“Bad Dad.” “SLMDWGN.” “MINIWHAT.” Oh, sorry – you caught me imagining what vanity plate I’d throw on the back of this Mercedes-Benz 300TE. I’m not even a father but I would rock that plate. This is why I love old-school Benzes and AMG wheels. They go so well together! There are scant few combinations that take such little effort to put together and deliver such stunning results. I believe the seller’s claims that this was a one-owner car before his ownership as it looks dang clean and the amount of money he’s thrown at it at least indicates to me he saw it as a worthwhile example to invest in. Regardless, the fact that it can look this good with a mere adjustment of the SLS is pretty killer, and all it needs is some European glass headlights to round this perfect cruiser out to perfection. One more: “3RDROWNED.”
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The Mercedes-Benz 500E is a car which needs no introduction to the fans of GCFSB. We feature the model on a regular basis; as one of the most popular super-sedans produced by Mercedes, we’re always glad to see a very mint condition, low mileage model and hopeful for a steal when we see less pristine examples. The possibility always exists that one will sneak in at a cut-rate – a model that has higher miles and a small list of needs, for example, that will allow for a more reasonable purchase price. But as we pine and search for values on the 500E/E500 market, ironically we seem to ignore the model which replaced it in spirit; the E55 AMG. Part of that comes down to both the real and perceived gap in quality between the W124 and the W210 chassis; however, what is undeniable is what that equates to in the real world. Find a not-perfect, higher mile 500E today and you’ll be looking at around $10,000 or more while a mint condition, low mile E55 AMG is available for around the same amount. Which is the better proposition?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay
I’ve been seeing some insane E63 Wagons around town, and every time it blows my mind that that’s the way that some young families get to soccer practice in the Bay Area. I even saw a matte titanium gray S-edition street-parked in Palo Alto. They’ve been called “überexclusive,” but that doesn’t seem to apply in the land of tech. Over 500 twin-turbocharged horses in a station wagon sounds like a tuner magazine article, but it’s real, warrantied, production car life these days. While the transition to all-wheel drive may have snuffed the burnouts, I’d be dishonoring my nature to think that 0-60 in under 4 seconds in a wagon is anything less than true badassery.
Click for details: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 Estate on eBay
In the movie “Spinal Tap”, the character Nigel Tufnel displays his specially made Marshall amplifier to the film director. “As you can see”, he explains, “the numbers all go to eleven – right across the board.” “Does that mean it’s louder?” asks Rob Reiner. Nigel retorts “What we do is if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do? 11, exactly. One louder.” Frankly, with AMG’s “Black Series” cars, they are already Mercedes-Benz models that are operating fully at “10” – but that doesn’t stop many enterprising individuals from turning them up one notch or more. A case in point is today’s 2008 CLK63 AMG Black Series – a serious car right out of the starting blocks, the 6.2 liter M156 V8 is an absolute monster with 500 horsepower and nearly matching torque. Having driven a similarly motored SLS, the speed is effortless and immediate – the sound, incredible. There is literally no point when driving one when you think “you know what, this car really needs 200-300 horsepower more”. Yet as if to out-AMG AMG, the nutters at Weistec added a supercharger – with variable power from 600-800 horsepower, it’s capable of creating a 9-second quarter mile luxury Benz. Insane? Yep:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLK63 AMG Black Series on eBay
Is it just me or is this an awful lot of car for the money? I haven’t tracked the R129 market closely, but a low-mileage, late-production SL600 with the V12 and panoramic roof seems like a great way to combine open-top cruising with all-weather comfort, thanks to the glass hardtop. In terms of the seller’s comments about the color, I can’t say I disagree – I’ve never seen one stateside in this color combo. This only adds to my level of enchantment with this droptop Benz, which often seems a bit unloved in terms of other topless Mercedes. I’m not crazy about the chrome AMG wheels, but that’s easily reversible. All in all, I’m generally not a convertible guy, but if I had to spend $20K on one, there are very few others that appeal to me at that price point. And if the next owner doesn’t reside in California, the only other state that seems suitable is Florida – an ideal setting for the wind to ruffle some blue hairs.