1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC with Custom ICE

1986 Mercedes 560SEC ICE1

In 1986 the big two door coupe from Mercedes, though flashier than its four door brethren, rarely would be seen in bright colors. Unlike some of the unique shades coming on the Benz cars today from the factory, particularly some of the special order Designo branded cars, the W126 cars rarely saw ultra bright eye catching colors. It is because most SECs you see are black, grey, dark blue, white and rarer red, that this canary yellow SEC really stands out. Obviously this isn’t a factory paint job, photos suggest this car was white, but that doesn’t diminish what a coat of bright paint does to the normally iconic, but subdued lines of the great SEC.

The color on this car was part of a makeover that also includes an extensive audio system. The system features Eclipse and Soundstream parts. It always amazes me at how, like cars themselves electronic equipment can provide a look that evokes a time period and the equipment in this car is no exception. The seller states the system was installed in the early 1990s, I would’ve pegged it at right about 1995. Flipping through some of my car audio magazines from that time and pricing some of the equipment there is no question the creator took the best that Eclipse and to offer and through it at the car. There is easily multiple thousands of dollars of parts alone from when they were new. It is too bad that the seller doesn’t show a build sheet with all the model numbers of the included parts, because certainly the speakers, which are hidden, are also upgraded. The seller says that all the equipment works as it should. The seller alludes to this being a display car, but doesn’t state whether it was for a manufacturer, car audio shop or what.…

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC 6.9 Engine Swap Down Under

Here is an oddity for your consideration. The mighty Mercedes 450SEL 6.9 remains quite a car today and the 560SEC represents some of the best of an old school Benz, however put them together and perhaps you are taking away from each. This isn’t the first time someone has decided to combine 6.9 parts with a W126 chassis, Google Sbarro Mercedes for instance, as with their creations results are mixed.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC 6.9 on eBay Australia

Heaps of the Week: Two Mercedes 500SEC AMGs One seller

1985 Mercedes Koenig widebody project

Need something to keep you busy in the continuing grey days of winter? How about a pair of 500SECs projects to keep you out of trouble? (Well actually this may get you into trouble, financially or with your significant other) Carter also noticed this ride and linked it off our Facebook page.

Here we have what appears to be yet another case of picking up the pieces where a previous enthusiast ran out of time, money, or interest, but the seller instead states that they are selling due to illness. This may mean that the projects aren’t as bad as the ones being sold because someone got in over their head. Eitherway though that picture above shows a once great car looking sad. Not horrible though, we’ve seen a lot worse, but look at it just sitting there in a pile of leaves all cold and alone.

What we actually have is a rare, but non-running rare Koenig widebody 500SEC and a not as rare, but running parts car.…

Clean 1992 Mercedes 600SEL, good $ per cylinder ratio

1992 Mercedes 600SEL4

We love no reserve auctions. Particularly ones that start at under $1,000 for a car that once cost well over $100,000 when new. We’ve reported before about how these big Benzs with V-12s  can be a nightmare in terms of maintenance, but this one looked particularly clean and with no reserve, if the price is right, there may be some $s left over to help with inevitable repairs. I think the W140 probably isn’t as bad as the next generation of V12 Mercedes when it comes to work and cost to own, people just give it a bad rap because of the extra cylinders.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL on eBay

1970 Mercedes 600 SWB only 46,000 miles

1970 Mercedes 600 SWB

Elaine from Seinfeld once got into a discussion about grace and how you can’t have a little grace and you can’t acquire grace, you either have it or you don’t. This car has grace and class in spades. The 600 is such a cool car. It is one of those vehicles where you’ll have just as much fun driving it as you will sitting in the back.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1970 Mercedes 600 SWB on eBay

1986 Mercedes 500SEC Biodiesel Conversion – REVISIT

Mercedes 500SEC biodiesel2

The Mercedes-Benz 500SEC diesel conversion we featured back in June is still on offer in the Netherlands. The seller, Jens, contacted us with the following information:

