1990 Mercedes-Benz 250TD

One of the great questions in my life is, after the massive success of the W123 300TD, why Mercedes-Benz decided to import the W124 300TD for one year only to the United States in 1987. Maybe it was too expensive as it cost $42,500, which is a whopping $91,000 in 2017 buying power. Whatever the reason aside, this caused Mercedes-Benz diesel lovers to this day to snag these W124s up and keep them as long as possible. So when I was alerted to an imported 250TD that also had a manual transmission, I had to check it out.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 250TD on eBay

Year: 1990
Model: 250TD
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 95,293 km (59,212 mi)
Price: Buy It Now $10,990

Up for auction, an ultra rare 1990 Mercedes 250TD 5 Speed (Factory original), equipped with A/C and power sunroof and leather.
The vehicle was part of an estate that I acquired a while ago in Barcelona (Spain).

This is a NO BRAINER, at such giveaway price it will sell fast, there is NO WAGON 5 speed diesel low mileage equipped like this (leather, A/C…) in the whole country!
Smart buyer will “Buy it now” and run with it. EXCELLENT BUY. NONE FOR SALE, BE SMART !

The Mercedes was seating in a climate controlled garage. The vehicle is extremely nice as seen on the pictures, I would say; way above average ! Being an import, the gauges are still in KM.
The black leather seats are in outstanding condition, headliner and carpeting as well as the cargo space all nice.
Paint is very shinny, NO fading.
Color original
Paint is original.
A/C blow very cold
Straight as an arrow
All electric works
Pneumatic locking works
Tow package
No bearing noises, no shaking at high speed
Mechanically wise, the car runs and drive as it should, very smooth ride 35MPG+ diesel.
Clutch, brakes, exhaust are in pretty good condition.
No abnormal noise or smoke.
Headliner is good
Sunroof close and open fine
Very reliable vehicle and very safe
Has been serviced, and can be driven anywhere.
This is a non smoker car, no pets either.
eBAY does not recognize Euro vin, here we go: WDB1241851F156560

Great buy for a Mercedes enthusiast, collector or if you in search of a 5 speed wagon that will ran for 1,000.000 miles there it is.
Now for the defects, 2 doors speakers are damaged, some light scratches in the car but way over average, and 1 nick in the windshield. Awesome vehicle.

Register in Florida, and sold with a clear FL title.
I require a $500 non refundable deposit at the end of the auction, and the remainder within 5 days at the latest by wire transfer, cash, or certified funds.
I need at least 3 days notice as I travel a lot for my work.
Sold as is, where is, no warranty expressed or implied, no trades this is a private sale.

If needed I can assist with shipping, please note I need a couple of days notice as I sometime travel out of state for my job.
Good luck

This is a really interesting build of a W124. It has a manual transmission, manual windows, manual climate control but has the same leather seats out of the amazing W124 500E. I knew this was too good to be true and according to the VIN, those seats should be cloth. Either way, that’s a nice upgrade to have if you prefer leather. Under the hood is the OM602 diesel engine and for my money, it’s probably the second best diesel engine Mercedes ever produced behind of course the OM616/617. These engines don’t have problems with the heads like the later OM603 models and will easily get you 30 mpg even on a bad day. Some might even argue they’d take the 602 over the 616/617.

The asking price for this wagon is almost $11,000 and at first scoffed thinking that was kind of high, but then I thought about it and realized I can’t argue with the seller for asking that. This combination is probably the best diesel Mercedes wagon you can buy. It has everything to last you 500,000 miles or more in a chassis that is totally comfortable to drive everyday if you wanted it. If you told me to pick the components and package them together, it would probably end up looking exactly like this. So if you are state side and looking for the ultimate Mercedes diesel estate, this one might just be it.

