Mercedes 2.3-16 For Sale: How Does Black on Black and 44k Miles Sound?!

“Hell Yes!” is what I thought the first time I blogged this car on my old blog. The car is available again and is currently on eBay:

1987 Mercedes-Benz 190-Series 190E 2.3-16 For Sale in PA on eBayMotors

quote from seller’s ad:

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I have only owned the car since March 2008, driving 3,500 careful miles during that time and keeping it garaged. Due to a growing number of drivers (five) in my family, and a limited stable of vehicles, the 2.3-16 faces being pressed into daily-driver duty, to include wintertime. This car is too beautiful (and tricky on ice & snow, I would imagine) to have that occur, so I will instead seek a good home.

My car (previously owned by an automotive journalist) was featured in a February 2007 Automobile magazine article (“Second Hand Thrills”) comparing, contrasting, and singing the praises of the 2.3-16 and the original BMW M3. He had owned it for three-plus years, kept amazing records, and treated the car with upmost care. I have continued the meticulous care and careful record-keeping, although my primary entries onto the spreadsheet that he created have been fuel mileage (20 mpg city; 26+ highway) plus an oil change and a recharging of the A/C.

Strengths: Starts immediately, cold, warm, or hot, and idles & revs as intended. Clutch and shifter work perfectly, and there is no sign of synchro wear. Steering is precise, with no wandering or vibrations through the wheel. Brakes are excellent by any standard, and tires are as-new. Interior features perfect wood, completely crack-free and unblemished dash, leather seats in like-new condition, all lights & gauges in working order (even the factory-installed digital stopwatch) and climate control operates perfectly. Power windows, mirror (right side only; left side is manual), sunroof, and stereo/cassette fully functional. Body is completely straight, paint is excellent, and all aero pieces are in place and properly aligned.

1986 Mercedes 190 2.3-16 For Sale in Seattle: Black on Black

If I had half a brain, I’d buy this myself. 2.3-16’s aren’t as valued as e30 M3’s, but they’re clearly gaining value as a result of the surge in values related to those M3’s.

quote from eBay listing:

You will find that this car is not only beautiful but also has excellent racing pedigree. Latest articles/videos (in the past 12 months) on this car seem to indicate that its increasing collectability level is gaining momentum. Sports Car Market’s 2008 Price Guide (printed in Winter 2007) prices this car between $10K-$16K and showing an increase of 13% in the past year. At the rate collector cars are increasing, I would not be surprised if the prices have gone up a bit more during 2008. Just for comparison, I believe there are two 16V models for sale on ebay right now and have buy-it-now prices at $15K.

This particular car looks well looked after with a maintenance binder, original parts included, and appropriate upgrades like European lighting. For $13k, this looks like a sharp buy with a hard to find color combo.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E For Sale in Hawaii

The Mercedes 500E was the top of the line in the Merc E series W124 range. But that’s really an understatement when discussing the 500E. It is a very special car that was actually engineered and built in collaboration with Porsche. It is easily distinguished by it’s wider wheel arches and low, chunky stance.


The owner is listing the car on VWVortex for only $14k
. In addition to a nice history of the model, lots of photos, and all the reference links, he also lists standard shipping cost to common ports in the U.S. ranging between $1-2k dollars.

The pictures look pretty good, but you know, I think this would best be inspected in person so you could make an excuse to hang out in Hawaii for a couple of days 😉 Good luck with the sale Brodie!

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1989 Mercedes 560SEC Gemballa: The Definition of Gaudy!

There was a time when I thought Don Johnson, dayglo, and hair gel were all good ideas. And this Gemballa would’ve for sure been welcomed in my dream garage. Of course I was 14 at the time. Twenty years later, hmmmm, not so much. Gemballa modified cars are always over the top, but this one is so in your face!

1989 Mercedes 560SEC Gemballa on eBay

quote from eBay listing:

Introducing the legend of the eighties The Gemballa 560SEC, Where performance elegance and superiority all meet in this Fabulous and rare SEC, this Gemballa is one of 4 Gemballa,s Around the world known of existent and the only one that comes With black exterior and black / red interior all leather including Headliner which make it one of its kind, a rare digital cluster as
Well as many rare parts way ahead of its time. For so many years You can only see this rare car in a magazine or on a poster, but now it is available for those who love rare and special things in life.

From a collector’s view, it’s rare, hand built, and very unique. I’ll be curious to see if any real bids are made as it’s currently at ~$20k reserve not met.

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