1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Following on to the brutish 1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 featured a few days ago here, I stumbled across one of its ancestors this week. This amazingly original 1978 450SLC coupe. I have to admit that when I was a teenager, it was my dream to own one of these SLCs. I’m not sure why, but I still long after one of these coupes. While Mercedes of this era came in some colors that look a bit dated, the Orient Red with brand new Bamboo interior add to the sheer elegance of this machine.

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC for sale on eBay

You are looking at the best and most beautiful SLC for sale plus she has a brand new factory leather interior and all new carpet that smells brand new.

When the world’s most renowned automobile manufacturer presents the world with an instant classic, maintaining the expectations of enthusiasts can be a rather difficult challenge. Admirers of the 450SLC will feel as if they went back in time when sitting in this car which runs and feels as if it were locked in a time capsule. The new owner of this beautifully preserved SLC will feel as if they have taken a step back in time when sitting in this car which has the feeling of being brand new and still today is in “Showroom Condition” with its brand new factory carpeting and supple Mercedes all leather interior.

The Mercedes 450SLC is a car that stands amongst its peers as an icon and although there were many other style of cars made around this model it is difficult to associate this decade with any other car. The styling of this 450SLC still remains classic, and its interior, while always dignified, was decidedly luxurious. The 450SLC had two doors, a true pillarless hardtop, and seating for four. It was similar to the 450SL but with a longer wheelbase which increased the weight slightly. The rear passengers window is actually a 1/4 window with a louvered panel which provides extra privacy. Production lasted from 1970 through 1981. The 450SLC is renowned for its performance and was constructed by the manufacturer to compete in marathon rallies.

The power comes from a 4.5L V8 engine and an automatic transmission. This car is very well equipped with AM/FM stereo radio w optional cassette which has been updated and restored with the iPhone hook up that is hardwired through glove box. It has climate controlled electronic air conditioning not offered before 1978, cruise control, power steering, power locks, power sunroof, seat belts, leather, chrome wheels, and Michelin MXV radial tires.

The first thing that anyone comments on when noticing this car is the striking color combination of its Orient Red exterior over its Bamboo interior. The paint is gorgeous along with the Mercedes all leather factory interior and brand new Mercedes factory carpeting. If you are reading this, you most likely already know how rare the SLCs are, combine the very few SLCs that are left combined with this striking color combination and you have a very rare car. Most color combinations found for this car are silver, brown or blue. Besides the vehicle looking like it’s in just out of the showroom condition. The vehicle runs and drives absolutely beautiful maintaining its essence of luxury.

A few weeks ago I drove the car from Treasure Island to South Beach a 500 mile round trip get away. I used the cruise control all the way down to Miami and back. Staying cool with the air conditioning on while listening to the stereo, the trip was a breeze to make. The faster I drove the smoother she drove. Quiet and steady. While in south beach I literally could not drive anywhere without a comment or people just continually staring at the car admiring its beauty….

There are two age related items that are very difficult to see even in these pictures, there is a slight hazing at the bottom of the rear window that is approximately 1” wide by 15” long and a slight hazing on the dash both of these items are very difficult to see in the photos.

I have the service records where the car was dealer serviced. It just had a major service and new brakes installed at MB authorized dealer. We all know having a MB dealer serviced is much more expensive because the dealer does preventative maintenance or proactive service, replacing everything and anything before it needs to be. That’s why most vintage MB cars are not serviced by the dealer. I can tell you though it makes a world of difference after years and years when a vintage MB has been serviced by the dealer. Being dealer serviced this car has been maintained as required, that is why there are no issues with this car and everything looks and operates like it should.

This SLC is absolutely amazing given its age and mileage. The seller is wrong in saying production started in 1970, rather, it was two years later when the first SLC appeared. Still, this is another one of those cars that if I had the space and funds, it would be in my collection. The asking price is reasonable given the history, stunning condition and the fact that Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles always command a higher price than their sedan counterparts.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe

I always considered the W140 Mercedes-Benz S Class coupes and sedans as sort of a Concorde moment for the brand. Following up the highly successful act that was the W126 S Class was never going to be easy but with development of the W140 starting in the early 1980s, Mercedes-Benz was determined to make their mark once again in the luxury segment. Reportedly costing over $1 billion USD to develop, this generation of S class introduced new technologies such as Brake Assist, seat occupancy sensors and Electronic Stability Program, which has been licensed to other manufacturers since.

