Custom 1989 Mercedes 190E 2.6 to 3.0

Interesting piece here. We have a 190E 2.6 that has had some interesting upgrades.

Note this listing might get pulled down as it is violating eBay policies with massive keyword spamming, a practice that is incredibly lame, makes the seller come off as a tool and is a reason why some car guys have taken their car buying business away from eBay.

Aside from the dumb ass listing strategy the car itself is a looker and unique. The stock engine has been pulled out for a 3 liter unit and the car has had a body kit added to make it look like a Cosworth 190 clone. It is unclear if the 122k miles are on the engine or the chassis, probably the engine as the history report is showing 359,857 miles and a failed emissions test back in 2002.

The car’s look are extenuated with the Cosworth clone body kit, painted AMG rims, smoked badges, blacked out grille, and French style yellow headlights with HID bulbs.

Suspension upgrades include C43 AMG brakes, and some E420 components. An LSD, exhaust, and remapped ECU help with performance. Another selling point is the Getrag 5 speed manual.

The car has a rebuilt title and there seems to be some weird things going on with the vehicle history mileage check so a potential owner should check into that. The seller says the damage was a parking lot ding that creased a quarterpanel and bumper cost $2k thus getting the car the branded title, probably because an 89 190E with high miles won’t be valued very highly in the insurance  actuary tables.

Owner claims $20k invested and the car is at $2,000 with the reserve not met. I would want to check this one out in person since there seems to be some sketchiness with the car. I’m not sure how high this is going to go I’d be surprised if it gets more than $4,000, but it is a pretty nice looking take on the 190E. The good photos almost make up for the key word spamming.

Custom 1989 Mercedes 190E 3.0 on eBay.

~Evan

1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D

I’ve always felt that the Mercedes-Benz W114 and W115 are akin to the Rodney Dangerfield of the Mercedes world: they get no respect. Stuck in between the W110 Fintail and ubiquitous W123, it lands in a bit of a no man’s land when it comes to Mercedes-Benz history. Nevertheless, these are stout machines worthy of a look, especially the efficient diesel versions given what the price of oil is trading at these days. This particular 1975 240D is complete and a survivor with original paint. It is also a 4 speed manual which should help get the most of the meager 65 horsepower output.

1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D on eBay

Up for sale is a very nice 1975 Mercedes 240D finished in light brown color. The vehicle is in very good shape and in every way. The car has a 4 speed transmission and is a big diesel savor. The body is in nice shape and the paint shines. The car does not have any rust issues besides the panel in the bottom of the front bumper which has a little rust but that’s a removable panel and can easily be replaced with a new one. The paint mostly is the original.

The interior is in very good shape with no cracks on the dash and no rips or tears on the seats. The headliner is nice too. The car has a cruise control as well. The AC works and blows cold. The radio is the original Becker and it works very well. The car has some of the service records. The Mercedes really stands out with its looks. It gets a lot of attention despite the age of it. This is a true classic. This Mercedes is in very good mechanical shape and it drives amazing. It does not have any oil leaks. The clutch and transmission are in very good shape. For right now this car needs only a driver.

Clean 240D sedans can be had all day long for around $5,000, so the asking price of $6,700 is about $1,000 to $1,300 on the high side. However, this is a lot less than you would pay for a later W123 240D, the standard bearer of Mercedes-Benz durability. For someone looking for an efficient commuter vehicle, or for a student in need of a first car, these are safe, comfortable vehicles that can withstand the years. This car has just the right amount of patina to allow the owner comfort in using it as an everyday classic.

-Paul

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

The W123 needs no introduction on GCFSB. These were Mercedes-Benz’s bread and butter models between 1977 and 1985 and they combined durability, luxury and style like few cars have been able to do. While these cars are known for their ability to rack up hundreds of thousands of miles with little hassle, you can still find clean, lower mileage examples of coupes and sedans from time to time. The estate versions, however, tend to be the workhorse and good quality examples are a bit more tough to source. This particular TDT is one of the best that I’ve come across in recent memory.

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT on eBay

This might be the lowest mileage 123 series Mercedes wagon in the country. There are only 98k well maintained miles on it since new. This gorgeous Mercedes wagon was sold new in Sacramento, CA in 1983. In 2001, when the original owner passed away his widow sold it to the second owner in Orange County, CA. He sold the car to a gentleman from Maine in 2005 and purchased it back from him in 2007. The car still has the original paint on every panel and it still shines like on the first day. It was finished in Taiga Beige (MB color code 684) with palomino color MB-tex interior.

