1995 Mercedes Benz C36 AMG in Red

Not many of the 5200 C36 cars produced were in red. This model with 166,000 miles on it still looks nice and bright. The seller wants $5,000 to take it home. Not a bad price for what some consider the successor to the sporty 190E 2.5-16v. 1997 is the best year of the C36, but the earlier models, like this 1995, were just as exciting under the hood with nearly 300 horsepower from the M3 fighting inline 6. For a car with some hand built AMG craftsmanship the price seems like a bargain, however you may actually have some room to negotiate as high mileage C36s in more standard silver and black do change hands for less. The fact that this car has dealer service records, if they check out, it is worth paying the full $5k ask. The car is on Craigslist LA for $5,500. This C36 also seems to have avoided boy racer add-ons that clutter up the wolf in sheep’s clothes intention. People will look back at the C36 as one of grandfathers of what took AMG from specialty tuner to more mainstream masses.

~Evan

2005 Mercedes CLK DTM AMG

This week for my post representing what would be awesome to have delivered to my garage by Santa the first thing that came to my mind was CLK DTM. I looked for several days and didn’t see what I wanted, after all they only made 100 of these and I want a silver one.
Then call it a holiday miracle one pops up for sale today on eBay.

This isn’t the most beautiful car in the world, but it is guaranteed to catch people’s eye with its muscular stance. The bulging fenders, deep bumper vents, and big spoiler all speak to the purpose of this machine. The supercharged 5.5 liter puts out almost 600 horsepower, more than its namesake Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters race car. The number is deceiving since many AMG cars these days make so much horsepower, and though not a lightweight the DTM does come in on the scale under most other recent AMG vehicle.

The DTM’s weight is partly due to the retained interior comfort features. It does lose the rear seat in favor of an integrated stiffening strut and typical cushy Mercedes front seats are skipped out for significantly racier models with harnesses. A good amount of carbon fiber also helps with weight reduction. Its 220MPH speedometer might help you impress the parking lot crowd. The paddle shift five speed lets you impress those in the passenger seat as you skip to 60 in under 4 seconds on your way to a 200MPH top speed.

The CLK DTM represents some of the rawest most exclusive Mercedes power to ever hit the streets. Not quite on the same level of outrageousness as the CLK GTR, but with far better usability. You can find this kind of power elsewhere for far less money, for instance
with 6000 miles is pushing 645 horsepower and it costs “only” $98,900. You can even spend $100,000 less and still get a brand new top of line AMG, but it won’t be as special as one of these.

This dealer is asking $374,900 for the 3500 mile car. That is a hefty premium for rarity. Plus some people might mistake it for a “typical” AMG car or one of the few boy racer clone DTMs that are out there. Cars like these don’t change hands all that often so sellers can ask whatever they want. Fortunately a new owner would be able to drive the car around for awhile and then name his own price. If you are a convertible driver you can keep browsing the classifieds as they built 80 topless models too, though they have a limited top speed slightly lower than the hardtop. Seeing a car like this with the top down and the giant spoiler looks very odd. All is forgiven with a blip of the throttle and the awesome exhaust note.

I hope Santa has a big sleigh.

~Evan

1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

The C43 and C55 W202 Mercedes-Benzes were popular enthusiast hot rods, mainly because they matched massive V8 power in a small, relatively unassuming package. They also tend to overshadow the first collaboration between AMG after it became an in-house tuner, the C36. Packing a bored out, 3.6 straight six good for 276 horsepower. Here’s a clean example for sale up in Wisconsin with a relatively low 72,000 miles.

The seller states:

This is a very limited edition, ultra rare 1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG, 72k miles, silver metallic with black leather, brand new tires just installed, all serviced up and ready to enjoy or put it away and let it appreciate!

This car is impossible to find ESPECIALLY with such low mileage. It is right out of the owners personal collection and is very hard to find, especially with such low miles! Only a couple things to note; A/C blows warm, will need a charge and some of the wheels have some clear coat peeling. Everything else works as it should. Comes with 1 key and remote.

With only 5,200 C36 AMG models produced, you surely won’t see yourself coming and going in this car. Then again, for not much more money, you could have the later V8 version. But it won’t ever have the title of being the car that started the AMG craze that has been going strong for the last 15 years.

-Paul

2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG

Every time I see the recent Mercedes-Benz commercial with Santa riding off in the red SL63, it gets me in the mood for a red Mercedes roadster. And here we have a tasty, red, first generation AMG SLK right in time for the holidays. This example has just under 35,000 miles on the clock. The SLK32 packed the 3.2 liter supercharged V6 which was shared with the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 coupe and roadster.

