I figured this being a car blog it was somewhat necessary to at least give brief mention of the CARS Car Allowance Rebate System or Cash For Clunkers program. By now most of America is probably familiar with the deal. You readers as car folks also probably understand that upon turning your car in for a credit the car is scrapped, regardless of how much life is left in the vehicle. What I think is important to underline is that scrapped doesn’t mean the engine gets pulled out and parts reused. Jalopnik covered this issue. In this case the government insists the engines are destroyed using a sodium silicate solution (liquid glass), that is poured into the running engine after the oil is drained. This locks up the motor and makes salvaging it useless.
I don’t want to get preachy or go into more details here, there are plenty of other places online where you can do that, but I do find this program a shameful waste, full of economical, environmental, and practical pitfalls. I’ve seen a number of BMWs and Benzs meet their fate in this past week. Including several big bodied 500 series Benzs that easily were worth more than the credit given. The financial incentive has made less loyal car owners sacrifice fine automobiles or be forced into doing so by significant others. See this ad for a 1988 BMW M5 that needs saving for example.
Regardless of your own thoughts on the program or political views, below I give some examples of what this program has brought that should sadden you as gear heads and folks who are going to have to pay jacked up used part prices.
So pour out a quart of 40 weight for the fallen. If you find photos or videos of German vehicles to add to this hall of shame let us know.
I know this one isn’t German, I wanted to ease you into this post, give you a chance to back out in case you want to avoid the carnage. This does illustrate pretty well the nonsense of where tax payer money is being spent:
BMW 530i manual, so sad.
1991 and 1992 525i
1986 Mercedes 300E
Fortunately their are some folks out there with good sense
Mercedes 1992 190E 2.3
There are many, many, other engine blow up videos like these from dealerships participating in the cash4clunkers program out on the net. Googler beware.
Mercedes-Benz Euro W124 500E 1992 Anthracite Grey Metallic/Black
Fully loaded, Rare onboard computer! (Similar to E34 M5 )
89K since new, second owner car, imported from Germany 1993 by the original owner all the DOT/EPA is done, Currently the new home is Los Angeles area.
CURRENTLY FOR SALE $42000- call/email.
This is legendary M119 engine, Euro spec is 326hp 354 nm / 261.1 ft lbs @ 4900 rpm.
Custom made from the headers all the way to the Remus, the sound is awesome !!!
Soon will have dyno test on the car, estimated around 356hp at the crank…
Koni yellow sport (adjustable).
High-performance double-drilled and slotted rotors with high performance brake pads.
Is set to start from 1st gear every time and
operates very sensitively in downshift mode with no lock moment… The result is impressive!
2.47 LSD (Limited Slip Differential)
19” inch AMG (style) Front 245 35 19 Rear 275/30/19.
Is this the finest W124 500E for sale… anywhere?! It sure looks like it, and duplicating this car would surely cost more than the asking price. Make sure to check out their website which has probably 100 images on it. This car is beautiful!
quote from eBay listing:
This is the one! Anthracite gray with black leather interior, 5-speed manual with the higher horsepower, higher compression european spec engine. 75k miles and very tight. Very good to excellent condition throughout.
Yes, this is a 1985 model and that means it was produced for the European market and imported here. In the case of the Cosworth 190E, this means that this car has higher horsepower (185hp vs 167hp), torque and compression ratio.
This is a really nice example of a very desirable and collectible car. This is not a show car, but it certainly is in much better than average condition and has a relatively low 75,000 miles on it. It is probably too nice to take racing — even though it is a race car — but could make a great base for a project street car. Or do like me and just drive it! I have driven a lot of Mercedes in my life and this is the only one that really feels like a sports car. It’s nimble handling, high revving Cosworth engine and great exhaust note make this car a blast to drive. Please come buy it before I get into trouble!
I like the opening bid of $8000 and the honesty of this listing. While not quite as nice as this example posted a while back, the combination of European specification, recent respray, and very good miles, make me think this is a great example for an enthusiast. I wish I was in the market right now, I’d bid!