– Andrew

1991 Mercedes-Benz 230GE

The W461 Mercedes-Benz is a rare build of the G-Wagen that was dedicated for military and parapublic service. They are still as stripped down and basic as any W460 but the interesting thing is that production for these ran all the way up until 2001. Since the W463, the version that was catered for civilian use and still in production today, started in 1991, that means Mercedes was building two different G-Wagens at the same time for over 10 years. Once discontinued in 2001, Mercedes-Benz just decided to equip the W463 with whatever the specific military requests were at the time and carry on their building process that way. So when a W461 popped up for sale in Spain, I had to take a closer look at it. Of course, this one has a few specific features that makes it quite unique.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 230GE on eBay

Year: 1991
Model: 230GE
Engine: 2.3 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 71,600 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

1991 Steyr-Daimler-Puch (Mercedes-Benz) 230GE Pickup/Canvas Back

ACTUAL VIN: VAG46121917906304

Ex-Swiss Army, with rare automatic transmission and petrol engine. This w460 was one of the well-appointed Geländewagens supplied new to the Swiss Military, and it spent its entire life in that capacity as an Army support vehicle. Very low mileage and always beautifully maintained, it is entirely rust free and needs nothing. Runs and drives perfectly.

A true mil-Spec G-wagen, the Swiss trucks are exceedingly rare because they were equipped with the desirable 4-speed automatic transmission. This example is relatively unique in that it has been configured as a pickup truck (although a steel frame and rear canvas back is supplied, and photos of it fitted on the vehicle can be seen in the gallery.)

A tow hitch has been fitted (the vehicle is rated to tow more than five tons), and hydraulic fittings on the front can be utilized to operate various different types of equipment if desired, including a plow.

Straight, rust free and entirely undamaged, it is a unique piece of Mercedes-Benz history, an unusual bit of Swiss Military history, and a massively capable off roader with a drivetrain and body configuration ideally suited to use in the United States.

Olive drab paint is flat (of course) but even, and body panels are straight and undamaged. Interior is in excellent shape, as you would expect of the mileage) and everything works as it should. The vehicle fires instantly, even when ice cold, and drives exactly as you would expect a Mercedes-Benz product of this vintage to drive. Although not fast, acceleration is more than enough to keep up with modern traffic on virtually all road types, and the four speed automatic makes the operating experience entirely simple. Suspension, brakes and tires are all in excellent condition, and the vehicle has been recently serviced and is fully ready to go.

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NOTE: THIS VEHICLE IS LOCATED IN DENIA, SPAIN.

I am an American, living in Spain, and I export vehicles to the USA regularly. Although shipping costs are not included in the price of the sale, I have contacts with an established worldwide shipper and will work directly with the buyer to arrange delivery to the USA. I will drop the vehicle off at the port of Valencia for you at no additional cost, help you prepare all the proper documentation for shipping to the USA, and assist with US customs and importation on the USA side. The whole process goes very smoothly, usually takes less than 6 weeks, and usually costs less than $2000, port to port. Delivery through my shipper is available to New York, Baltimore and Jacksonville.

Once the vehicle is in your possession, you will also have all the documents you need to register the car in any of 49 states. (California excepted.) I can even arrange transportation within the USA, from the port to your driveway. In short, I am here to help with every step of the process of delivering this vehicle to you.

You are, of course, welcome to fly here and test the car for yourself before you bid, but if that is not feasible, I will be happy to take additional photos, videos, etc. and send them to you. Whatever you need. We can speak on the telephone, or by Skype, so you can see the vehicle in real time before you bid.

If you have any questions, please ask and I will post as many answers here as possible.

For more details, see www.autologymotors.com

First off, this isn’t technically a Mercedes-Benz. It was sold as a Puch from the company Steyr-Daimler-Puch out of Austria. They are a contract manufacturer who are responsible for the modern 4Matic systems and a bunch of other cool advancements, including the Halfinger Carter looked at recently.. They are exactly the same vehicle as the Mercedes, but they just have some different badges. This Puch G was sold to the Swiss military and judging by the hydraulic fittings on the front end, was probably used for some kind of construction or plow work. What’s surprising to me is that it has a 4-cylinder gas engine and an ultra rare automatic transmission. I can’t remember that I’ve ever seen an automatic in a military-spec G but maybe that’s what the Swiss asked for. Also, this W461 is setup in a truck configuration but my guess is that this wasn’t originally built this way judging by the rear window not looking very “Mercedes-like”. Inside, it’s the same bare necessities of bare floors, no air conditioning and no radio as well.