It is still possible to find clean, W140 sedans with low mileage. With only 888 produced for the year 1995 according to The Standard Catalog of Mercedes-Benz, the V8 powered S500 coupe is a rarer beast. I was pleasantly surprised to see this well preserved, three owner example in New Jersey. In classic black, it definitely looks the part.

Mercedes S500 Coupe for sale on eBay

From the seller:

I am a private car collector located in New Jersey and I am selling my pretty rare S 500 Coupe! I searched for this car for two years and looked at over twenty S500 coupes and I finally bought this from another collector of exotic cars in Providence R.I. The original MSRP was $100,275.00 and I have the original invoice.

This car is a 9.5 out of 10 and has never been hit, accident damaged, painted or abused. I am the third owner and it has been garaged kept its entire life. My garaged is climate controlled and I have driven it only on sunny days in the three years that I have owned it.

Hence, the paint is deep and glossy and the interior is immaculate with supple butter soft leather seats. The interior stills has the aroma of new leather!

The options on the window sticker are:

* SRS DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER AIRBAGS
*FRONT SEAT TENSIONERS/KNEEBOLSTERS
*4-WHEEL ANTILOCK POWER DISC BREAKS
*HALOGEN HEAD/FOG LAMPS WITH WASHERS
*HEATED WINDSHIELD WASHING SYSTEM
*HEATED REAR WINDOW/OUSIDE MIRRORS
*AUTO SLIP (ASR)
*4-SPEED AUTO TRANS
*ALLOY WHEELS
*CRUISE CONTROL
*HEATED FRONT SEATS
*REMOTE CENTRAL LOCKING
*ANTI THEFT SYSTEM
*POWER DOOR/TRUNK CLOSING ASSIST
*POWER WINDOWS WITH EXPRESS UP AND DOWN
*POWER STEEL SUNROOF WITH REAR POP UP FEATURE
*POWER TILT TELESCOPIC STEERING WHEEL
*POWER FRONT 12 WAY SEATS/MIRRORS WITH MEMORY
*LEATHER UPPOLSTERY
*FRONT SEATS LUMBAR SUPPORTS
*AUTO CLIMATE CONTROL WITH CHARCOAL FILTER
*AM/FM/WB/CASSETTE RADIO (CD CHANGER READY)
*BOSE BETA SOUND SYSTEM *AUTO ANTENNA
*PREWIRING FOR CELLULAR PHONE

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT:
040 BLACK
261 BLACK SOFT LEATHER
494 CALIF EMMISSION CONTROL EQUIP

THe S500 would surely represent a better investment than the more complex S600, which could bankrupt a small, developing nation with it’s V12 servicing costs and wiring harness issues. While the styling was a bit more brutish than the W126 SEC coupes, there is no denying the commanding presence of the W140 and for around $11,000, this is a hell of a lot of car for the money. It may not exactly fit with the economic times in which we live, but if I was going to drive a big car, I sure would rather drive something like this than your typical SUV roaming the streets these days.

-Paul

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Estate With 52k Miles

Low mileage W123 chassis Mercedes-Benzes are rather uncommon, as they were workhorses. These cars were employed as taxis the world over and beloved by folks in underdeveloped nations for their durability and comfort. Occasionally you see an under 100,000 mile example of a coupe or sedan come up for sale, but rarely the sought after T-Modell, or estate. I rubbed my eyes in disbelief then, when I spotted this impossibly immaculate 300TD for sale on eBay out in San Francisco.

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Estate on eBay

The seller states:

This wagon is a prime example of why the W123 is one of Mercedes most successful and desirable vehicles.

These cars are meant to be driven. Purchased from the estate, this wagon appears as if it were in a time capsule the past 29 years. The original owner put less than 1500 miles/year on her car, and never let it see a drop of rain or snow. The car and its original owner lived at the gates of Yosemite Valley, and despite her love of fly fishing, never once used the car to haul anything but herself to the market or church. The car looks and feels like new.

