Black Series 4 of 4 1987 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG Widebody 6.0

The last of my series of black AMG W126 cars comes in the form of this, perhaps overpriced, but sweet looking, widebody coupe.

This car has been listed for awhile and I hesitated on posting it because of the woefully inadequate description. Readers know that we try not to patronize/promote ads that frustrate potential buyers, but this one is worth getting out.

What makes this ad frustrating is the single mention of the car sporting a 6.0 liter AMG V8. We know AMG records and identification are tough, but come on please throw us a little more or at least give some indication that you tried to document the claim. The difference between this sporting a 5.6 liter and 6.0 liter and the difference between the conversion being done in 1987 or yesterday can be swings of $10k. The owner does state that the car was built in Affalterbach and cost $140,000, but it is hard to know if they can prove that or are just stating that based on common knowledge about AMG. As we saw in my previous post about the AMG with the 6.0, the one that had copies of the invoices, these conversions were not all done in Affalterbach.

What we do know is the car looks great and has covered just under 40,000 miles. There is no question as to the authenticity of this being a genuine AMG car it has all the right hallmarks including, the 300 km/h speedometer. The rear fender flares add a bit of muscle to the W126 without going full on Gemballa or Koenig crazy.

We do appreciate the good pictures, including underneath. The car looks clean. The ask is $35,000, not cheap, but not too out of line with what collectors are valuing excellent original AMG cars. You wouldn’t turn a profit buying the car at that price for at least a few years, but prices will continue to rise.

Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG Widebody 6.0 on eBay

~Evan

Black Series 1 of 4 1989 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG

This is the first of four black W126 AMG cars on sale now in a range of prices. Take your pick.

This first one is a Euro spec car sporting only 32,000 miles. The car looks to be a stage 2 AMG model with cosmetic and suspension work. The AMG kit and wheels along with the sleekness of the Euro headlights and body really make this a nice looker. The car includes the taller trunk spoiler, which you don’t always see on AMG cars, more commonly just seeing the shorter lip spoiler. Perhaps this is not an AMG part, but that would seem odd.

This being a later model W126 it has some refinements that the earlier models didn’t have inside. This one has an AMG steering wheel and also has a modern radio.It also still retains the 300 kph AMG speedo.

This car looks great, shiny paint, clean interior. The chrome has all been blacked out, black rims, and even blacked out emblems complete the murdered look. Clear corner lenses also help the look.  This is a car for more than just a casual Benz enthusiast, but one who wants a truly nice original specimen. The 300 horsepower engine will provide for easy highway cruising though if the car was pressed into daily service.

The car is up with no reserve and has bids up to $13,000. The low miles, no reserve, and this being the big 5.6 liter engine make for a good buying opportunity. There aren’t too many left out there in this shape, expect a premium for sure. With high mile run of the mill W126 coupes trading hands for less than $5,000 you can expect to see close to 4x that for this one. If you prefer the widebody version of this car there is a nearly identical one in that flavor for sale now too which I’ll post up as well.

1989 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG on eBay

~Evan

1986 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG Widebody clone Signal Red

While many of the AMG cars of this era can slide somewhat under the radar with their dark or less flashy colors, think black, dark blue, an occasional silver, this one will not be missed by the authorities.

The Benz has been repainted in Mercedes signal red and this thing shouts. It has received the traditional mono-color scheme with all the chrome now body color, save some polish on the otherwise body color rims. The seller lists this as being an original U.S. market car that has had an AMG look kit added and the nicer Euro headlights, though one has a crack.

There are 73,000 miles on the 5.6 liter V8, not too high at all. The seller discloses some issues with the electronics on the car, but they seem like some relatively easy fixes.

Not being an original AMG car and with a few issues needing to be addressed means this won’t see the $20,000 range some AMG widebodies bring. Right now it is sitting with bids at $10,000 and the reserve not met.

1986 Mercedes Benz 560SEC AMG widebody clone

~Evan

1988 Mercedes Benz 560SEC 6.0 AMG Widebody

We have listed some of this seller’s other Mercedes SEC AMG cars before. This one has the big 6 liter SOHC engine. With this car looking immaculate and having only covered 21,500 miles you can expect it to bring a high price. This car has been gone over and has fresh oil, tires, battery, fuel injectors, and rotors. The seller really plays up the investment angle in his ad description and while I don’t think these can really be considered the gullwing of their day, I do agree that prices for these low production, genuine AMG, cars is creeping upward. This one is up over $24,000 in heavy bidding with the reserve not met and 7 days still to go.

 

~Evan

1985 Mercedes 540SEC AMG Rare widebody find

I had only days earlier posted over on another blog about how rare the AMG 5.4 liter engine is and then this one shows up on eBay.

The car is in New Zealand now and has 51,000 miles, which is pretty low. It looks like it had been living in Japan, despite being left hand drive. It looks black in the photos, but the data plate paint code shows blauschwarz / midnight blue.

It has all the right AMG parts, the widebody kit, the fat AMG Penta wheels, the correct AMG 300 km/h speedo, steering wheel, and trunk badge. It even has the AMG exhaust including headers. The widebody kit will catch the average car guy’s eye, but the small blacked out 5.4 badge on the trunk will really turn the head of a Mercedes enthusiast. You will be hard pressed to find many Benzs out their wearing that badge. Interestingly the data plate on the car lists the code for the stock trunk badge delete so it may this car was destined from birth to get the AMG treatment.

The current owner has spent some big time dollars to get the car sorted since his purchase of $21,000 in 2009. He states it has $10,000 worth of new electrics, rubber, paint, and other detailing.