My guess is that this G has only been in private ownership for a few years because the Swiss military didn’t start replacing them with newer diesel G300s until 2014. How it ended up in Spain is anyone’s guess but seeing as it is the coastal resort town of Denia, it surely looks fairly nice for being a military vehicle. I don’t have a ton of insight as to where the bidding might end up on this one. Usually trucks like these hover around the ballpark of $15,000-20,000 but seeing all the special things that this G has, it wouldn’t shock me for it to end well north of that number.

– Andrew

King’s Ransom: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Last week I checked out at a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 that looked to be cared for by a wealthy stable owner in north Alabama. Today, we have another W100 to examine, but this one has quite a bit more history to sort through. This 1970 600 for sale in Portland, Oregon isn’t the normal standard wheelbase sedan you are used to seeing but rather it’s the rare Pullman version, which is one of 423 ever produced. Of course, those who ordered these cars usually weren’t your normal private citizens. So who was the original owner of this rolling symbol of power?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman on Hemmings

Year: 1970
Model: 600 Pullman
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 35,000 km (21,747 mi)
Price: $395,000

1970 Mercedes 600 Pullman

Ordered new by King Idris of Libya the same year he was overthrown by Muammar Gaddafi
Award winning restoration (fully documented)
All mechanicals are new or rebuilt
35,000 km’s (300 km since restoration)
Factory 040G black with bamboo leather
Complete set of factory spares kits and tool pouch
Price: $395,000 firm

The owner of this awesome 600 was King Idris of Libya who according to the build sheet, didn’t have possession of the car for too long. This Pullman was built in July of 1969 but unfortunately Idris was deposed a few months later in a coup d’etat by army officers led by a guy you might have heard of named Muammar Gaddafi. I’ve tracked down a photo of Idris getting out of the car attached below and even more amazingly, the Associated Press actually has video footage of Idris in Turkey on September 2nd, 1969 with the car that can be viewed here. That same day is when Libyan Army officers took control of the country. Naturally, Idris didn’t return to Libya choosing to head to Greece until ultimately going into exile in Egypt until his death in 1983 at the age of 94.

From there, the story is missing some chapters. From what I understand, this car was probably sold off (along with Idris’ other things) and ended up in Japan where it rested for over 20 years. From there, the car made its way to Los Angeles to a new owner where again, it sat. That’s where the current owner found it and sent it over to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California for extensive restoration in 2011. Now, it resides in Portland along with the owner’s five (that’s not a typo) other short-wheel-base 600s. I do remember seeing this car on display at Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance last year where it took home the Allen C. Stephens Elegance Award — which I have no idea what that means. I don’t run in the same circles as people who have cars nice enough to park on putting greens.

Now that the seller wants to move on from this Pullman, he is asking a whopping $395,000 – firm, no less. I know that the seller of this car wasn’t aware it was Idris’ car until after he purchased it but I’m sure he might have had an idea it had some kind of diplomatic ownership being so well-versed in 600 ownership. Just for comparison sake, there was a 1968 Pullman that was sold at an auction the Netherlands in 2015 that wasn’t a restored example, but still presentable, for just under $200,000. The notion that this car has some sort of increased value because it was owned for a month by a rather unknown King in Libya almost 48 years ago just doesn’t do it for me. I don’t think prior ownership factors into value unless maybe you were taking about one of the 600s owned by Lennon or Elvis and even then I’m weary. So while this 600 Pullman looks outstanding and surely has a cool history, almost $400,000 might just be a pipe dream number.