This car was always parked in a garage and it shows. It has never been in any kind of accident and there are dings or dents on it. The body and the paint are in truly amazing condition for an almost 30 year old car. The interior is very clean as well, as the many pictures will show. The carpets are clean, there are no rips or tears in the seats and even the wood panels are in great condition. This car has been very well maintained and i have the books and receipts to show it.

A new transmission was installed in 2009 with 93k miles. Together with the complete 90k mile service and new drive shaft axles this bill came to $3900. The work was done by Silver Star Motors in Escondido, CA. This car shifts and accelerates like a Mercedes diesel with a very low mileage should. There are no strange noises of any kind. It always starts up right away and it is not slow at all. All the instruments work the way they should.

All the windows, the door locks and even the original radio with the power antenna still function well. This car would be perfect for a collector. There are just not that many 123 series wagons with less than 100k miles around anymore. They are often on Ebay with 300k-400k miles and still running well. This wagon would also be a perfect family car for somebody who wants to drive it every day. If you keep maintaining this car like it has been maintained, you should be good for the next 30 years. It would also be a perfect candidate for Bio diesel conversion. This way you could drive it on vegetable oil or even free waste oil from restaurants. I have never tried it, but with gasoline prices where they are today, it sounds like a good idea.

I would prefer to sell this car to somebody local who could actually come out and see it/inspect it BEFORE the auction ends. But I would also try to be helpful with shipping or a airport pick up. All shipping charges would have to be paid by the buyer. This is a wonderful, gorgeous, well maintained and original 30 year old car and it will be sold as is, where is and without a warranty.

The buy it now price of almost $17,000 is serious money for a 30 year old estate with almost 100,000 miles. If it were any other brand of vehicle, it would seem ludicrous. However, like a fine timepiece, with regular maintenance and care, these are cars for a lifetime. Still, it’s a few thousand dollars more than I’d be willing to pay. I’ve seen these sell for more, though, so I’m sure it will find a new home in short order.

-Paul

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

In the aftermath of World War II, Mercedes-Benz was a shining example of the German Economic Miracle. In such a short period of time, Germany mobilized its people and began rebuilding their country from the ground up. From buildings to factories, almost everything had to be rebuilt in the wake of mass destruction. Within ten years of restarting production, Mercedes-Benz had a mixed bag product lineup, consisting of models like the unibody Ponton sedan, 190SL roadster, 300SL sports car and the large 300 sedans, coupes and cabriolets.

The new Heckflosse, or Fintail models, bowed in 1959 and were the beginning of Mercedes-Benz’s push into the modern era. At the top of this range was the 300SE sedan and coupe. These models included more chrome, power steering, pneumatic suspension and automatic transmissions were standard. A little over 5,000 examples of the 300SE emerged from the factory between 1961 and 1965, making these über fintails quite rare, but overshadowed by successors such as the 300SEL 6.3 and later 4.5 models with the new generation V8 engines.

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE on eBay

If you are looking at this auction you probably already know what this is. The top of the line Mercedes sedan from 1963, the 300SE W112 has a similar body style but a completely different drive train from the W110 and W111 cars. If you are a lover of this body style, this is just about the the best model that you could aspire to own. All aluminum fuel injected 3 liter engine, four wheel disc brakes, four wheel independent air suspension and a multitude of other refinements that distinguish it from the 220S, 220SE and other lower model cars. This particular car is a solid example of the W112 sedan. It is far from perfect, but it has been operated continuously, though sparingly, throughout its life. It has 137,500 miles on it and I have enough history to say that I am confident that this is accurate original mileage.

Though there were many options available for these cars, this one only has a few. Most importantly (a requirement for any serious enthusiast) it has a sunroof. Also, it has the white trim package for the inside, the steering wheel, shifter knob and blinker knob. Also, and very oddly, it has a hydraulic fan clutch. This is an option that one would expect on a car that was not to be sold in America. However, there it is. I had a leak in the unit and put a standard drive fan on. I have since sourced a rebuild fan clutch but have not installed it. The exterior color is DB190g also known as graphite grey. The interior is read leather, with option code 204.

Condition:

The paint work on this car is partly original (I think) and partly respray. It has been fixed here and there over its life so that it continued to be presentable. For a perfectionist, it needs to be repainted. For a driver it is acceptable. It has dings, dents and scratches throughout though no major blemishes. There are two spots where there is rust. One spot on the rear rocker and another spot is just behind the rear passenger door in the inner fender. I will have to send pictures of these as they are pretty impossible to describe. Also, anyone who actually is serious about buying this car had better some see it first!

