1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

The W124 Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500 needs no introduction here at GCFSB. These brutes rounded out the German super saloon triumvirate, along with the BMW E34 M5 and Audi C4 S4/S6. They are also the exception to the rule that says Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles hold resale values stronger than sedans. Clean, unmolested examples are highly prized and this example for sale in California strikes a good balance between low mileage garage queen and clapped out, high mileage runner.

1994 Mercedes-Benz on eBay

1994 Mercedes 500E the original Autobahn Stealthwagon. In 1991 Mercedes introduced the high-performance 500E (W124.036) Designed and jointly built with Porsche, each 500E being hand-built by Porsche, and transported between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s factory in Zuffenhausen over and 18 day build cycle. In 1994 the 500E was mildly face-lifted and the brakes were improved and re-badged the E500. Production totaled 10470 cars and concluded in 1995.

The 500E had a naturally aspirated 32 valve 5.0 liter V8 engine producing 322 hp and 354 ft lbs of torque which delivered performance of 5.5 seconds to 60 MPH. This sports car acceleration and its handling and braking prowess so impressed the automotive press they labeled the 500E a “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Because of its wide track and subtle flairs, limited production, hand-built construction, and joint provenance with Porsche; the 500E is already considered a “classic.”

The particular 500E has under 75k miles, and is a local SF Bay Area car from new, no accidents, clean CarFax and never smoked inside. Cosmetics are very nice and the car is all original; no performance or cosmetic enhancements. It has the heated seats. Tires are Michelin Pilot Sports and brakes are quite new. If you are looking for a really nice “classic” that you can drive comfortably daily and that hides its skills in a subtle looks; this is your 500E.

If you can find one with under 50,000 miles on the clock, these 500E/E500 sedans can usually command prices in the $25,000 to $35,000 range. Those cars with around 75,000 to 100,000 miles are still in demand, as these are Mercedes-Benzes that were engineered to a point, not a price. With no reserve, we’ll probably see this car sell anywhere in the $14,000 to $20,000 range; more than likely bringing a figure between $16,000 and $17,000. Smoke silver is a tame color for this fast Benz, but it’s not a hue that offends. That might hold back bidding just a bit.

-Paul

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster

Last year, as Porsche began to wrap up production of the 997 series 911, the first Speedster model emerged from the factory in 17 years. This was only the third generation of 911 to have a Speedster model, and this 1994 model was the 2011 model’s direct predecessor. With 930 produced, this was the second rarest 964, save for the Jubilee Edition, which was not sold in the US. It was a bit of a mash up between a 911 cabriolet and 964 RS, but had a less aggressive suspension setup than the RS and less creature comforts than the cabriolet, as the Speedster name was meant to conjure up an image of a drivers car. The following example for sale in New Jersey has under 30,000 miles, but low mileage is not exactly uncommon with these cars, as many collectors snapped them up when new.

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster on eBay

1994 Porsche 911 Speedster, very limited production with only 427 built for the US market. Black with black leather sport seats, A/C, power windows, factory rear shell style boot when the convertible top is down. Alpine CD sound system. What a great investment auto, this car won’t last!

This is a smoke-free automobile. There is no damage evident on this vehicle. This is a garage kept vehicle. The engine on this vehicle is running properly. This vehicle has no known defects. The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate. There are no signs of prior damage on this vehicle. There are no noticeable dings on the exterior of this vehicle. This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission. All power equipment is functioning properly. The exterior of this vehicle is extra clean. Extra clean interior. Absolutely no rips, odors or abuse. There is approximately 75% of the tire tread remaining.

The asking price of around $85,000 is right around the high end of what you would expect to pay for a 964 Speedster with this kind of mileage. Only the rarest color and trim combinations might bring over $100,000 these days. Personally, I think around $70,000 to $75,000 is about right, as there is nothing too out of the ordinary that sets this particular Speedster apart from the crowd.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

Speaking as a former Mercedes-Benz owner, the styling direction that the house of the Three Pointed Star has taken as of late leaves a bit to be desired. One particular disappointment I had was when the current E class coupe returned, replacing the CLK coupe. It is no longer a true pillarless coupe. True, both front and rear windows roll down without and the car is sans B pillar, but there is a small, fixed pane of glass at the rear that just looks like it doesn’t belong. The new C class coupe isn’t any better, as it has a fixed B pillar and resembles the Honda Accord coupe just a bit too much. As sad and retrograde as it may seem, I long for the old Mercedes-Benz, specifically cars like this W124 E320 Coupe. Simple in design yet elegant, it harkens back to a time when Mercedes-Benzes were engineered to a fault and were produced in much smaller numbers.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe on eBay

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe. Only 44,427 miles. Heated front seats, sunroof. Rare, one owner white over gray coupe. This E320 comes with a complete service history performed by a local Mercedes-Benz dealer.