Not much of a description is given by the seller, but from the pictures and the mileage, it looks as if it was well cared for. Provided there are no issues and a clean service record, this could be a good, lightly used bargain for under $20,000.

-Paul

1999 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

I continue to be inspired to research cars I see on the street. I walked past a C43 the other day and was impressed by the many little changes that give it an air of muscularity not present in the C-class until recently. Add to that the fact that it was the first V8-powered C as well as the first Mercedes to be completely assembled at AMG after Daimler gained total ownership in 1998, and this is an unassuming but rather special Benz. The 4.3 liter’s 306hp is tame by today’s insane nuclear-proliferation style power wars, but when you realize that it’ll do 181 miles per hour when delimited, it becomes clear just how adequate that much power can be.

The C-class is often overlooked when it comes to AMG badassness, but reviewing the numbers for this car makes me think that a Buy-it-Now of less than $10k, and with just 74k miles, this is a good deal. It may not be the most stylish Benz, and obviously not the fastest compared to the insane modern-day equivalent, but I’m betting even M-Bs invasive traction control can’t stop the 4.3 from having some fun with rear tires. I’d be interested to hear if anyone knows of reliability problems with these, but I’m guessing the V8 is plenty robust, giving this C43 the potential for a lot of fun miles out of the AMG bargain bin.

-NR

2003 Mercedes S55 AMG Kleeman headers pulley upgrade

We see a lot of fairly new cars that just get crushed with depreciation. That leaves some great opportunities for secondhand buyers.

This 2003 S55 had an M.S.R.P. north of $100,000 and now can be had for $22,500. 75,000 miles on the car, which looks pretty clean. The interior looks great considering its light color.

With the addition of a Eurocharged 180mm pulley, Kleeman headers and tune added to the already potent supercharged engine, your probably looking at close to 550 horsepower and gobs of torque.

Sure you could buy yourself a nice brand new car with a warranty for this price, but it certainly won’t have the presence of this top of the heap German luxury sedan. If you don’t mind paying top dollar here is another chance for instant gratification for the holidays.

~Evan

1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 AMG rebuilt to perfection

Most of the 2.3-16s I see are surprisingly dirty. It seems like they’re taken care of like any other 190E, left to get rained on and crapped on by birds, bleached by the sun with the self-leveling suspension sagging. This owner apparently took exception with that frame of mind and approached his Benz as if it were already the 40 year-old classic it will surely become. A top-to-bottom rebuild has left no stone unturned, and the results are impressive.

The seller’s description in all caps so you can read it better:

I START MY RE-BUILD BACK ON 2006 DECEMBER TILL 2008 JULY, IN A SHOP CALL BERGAN IMPORTS IN NEW JERSEY ( PALISADE PARK), THEY ONLY WORK ON GERMANY CARS ONLY. MY TOTAL COST WITH INVOICE OF PAYMENT IS ABOUT US$28000.00 AND WITH OUT INVOICE LIKE THE 17″ OEM AMG MONO BLOCK, ALARM, CENTRE CONSOLE AND MANY EXTRA PART IS ABOUT USD$8000.00 OR MORE WHICH DOES NOT INCLUDE THE BUYING PRICE OF THE VEHICLE OF USD$6500.00 WITH THE TOTAL OF ABOUT US$ 42500 OR MORE.

WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO THE ENGINE: (COST ABOUT USD$10000.00)
IF NEEDED I CAN SEND YOU A COPY OF IT , BECAUSE IS TOO LONG TO LIST EVENTHING, BUT NOT ONLY THE ENGINE, LIKE THE CLIMATE BLOWER MOTOR, TIMING CHAIN, ALL 16 VALVE , TIMING CHAIN GUIDE AND RAIL , WATER PUMP, ALL RUBBER HOSE AND ALL SEAL, AND THE AIR IS UPGRADE TO R134, AND THE TEMP SENSOR IS BEEN UPGRADE ( NORMAL TEMP IS 110c FOR A 190E AND THE NEW SENSOR ONLY RUN IN BETWEEN 85c ~95c ONLY) AND THE TRAN HAS BEEN RE-BUILD TOO, CHANGE GEAR IS VERY SMOOTH.