– Andrew

1995 Mercedes-Benz ‘E420’ Cabriolet

I’ve been big admirer of the W124 Cabriolet because of the massive design and engineering project it was. Like I mentioned a few months ago, making this car wasn’t just chopping the roof off the coupe, sticking a soft top in the trunk and calling it a day. But sadly despite the huge undertaking and investment, you were only left with one engine choice in the 3.2 liter M104 straight-6. It wasn’t under powered by any means, but it wasn’t exactly a speed demon either. Besides, if you want a fast Mercedes convertible, you ponied up for the SL500 or SL600. I’m going to assume that if they offered the M119 V8 in the W124 Cabriolet,  the price would have been even greater than already high $79,000 (and that’s in 1995 money!). The price point probably would have been right at the edge of the $87,000 SL500 and it probably wouldn’t of sold very well at all. Plus, you are factoring in even more engineering and cost to a project that like mentioned, was very expensive.

So it makes total sense why there was no V8 W124 Cabriolet. But of course it doesn’t stop someone from building one which is exactly what we have here today for sale in New Jersey. What started life as a 1995 E320 Cabriolet has been transformed into a “E420 Cabriolet” and it even has a few other interesting details.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz ‘E420’ Cabriolet on Hemmings

Year: 1995
Model: ‘E420’ Cabriolet
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 56,921 miles
Price: $69,999

ORIGINAL PAINT, ONE OF ONE E420 CONVERTIBLE

OVER 160000 DOLLAR INVESTED IN PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION,

$199 Dealer Fee

Price: $69,999

From the looks of it, this swap was done by the people at Wolfgang’s Inc., a Mercedes- Benz specialty facility in Tenafly, New Jersey. They are one of the few places in the country that are absolute experts in pre-2002 G-Wagens as well as any almost every post-war Mercedes you can think of. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that this engine swap looks like it came straight from the factory. On the other hand, what doesn’t look like it came from the factory is the interior. Normally when people build project cars, they upgrade the seats and other surfaces because the stuff that was in there probably wasn’t that great to being with. This is not the case with the leather from the W124. If you take care of it, it’s very high quality material even in 2017. Why they chose to go with white inserts and those giant Mercedes logos, I’m not sure. Don’t get me wrong, it looks very quality, it’s just it surely doesn’t do this car any favors since it was already a perfectly pleasant place to be. One last thing that gets me is that they painted the grille insert white and I’m not sure why.

So all of this work comes with the asking price of $69,999 — don’t forget the $199 dealer fee as well. This easily tops the charts as the most expensive asking price for a W124 Cabriolet I’ve ever seen since they were new. The seller says in the description that this car has over $160,000 invested which is maybe true if he is valuing the time of him and his employees at $500 an hour. Doing a bunch of quick math in my head, I’m just not seeing where $160,000 is at in this car. Yes, this swap is not a plug and play situation since everything needs to be swapped over from the E420 donor car, but that still doesn’t add up for me.

– Andrew

1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E

A little over a week ago I looked at a great 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E for sale in California for only $2,000. Not surprisingly, that car sold soon after. But in case you missed out on that awesome budget V8 W124, you are in luck with today’s car. Another 400E, this time a 1993, has come up for sale for in California for, once again, only $2,000. Unfortunately, this one comes with a little bit of a catch.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E on Orange County Craigslist

Year: 1993
Model: 400E
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 280,000 mi
Price: $2,000

This 1993 Mercedes-Benz 400E has been a wonderful car for several years, but has just now stopped going into 4th gear. The car runs and drives very well, and I still use it every day in “3” mode. It is perfectly usable, but will need transmission work to get good gas mileage again on the freeway. The condition of this car is very good, especially the interior/upholstery. The headliner is sagging, but otherwise very clean.