Highlights Include:

A new engine wiring harness at 44,413 miles ($2,200)
A new mass airflow sensor @ 44,373
A new timing cover seal, valve cover gasket and head gasket @ 39,820 miles ($1430)
A new front cam cover seal @ 37,602 miles ($663)

The pictures do not do this car justice! We encourage you to come see it in person if you are serious about a purchase. It is immaculate! Please note there are many shadows cast on the vehicle due to the conditions in which the photos were taken. If you are unclear of anything please contact us PRIOR to placing a bid!

This car has resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which is the northern suburbs of Philadelphia. It’s a rather wealthy area with roads and traffic conditions that wouldn’t be too harsh on a vehicle. Looking at the service records and the service advisor’s name, I can tell this car was serviced where I bought my last Mercedes-Benz, Keenan Motors. I never had a complaint about that dealer, as they were attentive to maintenance issues I might need to address in the near future and wouldn’t go out of their way to gouge me on repair costs. The mass air flow sensor and engine seals are rather common repairs, but I would inquire with the dealer regarding the wiring harness issue and if they have further information as to why this fix was carried out. I would say this car is about $4,000 to $5,000 overpriced, as you can get newer CLK coupes for similar money. Then again, the CLK is no W124. The color is a bit pedestrian but I’m a fan of this car, if not for its rarity, then for its stoic charm.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320

Those that know me are aware I have a weakness for certain vintage Mercedes-Benzes. Interestingly enough, it’s not always the flashy coupes and roadsters, but rather, the sedate sedans that pull at my heart strings more. Having grown up with a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E in my parents’ household, I’ve admired the W124 for its no-nonsense looks and stout chassis. I’d love to have another one someday and while the legendary 500E would be the one I’d choose, more than likely my wallet would steer me more towards a six cylinder variant, and preferably the face lifted version that appeared for the 1994 model year. This later model 1994 E320 for sale in the Mid-Atlantic region is not the most mint condition example out there, but with a bit of TLC it would make an excellent daily driver.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 on eBay

1994 Mercedes E320. No reserve auction, highest bidder wins! Original 101,942 miles. Yes, those are original miles. No accidents, non-smoker, rust free, adult owned. Well maintained, no warning lights. No leaks, clean and clear title plus Carfax in hand. Runs, drives and looks great. Engine starts and runs perfectly. Transmission shifts very smooth without any hesitations or jerkings. These straight 6 cylinder engines are well known to go over 300k miles with regular oil changes. I personally drove this car and found it to be in outstanding condition.

Features: automatic transmission, ABS, airbags, power windows, cruise control, power locks, power mirrors, power steering, power seats, tan leather, sunroof, alloy wheels and more. Please note that this is a used vehicle and it does have minor wear and tear. Front bumper cover is broken as seen in picture but does not effect how it runs.

Since this is a no reserve auction, I would estimate that anywhere between $3,500 and $4,000 should take it, given the car’s cosmetic faults. Cleaner, lower mileage examples, with exception of the 500E/E500 can sometimes change hands for $10,000 or more, depending on what engine might lie under the hood. Provided it has a well documented service history, this E320 could be a great first Mercedes for someone seeking a car that is durable, fairly simple and won’t break the bank.

-Paul

Sleeping giant: 1994 Audi Ur-S4 Monster for sale

There’s something in the water in Colorado. Or maybe it’s the altitude. Either way, we’ve seen some seriously badass Audis come from the Centennial State. This S4 looks like it could be just another mid-90s Audi, the visible FMIC and aftermarket wheels being the only tell-tale signs that this might be something special. Nothing alludes to just how special though. After a claimed $55k invested, it’s finishing its break-in period before the boost can be turned up to produce a Group B-esque 600hp from the 2.3L inline-5. I love that it’s not slammed, a stockish ride height maintained presumably for better charging of unpredictable mountain roads and conditions. Dirt, gravel, snow or tarmac will matter little to this beast though as it devours supercars all day long. If you’re ready to deal with a highly-tuned car but want to fly under the radar while carry the kids and some luggage, I can’t think of a better way to do it for under $20k.