The interior of the car has what I believe to be the original wool carpet. The doors and seats are original though the back of the drivers seat has been replaced. It was replaced when you could still get the correct stuff from mercedes, so it is perfect factory replacement, but in much better shape. The interior is worn, there are stains, tears and many split seams. However, having owned this car and seen many others like it, it is one of the best preserved original interiors I have seen. Most of these cars end up sitting and as a result the interiors are destroyed. I would NEVER even consider replacing it. That is partly because its still ok and also because the original leather has a smell that could never be duplicated. For someone much more motivated that me, you could probably work wonders on it with the leatherique restoration products. The headliner has bee replaced with something other than original I think. I believe that this would have had a wool headliner. It now has the white with the small perforations. The wood is all in good condition. Some of the wood has been refinished in a color very different from factory, but it goes nice with the red. You can see both the original color and the new color on the picture where the back door is open.

Note on the pictures:

In one photograph the front passenger side blinker lens is broken, this has been replaced. The mechanical parts of this car have had extensive work done by me and my other 300SE loving friends. All the air bags have been replaced, the water pump, replaced the injection pump was rebuilt, the rear axle was removed and all the rubber parts replaced, the drive shaft rebuilt, the radiator boiled, the engine has been out, and in and out (and thankfully in again). I have very extensive documents and notes for the past 14 years, though I have only owned it for ten. The air valves all hold air. This car can sit for EVER and not leak down. All the gauges work, the original radio works. The clock doesnt work anymore, but it used too. It has been converted to pertronix electronic ignition. The transmission has been replaced though I dont have any documents for that. If anyone has any questions about what I have done, please ask. I cant remember everything right now. I have probably spent about $6,000 in parts that I have put on it, not to mention the time that was spent. I took as good of care of this car as I knew how for many years.

Sadly I have lost interest and I have had it parked in the garage for a few years. It needs the touch of a new enthusiast. I have a few parts that I never put on that it needs and it needs a good fine tuning. It runs and drives and can drive anywhere you want it to go. I am VERY reluctant to sell this car. It has been a constant part of my life for ten years and I hope that it goes to a good home. If you are interested, I also have a1964 Long Wheel base 300SE that I am interested in selling.

These 300SE sedans have a cult following amongst Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts, and from the looks of it, it appears the current owner is one of those people, given that he also owns a rare long wheelbase version. The suspension in these cars is complex, so it’s heartening to hear that both that system and the rest of the mechanicals are in good working order. Cosmetically, it leaves a bit to be desired, but as they say, it’s only original once and it appears that most of what we see is how it was when it left the factory. With a little bit of cosmetic refurbishment and elbow grease, this would be a nice, practical classic and would certainly garner interest at the next Mercedes-Benz club meeting.

-Paul

1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SEB Coupe 4-speed manual

Mercedes-Benz coupes have always been the choice for those who want a little bit of flair, but on the restrained side. While appearing similar to their sedan counterparts, each successive generation has seen a the delicate, pillarless roof design evolve gradually. My favorite Mercedes-Benz two door has to be where some consider the modern Mercedes era to begin: the W111. These were magnificent touring coupes with a lot of their assembly being done by hand. Even today, these cars can comfortably cruise the highway and give little up in terms of safety and performance to modern vehicles.

Here is an early example of a W111 coupe for sale in Tennessee.

1964 Mercedes-Benz 220SEB Coupe 4-speed manual on eBay

Longtime owner, rare 4 speed manual sunroof example. This is a beautiful rare example of a 220SEB coupe with a four speed transmission and sunroof. There is not a person that walks into the showroom that does not comment on how beautiful this car is. I just had new shocks installed on the car as well as shift bushings,full service tune up with plugs, wires, distributor, brakes and brake master cylinder, the car has a great run and drive, very solid. The chrome is good (back bumper has light damage), the rubber seals are good, the glass is good, leather is good, headliner is good, wood is good, clutch and transmission as well as brakes are good.

For me, this car has it all. The color combination is striking, as the black roof contrasts with the white body and black hubcaps in classic fashion. The European market headlamps, sunroof and manual transmission are always welcome features. There’s no telling whether this car was restored at one point, but I’d wager to guess it could be original, with some freshening up here and there throughout its history. Either way, it looks well cared for with some normal wear you would expect. If that’s the case, $22,000 is a good amount of classic Mercedes, given what we’ve seen the later 3.5 W111 coupes and convertibles sell for these days.