Since acquisition, the car has been driven, almost as-if it were being broken in the first time. Everything works the way it should, the car starts the first time every time, there are no oil leaks, no squeaks or leaks. Drive it now, keep fresh oil in it, and it’ll likely become a part of your estate someday!

* All Documented Repairs and Maintenance since purchased new from Rudi Motors in Merced, CA
* Garaged its entire life
* All original equipment
* All window and door seals are new
* Most of the pucker molding has been restored or replaced
* Engine is bone dry, and averages 26-28 MPG on Diesel Fuel
* All Fuel lines Bio-Diesel safe
* SLS system that works – car is level and rides like a Benz
* Heating and AC work!
* Original Becker Radio (newer MP3 type unit currently installed)
* Original carpeting is spotless
* All seats are spotless
* All glass is intact – not a spot of rust anywhere
* Original Invoices, Manuals and First Aid Kit in place
* Third Row Jump Seat has NEVER been used.

Bidding is a little over $15,000 with about three days to go, and it hasn’t met its reserve. I know it sounds crazy, but I would have no hesitation paying that much or more for a car so impeccably maintained with such little mileage. You could easily drive this for the next several decades, as long as it was maintained. I know it sounds cliche, but they don’t build them like this anymore.

Having seen W123s pressed into action in such disparate places such as New York City and the remote villages of Portugal, it wouldn’t surprise me if the longevity of these tanks on wheels might outlast the earth’s own energy supply. One can wonder…

-Paul

1994 Mercedes 500E / E500 with RENNtech mods

One of our favorite Q-ships, the 500E picked up the torch for Mercedes in 1990 to continue their tradition of the high output V8 in an otherwise stately yet sedate four door.

1994 E500 with RENNtech mods on eBay

This particular car is the last year of the Porsche built special. As a 1994 its official company designation swapped with the rest of the lineup to E500 from 500E. This car comes debadged for added stealth, though the bulging wheel arches are an easy distinguishing factor from a more average W124 model.

Mercedes and Porsche really did the 500E right, it wasn’t just a big engine stuffed into a chassis that wasn’t prepared. The engineers and designers took time to carefully consider what they wanted as the outcome for the 500E and as such made proper modifications to other systems.  One can not say this enough: The 500E is not a 300E with a 5.0 liter engine.  Giving the car special handbuilt construction gave Mercedes an extra marketing point, it gives the 500E itself a hint of the uniqueness  that harkens to earlier days of coachbuilt classics.

Owners paid significantly for the pleasure of driving the 500E new. Prices topped out at just about $90,000. To put that in perspective, at the time, a BMW M5 would set you back only in the mid $60k range and you could just about buy two Audi S4 models for the price of one 500E.

A total of apx. 10,300 500Es slowly rolled out of the factory, those aren’t big numbers, but they aren’t as rare as other Merc sleepers like the 300SEL 6.3 or the 450SEL 6.9.  It is important to note that the 500E is not an AMG model, this is sometimes confused. The 500E came at a time when AMG was still not fully under control of Mercedes and these were 100% factory cars. AMG did produce the awesome E60, which was a 500E with a 6.0 liter powerplant.

When you inspect a 500E up close it is rare to find problems in build quality, more often any problems are do solely to owner neglect.

The car featured here comes into us through a reader at RENNtech (we get giddy if we pop the hood of a Benz and see those trademark carbon fiber intakes.)

This 500E has covered 80,000 miles and looks great in fitting Mercedes brilliant silver. Though, there is at least one black 500E out there that has been “murdered out” that caught my eye in the past. (I split the difference with my 70 250C, black roof, silver body) Other than paint the exterior of this 500E is complimented by proper 18″ AMG monoblocks. More importantly its looks aren’t hampered by the ugly sunken U.S. sealed beam units previous model year U.S. market cars had. E-code headlights on earlier domestic 500Es is almost a must in my book.

Other mods on this 500E are ones you like to see, appropriate and tasteful. Those include over $7,000 worth from RENNtech. Thee first gear start valve body is a popular addition for Benz from this era and allows for longer, spirited, pulls in first, without losing streetabilty under regular driving. Combining that with the traction control defeat switch will allow for some tail happy adventures. Keep the car out of the hands of teenage drivers to avoid unneeded transmission/driveline wear and tear.