We have an exceptional Yellowbird Yellow 1997 Porsche Ruf CTR-2 Sport for sale. This RUF was the fastest production car in the world in 1997. This ultra rare Porsche Ruf CTR2 Sport ranks right up there with Ferrari’s F50 and Jaguar’s XJ220. The CTR2’s air-cooled engine whips out an impressive 580HP with 0-60 times under 4 seconds, and a blistering top speed of 217mph! There were only 16 of these street legal super cars made from 1995-1997 so this is obviously a really rare chance at owning a piece of automotive history. Not to mention it is one wicked car to drive.
This is the fastest car I’ve ever ridden in, and we didn’t even juice it anywhere near its full potential. This particular car was featured in the February 1998 issue of European Car magazine when it was owned by the previous owner Steve Beddor. This car has only 8k original miles since new, a beautiful sounding Blaupunkt stereo system and looks to kill. You are looking at a very fine investment opportunity for any Porsche enthusiast – and one fun sports car that craves some hard driving.
Not much needs to be said here. An opportunity like this doesn’t come along very often, and it’s appears to be titled! The real deal, not a conversion, and has only 8k miles. I’ve always said that I think the 993 series was the last of the real Porsche 911’s and this one is the ultimate tuner car of it’s generation. Sure it’s a Powerball fantasy for most of us, but if my ticket hits, this guy’s phone is going to blow up the next day! Make sure to click through and check out all the images they have and bunch of videos too.
There really isn’t much to say about this eBay oddity, other than it has to be overpriced.
The seller says:
Only 2 cars were authorized by BMW to be custom modified to pick up version.
I’d like to know more about what exactly that means. I’m not sure I can see the fine folks in Bavaria back in 1984 thinking “You know Rolf we really need to compete with the Subaru BRAT segment”.
It has some nice goodies from Hartge and Schrick, but I really can’t explain what they were going for with that paint job.
If this can really be documented as a factory BMW project its rarity might give it some added collector value. It is going to take a special someone to want to take this one home at $25k. Besides, I know Mercedes already locked up the German El Camino (or would that be Die Straße) bragging rights. Below photo from my archives.
There are several Mercedes 300 Wagons in our neighborhood. I often think that if I had one I’d want to lower it an inch, put on period AMG monoblock rims, color match the lower panels, and upgrade to European spec headlights — which would make for a great family ride.
But this 300 wagon takes it to another level. It has the AMG 6L motor, 3 piece rims, and very rare body kit, to name a few of the tasteful and rare upgrades. Here is the majority of the seller’s listing from the eBay ad for this 300 AMG Wagon:
quote from seller’s listing:
987 Mercedes 300 Wagon with AMG 6.0 litre twin cam motor, complete AMG car in excellent condition. I have owned this car for 13 years, originally from Canada a built for Mr Feingold I aquired the car through Renntech from Hartmuth, the car was in for a major service and Mr. Feingold decided to sell me the car after a $17000 complete service.
The exterior of the car is finished in a blue similar to Ferraris Tour de France, it has a complete AMG body kit including the 3 pc AMG wheels color keyed to the body, these wheels were recently refinished and sits on new Pirelli tires, Complete amg Mods, suspension, Exhaust, header, adj transmission, it is a real 6.0 motor and has had all services to date it runs outstanding has 44,000 kil. it has the 320 AMG speedo. The car has never sustained any damage, the paint is excellent with the acception of the front spoiler that has some minor rashing at the bottom corner, the front spoiler has air intakes for the cooling of the front brakes, it has never been tracked or abused I use the car once in a while when I need to take the kids somewhere and I need the seating for 7 it has the rear folding seat.
The interior is gray leather in excellent shape no dye work, suede dash, orthopedic driver and passenger seats, carpet not stained and door panels not cracked, and upgraded stereo with XM and I pod connection in the glove box, front and rear hidden K40 radar.
The car runs outstanding recent AC upgrade, Aligned and balanced, A real piece of AMG history
The starting bid for this car is $25000.
Many thanks to Ali for tipping us of to this great car!
