1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet with 6,348 miles

Ever been out shopping and you impulse bought a shirt, wore it a few times, then it sat in the back of your closet for many years? Then finally one day you rid yourself of that shirt because you wanted it gone without too much hassle? Well, that’s what we have today. Only it’s not a shirt, but a highly desirable Mercedes-Benz.  Imagine living in a world where in 1995 you drive down to your local Mercedes-Benz dealer, purchase a car for $79,000 ($125,000 in today’s money), put a few thousand miles on it, then seemingly forget about it. Situations like this still blow my mind.

This 1995 E320 Cabriolet for sale in, you guessed it, California, was sitting at an estate with four flat tires for over ten years. It had only 6,300 miles before being noticed then rescued by the seller. It received a careful examination and full rehab before being listing for sale ready for a new owner. Much like the 1,300 mile 1982 240D I looked at last week, this is essentially a brand new car. So with nice examples of these cars with over 100,000 miles still selling for prices in the mid-teens, how much will this one bring? I might have an answer.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

Year: 1995
Model: E320 Cabriolet
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 6,348 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

This an amazing find, and the cleanest Mercedes I’ve ever seen outside of a new car showroom. It’s an almost mint condition 1995 Mercedes E320 convertible coupe with only 6,384 miles on it and one prior owner. It was stored its entire life in a perfectly conditioned garage, and wasn’t driven the last 10-12 years before I got it. This car is in amazing condition, down to the still legible paper price-tag style stickers clearly visible on the brake heat shields, and all the paint markings on the undercarriage from original assembly at the factory. The seats are soft and supple leather, as new, with no cracks or visible wear, at all. This is possibly the only W124 convertible E320 in the country with such amazing original paint and interior leather upholstery and wood and fabric soft top. It truly may be the finest Mercedes E320 convertible in the country, in all respects. What is most remarkable about this E320 is the incredible condition it’s in without any kind of restoration. The beautiful paint hasn’t even been polished, just washed and waxed. (I apologize in advance to the high bidder on the higher mileage, less desirable, ’94 Mercedes E320 convertible that won last week for $40k, I couldn’t get this car ready for sale in time.)

My father in law has a custom gate building and repair business here in San Diego, and he saw this Mercedes E320 in a garage, with another car, while repairing the front gate of a property that turned out to be a summer vacation mansion. The conservatorship wanted to be rid of it, and no one knew the last time it had been run, or if it even ran, at all. On the day I went to look at the cars, one of the owner’s long time house staff was there, and she told me she couldn’t even remember the last time the owner had been to the house, but guessed it must have been at least 10 years. The E320’s registration sticker was from 2007, and even though it is now registered through 2018, the 2018 sticker is unapplied, in case the next owner would like it to be stickered in 2007, as found. The other car was newer, and had 30,000 miles, so it was obvious this E320 had been the ‘go for a nice drive’ car. Both cars had been wired with battery isolater switches, furthering the vacation home and not often driven story. The E320 was covered in dust, and had been sitting so long that the tires were flat, the fuel had turned to varnish, and the battery was dead. I had high hopes for its condition, as everything from wiper blades to radiator hoses, vacuum hoses, and even the serpentine belt were in perfect, soft, new looking condition. The undercarriage is still coated in a newly applied looking clean, yellow, hard grease, factory applied to protect it from corrosion, I’ve read. When I took the wheels off to replace the tires, there are even paper price gun parts inventory stickers that are still clearly legible on both rear brake disc heat shields. Also, throughout the suspension and undercarriage, the hand applied paints done by workers at the factory, indicating a certain procedure in the manufacturing process had been completed, are all still there and look brand new. After I got this car home, I was very careful not to put electricity to the car before I completely went through the fuel system. I drained the fuel tank, replaced the battery, fuel pump, and fuel filter (all with new MB parts), changed the oil and other fluids, and it fired right up once everything was ready. It is truly incredible how perfectly and smoothly this car drives, after all these years. Brakes work great, transmission shifts smoothly, everything feels perfect. Every single switch and knob works, the top cycles very smoothly open and shut, the doors open and close perfectly with that remarkable Mercedes feel, the trunk and hood open and close perfectly, the windows roll up and down like new, all the vacuum operated accessories work, the A/C even blows ice cold! I did have to put on new tires, as the others had cracked sidewalls from going flat. I have pics of the sidewall lettering neatly transferred to the clean garage floor where the car sat for 10+ years. I re-registered and smogged the car, detailed it inside and out, and then immediately put it in storage. It will stay in storage, and is not being driven, so the car should have less than 6,390 miles at the end of the auction. I think I have driven it a total of 15 miles to get it to a smog shop and into storage, since I purchased and towed the car home. The original manual and paperwork is with the car, in excellent condition. The only flaw I can find on the entire car is a small tear in the headliner where the original owner let the headliner get pinched by the power latch mechanism that closes the convertible top lid. I can’t justify keeping this superb car for myself, as it is far too nice to be driven on a regular basis. It really belongs in a collection, and I no longer collect cars I can’t drive, every day.

