 Audi 80 quattro – $1,225
1982 Volkswagen Scirocco – $4,555

1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D with 1,356 miles

1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D with 1,356 miles

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen someone advertise the car they were selling as “low mileage”, I’d be a very rich man. I’d guess 99% of the time it’s some sort of crazy formula used to justify an older car with still a bunch of miles on it. Usually it’s the “only averaged 7,100 miles a year!” line or something of that sort. Well, if the car is 29 years old, that’s still over 200,000 miles and the whole low mileage thing goes right out the window. But no one else said you had to be rational (or honest) to sell a used car on the internet, that’s for sure.

But today’s car actually lives up to the term “low mileage”. Heck, that is probably an insult to how few miles this 1983 240D has on it, or at the very least extreme understatement. If you can believe it, which I think I do, this W123 for sale in California has a mere 1,356 miles on it. That’s it – 1,356. It’s the story of the owner bought it, got sick and it sat in a garage buried under a pile of rubbish for the last 35 years. Of course in typical Mercedes diesel fashion, it had a splash of fresh fuel along with a new a battery and it fired right up. Now that I can say I’ve probably found one of the lowest mile (or maybe the lowest period) W123s left out there, I had to take a closer look.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D on Hemmings

Year: 1982
Model: 240D
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 1,356 mi
Price: $18,000

1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D, The original owner drove the car from San Diego to Vegas and back then parked it in his garage.