1999 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

I’m ready to declare that the W210 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG has stepped into collectibility territory. Full disclosure, I own one of these so take it how you want, but the recent sale prices have been telling the story. Over the past year, auction results for clean, nice condition E55s have been producing prices that have surprised me just a little. For the past five to eight years, you could pick a decent W210 E55 for $7,000-9,000 and have a nice example. If you wanted a rusty one with a bunch of issues, $5,000 would put one in your driveway. Now, those $9,000 examples are $13,000-$15,000 and the really prime cars with low miles are reaching the high-teens and maybe even $20,000. Sure, you can still find those rusty $5,000 ones if you look hard enough, but I just don’t think there will be any appreciation on those because once the rust starts on a W210, it never ends. I guess this makes sense in the grand scheme of things because we’ve been seeing price cycles like this for years with W201 190E-16vs, W124 500Es and on the BMW side with the E39 M5 and of course the E30 M3. Remember when you could get one of those for $8,000?

Today’s car, a 1999 E55 AMG up for sale in Canada, brings a little bit of a unique situation. First being it is a Canadian-spec car so there are some minor changes from the US cars and second being that it’s a 1999 which means this is the rare, one-year only, pre-facelift car. That means a different gauge cluster, steering wheel, body work, transmission setup, taillights and radio. For some the one-year status might mean increased scarcity, but I doubt you’ll find a lot of people wanting a 1999 over a 2000-2002 because of all the upgrades the facelifted cars received.  That doesn’t matter all that much today because this car is in outstanding condition and is set to probably bring a nice, fat number once the auction ends.

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2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG

Last week I checked out a 2011 Mercedes-Benz E550 Coupe and broke down how even though Mercedes calls it an E-Class Coupe, it was about 80% W204 C-Class and 20% W212 E-Class. This isn’t a new thing as Mercedes has been doing this for a few generations now and today we have another example of this in a 2002 CLK55 AMG up for sale in South Carolina. This W208 looks like a W210 E-Class cosmetically, but under that metal is actually the chassis of the W202 C-Class. Inside, you have a small handful of parts from the W203 C-Class and many more parts unique just to the CLK55 and not from the brother of this car, the W210 E55 AMG. Once again, buyers of this car probably had no idea of all this and probably didn’t care all that much either. C’est la vie.

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2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Estate

A little over a month ago I looked at a 1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG Estate that, thanks to Canada’s 15-year import law, was ready to be enjoyed by our friends to the north. Today, I have big brother E55 AMG Estate that looks to be literally fresh off the boat from Japan. This 2001 shows 47,000 miles and looks to be missing the most important W210 characteristic: rust. Although much like the W211 AMG Estate, you’ll pay a premium for that extra cargo room.

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2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG Widebody

In my opinion, custom body work can either go really good or really bad. Those who know what they are doing usually put out some unique stuff. Those who don’t know what they are doing put out work made of nightmares. Luckily for everyone, this 2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG for sale in Vancouver, Canada, has some custom body work that actually looks pretty good. Normally, the bodies of the mid-2000 AMG cars don’t have much of a flare to them, but this seller of this specific car had something to say about that. This S55 had the front the rear fenders pulled out by a decent amount to give it the look of a CLK63 AMG Black Series. The more I look at this car, the more I appreciate it, but I can’t decide if I really love it or not.

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

I don’t need to tell you know why I am featuring this Mercedes today. What you are looking at is a 1998 E55 AMG for sale in Schwenningen, Germany dressed in the wonderful Linarit Blau Metallic otherwise know as Bahama Blue in North America. (Because there is nothing Americans and Canadians love more than the Bahamas.) A special order color borrowed from the SLK, this early W210 AMG just isn’t blue on the outside, it also went a little crazy on the inside as well.

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Year: 1998
Model: E55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 299,500 km (186,100 mi)
Price: €7,950 ($9,518)

SPECIAL VEHICLE with unique paint finish 352 linaritblaumetallic, at that time at the SLK, interior equipment matching DESIGNO leather – Exclusiv black-TWO-WHITE-linarit blue, NO W210 problem – vehicle has NO rust – was taken in the factory to paint from the production – Then put back into production !!