Please read this complete agreement for the auction before bidding. If you bid, you will be agreeing to the following terms of sale. All inspections are welcome, and encouraged, either by potential bidders or their representatives, by appointment. I will be happy to demonstrate that the car runs great, and drives, but just around the storage facility (it is too rare in its current condition to be casually driven on the road). Upon winning this auction, a non-refundable good will deposit of $1000 is due within 24 hours, and may be paid by Paypal, or the winning bid is considered void. The balance remaining must be paid within 7 days, and may only be paid by cashier’s check, or money order. If these conditions are not met within the time frame above allotted the car will be retained, the deposit kept, and the car free to sell to another buyer. This car will, under no condition, be released to the winning bidder, or the title signed over, until all funds for the car have been deposited and cleared into the account of the seller. Due to the collectible nature of this car, and its extremely low miles and superb condition, there will be no test drives allowed until funds for the car have cleared the bank, and it has become the property of the next owner. I’m not even allowing myself to drive this beautiful car. The car was registered on 18 April, and the CA DMV typically takes two to four weeks to send a new title. If the title is not in hand when the car is sold, a CA DMV service can file transfer of ownership to another CA resident, or if an out of CA buyer, a CA bill of sale can be completed, and the title signed and overnight Fedexed to the new owner the same day it arrives to me. I am also happy to sign any bill of sale supplied by the buyer, as long as it is factual. Either way, the car will be released and provided with a CA DMV bill of sale (or buyer supplied bill of sale, if asked) once the purchase funds have cleared the bank, and the title can be signed and overnight Fedexed the same day it arrives here from the DMV, if it comes after car is sold and released. I am a ship captain, and as such, subject to an unusual schedule. In my absence, my wife will be handling all affairs regarding this sale, and may be contacted in the same manner as myself. Buyer is responsible for any and all shipping arrangements and costs. I can be reached with any and all questions, and for appointments to see this E320, at captaingeoff@msn.com. Thank you, and happy bidding!

I don’t need to repeat everything the seller laid out about the condition of this car. In fact, I’m a little surprised how well it held up being in California its entire life. San Diego county isn’t exactly Death Valley, but unless this car was sitting in a dark garage constantly I thought I’d see some kind of wear seeing as even with its low mileage. It is still a 22-year old car after all.

So how much will this car bring? Believe it or not, a 1994 E320 Cabriolet with 7,200 miles in an almost identical color combination sold a few weeks ago for $40,000. That car was located in northern Michigan and garnered seven bids from seven different bidders. I was surprised it ended that high given the Smoke Silver Metallic paint (beige in my eyes) and the location of the car. This being a California car for sale in an affluent area with the rare brown top (not the usual black) might mean the bidding will top that $40,000 we saw a few weeks ago. It’s already past the $25,000 mark with four days to go with what looks like more than a few bidders involved. I’ll be keeping an eye on this car one on the final day because it might set the new high water mark for E320 Cabriolets.

– Andrew

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300CE-24 Lotec

The Mercedes-Benz E-class coupe isn’t what you’d consider sporty, but it didn’t try a few tuners from having a crack at it when this car when it debuted in the late 1980s. While there were numerous Lorinser and AMG variants on the scene, the tuner Lotec is a much less known commodity, a firm based out of Kolbermoor, Germany that got its start with Formula V. Fast forward to the 1990s and they were busy cranking up the volume on production Mercedes-Benzes, along with the production of a supercar, the C1000 and numerous turbo kits for Ferraris. The company took time out, however, to tune this impressive 1992 300CE-24 that is for sale in Nuremberg.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300CE-24 Lotec on Mobile.de

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Tuner Tuesday – Hammertime: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300CE AMG 6.0 Widebody