A few extra ponies are added to the stock 320 with the addition of the RENNtech carbon airbox, chip, and stainless exhaust.

The seller states the car has been serviced for the past decade at Mercedes Benz of Memphis. There isn’t a lot of description in the ad, but perhaps it isn’t needed. Those in the 500E market know what they are looking at and the ad appears to be a simple, honest presentation of a solid specimen. We unfortunately have become quite cynical with our experience in the world of vintage cars so we get a little nervous with brief car ads and always make sure to ask lots of questions about what works, what doesn’t, what’s missing, service records etc.. With a vehicle that could be purchased for potential collector value we’d encourage a PPI, particularly at this $25,000 ask.

You can get a 500E for less than this one, but top quality low mile collector candidates can bring $40,000. Without knowing more about this particular car I don’t find the ask unreasonable and can see it being considered well priced a few years from now, but it may take several listings on eBay before someone takes the plunge. In the world of eBay bargain hunters it may be better to start with a lower ask to try and get a couple seller’s in the competing mood. When you look at what $25k will get you in terms of classic German iron I feel that if the seller knocked a couple thousand off the price a few more potential buyers will show up.

Great car.

~Evan

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300SD with 50k Miles

With the fluctuations in gas prices over the past few years, fuel economy has been at the forefront of public debate and to a degree has dictated consumers’ buying habits. I’ve always had a sweet spot for the W126 S Class Mercedes-Benzes, and in an era of boring hybrids and overweight vehicles that get less miles per gallon than they could, a good old diesel is a pleasant remedy. Especially one with an eye towards luxury, engineering and durability.

The seller states:

Classic 1983 Mercedes Benz 300 SD Turbo Diesel, only 50,209 Miles, in Show Room condition, always garaged, never in snow or rain. All leather in mint condition, no wear or cracks. Power Door locks, seats and sun roof all in working condition, only thing that does not work is the clock and have not investigated the problem. Never opened first-aid kit. Car has AM/FM radio with CD, but original radio comes with car.

This car is fabulous!!! Beautiful black exterior, with tan interior. This is a show car, not another one like it!!!! Ready to cruise to any car show and win each time. Reason for selling; have too many cars, something has to go. This is the actual miles on this car and has a clean title with no liens.

These diesel S classes are usually high mileage propositions on the used market, but high mileage doesn’t mean the end of the road for these engines. $21,500 is quite a chunk of change for an almost 30 year old Mercedes-Benz, even if it was an SL or coupe model. I doubt the seller will achieve such a high price, but nevertheless, this is a stunning example of a car that could last you a lifetime.

-Paul

Want A New 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG? This Is Your Chance.

The W202 C class Mercedes-Benz was the first Mercedes model officially breathed on by the tuning firm AMG. Starting as a C36 with a 3.6 liter inline six, the C36 begat the C43 in 1998. Powered by a tuned version of the 4.3 liter V8 from the E430, the C43 cranked out 302 hp which was backed up by a 5 speed automatic from the SL500 with shift points tailored towards more spirited motoring. Here’s a pretty much new example of the C43 with only 12,000 miles for sale.

The seller states:

You are bidding on what might possibly be the lowest mile C43 available in the world. This car looks and smells and drives as new. Not a ding dent or scratch on the whole vehicle and no curb rash on the wheels. This car has everything including the xenon light and rain sensor wiper package as well as the CD changer and the original built in phone as well. I have both keys and all the books as well as the original window sticker.

It is the nicest example of a C43 for sale today and you will find for a long time. This car would make a great part of a collection or just a great daily driver as well. Everything works as it should and the AC is super cold and no rust on the vehicle at all and you could eat off of the engine bay. Any buyer of this car will be very pleased with this vehicle. Please e-mail me with any questions you might have and i will do my best to answer them. Thanks again!!

The car is listed for sale locally at a price of 25k or best offer and i reserve the right to end the auction early due to local sale.

