A few weeks ago I checked out a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 that needed some work — a lot of work. Almost every surface of that poor M100-powered W109 needed some kind of attention. The paint was a baked mess, the interior was growing mold at an alarming rate and the mentioned M100 engine was a total unknown if it could actually run or not. Despite all of this, the seller was asking a hefty $14,500 for the privilege of dealing with that literal mess. Today’s car is another 1969 6.3 — although this one is the total opposite of that charity case. But as you might have guessed, this one isn’t going to cost you $14,500. Not even close.
Earlier this week I check out a handsome 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5 that looked to be a great driver and probably not a bad buy for the long run. Today, we have another W109 that has a little bit more risk attached to it. This of course is the king W109, the 300SEL 6.3. I’ve covered these many times before and every time I see one pop up for sale I always try to take a look at them. Unfortunately, this 6.3 needs a lot of help and even more money to make it worth it.
Buying a high mileage car can be a bit scary, even if it’s a Mercedes with a reputation for longevity. Odometer readings can have a profound psychological effect on our perception of a car’s health (and worth), making people leery of high mileage cars. But in truth, at a certain stage in a car’s life, maintenance history and upkeep become far more important than any number on the dash. This is particularly true of the W126. A low mileage car that has been sitting is liable to cause you more problems than a high mileage one that has been driven and cared for by a meticulous owner. The upshot is that if you shop around and choose wisely, you can score a bargain on a high mileage car. This 300SEL, for example, has 286k miles on the odometer and a cheap price tag attached. Offered for sale by a knowledgeable and friendly Benzworld contributor, it offers a budget friendly entry point into W126 ownership backed up by plenty of maintenance history.
Earlier this week I looked at a 1972 280SE 4.5 for an asking price of around $25,000. I explained that for my money, I’m probably skipping the 4.5 and finding a decent 300SEL 6.3. Well lo and behold, a 1969 6.3 in Colorado just happened to pop up for sale bid on eBay. It’s no means as nice as the 280SE 4.5, but this monster W109 is a little more special than the standard 6.3.
Model: 300SEL 6.3
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 119,135 mi
Price: Reserve Auction
This is a carefully restored car head-to-toe, but it’s also a 47 year-old car. Runs great and I kept this car up hoping to keep it for a lifetime—but the mechanics are very specialized on a car like this, so please make sure that you know what you’re getting into.
For sale is a 1969 Mercedes that I bought this car in 2008 and restored, hoping to keep it forever. Have moved the family from Denver to San Francisco—my loss is your gain. This is a beautiful car, having had a full strip-down & repaint, all new leather interior, carpet and killer custom installation of a stereo and woofer system—installed in a way that doesn’t cut into the door panels or take away from the car’s originality.
Mechanically, this car has been almost entirely redone. The engine went out almost immediately after I bought it, so I found another one that was represented as being freshly rebuilt and then stored for some time. It’s not a “matching” engine and chassis but it’s a legitimate 6.3 motor that’s in fantastic shape. We couldn’t verify how many miles but it was represented as being basically new, and it has been very strong.
Interesting and diverse additions to our Hammertime value guide for this week include some head scratchers, some values and some breathtaking numbers. Leading the charge was the recent sale of the 2016 911R at RM Auctions at nearly $550,000. Yet there was value to be found in the Volkswagen world, as two VR6 modded VW hatches hit $5,200 (1977) and $10,600 (1991). The salvage title Corrado SLC VR6 was presumably cheap at only $3,601, making for a good driver candidate. Bidders failed to show up for the 2003 RS6, and the no reserve auction fell silent at only $8,000 – perhaps a great value, while the 300SEL 4.5 nearly tripped $5,000 despite major concerns. At the higher end of the collector market for each was the W126 560SEL at $21,000 and the B2 Audi 4000S quattro at nearly $8,000. Finally, a 912 tipped the scales at $28,100, leaving us wondering where the 912 market is heading.
