1999 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport

I’ve always been quite partial to the W202 C class, as I used to own a 1998 C230 and my mother is still running a 2000 C280 with almost 90,000 miles and winces at the thought of giving it up for a lesser vehicle (read: any new mid-sized luxury or near luxury sedan on the market today). These were some of the last over-engineered Mercedes, along with the Geländewagen and R129 SL roadster. With their demise came a new era of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks that, good vehicles as they are, don’t quite capture the classic essence of the marque. Here’s a very tidy C280 sport in Florida with a set of tasty AMG wheels that are thankfully not oversized and period correct.

1999 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport on eBay

Mercedes C280 Sport

You are viewing a stunning, low mile 1999 Mercedes C280 Sport. Only 55k actual miles. No accidents, only two owners. Loaded with AMG wheels with new tires, sport package (sport seats, sport steering wheel, carbon fiber look trim, sport exterior trim, sport suspension). Also loaded with moonroof, 6 CD changer, Bose audio, telephone, dual power seats and much more. Florida owned and rust free. Drives as if new. Looks as if new. No dents or dings. Excellent condition. It will not be easy to find another one like this.

With a little over three days in the auction to go, there’s been a fair amount of bids and the price has reached just under $6,500. With low mileage, a desirable color and the sport package, I could see this C280 fetching maybe between $8,000 and $10,000, at the high end. Clean, low mileage W203s are not much more, but then, they don’t carry the cache of these first generation C class sedans. This isn’t the fastest or most exclusive piece we’ve featured on GCFSB lately, but this is a tasty piece that could serve someone very well as a daily driver for several years to come. Just ask the family (mine) who have owned two.

-Paul

Inexpensive 1992 Mercedes 500E

This is a fairly inexpensive 500E, placed for sale with no reserve. Mercedes’ super sedan for the early 90s can still hold its own out in the highways full of bland rides. The 500E is subdued itself in appearance, but as we have said with other 500Es we’ve posted they are something special. The reliable V8 provides plenty of oomph for bombing the interstate.

This particular car has 85,000 miles and the ask price is $6,000. That price is on the low end for that kind of mileage, but the seller does state the car has been in a front end accident at one point in its life. The seller doesn’t provide details about the crash or photos which would be nice just for piece of mind. They do state that after the accident in 2001 the car sat for six years until it was put back on the road, that suggests it wasn’t too minor an accident despite the clear title.

The owner gave the car a respray and has done some maintenance work such as replacing all the motor and transmission mounts, which need to be able to handle spirited driving. The color looks grey, but it is actually a purple hued color, Mercedes paint code 481 or blackberry, sometimes called bornite. It looks like the engine cover has also been paint matched. The headlights and grill have been replaced, presumably because of the accident. There are also updated taillights that are smoked versions, which look nice. Aftermarket rims are on the car, but it comes with the stock rims as well. The photos don’t show the car that well, but the interior looks like it has some discoloration.

Not an investment level car, but an opportunity to get into a 500E with under 100,000 at a bargain price. Potential buyers should still get a PPI given the car’s history.

Inexpensive 1992 Mercedes 500E on eBay

~Evan

Super low mile 1984 Mercedes 500SL AMG

As I mentioned recently I like the monochromatic look on Benzs. This one fits that description, but is also quite special.

Super low mile 1984 Mercedes 500SL AMG on eBay

First and foremost it has traveled only 9,000 miles. Secondly, not nearly as important as the low mileage, is the AMG package on the car. The AMG package sets of the look of the car off nicely with bumpers, skirts, trunk lid spoiler, wheels, and requisite AMG steering wheel. The seller doesn’t provide a whole lot of information about the car, they do state that they believe it to be the only 1984 500SL with the AMG package, I’m not sure I believe that, but would hear the seller out if they have some sort of citation.

Though you might not expect a whole lot of service history with such a low mile car it would be nice to know where it has been all its life. It is stated that it has lived in a heated garage and only seen rain once.  The seller describes the vehicle as having larger brakes and special gold paint, that actually looks peach in the photos. It would be nice to take a peak at the data card. The car comes with both the soft and hard top. It also sports Euro headlights.

The 5 liter V8 in the R107 isn’t seen as much in the states as other engines since it wasn’t officially offered here in the SL during the mid 80s. The rarest is the fixed roof 450SLC 5.0 and 500SLC. The 560SL was the top line model for the U.S. market. There were 5 times as many 560SL models produced as 500SL models worldwide. Of important note for those not familiar with the SL models of this era is that the 5.0 in euro trim was putting out greater horsepower than the larger 5.6 liter. The 5.6 being hampered by emissions restrictions was strangled in stock form.

The ask price on this ride is $29,500. When you have a real low mile gem you are allowed to ask whatever you want. I doubt anyone will take this one at that high a price, particularly with the thin description. The R107 was produced in such large numbers there won’t be as big of a premium placed on them by collectors even with the low mileage. There can’t be more than a handful out there with under 10,000 miles.