-Paul

Black Series 4 of 4 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG Widebody 6.0

The last of my series of black AMG W126 cars comes in the form of this, perhaps overpriced, but sweet looking, widebody coupe.

This car has been listed for awhile and I hesitated on posting it because of the woefully inadequate description. Readers know that we try not to patronize/promote ads that frustrate potential buyers, but this one is worth getting out.

What makes this ad frustrating is the single mention of the car sporting a 6.0 liter AMG V8. We know AMG records and identification are tough, but come on please throw us a little more or at least give some indication that you tried to document the claim. The difference between this sporting a 5.6 liter and 6.0 liter and the difference between the conversion being done in 1987 or yesterday can be swings of $10k. The owner does state that the car was built in Affalterbach and cost $140,000, but it is hard to know if they can prove that or are just stating that based on common knowledge about AMG. As we saw in my previous post about the AMG with the 6.0, the one that had copies of the invoices, these conversions were not all done in Affalterbach.

What we do know is the car looks great and has covered just under 40,000 miles. There is no question as to the authenticity of this being a genuine AMG car it has all the right hallmarks including, the 300 km/h speedometer. The rear fender flares add a bit of muscle to the W126 without going full on Gemballa or Koenig crazy.

We do appreciate the good pictures, including underneath. The car looks clean. The ask is $35,000, not cheap, but not too out of line with what collectors are valuing excellent original AMG cars. You wouldn’t turn a profit buying the car at that price for at least a few years, but prices will continue to rise.

Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG Widebody 6.0 on eBay

~Evan

Black Series 3 of 4 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEL AMG

Part 3 of my black AMG cars. This one might be the ugly duckling of the bunch, though that is a bit harsh, as really it just stands out since it is the only four door. With the black out look, including the painted honeycomb grille, and the dark tint the car looks gangster.

The AMG package is cosmetic and consists of bumpers and skirts. The car doesn’t appear to be a Euro model, but it does look like it comes with Euro headlights and taillights and in combo with the AMG kit it gives the proper look.

The interior has some oddities, the owner replaced the stock seats, which were apparently shot, with some Sparco race buckets. These look a bit out of place, but as the owner says, they could easily be replaced again. Their is a modern radio/TV added to the car as well.

The owner says the car has always been garaged and that it runs and rives great however, it may have suffered from sitting for an extended period of time as the owner says the tires are shot and flat spotted. The tire and wheel package on this car are an expensive one, three piece 18″ HRE rims, so too bad about the tires.  The car has 65,000 miles.

This being the 560 it is the more desirable big brother and top of the heap of the W126 sedans. The car is being sold with no reserve and has bids up to $2,300 currently, a steal of a price. Anything under $5,000 for this can be considered well bought, I’d expect it to go higher, but suspect things like the goofy seats may be keeping enthusiasts away. Also the seller has no feedback so bid with caution, but maybe that fact will help you get a great deal.

1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEL AMG on eBay

~Evan

Black Series 2 of 4 1984 Mercedes Benz 500SEC AMG 6.0

Part 2 of my Black Series, this 1984 Benz is the rarest of all four of my selections. This car features the high output AMG quad cam 6 liter V8 similar to the one found in the famous Hammer. What is particularly great about this 45,000 mile car is that it still has the work order with it documenting the AMG conversion. Since AMG records for cars like this are so scarce it is an added bonus to have a copy of the sales sheet.

The conversion process from plain 500SEC  happened  in 1988 at AMG Central in Westmont Illinois. This car had the stock 5.0 pulled at 15,000 miles do to a problem in favor of the big 6.0 block.  It had headers and exhaust added and a modified transmission out of a 560. The car has the 2.65 rear diff.

The engine was rebuilt under 10,000 miles ago and should be good for 400 horsepower and plenty of torque.

The buy-it-now is $30,000, but bidding is up to a reserve not met $22,000. The ask isn’t unreasonable, these are collector cars now. This car would get a little more for the seller had it not been a later conversion, but not by much as this still is a genuine period AMG vehicle not a backyard special with bolt ons.

The car comes with a lot of recent service and a very nice rating from me.

1984 Mercedes Benz 500SEC AMG 6.0 on eBay

 

~Evan

1977 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-speed manual

The late 1970s was a about the halfway point for the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL. Here in the US, the only SL on offer was the 450SL, powered by the 4.5 liter V8 producing 222 horsepower. This engine was teamed exclusively with a 4 speed automatic in the US market. If, however, you lived in other parts of the world, you could order the 182 horsepower, 2.8 liter twin cam inline six and even opt for a manual transmission with four or five gears. In the case of our feature car, it has the desirable combination of the 2.8 liter six with the five speed manual transmission.

