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1981 Mercedes-Benz 280CE 4-speed manual

While visiting the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany back in 2006, perhaps my most favorite exhibit was a collection of brand new 1980s models sitting atop a Mercedes-Benz vehicle carrier. On their way to the hypothetical showroom, it felt as if you were frozen in time. One of the vehicles included in this display was similar to the car you see here, a W123 280CE coupe in this same shade of Orient Red. I couldn’t tell whether it was equipped with a manual gearbox or not, but it was vying for my attention against the metallic blue 230E sedan right behind it. Want a W123 that’s a bit unique? This would certainly be a good option.

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Week In Review

Welcome back to Week in Review, where we recap the last few weeks of vehicles we have featured:

The 1982 BMW 320is did not sell, failing to meet its reserve at $14,200: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

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Heap of the Week: BMW 700 Collection

When considering a restoration project, many things factor into one’s decision. You need to first pick a model that you find particularly interesting or intriguing. For me, that includes choosing something a little outside the mainstream interests. It’s why I prefer the Audi V8 to the S4/S6, for example. It helps if it’s something that you can afford, as well – for example, you could decide to restore a very early 356 Porsche rather than a 911, but if you can’t afford to buy one it’s no good. Then you need to weigh parts availability and cost along with your restoration goals; will this be a driver, a survivor or a 100 point show car? The costs vary for each, as will the amount of detail work involved. For me, while I love to see pristine 100 point show cars, I prefer something that can be driven to the show and home. My Audi, for example, is certainly not pristine – but it also doubles as a track car, and with nearly a quarter million miles on the clock I’m proud of some of its battle scars even if they make me sigh from time to time. So, when something very unique pops up that has potential to be different, special and really stand out from the crowd, I take notice. The 2002ti turbo from Monday is a perfect example of this; a car that needs a tremendous amount of restoration but it really different than everything else out there. In that vein, here’s a collection of the rare, rear-engined BMW 700s in various configurations and states along with a WW2-era 321 chassis. Why limit yourself to only one project when you could have six?

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

The W126 coupe is one of the most graceful designs to come out of Mercedes-Benz in years. This car is certain to be a Pebble Beach contender in another few years, given the tendency of Mercedes’ coupe models to become highly-sought after collectibles. This car is a cream puff, with under 80,000 miles and longtime ownership by the first owner. It has only recently changed hands and although there is no bidding activity as of yet, I can see this car fetching the low teens for a final price. Handsome, powerful, reliable – aside from a set of Euro lights and painted wheels versus chrome, not much I’d change here.

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1999 BMW M3 with 28,000 Miles

When we featured last week’s super low mileage E36 M3 convertible, most of you agreed that the automatic was a huge strike against an otherwise remarkably original car. Although this 1999 M3 coupe brings several desirable qualities to the table, such as a hardtop and manual transmission mated to the S52 – and has similarly impressive low-mileage – there are again, questions. The hood insulation was ripped apart by critters while in storage; first gear is “notchy” with no explanation offered; and the beautiful Fiske wheels are mounted to tires that need to be replaced. Then there’s all the random damage and paint work, which seems extreme for a car that has mostly been in storage as of late and seen low-use. Could just be bad luck, but hopefully the maintenance on this one has been strong to make up for all of its run-ins. Hats off to the seller for being upfront.


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