As a former owner of both a W202 C230 (1998) and a W203 C230 (2007), I have to say, I preferred the W202 better. It just seemed like more of what a classic Mercedes should be about. I’ve driven many V8 powered Mercedes-Benzes over the years, but never a C43. I could imagine it would be right up my alley though; relatively small in size, big engine and tighter handling. At $25,000, this is way beyond the top end of what one would pay for any version of the W202 C class. If you want the best, though, this is probably going to be it.

-Paul

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

Almost 40 years on from its introduction, the R107 Mercedes-Benz SL is still turning heads. If one had to write a list of the most important Mercedes-Benz models of the 20th century, this roadster surely would be included. It has always been a personal favorite of mine, but aside from late model examples from 1986 through 1989, my favorite has to be the early models with the slim non-federalized bumpers. It lends an air of simplicity to an iconic design. Here’s an early, two owner 450SL with a nice patina for sale in Indiana with no reserve.

The seller states:

1973 Mercedes Benz 450SL, VIN: 10704412007462

NO RESERVE!!!! I Highly argue to come see this car!!!

Up for auction is well documented piece of machinery. This 450sl has all documentation since 1973-2011. It has original sticker. ALL service records done by mercedes. It has the data plate for the original owner. Has every book brochure and invoice attached to this car.This Benz has been garaged its whole life. It has been sitting for the past 6 years with less than 400 miles per year.

The car is in pristine condition. All chrome pieces are a 10 out of 10… NO dents. ALL is perfect. The undercarriage has no coating and it looks like it just came out of the factory. I have both hard and soft tops. Both tops are in mint condition. The hard top is all black. ALL wheels are in mint condition. leather there is no rips or tears. This car drives straight and extremely a smooth ride. NO problems at all.

The car is 2nd owner vehicle. Car was purchased brand new from Automaster Motor Co. inc. 1835 shelburne rd. South Burlington, Vermont. The car was ported from new york and shipped to Vermont.

The first owner owned it from 1973-2002. The second owner from 2002-2011 and current owner. This car is truly a unbelievable and rare oppurtunity to own this masterpiece. It is truly a must see.

The one good thing about the 450SL is that it is a rather understressed engine with the all important dual timing chains. The later, all aluminum 3.8 liter V8 in the 380SL had single timing chains, leading to a not so nice marriage of the valves with the pistons if not properly cared for. With a popular shade of resale silver and a few days left in the auction, I’d wager to say this example probably will fetch around the $15k mark. Then again, with over 20 bids already, it may reach higher. Hopefully this SL finds a good home and the third owner appreciates it as much as the first two.

-Paul

1985 Mercedes 190E 3.6 AMG

We try not to give attention to seller’s that have poor ads for their cars, hence this one not getting written up earlier. However, as the auction winds down to the last couple hours I felt this car warrants a quick note.

The seller of this car doesn’t seem to know much about what they are selling. It is a 190E that has a 3.6 liter inline six, seller calls it a V-6, stuffed under the hood by AMG. This isn’t the only one of these out there, several folks have figured this conversion out as well as the ones that were done at the factory by AMG or by Brabus. The seller says the car has extensive documentation, but doesn’t provide any of it in the listing. The seller doesn’t even include a picture of the rear of the car for badge identification. The car does appear to have blacked out tailights to compliment the blacked out grille, which looks good.

The car has 27,000 miles and a 5 speed, which make it very attractive. Without more info though, this seller’s $35,000 ask price will never be met.

 

~Evan

1977 Mercedes 450SEL Crayford Estate Wagon

This find comes into us from reader Randal. We have seen some pretty solid prices for factory Benz wagons of late, but here is a chance to get your hands on an earlier conversion.

The Crayford wagons are fairly well known cars in the Mercedes estate circles. I came across one in June of 2009 that was seen on GCFSB. While the car didn’t sell the first time, in January of 2010 BringATrailer found it listed again and ran a post on it. It sold for $23,000.

These conversions were tailored to an owner’s specific tastes and were done to a high standard. From the era before the venerable Mercedes TD & TE, they were unlike anything available directly from the factory. Interestingly Crayford cars retained their original Mercedes warranty.