~Evan

Last minute 1988 Mercedes 300CE AMG monochromatic

This is just about to end, but it caught my eye for a quick post, I enjoy the monochromatic color schemes on my Benzs.
This 300CE looks particularly nice with a brown paint scheme that carries through to the refurbished, color matched AMG rims and brown interior. The 300CE comes with the nice 3 liter inline six which will provide enough go with reasonable gas mileage, not stellar on either account, but enough. What sets this ride apart from other 300CE cars is this one has a ton of documentation with it and the service records show a number of new parts. This one also has had the headlights replaced with euro spec units to make for the more aerodynamic and better looking front. It is clear that this car has been taken care and the 112k miles is low for a 1988.
With a cost new of $53,000 the typical depreciation has this car sitting at $6,800 with the reserve not yet met. This one looks like a really nice example. Prices are all over the map for the W124, this one won’t be sold on the low end price-wise.

1988 Mercedes 300CE AMG on eBay

~Evan

1998 Mercedes SL60 AMG ? Rinspeed or a lesson in how not to sell a rare car

We see a lot of rare German cars. Some of the best gems from tuners the likes of AMG or Alpina bring the buyers out of the wood work and as such realize high prices. The one common theme that we see in big ticket sales of tuner cars is documentation.

Now documentation on cars like these is not always easy. It is well known that trying to find specific records of modifications done to a car from some place like AMG can end in a dead end. In some cases if you really want to be sure about an engine modification it takes opening up the engine and looking at stampings on internals. That said there are often other clues that can help you back up a story about a one off vehicle. Scanning in any documentation you have is the obvious first step, but then adding pictures of data plates, the VIN, or other unique features is needed.

A seller should never make any rock solid claims about the vehicle without being able to back them up. At the very least give some indication of a reason as to why you are making a claim. If you aren’t sure about something it is much better to say so up front or even to ask for help in identifying a feature or modification within the text of an advertisement. Enlisting the help of enthusiast out in the world can help in two ways. You might get some helpful information back and the up front nature can prevent a listing from seeming cagey and turning off the very community where your potential buyers reside.

Ok deep breath, what’s all that have to do with this particular car. Here we have a Mercedes listed as a 1998 SL60 with modifications from Swiss firm Rinspeed, the car has 71,000 miles.

The car looks good with the Benz Designo style red interior complete with dash accents and soft top contrasting with the black. The seller states the car started life as a SL500 Special Edition and that it was then bumped to AMG spec with the 6 liter V8. The car has period correct 18″ AMG monoblocks. Nothing about that seems out of place. Mercedes did produce a “special edition” of the R129, one of several R129 editions. Rinspeed did have a history with AMG, they worked as an agent for AMG in Switzerland.

So what are the red flags with this ad? The painfully slim description provided in the advertisement with this car is the first thing that catches you. There are so many wannabe “badge engineered” Mercedes out there that just because a car has the badges a seller has to do a lot more than give one sentence and expect people to accept it as fact. The AMG badge on the engine does match up to what can be seen on documented SL60 Benzs, there is some variation in how AMG badged these engines. The seller offers to talk to potential buyers over the phone about the car or have the guys at the local Mercedes shop talk about the car, which is good. If the guys at the shop know something about the car it should be stated so in the auction. Buyer’s in the real exclusive small production AMG market are often buying as collectors with investment in the back of their mind. Collectors of this type will not touch a car with such thin description.

Other things that make you question the integrity of the seller include the car being sold out of Portland Oregon with photos showing it with Florida plates. Not a huge deal, but it does make you question how old the photos are. The bigger sin though is placing a picture from a sales brochure in your ad and not disclaiming it as such. The overhead interior shot is from Benz sales literature and is not the car being sold, its the last photo in our gallery on this page.

The seller states “DO YOUR HOME WORK ON THIS CAR”, yes buyers should do research on perspective purchases, but unfortunately in this case searching for info about the car yields several threads discussing how shady the seller seems.

The ask on the car is $22,950, which is line with other genuine AMG engined cars of the era, but without more info this price will never be realized. There is just two much to question and no one wants to drop $23k and end up with a slightly more than standard SL500. If I was selling this car and couldn’t pull together documentation I’d find the nearest dyno and take a few pulls and post the results. There would be no question as to whether the car was packing a real deal 6.0 then. That small investment could mean a $10k swing in what the market will bring for this car.

Despite the warning signs I actually am leaning towards suspecting this is the genuine item, but wouldn’t even think about buying it the way things stand and I really don’t like the sales brochure photo mixed in with the others. A seller that is ok with that is probably ok with not disclosing flaws. I open it up to you readers, what’s your take on this ride?

1998 Mercedes SL60 AMG ? on eBay

~Evan

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