Was not driven more in the winter, only in the summer, with seasonal mark

Very well maintained, bought by lovers and cultivated by lovers in second hand!

Open, does not regulate at 250km / h …. is also open of performance development ….

Equipment in addition to the E 55 AMG Scope of delivery ex works: Parktronic, ski bag, telephone fixed installation D-net, rain sensor, navigation APS 4, sliding-lifting roof in glass door mirrors hinged , Seat heating REAR & FRONT … uvm ..

Was replaced by a Mercedes-Benz E 63 AMG W212 … to the 60th birthday …

My understanding with how the W210 AMG was built is that Mercedes would ship the half built W210 shell from Sindelfingen to an hour north in Affalterbach to the AMG factory. AMG would take the shell and some of the interior then hand assemble the rest of the car before sending it off to wherever in the world it was going. Since the majority of the colors were either black, silver or sometimes white, this wasn’t a big deal in terms of production. So I can imagine when this blue odd-ball was ordered, they had to be really careful with everything because it’s not like you can go grab another blue bumper or door panel since this is probably a one of one car. The Designo interior in blue is something I’ve never seen before either and I can’t imagine it came cheap when it was ordered. Another thing to highlight is the Monoblocks were painted a dark gray color that actually looks pretty good in the overall scheme of this car.

In general, this car is pretty loaded up for a 1998. Parking sensors, rear heated seats and navigation are all options I usually don’t see on the W210 E55 but I guess if you are going all out for a custom AMG, you might as well check all the option boxes too. For 186,000 miles, this thing looks great. W210s with that kind of mileage are usually well beaten and bruised but thankfully this car was treated as special as it deserved.

The price of $9,500 is totally fair in my eyes. If this was a silver or black car, I think the $7,500 range would be more reasonable so the seller is asking a premium for the special paint and interior. In my eyes, it’s totally worth it despite the mileage. I’ve never seen as Linarit Blue W210 E55 and I doubt another one exists. If you keep this car in the conditions it is currently in I see no reason why it won’t keep it’s value to a certain extent. Normally I would never even consider a pre-facelift W210 E55, but if this car wasn’t across the pond in Germany, I’d totally consider it.

– Andrew

2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG

About a year ago I checked out the Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG and explained that the this car is one of those ”best of the worst” scenarios. In my opinion, the W203 was a pretty terrible product overall for someone like Mercedes to produce and owning one when you have so many other options just doesn’t add up for me. But like anything, when the price gets cheap enough, when does pulling the trigger on one actually make sense? In reality, buying an older, used German car never really makes all that much sense in the big picture, but we all justify our purchases one way or another. But I’ve found 2005 for sale in Florida which is actually cheap enough that it is probably going to make a lot of people consider picking this one up.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG on eBay

Year: 2005
Model: C55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 129,400 mi
Price: $7,495 Buy It Now


Up for sale is my 2005, Mercedes AMG C55 with 129K original miles, silver with black interior. 5.4L V8 engine pushing 370hp and 370tq. I have every receipt for any work or maintenance that was done to the car since I have owned it. Very fast car that will put a smile on your face every time you get on the throttle.The car comes equipped with every option including the Harmon Kardon sound system, NAVIGATION, heated front seats, memory front seats, turn signal mirrors, 6 disc CD changer, interior lighting, flood lights, xenon lights, front and rear automatic windows, privacy screen, tinted windows and 2 piece 18″ C55 AMG wheels.The car has been garage kept and the interior and exterior looks like new. The Leather and suede still smells like new. Only reason why I am selling it because I need a truck or SUV. Please send me a message for more details.Located in Coral Gables, FL. Asking price is $7,495.00

This W203 looks really fresh for almost 130,000 miles. I’m sure it being a Florida car had a lot to do with this, but you’d be surprised how little it takes to make a W203 look like garbage. The interior still fresh, the exterior doesn’t have anything odd going on and the giant plastic engine cover on the M113 V8 even looks well taken care of. The seller doesn’t say anything about maintenance records but honestly the drive train in these cars are pretty stout with the M113 paired to the 722.6 gearbox. The only thing that can get kind of pricey with these are the brakes and rotors as they are quiet large and carry the AMG tax, but outside of that and some super specific body panels just for the C55, there isn’t a lot to sweat about these cars.