Tuned 1994 Audi S4 for sale on eBay


An exhaustive list from the builder/seller:

Black on Black 1994 Audi S4, 118k. This car has got to be one of the very few nice ones left. It has a completely built motor, everything on it is essentially brand new (literally), all the goods you expect to find on a car of this caliber are there. Never in an accident, have traced the history of the car all the way back by talking with previous owners. Car currently has a 13psi tune on it for engine break-in purposes, approximately ~500 miles on the motor since being built, needs to have a final tune (that’s it) done to bring it up to its 600whp capability (proper break-in procedure was done on motor). I have a binder full of every receipt for every part put on the car, including all the final tolerances the motor was built to (engine build done by Ridge Reamer of Colorado). Car has a $55k agreed upon value insurance policy on it, based off of past 2 years of receipts spent on it, so if you don’t think it’s a good buy at $20k, then don’t bid on it, you won’t find another UrS like this…simple as that. I am happy to answer any questions or take additional photos upon request. This has been a west coast (rust-free) car that has been garaged its entire life (will provide previous owner’s detailed accountings of its past). Ebay’s AutoCheck says lists the car as a grey market car. The car was brought into the U.S. from Canada legally in 2008 and I have all documentation from Audi N. America that shows it conforms to U.S. DOT standards. Title is clear Colorado title.

*Car just got the clean bill of health from local Audi shop and compression was pulled on motor showing that it is breaking in perfectly.

I am probably leaving out a lot, but modifications are as follows:

1994 Audi S4 (Black/Black) – Canadian Spec (no rear seat heaters, KM/h speedometer, daytime running lights)

Engine – Bottom End
– AAN bottom end (2.3L displacement)
– Scat Connecting Rods (144mm)
– JE 8.5:1-compression pistons (82.5mm)
– Stock metal head gasket, bored to 82.5mm
– ARP main and head studs
– Audi 7A oil pan (jet hot coated) – larger oil holding capacity
– *New AAN oil pump (OEM Audi)
– 034 Motorsports Coated Main Bearings
– 034 Motorsports Coated Rod Bearings
– 034 Motorsports lightweight lifters
– 034 Motorsports Port/Polish on cylinder head (240/160 cfm)
– 034 Titanium Valve Spring Retainers
– 7A intake and exhaust camshafts
– 7A valve cover (powder coated white)
– Apikol High Flow Intake Manifold (powder coated red)
– 034 Motorsports High Rate Valve Spring Set
– 034 Motorsports .5mm oversize intake and exhaust valves
– Custom Lovefab tubular header (T4 outlet)
– Precision GT35R with Billet compressor wheel
– 034 Motorsports/Garrett Extra Large Intercooler w/ custom Apikol pipes
– Tial 44mm wastegate (silver)
– 034 Motorsports 850cc high impedance injectors
– Bosch 044 Fuel Pump (relayed)
– Earl’s -8AN Speed Flex fuel lines
– 034 Motorsports 60mm Fuel Pump Bracket
– 034 Motorsports 20V Fuel Rail
– 034 Motorsports Density Line Motor Mounts
– 034 Motorsports Density Line Transmission Mounts
– Apikol Snub Mount
– Apikol 3″ custom downpipe (heat shield wrapped)
– 2Bennett 25 row oil cooler w/ducting
– *New AAN Timing belt covers (OEM Audi)
– *New Serp. Belt Tensioner (OEM Audi)
– 034 Motorsports 3″ Turbo-Back Exhaust (single muffler)
– 034 Motorsports High Output Coil Kit
– 034 Motorsports Phenolic Intake Spacer
– HKS 4″ shallow air filter
– 034 Motorsports Turbo Heat Shield
– 034 Motorsports V-banded catch can
– Aeroquip push-on catch can hose
– Aeromotive Fuel Pressure Regulator (0-100 psi)
– Tial 50mm Blow-off valve (silver)
– 10 gallon Fuel Cell mounted in trunk (w/vent line)