– Rare 4.2 liter V8 32v DOHC M119 engine
– All routine maintenance is up to date: spark plugs, air filters, engine oil, etc
– NEW BFGoodrich tires
– Wheels were refinished with OE color powder coat
– Euro spec headlights (USA ones included)
– Original stereo and genuine Mercedes trunk-mounted CD changer
– Many extra spare parts included
– CLEAN TITLE in hand

Much like the 1992 from over a week ago, this one also has well over 200,000 miles on it but fear not, this W124 looks like it comes from a loving home home as well based on what the seller is presenting in the ad description. What’s the catch then? Well, sadly this 400E won’t go into fourth gear anymore. This is a little bit of a problem if you are cruising the 5 or 405 freeway and this thirsty V8 is turning at 4,500 rpm. In my opinion, this isn’t a death sentence for this car. A quick trip up to Van Nuys to visit the guys at Sun Valley Mercedes Transmissions, one the best Mercedes-Benz transmission rebuilders in the country, will probably have fourth gear back in this car in a few days. You would be left with a great 400E and a fresh transmission for an amount still well under what a I usually see these cars listed for.

– Andrew

1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

Earlier this week I looked at a 1972 280SE 4.5 for an asking price of around $25,000. I explained that for my money, I’m probably skipping the 4.5 and finding a decent 300SEL 6.3. Well lo and behold, a 1969 6.3 in Colorado just happened to pop up for sale bid on eBay. It’s no means as nice as the 280SE 4.5, but this monster W109 is a little more special than the standard 6.3.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 on eBay

Year: 1969
Model: 300SEL 6.3
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 119,135 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This is a carefully restored car head-to-toe, but it’s also a 47 year-old car. Runs great and I kept this car up hoping to keep it for a lifetime—but the mechanics are very specialized on a car like this, so please make sure that you know what you’re getting into.

For sale is a 1969 Mercedes that I bought this car in 2008 and restored, hoping to keep it forever. Have moved the family from Denver to San Francisco—my loss is your gain. This is a beautiful car, having had a full strip-down & repaint, all new leather interior, carpet and killer custom installation of a stereo and woofer system—installed in a way that doesn’t cut into the door panels or take away from the car’s originality.

Mechanically, this car has been almost entirely redone. The engine went out almost immediately after I bought it, so I found another one that was represented as being freshly rebuilt and then stored for some time. It’s not a “matching” engine and chassis but it’s a legitimate 6.3 motor that’s in fantastic shape. We couldn’t verify how many miles but it was represented as being basically new, and it has been very strong. To make sure the car would run as well as it could, I put on as many new and rebuilt parts as I could, many sourced from Star Motors in Albany. These rebuilt parts include:

Wholly rebuilt mechanical fuel pump;
Updated electronic ignition system;
New updated A/C compressor;
All new rubber and valves for the air suspension.

Every year I’d do something new. For example, these cars also tend to have a quirk with the rear axle that makes a jitter, and we replaced and repacked all of that as well as new tires, etc. Another example: the back seats did not come stock with shoulder-mounted seatbelts in that year. I wanted shoulder mounts for my children and had those installed. All of the base work (motor, paint, suspension) done in 2008 to 2010 so there’s been some wear since then, but the car is in good shape. Keep in mind that this is a 47 year old car so has various things with it—this isn’t showroom—but it’s very nice. Some warts include scratches on the paint that aren’t visible in the pictures, etc.

The car is in Colorado, I’m in California. A friend has the car in Denver and can show it to anyone that’s interested.

Mileage: the odometer shows 119,135. It’s a 5 digit ODO so my assumption is that it is 119,135 total. When I bought the car in 2008, the odometer was 18,161, so I put less than 1,000 miles on the rebuilt mechanics and paint. I averaged a very little 150 miles per year, usually an occasionally Sunday outing.

All mechanical work was done by Mark Yoakum of German Motors in Lakewood. The repaint was done by Applewood Auto Body in Golden, and the custom stereo installation was done by Car Toys in Denver.

Car is being offered as-is.

Good luck with your bidding, and thank you for your consideration.