The Mercedes SEC diesel is stil for sale, runs fine on vegetable oil and also on diesel or a mix for more than 403,100km without any technical problems. It starts even at minus 10 degrees celsius thanks to the fuel heating filter system which first runs on battery power and later swiches to motor heat convection. I dropped the price to €6,000, because The Netherlands raised taxes to a level that is no longer interesting for me to keep this dream machine on the road. It will stay in my barn until sombody is interested. Even in ten or twenty years it will be a great car! You can contact me at jensliman65@gmail.com

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Mercedes 500SEC Biodiesel Conversion – REVISIT

1970 300SEL 6.3 road car / quasi race recreation

When you hear 300SEL 6.3 racecar or race car replica, thoughts must go to the famous, but unfortunately named, Red Sow 300SEL 6.3. That is the car responsible for bringing AMG onto the map with a 2nd place finish at the 24 hours of Spa in 1971. It featured a special 6.8 liter engine and presumably they finished 2nd in the race not only by being fast, but by scaring the other competitors with the outrageous, loud, four door sedan. That car retired from racing and was sold as a test mule for jet engine landing gear.

There have been several replica versions of the Red Pig racers of various levels of authenticity, videos below. (Also any of you Benz fans catch the wheels on the 300SL Gullwing in the last video?)



I’ve seen some with standard 6.3 engines, others with bored out engines to mimic the custom cast 6.8 AMG engines, some with auto transmissions and others with a manual. An “original” was for sale earlier this summer for 200,000 Euros, as seen in the image below. The car I’m posting takes a more subtle approach in paying homage to these great cars.

Year: 1970
Model: Mercedes 300SEL 6.3
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 41,800 mi
Price: ASK

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1970 300SEL 6.3 race/road car in Switzerland

This 300 SE is a French delivery car, sold by the french importer Royal Elysée. It is confirmed by the Service booklet. It has been restored in the last two years but the brakes have been totally redone recently.A set of original AMG 15′ rims and new Pirellis have been fitted. The paint is extremely deep and all the body seals have replaced. A high performance electronic ignition system has been added too give better performance.

1990 Mercedes 300CE 3.4-24v AMG Widebody

1990 Mercedes 300CE 3.4 AMG2

This car was spotted by our reader Allen. The word Hammer gets thrown around by sellers on Benz and AMG cars that don’t really have anything to do with the original Hammer. The seller of this car uses the Hammer description a couple times in their advertisement. The AMG Hammer was a very specific model of the W124 that featured a thumping V8. As such this six cylinder car is not a Hammer, but it at least gets a lot closer than other things I’ve seen called Hammer and this is a rare car.

1990 Mercedes 300CE 3.4 AMG2

Year: 1990
Model: 300CE
Engine: 3.4 liter 24 valve inline-6 AMG
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 75,564 mi
Price: $21,900 Buy-It-Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes 300CE 3.4-24v AMG Widebody on eBay

1990 Mercedes 300CE 3.4 AMG2

This is original AMG compleate CE model 3.4L Hammer wide body version. This is not kit car but factory AMG compleate car Sold in Japan only 2 cars. US buyer =this car is 24 years old so DOT EPA required or wait until 2014 March (strage fee 170USD/month by our strage) to shipped out from Japan. EUR buyer =can import without any problems. Canadian buyer =15 years already past so import without problems.

No accident original km. AMG Japan sold as a new car on 1990 July. Couple owners in a past. Dealer book, manual, records available. Well mainteined car, runs perfect.

1990 Mercedes 300CE 3.4 AMG2

The AMG 3.4 adds 50 or so horsepower on top of the standard 300CE bringing power up to around 275 with plenty of torque. A car like this would be a lot more fun with a manual, but these cars though lighter weight than modern Mercedes two-doors, are more setup for highway bombing than canyon carving. I’m sure with a properly sorted suspension though back roads could be a ton of fun.…

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II

1990 Mercedes 190E Evolution 2

It isn’t often that an Evolution model 190E comes up for sale. We usually notice when one does. With only 502 of these produced, to meet DTM homologation requirements, you are not going to see one on the street except for special occasions.