Drivetrain
– Apikol Rear Differential Mount (red)
– Weldon/Apikol 26mm Rear Sway Bar Kit (most updated version)
– 92′ Spec 28mm front sway bar (red)
– Apikol rear subframe bushings (blue)
– Apikol rear differential crossmember bushings (blue)
– Advanced Automotion B5 S4 6 Speed Transmission (cyro-treated 1 and 2 gears and WPC treated mainshaft, high bias 4:1 center differential)
– Apikol Short Shifter
– 034 Motorsports/Eurospec Billet 6-puck clutch with Aluminum Flywheel

Brakes/Suspension/Wheels
– H&R Race Springs (blue)
– Bilstein Sport Shocks
– Stop Tech (332 x 32 rotors) – Silver
– OZ Ultraleggera 17 x 8″ wheels
– Hankook 245/45/17 Ventus V12 Evo Tires
– professionally painted black rear calipers
– *new e-brake cables (OEM Audi)

Exterior/Interior Modifications
– S6 Rear Bumper – professionally painted and installed
– OEM Rear Spoiler (also have black trunk lid without spoiler if preferred) – professionally painted and installed @ 118k (i.e. no rust on current trunk lid around mounting bolts)
– S6 Front Bumper (w/LLtek lower valence) – professionally painted and installed
– Corbeau 3″ 5 Point Competition Harnesses (Driver and Passenger – Black)
– Audi TT 6 Speed Shift knob
– Corbeau FX1 Pro Microsuede seats
– Corbeau seat brackets (modified fixed Audi 4000 brackets)
– McCulloch HID kit
– Hella Euro headlight lenses
– Euro headlight washer -delete trim
– Kamei Sport Mesh Grille
– S6 Sport Steering Wheel Conversion (full S6 column swap w/ S6 column switches, i.e. no cutting of clock spring required)
– 1993 S4 Complete Carbon Fiber Interior
– 1992 S4 Side View (Full-Size) Mirrors

Other Notables
*New fender liners (all 4) – (OEM Audi)
*New mid-door and lower moldings (OEM Audi)
*New Febi-Bilstein tie rod ends
*New Febi-Bilstein control arms
*New Febi-Bilstein subframe bushings (front)
– powder coated front and rear subframes
– powder coated front strut housings
– powder coated strut bar
– powder coated engine mounts, arms, tie rods, etc…

Extras (not installed):
– V8 rear differential (painted red)
– black rear trunk lid (without spoiler)

The car’s AC system has been deleted to make room for the intercooler. Also the fuel cell does not have a fuel level sender unit in it, therefore the gas gauge on instrument cluster does not work. The Corbeau brackets do not slide back and forth either, they can be modified to have a slider installed again, but currently are fixed. Lastly, the entire steering column was swapped to an S6 steering column to make use of the factory S6 steering wheel and in the process some of the stalk controls do not work (i.e. windshield wiper lever is reversed and high beams don’t work), these features will be fixed before delivery of car is made.

I love this car. For the work done, the starting bid of $19,500 and described price as $20k seems reasonable. If you disagree, well, then these aren’t the droids you’re looking for. Spend a bit of time in the cockpit thanks to youtube though and it’s hard to say no to the sound of the classic Audi turbo’d five-cylinder spooling up and ripping away.

-NR

1994 BMW 530i Touring

Towards the end of the BMW E34’s lifespan, a new V8 engine debuted, first as a 4.0 liter in 1993 followed by a smaller 3.0 liter version in 1994. A little over 60,000 examples of both 530i and 540i V8 engined E34s were manufactured in both sedan and touring configuration. For 1994, under 1,000 examples of the 530i Touring emerged from the factory, which makes this two owner example particularly rare before taking into account its low mileage and condition. The 3.0 liter V8 was the largest engine on offer in the Touring for the US market and with 215 horsepower and 214 lb ft. of torque, it wasn’t as aggressive as one would assume. It was, however, a smooth engine which provided adequate pulling power for this hauler, being able to reach 60 mph in around 8.5 seconds.