There are the pretenders, and then there’s the Daddy. Or, in this case, there’s the Hammer. No other widened car in the 1980s was able to capture the imagination and hearts of so many enthusiasts as the W124 Coupes, and there were plenty to choose from. From DP’s shovel-nosed 911s to the straked Koenig creations, most of them were cool in an outrageous way but never pretty. AMG broke with that tradition, creating elegant lines that accentuated the design rather than underscoring the tacked-on nature of period modifications. The integration of the slick widened panels, perfectly matching wheels and upgraded interiors was met under the hood by another buck in 1980s tradition. As tuners like Dinan, Ruf, Alpina, Callaway, Abt and others all experimented with increasing power through turbocharging, AMG went old school with a monster motor. Rated at somewhere around 380 horsepower, the M117/9 four cam V8 provided the motivation to match the looks of the bespoiled W124. On top of all of this, you got Mercedes-Benz legendary bomb-proof build quality. The result was one of the best all around packages any modified car has ever come to market with:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300CE AMG 6.0 Widebody on Autoleitner

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1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

Maybe I’m getting old, but I yearn quite often for the Mercedes-Benzes from the 1980s and 1990s. Having grown up in a family that had a 190E 2.6 and a 400E, both of 1992 vintage, I miss the tank-like quality of these cars. These cars always struck me as interesting since they weren’t a boring drive, but didn’t have much in the way of sporting intentions. After driving my parent’s 2000 C280 on a trip home this weekend, the merits of these older Mercs are clear. Thirteen years and 105,000 miles never felt so good.

One of my favorite and most overlooked Benzes from the 1990s is the W124 coupe. Sold in small numbers stateside, they aren’t very flashy for a two-door, but have a simple elegance about them which exudes good taste. This E320 coupe for sale in Illinois is a low mileage survivor that personifies personal luxury.

Year: 1994
Model: E320 Coupe
Engine: 3.2 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 64,600
Price: $13,500

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe on AutoTrader

Rare 1994 Mercedes E320 Coupe, all options, automatic climate control, seat belt assist front seats, power antenna, premium sound, sunroof, Mercedes factory phone. It is hard to find E320 Coupes. Many Convertibles are listed but a coupe is very rarely up for sale. The engine and trasmission run great and shift seamlessly. The interior and all wood is in excellent condition inside this vehicle. Even the trunk mat is clean with no stains, A/C ice cold, always garaged, looks & drives great. Must see, interior like new, title in hand, well maintained.

As a general rule of thumb, the convertibles and 500E/E500 über sedans are the most highly valued W124s. The coupes can bring a little bit more than the estates, and the estates a bit more than the sedans. Since there were so few sold here, the coupes are fairly hard to come across. Nevertheless, $10,000 to $12,000 about the high mark for these cars, barring an exceptional car that might have around 20,000 to 30,000 miles. The 1995 E320 Estate we featured last week sold for $9,600, so I’d say were somewhere up around the $10,000 mark or so as a realistic value for this E320.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

If someone told me that I could have any car made in the last 30 years in factory fresh condition, a W124 Mercedes-Benz would be high on my list. When I was younger, my father had a 1992 400E and I remember the car fondly. Not only was it built like a bank vault, but this was the first year for the 4.2 liter V8. The car was quite the Q-ship and spanked quite a few people off the line at lights. While it wasn’t the bahn stormer 500E/E500, the 400E proved to be a very capable cruiser. I might have made a few modifications, however, and those would have included wider tires to help put the power down a bit better along with uprated brakes.

Another W124 favorite of mine was the coupe. Sold in small numbers from 1988 through 1995, these were offered in the US solely with inline six cylinder power. With Mercedes’ classic pillarless coupe design, these were a go to car for those who wanted personal luxury that was a bit more subdued than what BMW or Porsche had on offer at the time. This E320 Coupe for sale in Massachusetts has a tick over 18,000 miles on the clock and does its best to blend in with the Smoke Silver paintwork.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 on eBay

1994 Mercedes Benz 124 chassis E320 coupe, 702 Smoke Silver with cream beige leather upholstery, only 18,500 miles, 3.2 litre 217hp in-line 6 cylinder engine, automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes, climate control, “all” power convenience options, factory sunroof, optional ASR traction control, heated front seats, original Becker radio, original owner’s manuals and spare keys, one of 825 E320 coupes imported in 1994. Nationwide and international delivery arranged from our suburban Boston showroom. We reserve the right to end the auction early if the reserve has not been met.

This car is being offered by a prominent classic car dealer outside of Boston that I am familiar with. It has been for sale for a few months and the price was recently been dropped by over $6,000. In fact, they have two other low mileage W124s for sale, a 1995 E420 and a 1995 E320 estate. Both were reduced in price as well. While all three of these W124s are fantastic machines, I probably wouldn’t spend over $15,000 for any of them, even if they are as close to new as you can get. Chalk it up to market reality and the fact that I don’t have money to burn.

-Paul