These cars show how Mercedes 190s can compete in the collector car market with BMW E30 M3s, just as they competed in the marketplace and track when new. While the E30 seems to have the marketplace edge right now, prices of the Cosworth engined 16 valved 190s continues to rise. The Evolution models being the absolute top dog.

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E Evolution 2

Year: 1990
Model: 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II
Engine: 2.5 liter 16 valve inline four
Transmission: dog leg 5-speed manual
Mileage: 35,000 miles
Price: Bid to $61,290, reserve not met

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II on eBay

1990 Mercedes 190E Evolution 2

About this car: 1990 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II.

This is a factory Evolution II. The VIN #: WDB2010361F743573 The car is fully loaded: leather seats, a/c, suspension level, etc. Everything is looks like brand-new. The body is straight and rust free, the car was never ever in any accident. The four tires are new. On the car have a fresh major service including, oil service on the engine, Trans, and rear axle. The break fluid is also new. All filters were changed, new spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor cap, and rotor, etc. The car runs very strong, and straight. The a/c is ice cold. No noise or oil leek. Everything is original, and in working condition: like the radio, a/c, the leather, floor and trunk mat, wheels, etc. The car comes with full service history. All books, the four keys, tools, original window sticker are in my hand. This is a matching numbers car, 1 of the 500 units Evolution II were made.

2000 BMW 740iL Supercharged

I’ve always thought that the E38 BMWs can look just tops. From some angles these big bodies still look sleek and modern. This one has some nice touches that make it stand out.

Year: 2000
Model: 740iL Supercharged
Engine: 4.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 135,745 miles
Price: $16,980  Buy It Now

2000 BMW 740iL Supercharged on eBay

2000 BMW 740iLSC

 

This penultimate year of the E38 has almost all the refinements made over the seven year run. It has navigation and Xenon lights for instance. While this car isn’t the flagship 750iL model with the 5.4 liter V12, it has the tried and true 4.4 liter M62 engine. A Vortech supercharger bolted on gives the V8 400+ horsepower. While that might not seem huge in the world of German uber sedans now, remember how big a deal it was with this sedans contemporary, the E39 M5, putting out those same figures.

This is the personal car of the owner of the car dealership so you have to believe it was taken care of. If the list of add ons is any indication I think it is safe to say the owner cared about the car. The full list of upgrades is below, but of particular note are the additions that make this 7 series look better to my eye. The M parallel wheels and Eibach lowering springs give it the stance that I really like to see on an E38. The AC Schnitzer and Hamann body kit parts also help. The new coat of paint and black color on this helps give a sleeker look that other E38 models don’t have due to  all, but 2001s having matte black rocker panels and lower air dams. I like the single color scheme much better than the factory two tone.

Widescreen Navigation with MK4 NAV computer $ 1500

VF Engineering Supercharger (with ECU Reprogram $ 8,000

Bavarian Sound Werks Stage 1 Sound system upgrade with iPod Dock $ 1000

New Front & Rear Shocks and Lowered eiBach Springs $ 1500

Brembo Cross Drilled Rotors and Brake Pads $ 1500

Full Tune Up with Complete Engine Flush $ 700

Alcantera Suede Custom Headliner $ 1000

Tioming Belt replacement, Front and Rear Crank Seal, coolant passages seal, water pump $ 2800

New ABS Pump $ 1500

Map Cooling Cam Sensor Replace $ 900

Throttle Body Replaced $ 600

Complete Sapphire Black Metallic Paint Job $ 4000

Sunroof Motor Replaced $ 1200

Full Leather 750il Leather Dash $ 800

Replace Blower Motor $ 800

3M Ceramic Tint $ 400

Angel Eyes Ring Xenon Headlights $ 1000

Compression Test and Full check at BMW Dealer $ 600

BMW Original Wood Steering Wheel $ 700

AC Schnitzer Front Bumper and Valance $ 1200

Rear Spoiler by HAMANN $ 500

Total Upgrades and Service Over $ 32,200 !!!