1994 BMW 530i Touring on eBay

We are the 2nd owners of this car. I bought the car from the 87 year old lady who bought it new off the lot from BMW Beverly Hills and doesn’t drive anymore. The car is “USC colors because that is my alma mater.” We have every receipt from anything ever performed on the car. Until we bought the car a few years ago, nearly all receipts came from Beverly Hills BMW or Palm Springs BMW. The car is very very well cared for. We had the car serviced at Long Beach Autohaus, using all BMW parts and cutting no corners. Recently we had all the rubber bushings and sway bar bushing replaced, valve cover gaskets, full clay bar and 7 stage polish approx 4 months ago, new radiator, passenger seat motor replaced and a number of other items. The car also has a new alpine stereo that is very minimal and doesn’t look out of place, with an ipod control in the glove box.

Not pictured is the rear pull out cover that will cover the storage behind the seats if you want, in very good condition. Also the car has a double sun roof that can open for the rear seats and or the front seats at the same time, in perfect working order. The tires are very new, less than 2000 miles on them. The car drives as new, lots of power and very quiet and smooth, the freeway is very comfortable as you would expect with a luxury car like this. This car was the top of the line for BMW at the time, every option. There are signs of wear, nothing unusual for a 18 year old car. Some of the paint on the roof is faded, select rubber around door handles has dried and cracked, and the interior headliner is starting to separate around the speakers in the ceiling above the rear storage (pictured), paint is in good original condition for the age. The car has been in southern California its whole life, there no rust or anything of that nature – zero rust. I would not hesitate to take this car on a road trip across the country and back through Canada, very reliable.

The best example of a 530i Touring might fetch in the $5,000 to $7,000 range. Anything under $8,000 I’d probably consider reasonable, given the specifics on this car. I would have second thoughts about modifying such a nice original example of a not so common BMW, but I can’t help but have visions of an M5 Touring clone, right down to the M-system II “throwing star” wheels. Once again, with a car like this, we have a nice, soothing cure for the common SUV.

-Paul

1994 Porsche 928 GTS

I never miss a chance to express my dismay at vehicles like the Porsche Cayenne and Porsche Panamera. Even if they are the cash cow for the small sports car manufacturer from Zuffenhausen, I’ll never get used to seeing these things on the road. They might drive well and serve a purpose, but for a purist like me, they are of zero interest. Porsche reached its watershed moment in the middle of the 1990s. It was during this time that the last air cooled 911 bowed, the 993, and the front engined 968 and 928 coupes said goodbye.

Here is an example of what is the last 928 to roam these shores, the GTS. 1994 represents the second to last year for the model and this one is a special example, being vouched for by the owner/moderator of www.928registry.org, one of the definitive information sources for this ultimate of grand touring Porsches.

1994 Porsche 928 GTS on eBay

1994 928 GTS – #0062

This 928 GTS is the second 1994 built; a ONE OWNER GTS with just 29,513 original miles! Super rare Amazon Green Metallic with Classic Grey interior. Options include; sunroof, automatic transmission, supple leather, CD changer, heated left/right seats.

The only Amazon Green Metallic GTS built in 1994 and the final Amazon Green GTS of 13 built for North America. Extremely well maintained by its one and only owner including recent fluid changes, timing belt and water pump. Addtionally, the hood/hatch struts, battery and intake tubes have all been replaced this past week. The wheels are being refinished and the rear wheel well liners are going to be replaced prior to sale as well. Complete service records, books, tools and window sticker.

Never any damage history; in the interest of full disclosure, paint meter readings indicate paint thickness which is thicker than what is considered normal on the front fenders, hood, doors and rear quarter panels. Overall, the paint is in really nice condition. There is however some etching of the paint presumably from acid rain or perhaps a lawn sprinkler on the top of the left front fender and on the roof (less so than on the fender) that is noticeable under florescent lighting. I tried to capture in photos but couldn’t; it doesn’t show up enough to get a photo.

This GTS has NOT EVER had any paint work done by its owner which points to the additional paint being added at the Porsche factory or at PDI upon the cars arrival to the US. This is plausible b/c all the stickers in the door jams are applied upon delivery at PDI and there are no tape lines, overspray or any other indication typically associated with a car that’s been painted. Upon reflection after we put a paint meter on the car, the owner mentioned that the car was delayed at port prior to being delivered to Hendrick Porsche in Charlotte. The owner is willing to sign an affidavit stating the car has never had any paint or body work while it was in his possession. The interior is in outstanding condition.