This particular model comes out of the Texas estate (pun intended) of Eddie Chiles. It has 73,000 miles on the clock and has recently been serviced to bring it back into a daily driver level of service.  It features the U.S. quad, headlights, one of the differences from the previously mentioned car.

This car features a really interesting L shaped third row bench seat, the seller says that this feature is unique to this car only.

The car needs someone to give the inside, outside, under the hood, etc. a good cleaning. I’m actually surprised the current seller did the mechanical work on the car, but decided against cleaning up some of the grime. Some relatively simple elbow grease could pretty easily add a $1,000 to the sale price of this car.

This specimen is not as nice as the one that sold for $23,000, but bidding is already up over $16,000. I suspect we’ll see resistance at just under $20k for this one, but with a car of which less than 20 exist it only takes a few people who want one to do strange things to the auction price.  A neat piece.

~Evan

1990 Mercedes 560SEL AMG & 1988 560SEL Lorinser

Fans of the big body Benz W126 models are in luck with two special models on eBay right now.

First off is a 1988 U.S. spec 560SEL decked out in the Lorinser kit with 110,904 miles. The seller states this is a two owner car that has been well maintained. They have the original sticker with the car and its price is listed as $70,160, not including the $12,000 that the Lorinser body kit and rims added. There isn’t much more info about the car, but it does come with some spare parts. The car looks pretty good, it has tinted tail lights which, along with the color matched rims and grille, help the blacked out effect. There are white face gauge set on the inside with red accents, which stand out. The Lorinser kit is subtly different from the AMG kit; this car comes with the original Lorinser Sport Service badge. The car is begging for someone to toss the sunken U.S. spec headlights. Bidding sits at $3,550 with three days left and the reserve not met.

 

If you like the 560SEL above, but it just doesn’t quite fit the look you like in terms of your Miami Vice style Benz sedans then this following car shows a bit more refinement. This 1990 560SEL AMG is close to the peak in terms of the W126 sedans. Hat tip to reader Andrew for noticing this on Canadian eBay. Comparing this Euro car side by side with the U.S. Lorinser model above you can see how its lines are smoother and the AMG package just seems a bit tighter. The air dams and rocker aero package are a bit better sculpted, the Euro headlights make for a smooth front face, and the blacked out effect is completed with more success with the chrome around the doors being body color as well, though the AMG three piece wheels do retain a chrome lip.

This car has 64,178 miles and a long list of proper modifications. The Japanese market AMG logo “ducktail” spoiler mounted on this car, never all that appealing to me, I prefer the more traditional third brake light AMG straight spoiler, is a rare option. Again comparing this 560 to the one above you can really see how the AMG suspension components this car has gives it a lower wider stance. The seller lists this car as being a 9.8 out of 10 on the outside, with new clear coat and a 10 out of 10 on the inside. The 300 km/h speedo and white face AMG gauge set struck my as different and it took me a second to figure out why. The reason is all the yellow needles have been replaced with blacked out pieces, attention to detail there. The whole car does look fine.

Other parts on this car include the power rear sunshade, the heated power seats, and the 2.65 limited slip diff with second gear start switch, this can be swapped to a numerically higher diff, AMG offered several, for more sporting stop light performance, but you will lose some of the long haul highway munching characteristics this car is built for.
The seller lists the AMG parts as:

AMG paint scheme ( blacked out chrome finish )
AMG suspension [springs and shocks with stamps on them]
AMG complete exhaust system from the down pipes with AMG catalytic converter
AMG spoilers [ Japan version front and the so called “ducktail” ]
AMG 3 pc. 17″ staggered rims
AMG transmission with higher shifting points
AMG steering wheel
AMG cluster with 300 Km with correct reading of speed
AMG door thresholds on all 4 doors
AMG center wooden console
AMG wooden shift knob complete with logo
AMG authentic sticker on glove box wooden trim

I also note there is an AMG badge placed on top of the period car phone. A small Mercedes trophy sits in the console perhaps from a car show the seller took the car to.

This car won’t sell cheaply, but will not bring the same amount as an AMG engine modified car. Heavy bidding has it at $12,000 with reserve not met and five days left.

If you have your own 500 or 560 and want to add some life to it, there is a set of genuine AMG headers for sale right now on eBay for $2,300.

 

~Evan