So how cheap it is? A cool $7,500. Just to compare, the C55 I looked at last year was $4,300 more despite only having 10,000 less miles on it. These seem to be hovering right around the $10,000 range for a decent one with an average amount of miles on them. I don’t know how much more deprecation these will take on but I’d imagine they’ll end up like their older AMG siblings and not get any cheaper than the $7,000-8,000 range unless they are really beat up. Will these ever become collectible? Maybe in a number of years, but I don’t think people will be seeking them out like they do a 190E 16v or 500E. There is a long list of cars I’d spend money on before W203 C55, but if the right one came along at a crazy price, I’d think about it.

– Andrew

2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

I’ve expressed my love for the W210 E55 AMG before. I think they are one of the best value Mercedes you can buy. It’s still relatively fast even by 2017 terms, it’s not too ugly and most importantly it won’t bankrupt you in an afternoon. I can’t think of a reason I’d ever want to sell mine as the values have been staying pretty stable and given it’s rarity, it might even creep up in value a little — at least I hope. So when I came across this low-mile 2001 for sale in Virginia, I had to take a closer look.

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Year: 2001
Model: E55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 46,394 mi
Price: Buy It Now $17,900

For sale is my mint condition 2001 Mercedes E55 AMG. The car has 46,394 miles and is brilliant silver over two tone. The car has never been in any type of accident and wears brand new Hankook tires on all four corners. The wheels are the original 18″ staggered monoblock style with absolutely no curb rash anywhere. This vehicle is truly like new. The pixels on the dash all work and the leather is free from the wear you typically see on these cars, especially on the drivers side side-bolsters. The headliner is in perfect condition and does not sag at all. The paint still gleams like day one and has been garage kept it’s entire life. The car is free from any signs of rust from top to bottom. This car drives like a dream, perfect in every way. Transmission shifts perfectly and smoothly, engine is strong, reliable, and powerful. The AC and heat work great as well as all electrical devices on the car. The headunit has been replaced with a newer style that offers bluetooth, however, I do have the original headunit that will come with the car. The dash is clean and free of any blemishes or cracks as well as the black birds eye maple woodgrain. Recent service on the car included new brake pads, engine fan and belts, oil change, and new tires. I’ve owned a few E55s in the past and a number of other enthusiast grade Mercedes and this is honestly the cleanest example left. Please see pictures below which speak for themselves. The car is registered in Montana under my business but is located in Virginia. I am a Mercedes and auto enthusiast in general and would love for someone who can appreciate the car as I do to own it next. This is one of five vehicles I currently own and unfortunately I do not get to drive it as often as I would like, given I also own a w210 E60 RS Renntech. I am willing to work with shipping arrangements as needed. Feel free to contact me with any questions, serious inquiries only.

This 2001 in 722 Silver is probably one of the cleanest example E55’s left out there. I can’t see any blemishes or marks by inside on the two-tone seats or outside. Even the 18 inch AMG Monoblocks are like new. Examples like this are what help you rationalize why people were willing to spend almost $80,000 on one of these when they were new. This owner is no stranger to AMG cars as he has owned a few over the years and is a true dyed in the wool Mercedes enthusiast.

At $17,900, this price doesn’t make me raise an eyebrow or question it at all. Combine an extremely clean facelifted E55 with lower miles and no modifcations? This is what you’ll pay for it. You want one with 150,000 miles that’s had 6 owners and needs a bunch of things? You can save yourself the ten grand and go buy one for $7,900. I think this seller will eventually find a buyer looking for a no-excuses, turn-key example to not worry about, and this looks like it’s the ticket.