After trying to wrap my head around the seller calling this car “carefully restored”, something still seemed off to me. The absence of headrests on the front seats threw up some flags and it wasn’t until I noticed the lack of the corner markers as well as the missing two light housings around the license plate that I realized this isn’t a North American spec car.  Other than the high risk of whiplash if you are ever in an accident with this thing, it also means you got the 9:1 compression M100 engine instead of the 8:1 that the North American cars got. You also got a different injection pump because the North American pumps had a double solenoid to accommodate the problems caused by US pollution standards. How much extra power does this translate to? I have no idea. Mercedes-Benz said these cars have around 300 horsepower and the torque is a whopping 434 lb.ft which was incredible for a four door sedan in 1969. Ultimately it wasn’t important to the company how much power the M100 produced and buyers didn’t seem to care about the exact figures either. This car also has what you could call a “sport” steering wheel that may look familiar from the 300SEL AMG 6.8. On a sour note, those hastily mounted center speakers look ridiculous and to add insult to injury I think they are mounted uneven.

I’m curious to see where this car ends up at auctions end. It’s not an original unmolested 6.3 and has almost 120,000 miles as well. If I had to guess, the $20,000 mark might happen but the lack of concrete information on the car will probably scare away any casual bidders. Ideally, you’d want to give this seller a call and discuss it in length because he is either unaware of everything going on with this car or just didn’t bother to say anything.

– Andrew

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

Earlier this week I looked at a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600, one of the most legendary sedans of all time. Today is another 1972 Mercedes-Benz sedan, although this one is a little easier on the wallet both in purchase price and cost of upkeep. This 280SE 4.5 for sale in Santa Monica, California is not only a clean example but also sports a rare color in Phantom Gray.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5 on eBay

Year: 1972
Model: 280SE 4.5
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 43,200 mi
Price: Buy It Now $24,500

West Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptional example of this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108.067 Series) 4.5L V8 Sedan (built between the dates 4/71-11/72 with this particular car being one of the last models built in 7/1972) and obviously always coveted with no signs of any accidents and reportedly owned by only 3 careful and mature owners since new with a Stuttgart ‘Zeritifikat’ ‘Mercedes-Benz Classic Heritage Certificate’ to confirm it’s heritage and original specifications. The car was originally ordered and built in thei original ‘Phantom Gray’ (Color Code 733) color paint matched to a ‘Black Leather’ (Trim Code 241) interior.

The car is mostly still in all original and stock condition with a beautiful and professional repaint in its original ‘Phantom Gray’ color paint and the car boasts a gorgeous original ‘Black leather’ interior with the highly desirable 4.5L/230HP V8 cylinder engine and this is a car loaded with factory options including power steering, power brakes, power windows, air conditioning, matching factory color Mercedes hub cap wheels centers, original ‘Becker Europa’ AM/FM radio, stunning and all original optional ‘Black leather’ interior with matching carpet and kick panel carpet and heat absorbing glass and central locking!

The car has reportedly had only 3 owners since new and has 43K original miles and has exceptional condition chrome, including both front and rear bumpers and all the typical rust-prone areas are rust-free and there are no signs of any accidents or damage whatsoever! This car must be seen to be seen and driven to be fully appreciated – the engine is extremely strong and responsive with excellent oil pressure and no oil leaks and which sounds absolutely magnificent and the recently rebuilt transmission shifts smoothly through the gears and the engine temperature always remains cool. All the power options are working as they should including the air conditioning.

This is one exceptionally fine example of a mostly completely original 1972 Mercedes 280SE 4.5L V8 Sedan in rare turn-key ready daily appreciating, daily driving and daily head-turning condition! Perfect for the Mercedes collector or enthusiast or any classic car enthusiast looking for an affordable and reliable daily driving classic European car!

For further information contact West Coast Classics through EBay or on 310-399-3990 during regular California business hours.

Phantom Gray reminds me of Audi’s Aviator Gray – a color that looked really great on the MK1 TT. It’s a hue that has just enough shine that it doesn’t look like primer and not too light that it ends up looking silver. The black interior was a great matching choice along with gray carpet to give it a bit on contrast. This being a W108 that has a functioning air conditioning is a giant plus; despite it being in California, operational air conditioning in these is no guarantee.

