You learn something new every day: Desert Taupe is a completely unknown color to me, at least until I stumbled upon this eBay listing for a clean 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300CE coupe. I have a hard time distinguishing it from similar colors with demographic-friendly names like “Tan” and “Beach Party Moonlight” (think Volvo 240 and Scion tC owners, respectively), but the seller claims it’s a shade different enough that it’s considered quite rare. Color aside, this W124 looks well-maintained and the later polished alloys are a nice visual upgrade – now, it just needs a set of H&Rs to settle down that monster-truck stance.
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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.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280CE on eBay
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?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW 700 Collection on eBay
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.