– Andrew

2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

The Mercedes-Benz SLK usually doesn’t get a lot of love from enthusiasts and I totally understand why. The first generation was a competition with the BMW Z3 to see how cheap they can build a small roadster made completely of flimsy plastic. Speaking of those two cars, it brought back fond memories of playing Need for Speed: High Stakes on my computer back in 1999. I blame that game as well as Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit for my European car addiction. But back to the SLK and the lack of second-hand attention these attract. The second generation R171 was a big improvement over the first generation, but the front end clip had a strange pig nose look that turned off a lot of people. The interiors were still a bit disappointing with lots of plastic and sub-par materials from what you’d expect from a proper Mercedes roadster.

Now in the tradition of post-2000 Mercedes, they sent this car off to AMG to make it fast and make it expensive. What came back was a little Mercedes with big everything. Big engine, big wheels, big brakes and of course quad exhaust tips. Mercedes stuck with the tried and true 5.4 liter V8 M113 that made 360 horsepower and 380 lb·ft of torque. Keep in mind this is in a car that weighs a little under 3,400 pounds. Mercedes officially said this little SLK will get to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds but some magazines had these hitting them in the 4.5 range. Now that some of these AMGs are hitting their teenage years, what should you expect to pay for one of these mini-rockets? Lets find out.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG on eBay

Year: 2005
Model: SLK55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 125,280 mi
Price: $14,990 Buy It Now

2005 Mercedes Benz SLK55 AMG for sale!
Very well kept
Clean title
Fully loaded with options
Vehicle has been fully serviced and tuned up recently
All services have been completed accordingly
All original Mercedes Benz books/manuals are included as well as both keys

Services completed within the last month;
1. Valve cover gasket replaced
2. Replaced all 16 spark plugs
3. Replaced ignition wire set
4. Replaced two breather hoses
5. Full synthetic oil change
6. Replaced hardtop cylinder/fluid
7. Replaced Engine air filter set
8. Replaced AC cabin filter
9. Replaced serpentine belt
10. Replaced front left lower control arm
11. Replaced transmission fluid
12. Replaced four tires with original Mercedes Benz Pirelli Pzero Nero A/S tires
13. Performed four-wheel alignment

Please feel free to email/call me with any questions or concerns!

This specific 2005 looks to be one of the better 12-year old Mercedes you could buy. It looks very clean and most importantly has a ton of recent maintenance and repairs that puts my mind at ease if I was in the market for the R171. Inside, you can see the interior isn’t the greatest thing ever, but it’s clean and functional. The red inserts on the seats and door cards is a little odd, but isn’t not the worst color combination with the blue exterior paint.

The price for the SLK55 is a mere $14,990 which in my opinion is a ton of value for Mitsubishi Mirage money. This was a $65,000 car new which isn’t surprising to anyone if you are here reading this, but I think the real question is where is the bottom for these cars? Will eventually these hit $10,000 or lower? I’m not sure where the end will be since we are entering a territory where there is a flood of AMG cars out there that all a dozen or more years old. If you were thinking about a SLK55, these cars are pretty robust outside of issues with the power hardtop which can get expensive very fast if something goes fast. Otherwise, if you want a little roadster that is very fast but not all that practical, a SLK55 AMG could be a great buy.

– Andrew

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

Last week I looked at a low mileage 1991 560SEC and explained while I think they are amazing cars, buying a ultra low mileage one isn’t the best decision if you want to fully enjoy them. Today’s C126 for sale in New York has a little more miles and is a little less pricey that maybe makes it a little better option if you are looking for a great SEC.

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG with 400,000 miles

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I usually don’t think twice when I see a Mercedes with a ton of miles on it. But I started thinking a lot more than twice when I saw a W211 E55 AMG with over 400,000 miles for sale. As I started digger deeper into this wunderkind, the story got even wilder. This E55 had a single owner its entire 400,000 mile life and managed to get into two accidents in that time with one severe enough to deploy the airbags. So obviously this W211 for sale outside of Chicago deserves a deeper look, so let’s try to make sense of this one.

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