This is a really nice example of a W108 and a price tag of $24,500 sure reflects that. In my opinion, you are paying top of the market for this car and aren’t getting much value. I recently saw a California W109 6.3 sell for $20,000 and for my money, it’s 6.3 or bust. While you’ll get no argument from me saying that this isn’t a really great car, it’s just I’m not the one to pay top market value for it.

– Andrew

1972 Mercedes-Benz 600

The Mercedes-Benz 600 is one of the few cars that I’d love to own but at the same time be absolutely terrified of actually owning it. There is no “faking” ownership of a 600. You need to be totally unfazed about the possibility of spending $8,000 for a minor service at any time. A set of factory brake pads alone will run you over $1,000, although most owners just use the thinner W109 6.3 pads as “affordable” alternatives. If a 600 needs chassis rubber replacement, it’s not out the question for it to be over $20,000 in parts alone. Suddenly, you become envious of Ferrari 348 and 355 owners that only spend $10,000 on engine-out services. So when a 600 comes up for sale like this one in Alabama, I dream of scooping this thing up, but then think maybe spending $12,000 to make sure a 600 can sit in my garage without the body touching the ground isn’t the best use of money.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 on eBay

Year: 1972
Model: 600
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 66,081 mi
Price: Buy It Now $90,000

1972 Mercedes 600 4 door Automatic V8. Hydraulic windows & locks. Kept in air controlled shop.

This 1972 is car number 2109 out of the 2677 W100’s ever built and it is the last year for the 600 in the US making it quite rare. The Horizon Blue paint isn’t a color I see too often and the grey interior looks to be in fine shape outside of the random clothes hanger in the rear seats. Being a southern car with a little over 66,000 miles, I don’t see any obvious signs of wear outside of the fading wood that the seller mentions in the description.

Speaking of the description, this is a fine example of how not to sell a 600. Judging by the setting of this car, the owner probably has more important things to worry about so maybe putting effort into selling this beautiful car wasn’t a priority. Buying a 600 isn’t your standard process of checking it out for an hour on a Saturday afternoon. Ideally you put this car trailer, send it off for to a 600 specialist for a few days then wait for bad news to come back at how much work it’ll need. Even trying to start a 600 that has been sitting for awhile can lead to catastrophic results as you have to potential to send contaminates into the very expensive injection pump.

For $90,000, you can’t even consider that number unless you get a full report on this car like mentioned. Gambling any kind of money on buying a 600 sight-unseen or without an experts report on it would be crazy. Personally, I prefer the pre-1968 600’s because of the wood binnacle instead of the leather covered one like this car. In my eyes, if you are going to buy a 600, you might as well go all out with it because you’ll be paying either way. So if you are searching for a 600, this one might be an option, as long as you do the homework.

– Andrew

1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E

Lets get this out of the way from the start. This is a really nice 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E for $2,000. No catch, no disclaimers, no ”just needs (insert part) to run”. Just a clean, V8 W124 for $2,000. This car even has Pirelli tires on it. You don’t put Pirellis, not even cheap ones, on cars you don’t care about. Yes, this W124 has over 215,000 miles, but for $2,000 I don’t care how many miles it has. So what are you waiting for? Go buy this car.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E on San Francisco Craigslist

Year: 1992
Model: 400E
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 215,688 mi
Price: $2,000

*Check engine light is now fixed and off*
I need to sell this car quickly. Price is OBO
I am selling this 1992 Mercedes 400e in great shape. It has lots of power and is very smooth. The interior is in very good shape with no tears in the leather. The tires are almost brand new with plenty of tread.
There are not many of these cars left on the road and is a wonderful car.
Please call or text me of you are interested.
Thank you,
Luke

It’s pretty clear this W124 has been loved. A quick peek in the garage shows that this car comes from a Mercedes loving family and looking at the interior only solidifies it. The leather and carpets are all really clean while the wood and dash are crack free. The exterior looks awfully fresh and even the grill was painted black to freshen it up. What is even better is that this car has the European headlights and I also spy the OEM warning triangle in the trunk lid that wasn’t available for North American cars.