I own/manage www.928registry.org and have owned several 928s including 3 GTSs (still own a 1995 GTS) over the course of the last 20 years and can say bar none, this is one of the finest driving GTSs I’ve ever driven. It’s tight, no rattles or squeeks, tracks arrow straight, the engine is powerful/responsive and it shifts crisp and smooth. Outside of the Porsche Tech that has taken care of this GTS since new, I am the only other person that has ever driven this GTS besides its owner!
I am selling this car for the owner and will facilitate all aspects of the transaction. Inspections are encouraged and welcomed.

There’s an old saying with classic cars, buy the best you could afford. Well, this 928 represents about the best example that you would be able to find out there, with such low mileage and provenance. However, the price made me light headed upon seeing the ad. True, it has been maintained impeccably by owners that care, which means a lot with a car like this where one repair could force you to sell your first born.

The GTS version of the 928 could be one of those collector cars whose value takes off in the next coming years, but judging by the economy and the fact that the 928 has been around since 1978 and values of earlier models has stayed relatively flat, it is hard to see values taking off to the levels we see here in the near future.

-Paul

Good looking 1994 Mercedes 400E

Not everyone can afford to jump into the 500E market. For those who still want the stately looks of the W124 and the rumble of a V8, but at a significantly lower price take a look at this 400E. The 500E’s little brother rarely gets the spotlight so when I saw this looker I thought I’d throw it a bone.

The 400E deserves some of the praise given to the 500E, it is no slouch in the engine department. The 4.2 liter V8 puts out close to 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of  torque. If you take the electronically limited speed of the 500E into account the 400E has the same top speed of 155 m.p.h. The smaller 4.2 won’t jump off the line as quickly, but is just as comfortable out on the highway.

The car seen here has been given a much more aggressive look thanks to 18″ rims that tuck under the fenders thanks to lowering springs. Smoked taillights and front signal lights complement the dark gray paint. The 1994 also comes with the updated grille for a more modern look. It has some new maintenance parts, like brakes, that the next owner won’t have to worry about. It has had an accident that meant a new trunk lid and rear bumper work. It looks like a Remus or other aftermarket rear exhaust is on the car. The owner doesn’t give details, but it looks like things have been repaired properly. The owner indicates that the car has been cared for well. The 77,000 miles on the car are less than you would expect on one of these.

The car currently sits at $5,600 with no bids and a reserve. No real investment potential here just a fine looking set of wheels and a chance to get in on V8 Mercedes ownership.

Good looking 1994 Mercedes 400E on eBay

~Evan

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 with 64,000 miles

Until this January, I had been a Mercedes-Benz owner for the past 10 years. I have to say, as a consumer loyal to the marque, I’m not too pleased with the styling direction Mercedes has been taking the last several years. Where to start? Well, the new C class coupe can’t help but make me think Honda Accord Coupe, many models suffer from too much needless chrome in an effort to up the bling factor and the SUV offerings I feel have watered down the bread and butter sedans and wagons.

This, however, doesn’t stop me from loving the classics, though. After growing up with a 1992 400E in the household, I have been quite the fan of the W124, especially the 500E/E500. I’m always on the lookout for clean examples of any variant, and here is a well cared for late model E320 for sale down in Texas.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 on eBay

One owner from Houston and has been pampered and garaged! This was an extra vehicle for the previous owner and the mileage is consistent with its limited use. The paint is in excellent condition and it is apparent that this car was garaged and meticulously-maintained. The tires on the vehicle appear to have been recently replaced. The interior of this vehicle is virtually flawless. All interior functions have been tested and the only thing I could find that does not operate is the drivers seat forward/backward motion (tilt seat/back position work fine) This vehicle runs like it has 10,000 miles on it. The owners manual has been kept up to date with service records/dealer stamps.

As of writing this, there is a little over four days left in the auction and it hasn’t met the reserve. I’m guessing the seller has the reserve set around $5,000 to $6,000, which is about what average examples of this E class sell for. Given the cars history and pleasing color combination, $8,000 doesn’t seem too unreasonable, but if a buyer can get this for right around $7,000, I’d say it was a good buy. This is a car that will last a lifetime, even at almost 20 years of age.

-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