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2016 Porsche 911R – E.515,200 ($547,521)
1977 Volkswagen Rabbit VR6 24V – $5,200
1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL – $21,000
2003 Audi RS6 – $8,000
1972 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 4.5 – $4,950
1968 Porsche 912 Targa – $28,100
1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC – $3,601
1985 Audi 4000S quattro – $7,999
1991 Volkswagen GTi 3.2 VR6 – $10,600
Keeping with the theme of Mercedes-Benz in a color I rarely see, I present to you a 300SEL 4.5 in the same color as the bonkers SL65 AMG RENNtech — yellow. I must admit I’ve never seen a W108 or W109 in yellow so I was a excited to come across this one for sale in Ohio, even though I don’t particularly love yellow. Much to my dismay, this 300SEL has probably seen its last ride.
Model: 300SEL 4.5
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 77,053 mi
Price: Reserve auction
Paint Code: 624G Yellow
A 1972 Mercedes 300SEL 4.5 liter, Yellow with Brown interior, A/C. Just came out of a long term ownership. Matching numbers car. The car has been off the road for many years undriven. A very straight and honest body. The chrome is in very good condition. Besides rust holes on the passenger side floor, it has a solid undercarriage.
The interior is in good condition and can be used as it is. It is just showing its age. Becker radio.
The engine does not turn over due to sitting.
Comes with all the original owner manuals.
An excellent original car needing work. Rolls and steers fine for transportation purposes.
Please note there is no TITLE for this car, it will be sold on a BILL OF SALE ONLY.
Any questions welcome.
Please message or call Frank Sajjad at 2166452100.
(We can help to make arrangements for worldwide shipping.)
Shipping cost to Rotterdam or Felixstowe, UK is $1,500
Sadly, I think this car has lived its life. Restoring or even just getting the car drivable would be a task that would outweigh what the car is worth.…
You might of heard the story of the Colorado man who had a little affinity for Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3s. (You can read the story here if not.) I understand where this man was coming from because if you really like something, go get four more of them. In his case, the M100 powered W109 just happened to do it for him and I don’t blame him one bit. Now that all five of these 6.3s have been saved and rejuvenated, one of them is up for adoption. Unfortunately, though, the adoption fee is quite steep.
Every time I see a car that is usually expensive, selling for a price that is inexplicably inexpensive, the gears in my head start turning. Could I buy this one on the cheap, fix it up and perhaps not lose money on it? Better yet – could I buy it, not do a thing, let it sit and probably not lose money on it? Thank goodness I physically can’t fit another vehicle in my garages and driveway because when I see cars like today’s, those damn gears start moving.
The W109 300SEL 6.3 has quickly become a collector car that everyone in the Mercedes circles are rushing to snag up. Prices have been going up at an alarming rate thanks to folks like Jay Leno proclaiming his love for it. I understand where he’s coming from because the 6.3, in my opinion, is one of the finest sedans Mercedes has ever made. It’s also generally considered one of the first “super sedans” – the prototype for not only later AMG models, but cars like the M5. Sticking the M100 V8 into the handsome W109 body and building it to a standard of above average durability and reliability made this car a winner the day it left the factory. The only problem was all the greatness is that it costs a lot of money upfront and even more to maintain at a reasonable level. This is where some solid math skills and judging your mechanical ability come into play when deciding whether to take the plunge on a project like this 1969 6.3 up for bid in Eastern, Pennsylvania.
There is a reason why Jay Leno calls the W109 6.3 his favorite Mercedes-Benz. It’s a classic Mercedes design both inside and out then finished off with the M100 6.3 liter V8 that still holds it own with modern cars. It’s what a Mercedes-Benz should be. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new super AMG cars that have 650 horsepower and can drive themselves down the road, but you can get that from any brand now. In 1969, this was the car if you wanted a European super sedan. Not to mention you paid for it too at over $14,000, which was only a few thousand less than a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. But the Silver Shadow didn’t compare to the 6.3 in terms of power, build quality and reliability. That’s why this car still has a huge following and even higher demand to this day. So let’s check out this 1969 for sale in Massachusetts.
The 1971 Mercedes–Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG is one of my favorite cars ever. The ‘Red Pig’ entered 1971 24-hour race at Spa as the over-weight underdog. To everyone’s surprise, it finished 1st in it’s class and second overall thanks to the madmen at AMG who took the already impressive M100 engine and pushed it to 428 horsepower and 448 lb-ft. This example for sale in California isn’t the famous Rote Sau, but it is a very nice tribute that will have you yelling ”Sooie!”