1991 Mercedes-Benz E500 Estate

The 1979 Mercedes-Benz 280CE Convertible we featured yesterday afternoon got me thinking about what other models I wish the company would have contemplated. High up on my list is this tribute that we see here, a 1991 E500 Estate. Technically, we should call it a 500E Estate as the nomenclature change didn’t take hold until the 1994 model year. Regardless of the name, this beefy, modified W124 T-model for sale south of Hamburg has stealth written all over it.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 280CE Convertible

The year was 1976. Cadillac proclaimed it’s Eldorado Convertible would be the “last American convertible.” Safety concerns had put the idea of open roofed vehicles on the ropes. This concern would be short lived, as a few drop tops began appearing in the 1980s, including an Eldorado Convertible for 1983. This prompted some 1976 Eldorado owners to take legal action against Cadillac, to no avail.

Mercedes stayed the course with their 450SL roadster, however, a four-seat convertible would not reappear until the 1990s with the W124 E-class. This left the gates wide open for coach builders to chop the roofs off a number of SEC Coupes. An even more rare conversion is this car we see here, a W123 Convertible for sale in Georgia. Converted by a firm in New York, this 280CE Convertible makes one wonder why Mercedes didn’t try their hand at al fresco motoring via the W123 chassis.

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2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Silver Arrow Edition

If you’ve been following Formula 1 this year, you’ve been watching something pretty special occurring. Mercedes-Benz has finally produced a race-winning car, and one that appears to be dominant over the rest of the field for the foreseeable future. A few years ago, the origins of the Mercedes-Benz team – Brawn F1 – also got the jump on the competition but didn’t have the money to remain thoroughly dominant for the season. However, with Mercedes-Benz’s substantial coffers behind the team effort, there exists the possibility that Mercedes-Benz could have a perfect F1 season – winning every race on the calendar (edit: well, that isn’t going to occur – but they’re still the best poised to take the championship!) That would create a new Silver Arrow legend – the historic name given to the Mercedes-Benz racers since 1934 and their first era of dominance. To celebrate some of the silver legends before the current F1 effort got underway, Mercedes-Benz produced a special swan-song for the R129 SL; available in either top-spec SL600 or more common SL500 was the “Silver Arrow Edition”:

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Only recently have we seen the market for the Mercedes-Benz 190SL and certain R107 SLs trend upward, but for as long as I can remember, the W113 SL, otherwise known as the “Pagoda” has been the hands down favorite of collectors. I’d almost consider it the air-cooled 911 of the Mercedes set, given where values have been hovering for the last couple of years. This 1971 280SL for sale in Texas represents the last year for the Pagoda. This one was restored by noted specialist Bud’s Benz in Georgia in an uncommon Seafoam Green.

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Grösser Mercedes Roundup

With the discontinuation of Maybach, the S class once again becomes the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz lineup. There has been talk of an über S-class of sorts, but nothing yet has materialized. Back in the early 1960s, however, Mercedes was toying with the idea of going up against the world’s best with the 600, available in short and long wheelbase forms, as well as Landaulet version with a rear convertible roof. There’s a few 600s floating around the auctions this week, beginning with this short wheelbase (SWB) example for sale in Miami.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 Euro-spec

I recently read a report by Esurance which indicated that green cars were the least common amongst all cars owned. Now, truth be told I’m not sure how much accuracy or scientific research there was to this study. Perhaps my skepticism is rooted in my history with British cars and my family’s history of having green cars; I count 6 that I remember. Or it could be that my automotive youth matured in the early 1990s, when it seemed that only green cars were produced. Either way, it’s rather irrelevant, because if owning a green car sets you apart from the beigeness that is the normal family sedan I’ll gladly accept the most usual tone in the automotive world. Further, there are some great greens out there to enjoy; Viper, Mint and Signal from Porsche, Ragusa Metallic from Audi, Oak and Montana from Volkswagen, Tiaga, Java and Urban from BMW, and from Mercedes-Benz there were some neat tones available on the 450SEL – colors like Citris Green, Nickle Green and what I think is Moss Green on this model:

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1987 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL

There’s an annex parking lot across from my apartment that houses the overflow from the local Mercedes-Benz dealer. I can’t hide my dismay at the lack of diversity in colors. Most vehicles are all silver, white, black or gray, with an odd reddish car mixed in. Look inside these new cars and there’s even less variety in terms of what you can trim out your car with, unless you take a dip into the very expensive personalized programs luxury manufacturers tend to offer. It seemed that manufacturers, including Mercedes-Benz, were a bit more adventurous years ago, with interesting cloth patterns and a wider range of leather hues on offer. This 420SEL is the first of its kind I’ve seen with a green leather interior, which is sure to raise an eyebrow with W126 fans.

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Feature Listing: 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

For as long as I can remember, the sign that one “made” it was a Mercedes-Benz, and specifically a convertible one. Sure, if you wanted to go fast you bought a Porsche, and if you wanted to go in the snow you bought an Audi – or if you wanted to do what everyone else on Wall Street did, you bought a BMW. But there was a royal air about Mercedes-Benz models that the others couldn’t really capture. Perhaps it was the long and storied history of one of the most significant automobile manufacturers in the world – a car company that had been selling the best cars in the world to the stars since the 1930s. Perhaps it was the incredible build quality of many of their models; cars not designed to a price point, but to an engineering standard unsurpassed anywhere in the world. Or perhaps it was just simply that the cars Mercedes-Benz managed to make you feel incredibly special, incredibly pampered and yet not be ostentatious or overstated. In truth, it’s probably a little bit of each, and few cars embody this combination of qualities quite as well as the W124 Mercedes-Benz did. You could have economic diesels, versatile estates, sporty V8 monsters, or enjoy the limitless sky the cabriolet version offered you:

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2001 Mercedes-Benz SL500 Sport

Aside from the iconic 500E/E500, fewer Mercedes-Benzes from the 1990s get my attention more than a well-equipped R129 SL roadster. This 2001 SL500 with the Sport package replete with AMG wheels looks supremely fresh, as so it should having covered just over 23,000 miles. Not a fan of the new age styling from the house of the Three Pointed Star? Here is your chance at a like new R129.

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-speed manual

The R107 SL had one of the longest lifespans of any model in Mercedes-Benz history. From 1972 to the dawn of the 1990s, this two-seat roadster represented the style, performance and durability that were hallmarks of the Three Pointed Star. Curiously, Mercedes decided the V8 versions were enough variety for the US consumer, leaving the six cylinder models, some with manual gearboxes, to other markets. This low mileage 1986 300SL for sale in is now eligible for importation to the US under the 25 year guideline. Signal red over black leather is a classic combination for these cars. The 5-speed manual coupled to the 3.0 liter inline-6 makes for an involving experience. Look a little closer and there is one option that had me ogling over this car. The very rare on-board computer. I have never before seen this option fitted to an SL.

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