1977 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-speed manual on eBay

A Mercedes SL with a 5 speed transmission? A rare car in the USA, because it was never directly imported by the Mercedes-Benz factory, but rare even in the home markets, with 1347 produced in 1977. This car was privately imported early in life to California, so has NO RUST and no evidence of accident history. We purchased the car some time ago, with a previous history of a long term owner. We bring our favorite Mercedes-Benz cars right away to a Mercedes-Benz Factory trained technician, for a thorough inspection and repair program.

The car runs great!! The low total mileage of 115,031 represents a large amount of remaining use. Driving feel is fantastic: maneuverable, tight, responsive are all words that come to mind. Most W107 SL cars were produced with V-8 engines, mostly to satisfy the US market. The MUCH lighter twin cam six cylinder engine coupled with a 5 speed transmission gives a completely different feel. The high output engine has a definite growl and the manual transmission is a perfect match. Also, as a technical note: automatic transmissions absorb approximately 35 horsepower, where a manual transmission absorbs only 8 -10 horsepower. It makes for a better feel when the engine starts out with 185 horsepower.

While going over the car, we check over and service the brake system, cooling system, all fluids, electrical systems etc. We are happy to report that all systems are go, only needing basic operations to bring them up to date. As usual, the electrical systems on 107 Mercedes-Benz cars are quite trouble free, and this car has all working gauges, lights horns etc. Air conditioning and heating systems have been serviced and are operating properly. Water temperature and oil pressure all operate at proper levels, as befitting a low mileage car.

Chrome fittings are in excellent condition, including grille, bumpers handles and body trim. Lenses and lights all operate properly, and look great. The no-rust body and chassis is very straight and original, complemented by the blue metallic paint color. We do a polish operation on all of our cars, to bring up a fresh shine, and while the paint is presentable, there are a few chips and nicks etc, as well as varying levels of paint shine quality over the totality of the body panels. Overall, the paint is in good condition.

The red interior of this car is in excellent condition, and also very outstanding visually. All the chrome trims on the sides of the seats are intact, which is a bit rare. Carpets and dash trim look great with only a few cracks on the top of the dash pad (see photos). Also, there is a matching body color hardtop included in the sale, in excellent condition. Please note: the convertible top canvas is not present. The top frame work is stowed under the metal boot lid.

In summary, this is probably the best specification W107 SL to buy, and this car in specific is a recommended buy. It is such a different feel than a regular V-8 / automatic car, the difference is night and day, as well as a great color combination.

Blue metallic teamed with a red interior is a combination not often seen on the R107. The slimmer Euro bumpers also lend a more lithe look to this roadster than the heavy crash bumpers mandated by the US government. The only thing I’d change to finish off the package would be to add the flush fitting Euro headlights. Values of R107s have been rising across the board, as enthusiasts begin to recognize the strengths of the series. This is a nicely kept example for someone who wants a little more sporting of a drive. If this SL could be had for between $12,000 to $15,000, it would be well bought.

-Paul

Black Series 1 of 4 1989 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG

This is the first of four black W126 AMG cars on sale now in a range of prices. Take your pick.

This first one is a Euro spec car sporting only 32,000 miles. The car looks to be a stage 2 AMG model with cosmetic and suspension work. The AMG kit and wheels along with the sleekness of the Euro headlights and body really make this a nice looker. The car includes the taller trunk spoiler, which you don’t always see on AMG cars, more commonly just seeing the shorter lip spoiler. Perhaps this is not an AMG part, but that would seem odd.

This being a later model W126 it has some refinements that the earlier models didn’t have inside. This one has an AMG steering wheel and also has a modern radio.It also still retains the 300 kph AMG speedo.

This car looks great, shiny paint, clean interior. The chrome has all been blacked out, black rims, and even blacked out emblems complete the murdered look. Clear corner lenses also help the look.  This is a car for more than just a casual Benz enthusiast, but one who wants a truly nice original specimen. The 300 horsepower engine will provide for easy highway cruising though if the car was pressed into daily service.

The car is up with no reserve and has bids up to $13,000. The low miles, no reserve, and this being the big 5.6 liter engine make for a good buying opportunity. There aren’t too many left out there in this shape, expect a premium for sure. With high mile run of the mill W126 coupes trading hands for less than $5,000 you can expect to see close to 4x that for this one. If you prefer the widebody version of this car there is a nearly identical one in that flavor for sale now too which I’ll post up as well.

1989 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG on eBay

~Evan