1997 Mercedes-Benz E320 with 30,000 miles

As I scour through endless ads of exotica that appears here on GCFSB weekly, I still find charm in older Mercedes-Benz sedans that some folks may find a bit staid. When it was introduced for 1996, the E class took a radical turn with a front end decked out with oval headlamps, a styling hallmark that would crop up in a number of other models in the lineup over the next decade. This low mileage 1997 E320 would be the last year for the venerable M104 inline-6 motor in the E class, replaced the follow model year by the M112 V6.

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1994 Mercedes-Benz E420

Few would have seen it coming when the W124 Mercedes-Benz E class was introduced, but towards the end of the model run, the mid-sized luxury sedan got a shot in the arm by way of V8 power. While a new E class was being readied for 1996, Mercedes needed to do something to compete with the V8 heavyweights from Japan, the Lexus LS400 and Infiniti Q45. While the Lexus LS eventually went the way of the S class, the Q45 eventually died altogether, but the impression these cars from the Far East made on US consumers has been lasting. Still, there are those of us who appreciate classic German engineering even if it comes with some compromise. I would wager to say that this E420 for sale in California has aged a bit more gracefully than its Japanese competitors.

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Heaps of the Week: Two Mercedes 500SEC AMGs One seller

1985 Mercedes Koenig widebody project

Need something to keep you busy in the continuing grey days of winter? How about a pair of 500SECs projects to keep you out of trouble? (Well actually this may get you into trouble, financially or with your significant other) Carter also noticed this ride and linked it off our Facebook page.

Here we have what appears to be yet another case of picking up the pieces where a previous enthusiast ran out of time, money, or interest, but the seller instead states that they are selling due to illness. This may mean that the projects aren’t as bad as the ones being sold because someone got in over their head. Eitherway though that picture above shows a once great car looking sad. Not horrible though, we’ve seen a lot worse, but look at it just sitting there in a pile of leaves all cold and alone.

What we actually have is a rare, but non-running rare Koenig widebody 500SEC and a not as rare, but running parts car.…

Clean 1992 Mercedes 600SEL, good $ per cylinder ratio

1992 Mercedes 600SEL4

We love no reserve auctions. Particularly ones that start at under $1,000 for a car that once cost well over $100,000 when new. We’ve reported before about how these big Benzs with V-12s  can be a nightmare in terms of maintenance, but this one looked particularly clean and with no reserve, if the price is right, there may be some $s left over to help with inevitable repairs. I think the W140 probably isn’t as bad as the next generation of V12 Mercedes when it comes to work and cost to own, people just give it a bad rap because of the extra cylinders.

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG

It’s been two decades since Mercedes-Benz absorbed AMG as their in-house tuning firm. Each year, more and more fast Benzes have appeared with the infamous badge on their posteriors, tipping off that extra juice under the skin to the casual observer. One AMG model that I feel went a bit unloved was the C32 AMG. Sandwiched between two V8 AMG C class models in the US market (the W202 C43 and W203 C55), the C32 offered more punch via the way of a Kompressor, or supercharger, as was the case with a number of AMG and non-AMG models in the Mercedes lineup at the time. A lot of early W203 C classes, including the C32, have been run hard and put up wet, but this C32 for sale in New Jersey appears to have led a fairly pampered life by the looks of it.

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1970 Mercedes 600 SWB only 46,000 miles

1970 Mercedes 600 SWB

Elaine from Seinfeld once got into a discussion about grace and how you can’t have a little grace and you can’t acquire grace, you either have it or you don’t. This car has grace and class in spades. The 600 is such a cool car. It is one of those vehicles where you’ll have just as much fun driving it as you will sitting in the back.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC AMG

About a month ago I wrote up a AMG-modified grey market 500SEC that scared people with it’s chromed Pentas, blacked out windows and questionable history. But perhaps if you can get by the again all-caps ad copy, this cranberry-colored grey market 1983 will be the one for you. Sporting the requisite AMG bits and period correct color-matched wheels, this 500SEC certainly looks the part – and the Moby Dick sized stack of receipts may mean this is the not-so-white whale you’ve been looking for:

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Old Faithfuls: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 240D & 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

The chances are if you read GCFSB, you aren’t a big fan of the preeminent hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius. Still, the car does have its fans. I just get annoyed when I have to ride in one as a taxi. I’ve been known to wait until the next cab arrives because I can’t handle riding in these things. They are uncomfortable, especially when you go crashing about through potholes in an urban environment. The Prius makes me wax poetic for the days I spent in Europe shuffling around in Mercedes-Benz taxis, many of which are similar to the W123 model that we see here for sale in Maryland.

This particular late model 240D is a Euro market model, sure to appeal to those who like the slimmer bumpers and flush headlamps. With a 4-speed manual, you’ll be assured to get the most out of that tank of fuel, as well.

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1996 Mercedes-Benz C36

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Usually the first of anything in the automotive world is rather revered. The BMW E30 M3, Audi UrQuattro and Porsche 930 Turbo come to mind. These are cars that moved the chains in the automotive performance world and as a result, are prized in the collector market today. But when it comes to high performance at Mercedes-Benz, the timeline is a little murky. From Hammers to the Porsche built 500E/E500, there were attempts from a bunch of different parties to make a fast Mercedes until the tuner AMG was absorbed as an in-house entity in the early 1990s.

This C36 AMG for sale in Arizona represents the beginning of the official relationship between Mercedes and AMG. Compared to later AMG hardware, not many of these C36s arrived stateside and it’s hard to find ones that have been lightly used. This silver one has a reasonable 77,000 miles on the clock and is the perfect Q-ship for someone who wants just a little more comfort than what the BMW E36 M3 provides.

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