EXTERIOR : ( COST ABOUT USD$12000.00)
ALL THE OLD PAINT GET SAND OFF AND RE-PRIME, THE REAR QUART L+ R + CENTRE PANEL IS BRAND NEW DUE TO THE RUST ON THE L+R CONER OF THE REAR WINDOW AND THIS IS NORMAL TO A 190E, ALL OF THEM ARE LIKE THIS, BUT I DON’T LIKE TO SAND OFF THE RUST AS I KNOW IT WILL COME BACK AFTER A YEAR OR TWO, SO I JUST REPLACE IT AND THE CAR ALSO GET A NEW UNDER COATING ON ALL FENDER TO MAKE SURE IT WILL PROTECT AGAIN THE RAINING. AND THERE ARE A LIST OF NEW PART WHEN THE TIME I DID THE BODY WORK.

1/ BRAND NEW EURO HEADLIGHT WITH 8000K HID KIT, SIDE MARKER, SMOKE TAILLIGHT.
2/ BRAND NEW FRONT GRILL + BLUE LOGO + STAR ON THE GRILL
3/ FRONT & REAR BUMPER RUBBER
4/ ALL DOOR RUBBER SEAL+ KNOB ON THE DOOR ARM.
5/ REAR TRUNK SEAL
6/ FRONT WINDOW + REAR WINDOW SEAL.
7/ ALL DOOR HANDLE SEAL.
8/ A PAIR OF OEM SPORTLINE BADGE ( VERY HARD TO FIND COST US$ 250.00)
9/ ALL THE TRIM LIKE THE DOOR HANDLE, WINDOW TRIM , WIPER ARM IS PAINTED TO MAT BLACK.

ABOUT THE CHASSIS: (COST ABOUT USD$ 5700.00)
1/ ALL CONTROL ARM, TIE-ROD, SWAR BAR BRUSH ARE NEW.
2/ ALL SHOCK ARE NEW, AND THE REAR IS THE OEM SELF LEVELING SYSTEM SHOCK COST ME USD$ 1500.00 A PAIR.
3/ ABOUT THE SPRING IS OEM EURO SPEC VERSION, IT LOWER ABOUT 1.5″ BUT THE CAR DRIVER LIKE A STOCK FEEL.
4/ 17″ OEM AMG MONO BLOCK F: 7.5″ R: 8.5″.
5/ THE CENTREL & REAR MUFFLER IS BRAND NEW OEM .
6/ NEW 4 ROTOR, PADS, AND BRAKE LINE.
( THE CAR DRIVE LIKE IT IS A BRAND NEW CAR, NO FUNNY NOISE AT ALL )

INTERIOR: (COST ME ABOUT USD$8000.00)
1/ ALL 4 DOOR PANEL IS BRAND NEW OEM, NO RE-COVER AT ALL.
2/ ALL 4 HEADREST AND SEAT ARE BRAND NEW OEM LEATHER ONLY.
3/ ALPINE CD PLAYER WITH ALL NEW SPEAKER + 400 WATT AMP
4/ OEM BRAND NEW CENTRE CONSOLE.
5/ OEM AMG STEERING WHEEL.(HARD TO FIND COST USD$550.00)
6/ BRAND NEW STOP WATCH ( LOCAL ON THE CENTRE CONSOLE)
7/ BRAND NEW OEM SHIFT KNOB( VERY HARD TO FIND)
8/ CLIFFORD ALARM WITH PAGER.

Earlier in his ad he explains why he chose the 2.3-16 to rebuild as opposed to an E30 M3, and while his reasoning is thin (fewer made), it brings up some pretty interesting value judgments that enthusiasts are going to start facing as these cars continue to get older, gain popularity, and become more rare. The bidding is starting at about $12k, though from his description it seems like he’s looking for upwards of 3 or 4 times that amount. While it’s only covered 2k miles since the rebuild and is a beautiful car (especially on those monoblocks!), if he really expects to recoup his approximation of $42.5k, I think he might be a little optimistic. The seller should either wait a decade or be ready to accept about half of what he put into this attractive rebuild.

-NR

“Time Warp” 55k-mile 2001 AMG E55

There aren’t a lot of better ways to get in on some classy German V8 action than the W210 E55. Plenty of power and timeless looks generate nostalgia for the last time German uber-sedans were simple. This example has covered fewer miles than its moniker and it shows.

From the seller:

Up for sale is a gorgeous Silver E55 AMG – an autobahn stormer in a gentleman’s suit. The handbuilt AMG engine is magnificent and very responsive. This car has been garaged and well maintained with all service records. It drives as nice as my wife’s 2010 Mercedes, which is a testament to how well built these machines are. 1 prior elderly gentleman owner prior to me. I have all the service records and original window sticker with a $70,000 + pricetag. In my exhaustive search for the perfect E55, none of the others that I drove have come close to the caliber of this car. The new owner gets two sets of keys.