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Evan answered my cry for help in the last post and I’m so super grateful for the help! Here is his quick and dirty bio:
I’m a major gear head and German car fan. I did my first engine rebuild in 7th grade and was hooked from then on. Though I appreciate fine design and engineering regardless of make, Mercedes Benz is my marque of choice. I particularly enjoy the big power German sport sedans, a niche I filled with the purchase of Euro spec 1979 Mercedes 450SEL 6.9. From autocrossing BMWs at Indianapolis to hauling in a Mercedes down the autobahn, from the RUF Porsche factory to Watkins Glen racetrack, I’ve tried to engage in a variety of experiences to further my knowledge of the German cars I appreciate. I hope to help bring fans intriguing sales listings I uncover, along with some anecdotes and info.
Welcome aboard Evan! Looking forward to your posts and expertise; and I very much appreciate the assistance in growing this blog!
With a clientele that included Sophia Loren, Crayford conversions on 1970s Mercedes are an exclusive beast. These costly vehicles came warrantied by Mercedes and were the way customers who wanted an estate wagon for their fancy sedan could have the best of both worlds. This particular car interestingly shows the ugly U.S. market safety bumpers, but has avoided the recognizable, though inferior U.S. market quad circle sealed beam headlights in favor of Euro spec H4 beams. The seller, presumably using the register of Crayford Mercedes found here: http://www.crayford-benz.org, claims this to be one of only two or three in existence.
I may be mistaken, but I believe that this is not the only Koenig Special Benz once owned by baseball legend Ken Griffey Jr. in existence. Koenig epitomized the Miami Vice over the top bad ass look when it came to mid 80s Mercedes. This later 1991, has the same flavor with the in your face widebody kit, but I think the look is actually better pulled off by slightly larger W126 bodied Benz coupes like the 560SEC. Occasionally you will see the widebody kits in metal, but more often they are fiberglass and after nearly 20 years it may show some spiderweb cracking up close. It is hard to say what the premium here is for the owner provenance, but it safe to say this asking price is a significant discount from new. A new owner of this Koenig Special vehicle will need to remember that, though most mechanical parts won’t be any harder to find than standard 3 liter Mercedes fare, replacing the massive 315 size tires on the rears will be a cost. Fortunately with a 6 cylinder engine, instead of the torque of a 5 or 5.6 liter from a 126 bodied car, burnouts should be easier to avoid. The big V8 Koenig Specials sometimes came with even more outrageous 345 meats on the rear.
1987 MERCEDES-BENZ 190E 2.3-16 EURO 5SP MANUAL, 185HP. 165K kms. If you are reading this add, you will know what this is. It has been owned by a enthusiast – all the usual and required updates and repairs have been done. No rust! New Brakes, Suspension, steering components etc, all done. Fully inspected and serviced. Rare!!
Suppose that is $11.9k US dollars, seems like a fantastic deal considering the obvious condition of this car. If CAD dollars, even better, snag it for $10.5k! Of course you’ll either have to pony up the serious coin to federalize this car, or put it in storage for 3 years until it passes the 25 year rule.
Der Mercedes bekam als Neuwagen das AMG Stufe 2 Motortuning (AMG Nockenwellen, Brennraum- u. Kanalbearbeitung, Schlepphebel erleichtert/poliert, Saugrohr/Abgaskrümmer angepasst, Luftfilter geändert). The Mercedes got a new car, the AMG engine tuning stage 2 (AMG camshafts, and combustion-channel editing, drag lever facilitates / polished intake manifold / exhaust manifold adapted, modified air filter).
Neben der Leistungssteigerung auf 211 PS (Eingetragen im KFZ-Brief) hat der Wagen ein Besides the increase in power to 211 hp (Registered in KFZ-Brief), the car is a
AMG Silberpfeil Lenkrad AMG Silver Arrow steering wheel
AMG Frontspoiler. AMG front spoiler.
Original Bief, Original Biefer,
Service Heft, und Service manual, and
ABE´s vorhanden. ABE’s available.
Getriebe wurde 1999 Überholt. Reconditioned gearbox in 1999.