The seller includes numbers for those of you looking to verify:
VIN # WDB1260441A179770
Chassis # 1260441A179770
Engine # 117963 12 084502
Transmission # 722311 02 674399

The car is sitting at $9,300 with less than a day to go.

There is also a video of this car online here:

 

There are a couple of videos of other 5.4 liter AMG engined SECs online:

~Evan

1990 Mercedes Koenig Specials 560SEC Widebody

Koenig Specials started tuning Mercedes in 1984. They did work on Ferrari and Porsche as well and in most cases the finished project was significantly wider than it started. For Benzs K.S. offered supercharged and twin turbo variants. Customers were able to ask for pretty much anything they wanted. The trade mark though is those monster flares with tires as wide as they are tall, this one features 335/35/17 tires out back.

There is not a lot of description here, but the pictures do speak for themselves. The car has 33,000 miles. It would be great if it came with provenance/ownership history. Sometimes with cars like these it is hard to know what is stock and what isn’t underneath the obvious.

The interior has been totally customized with everything from a TV to a trunk mounted DVD an VHS player and lots of extra wood. 5 point harness and stylized Koenig gauges go along with the period cell phone.

The looks of Koenig cars can be polarizing, I for one like the monochromatic scheme in something other than white. No one can argue the exclusiveness of these nor their outrageous cost when new. Lots of bidding has this one up to $28,000 with the reserve not met or about quadruple what a decent standard 560SEC will cost you.

~Evan

1990 560SEC AMG Widebody

This is a genuine AMG car with all the appropriate markings. The car has 37,000 miles and the seller wants $28,000. That is a lot less than the original cost. This would have been very close to the top Mercedes two door you could purchase when it was new. The ask price is high, but genuine unmolested AMG cars can bring big dollars. The car would get close to $30,000 if it had an AMG modified engine along with the bodywork, but this one retains its stock 5.6 liter V8. The seller seems to have had some confusion as to whether the car had a 6 liter AMG mill. Confusion like that can be a bit of a warning sign because having the original documentation and provenance on a car like this adds a lot to the value. The seller does state he has the original “guarantee” from AMG.
AMG speedometer and interior badges add to the package. Plus very expensive original AMG three piece rims fill out the widened wheel arches.
The description could use some more depth and I really don’t understand why people selling cars like this don’t spend a little extra time getting decent photographs.
As always AMG cars from this era and earlier are collectible and should retain their value well. This one is a bit costly in today’s market, but sure looks good.

~Evan

1991 Mercedes 560SEC Euro

Number 2 in my last minute Easter Sunday posts is this Euro grey market 560SEC with only 62,000 miles. Sold by the same fellow who is selling the nice 500E that ends today. Perhaps if you buy both this and the matching charcoal black 500E you could get a deal.
Like the 500E this looks to be a very well maintained example. The Euro spec model has the nicer headlights and bumpers, as well as a Euro spec engine.
These are great cars and this is low mileage for the engine. The car is just old enough to avoid many of the electronic gizmos that can cause problems, but new enough that it has plenty of convience features modern Mercedes are known for.
Another fine unmolested example.

~Evan

Clean, low mileage, 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

The 560SEC was not a common car to begin with, as just a little over 5,000 were produced for the 1989 model year. In total, during its entire production run, almost 29,000 were produced. Considering Toyota makes over 400,000 Camrys a year, this kind of gives you a perspective on just how rare these W126 coupes are. Finding a clean one these days proves to be quite a challenge, however, there are still some out there. Take for instance this example, which has evaded the harsh Northeast climate, advertised in Hemmings Motor News:

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on Hemmings

The seller notes:

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC, Desert Taupe mettallic / Creme beige leather. FLAWLESS, only 48,000 documented miles. Spectacular original paint, clearcoat, glass. Impeccable interior, carpet, wood trim. Fully sorted by obsessive owner and his German born Mercedes (only) mechanic. NEW: A/C compressor, condenser (conversion to R134), water pump, valve cover gasket, brakes (rotors & pads), wheel bearings, tires, alignment, sway bar linkage, window regulators, steering shock, headrest guides. All electronics work perfectly including orginal Becker radio, sunroof, seatbelt extenders, antenna. Remote locking, alarm, 6 disc CD changer. Beautiful!

I haven’t seen one of these for sale with under 50,000 miles for a while, so $22,900 seems pretty fair, especially if it as well documented as the seller describes. This is a lot of car for the money, especially considering this was the most expensive Mercedes-Benz for sale in 1989.

-Paul

Cash for Clunkers Weekend Reading

You may remember my “spirited” post over the Cash for Clunkers program a little while back.

Well as a follow up here is the official government list of  cars sent to their deaths through the program.

Of note are the 63 BMW 6 series cars, including 13 635csi models, a 850i, a M3, and a M5.

Mercedes suffered as well, can you imagine over 100 560SEC s crushed? That is literally tons of usable parts from one of the greatest Benz engines gone. Looks like 11 Merc V12 engines also have made their last trip. No wonder parts are so expensive. A pair of AMG cars, a C36 and a C43, were sent away too and gasp a 500E.

A number of high end Audi models also are on the list and a sprinkling of Porsches.

Most surprising, though not German, on the list is the 1997 Bentley (listed as a Rolls Royce) Continental R and great oogley moogley a Buick GNX, listed under ASC. If that was a true GNX it could have been rolled and burned and still probably brought more than the CFC allowance.

Post your thoughts or interesting finds after you peruse the list.

~Evan