MECHANICAL: The magnifient E55 AMG handbuilt engine sounds amazing and is just as responsive as the day it left the factory. It drives amazingly well, thanks to religious servicing. It handles just as well. No rattles. Dealer serviced, and I have the service records. In addition to routine servicing, some major items are as follows –
18k mi – AC blower motor replaced under warranty. AC works great.
37k mi – replaced throttle actuator and EGR valves and gaskets, shift linkage bushings, lower control arm bushings – $1320

EXTERIOR: Gorgeous Brilliant Silver paint (744) is in excellent shape. Garage kept, without dings. A few small scratches on the rear bumper. NO rust and flood issues.
– 18″ AMG wheels with Michelin Pilot Sports II with 80% tread depth. A few small scratches on the wheel lips, but not too unsightly.
– Xenon Headlights with no yellowing on the headlights.
– Was in a fender bender years ago, where the right front fender was expertly repaired.

INTERIOR: The two-tone leather is in excellent shape. No tears or bolster wear. The interior has very little wear. The rear seats were barely used. The carpets are in great shape.
– The dark wood accents are in great shape. No cracks in the dash.
– 6 disc trunk changer works great.
– Headliner is in perfect shape.
– Sunroof works perfectly, but the sliding panel is slightly loose. Still slides back and forth. Mild wear on the steering wheel controls.

In summary, you are getting a well cared for low mileage example that will continue to provide years of driving pleasure. Remember that while this car is in amazing shape, it is not new. The only reason I am selling it is that we just closed on a real estate deal, and I need to free up some cash. I am also going to be selling my 1997 Porsche 911 c4s.

Reserve not met around $10k at time of writing. I love the interior, the silver exterior is classic, and in reality getting it for under $15k would be reasonable. If it stays lower, it’ll be a downright deal with so few miles. It’d certainly look like more than $15k hauling ass down the freeway.

-NR

Killer deal on a clean 1986 Cossy 190E

We’re familiar enough with the Mercedes-Benz AMG 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth, a car who predated the current fancy-car trend of verbose hyphenated names by 25 years.  Overshadowed by BMW’s E30 M3 response 2 years later, it’s still a hot piece of 80s German race machinery.  What really struck me about this ad is the offer from the seller to take it to a mechanic and knock the cost of whatever mechanical repairs are needed off the price.  Essentially a guarantee that you’ll get a 2.3-16 in great running shape for the advertised $5800, a low price to start with.

1986 Mercedes-Benz AMG 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth for sale on Craigslist SF

Seller’s description:

1986 Cosworth Mercedes 2.3-16 valve. 134 k mi, one of the 1800 legally imported in1986-87, second owner, no rust or accidents, good condition, new head gasket, fuel pump, timing chain, clutch, exhaust including preconverters. Getrag 5 speed manual. A lot of assorted new parts. Runs well. Rear shocks new, but not OEM. Ambient air gauge and cruise control don’t work. $5800 or BO. We can take the car to the dealer for inspection, any cost of mechanical repairs (if needed) I will gladly subtract from asking price.

There aren’t a ton of pictures to get an idea of the overall superficial condition, but with the list of recent maintenance and mechanical guarantee, I see this as a pretty mind-blowing deal as Cosworth’s regularly go for $10-15k.  It’s not as sexy as an Evo and doesn’t stray to far from a standard 190E, but that’s ok with me with the racing pedigree and money that will be left over for upgrades should you choose to go that route.  If anyone out there is actually in the market for one of these, I’d highly recommend contacting this seller.

-NR

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 for sale

The W210 Mercedes E-Class represents one of the first times I started seeing M-B as capable of the bruce I knew so well from their Bavarian counterparts.  The sport-edition E430 certainly looked the part with some slick 5 spokes and near-AMG body kit, but the real beast of the litter- subtly aggressive on the outside and packing tire-roasting torque on the inside- was the E55.  Now, some may scoff at its 349hp, 5.4L V8, but realize that we live in the most golden age of horsepower wars. Though it even gave up some power to its contemporary M5, the tides were reversed when it came to torque, making this a true muscle car from the great Hammer tradition.

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 for sale

This one comes in clean silver, showing off the well-shaped hood and clean lines front to back.  It has 133k miles and a less-than-descriptive listing so it could use a thorough pre-sale inspection, but it looks to be in good condition inside and out and is priced at a mere $10,000.  For 10 grand, you’ve got your own German ape-in-a-business suit, ready to spin those AMG monoblocks and look classy doing it.

-NR