I don’t know how many more ways to explain how great a deal this is. I see total piles of junk asking more than $2,000 everyday and to run across something like this is my early candidate for deal of the year. I know prices on used luxury cars are always softer in the major metropolitan of California, but this is a whole new level of good deals. It almost makes me feel a little sorry for this owner because he clearly needs to sell it fast, but this was a lot of love given to this 400E only to basically give it away.

– Andrew

Buyer beware: 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550

Today’s featured vehicle, a 2007 S550, is as much about the potential disaster that lies under the hood as it is about the car itself. I’ve covered engineering blunders before in the early W220 S600 and unfortunately this first year W221 S550 with the M273 V8 has a pretty significant weak link as well.

Daimler developed the M273 V8 as a replacement for the aging M113 V8 that was put into nearly all of its bigger sedans and SUVs. It had four valves per cylinder compared to the three from the M113 as well as some improvements like variable-length intake manifolds for better fuel economy and a pretty interesting cooling setup that eliminated the need for a traditional mechanical thermostat. Everything looked great for the first few years until owners started reporting codes for timing issues and rough idle. Daimler probably saw this coming because it’s the same kind of issue that plagued the M272 (I’ll dive into that another day) that sent it owners looking for the the closest lawyer to sue — and sue they did.

What happened was there is an idle gear on the timing chain deep in the V of the engine that was not hardened properly during manufacturing. Eventually this fault wore away all the teeth on the gear. This then threw the camshaft timing out of whack and to put it simply, it caused all kind of hell. Mercedes-Benz remedied the faulty idle gears in later production M273 engines but unfortunately for this S550 in Tampa, Florida, it’s engine falls inside the defective range. What does that do to value?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 on eBay

Year: 2007
Model: S550
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 168,521 mi
Price: Buy It Now $10,900

2007 mercedes s550 luxury sport sedan with dvd based navigation heated and cooled seats vent shades all books one master keys no issues sharp car all services current no rust southern car perfect highway car many miles left in this car no warning lights no major dents or scratches good carfax and autocheck report 3 owners one minor accident no airbags deployed and driven home no big deal but we disclose everything so we have happy customers and perfect feedback family owned american owned business great rare navy color great gray leather interior perfect headliner never smoked in no stains drives great tires are 50% bid to win it no reserve auction $1000 paypal deposit due within 24 hours 7 days for full payment high bid wins we provide free airport pickup here in tampa we do ship call now for a fast quote (813)679-9609 $95 doc fee covers 30 day temp please expect great service before during and after the sale bid now!!!

Originally I was really intrigued by this car because we’ve now hit a time where you can buy a W221 S-Class for $10,000 and change. Sure it’s had a small accident and the seats look oddly worn but for under $11,000, there isn’t a lot to complain about. That’s until I ran the VIN to find out that the engine falls squarely into the range of the cars that have the faulty idle gears. But seeing as this car has over 168,000 miles, I’m really questioning if this engine wasn’t already repaired. Surely by now this issue would of popped up. But although you can fix this problem with about $500 worth of parts, finding an independent Mercedes-Benz technician who is willing to do the repair isn’t easy nor cheap. Like I mentioned, some deep-pocketed owners sued successfully for this problem and did receive reimbursements for repairs so it’s not crazy to think this car has already been remedied. I’d curious to contact the seller to see if they have information on it but judging by the caps lock being permanently ON when they wrote the description for the S550, I’d not be too eager to have any interaction with them.

So from my perspective, an early W221 S550 can be an unbelievable value granted you know the idle gear situation has been taken care of. But don’t get too excited because this is still a S-Class through and though that will drive you broke if you aren’t ready for what it may spring at you without warning. And one more thing, don’t get a 4Matic, the transfer cases like to leak on those.

– Andrew