Fahrezeug hatte einen damaligen Neupreis von 40.785,00 DM als 5 DM mehr alls ein Porsche 911 der hatte zu der zeit 40.780,00 DM gekostet. Take stuff then had a new price of DM 40,785.00 DM more than 5 alls a Porsche 911 had the time to DM 40,780.00 tasted.
Motor und Getriebe Super. Super engine and gearbox.
Fahrzeug ist Technisch OK. Technically, the vehicle is OK.
Mir bekannte Mängel: Mir-known shortcomings:
Die Karosserie befindet sich in gutem Zustand, The body is in good condition;
um eine TÜV-Abnahme zu absolvieren müssten lediglich zwei kleinere Stellen am Linken & Rechts Schweller unterhalb der Wagenheberaufnahmen geschweisst werden (Wagenhebaraufnahmen OK). an inspection would need to complete only two minor points on the left & right below the sill jacking shots are welded (Wagenhebaraufnahmen OK).
Radio muss noch angeschlossen werden. Radio still needs to be connected.
Türe hinten rechts hat unterhalb der Zierleiste eine leicht kleine Roststelle. Rear door right below the border has a slightly smaller body rust.
Zündschlöss klemt manchmal Zündschlöss Klemt sometimes
Traggelenke vorn Traggelenke forward
Roughly speaking, as in what I could figure out with the Google Translator, looks like this classy old AMG has a buy-it-now of about $22k and about 150k miles. It features a more potent 210hp motor with headers, intake, and camshaft. It also has a rare aftermarket AMG Silver Arrow steering wheel, and front spoiler. Sounds like a couple of minor dings and rust spots, but overall a tidy and original package. Of course at this price, due diligence would be required to ensure they were original pieces and authentic. But since I’m just fooling around tonight, I’ll just enjoy the pictures.
Typically I prefer to post discovered examples for sale that are in better condition and/or lower miles. But as I scrolled through the pics, the wheels on this car jumped out at me. They look like either original Momo 5 star or perhaps even Fittipaldi rims. Take a look at this 1987 Mercedes 190 2.3-16 on eBayMotors:
Please take a good look at the pictures, and then make a bid on this very special and rare car that is fun to drive and a pleasure to own. The amazing leather interior, front and rear bucket seats, 5 speed (dog leg) racing gearbox, stunning factory original ground effects kit. These cars don’t come up for sale very often so don’t miss this one.
As a young man in high school many moons ago, these were the rims to get. Can you help identify them?
The owner states that this AMG Hammer is the ‘real deal’, which is to say it has the 6.0L with 4 valve heads. This translates to 375hp and 5 second zero to sixty times — in 1987! That beat the Lamborghini Countach, the Ferrari 288 GTO, and the Porsche 911 Turbo in top speed!
Original AMG Hammer, I have owned this car since 1993 it has 19000 Miles on it and is in exceptional condition. The black original paint is flawless, no accidents, no track time, the Original AMG body kit is unmarked no cracks, no missing paint front spoiler is excellent, The original 17 inch Aero wheels are not curbed, and the tires are good. All factory stickers are present in the jams of the doors and trunk. The car is always stored inside my garage in a climate controlled enviroment.Original in every way…
The car was Purchased new from Beverly Hills Motoring Accessories in 87, it was used for a few auto show and used in there catalog It is a Real AMG car it has the 4 cam 6.0 litre motor, all AMG upgraded Hammer suspension to fit the larger 8 cyl, upgraded rear end, transmission, and brakes, the car has had a recent service and has always been serviced by an authorized AMG service tech, there are no leaks, the Ac has been serviced and converted to R12, a new AMG exhaust was installed last year. The runs outstanding it is like the day it was delivered, I have all factory manuals, tool kit, jack etc.
The Hammer’s US price of $167,000 in 1987 is equal to about $311,882 today (6/08). It was an insane amount of money in 1987 when you could buy a Testarossa for $134,000 or a Countach for $138,000. And a 911 Turbo would set you back a measly $69,000.
The buy-it-now price on this car, with only 19k miles, is $65k. Sounds like a bargain suddenly!
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