Garage-survivor 1957 BMW 503 Coupe for sale

Today on “Unknown BMWs,” we have the 1957 503 Coupe, the little brother to the famous 507. Introduced at the 1955 Frankfurt Auto Show, just 413 were made by the end of the decade. Less performance-oriented than the 507 but maintaining clean 50s-coupe lines, this is a cool vintage 2+2. Even better is that this example has been in storage for 40 years. It sounds like it’s mechanically sound but will probably need a little more love, but it seems close to being a clean and very rare, very pretty BMW.

1957 BMW 503 Coupe for sale on eBay

At a glance from the seller:

This car has been in storage since 1971

Solid rust free car with original paint. Paint has had some touch up.
Original leather interior.
39,111 original miles.
Same owner since 1962.
Factory V8 with twin 2 barrel carbs.
3 speed transmission.
Engine runs great. Transmission feels good. Some noise coming out of the rear end.
All new radial white wall tires. Wheels were restored.
Brake and clutch system rebuilt and restored.
This is a GREAT SURVIVOR!!

With 3 bids, this classic is up to $76k already. I love how usable it is in 100% original condition, but if you’re spending $100k on a car, it’d be hard to not want it nicer. That’s a decision for a richer man than I, but this is a cool and rare piece of BMW history that is sure to garner some attention for the auction’s winner.

-NR

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Following on to the brutish 1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 featured a few days ago here, I stumbled across one of its ancestors this week. This amazingly original 1978 450SLC coupe. I have to admit that when I was a teenager, it was my dream to own one of these SLCs. I’m not sure why, but I still long after one of these coupes. While Mercedes of this era came in some colors that look a bit dated, the Orient Red with brand new Bamboo interior add to the sheer elegance of this machine.

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC for sale on eBay

You are looking at the best and most beautiful SLC for sale plus she has a brand new factory leather interior and all new carpet that smells brand new.

When the world’s most renowned automobile manufacturer presents the world with an instant classic, maintaining the expectations of enthusiasts can be a rather difficult challenge. Admirers of the 450SLC will feel as if they went back in time when sitting in this car which runs and feels as if it were locked in a time capsule. The new owner of this beautifully preserved SLC will feel as if they have taken a step back in time when sitting in this car which has the feeling of being brand new and still today is in “Showroom Condition” with its brand new factory carpeting and supple Mercedes all leather interior.

The Mercedes 450SLC is a car that stands amongst its peers as an icon and although there were many other style of cars made around this model it is difficult to associate this decade with any other car. The styling of this 450SLC still remains classic, and its interior, while always dignified, was decidedly luxurious. The 450SLC had two doors, a true pillarless hardtop, and seating for four. It was similar to the 450SL but with a longer wheelbase which increased the weight slightly. The rear passengers window is actually a 1/4 window with a louvered panel which provides extra privacy. Production lasted from 1970 through 1981. The 450SLC is renowned for its performance and was constructed by the manufacturer to compete in marathon rallies.

The power comes from a 4.5L V8 engine and an automatic transmission. This car is very well equipped with AM/FM stereo radio w optional cassette which has been updated and restored with the iPhone hook up that is hardwired through glove box. It has climate controlled electronic air conditioning not offered before 1978, cruise control, power steering, power locks, power sunroof, seat belts, leather, chrome wheels, and Michelin MXV radial tires.

The first thing that anyone comments on when noticing this car is the striking color combination of its Orient Red exterior over its Bamboo interior. The paint is gorgeous along with the Mercedes all leather factory interior and brand new Mercedes factory carpeting. If you are reading this, you most likely already know how rare the SLCs are, combine the very few SLCs that are left combined with this striking color combination and you have a very rare car. Most color combinations found for this car are silver, brown or blue. Besides the vehicle looking like it’s in just out of the showroom condition. The vehicle runs and drives absolutely beautiful maintaining its essence of luxury.

A few weeks ago I drove the car from Treasure Island to South Beach a 500 mile round trip get away. I used the cruise control all the way down to Miami and back. Staying cool with the air conditioning on while listening to the stereo, the trip was a breeze to make. The faster I drove the smoother she drove. Quiet and steady. While in south beach I literally could not drive anywhere without a comment or people just continually staring at the car admiring its beauty….

There are two age related items that are very difficult to see even in these pictures, there is a slight hazing at the bottom of the rear window that is approximately 1” wide by 15” long and a slight hazing on the dash both of these items are very difficult to see in the photos.

I have the service records where the car was dealer serviced. It just had a major service and new brakes installed at MB authorized dealer. We all know having a MB dealer serviced is much more expensive because the dealer does preventative maintenance or proactive service, replacing everything and anything before it needs to be. That’s why most vintage MB cars are not serviced by the dealer. I can tell you though it makes a world of difference after years and years when a vintage MB has been serviced by the dealer. Being dealer serviced this car has been maintained as required, that is why there are no issues with this car and everything looks and operates like it should.

This SLC is absolutely amazing given its age and mileage. The seller is wrong in saying production started in 1970, rather, it was two years later when the first SLC appeared. Still, this is another one of those cars that if I had the space and funds, it would be in my collection. The asking price is reasonable given the history, stunning condition and the fact that Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles always command a higher price than their sedan counterparts.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe

I always considered the W140 Mercedes-Benz S Class coupes and sedans as sort of a Concorde moment for the brand. Following up the highly successful act that was the W126 S Class was never going to be easy but with development of the W140 starting in the early 1980s, Mercedes-Benz was determined to make their mark once again in the luxury segment. Reportedly costing over $1 billion USD to develop, this generation of S class introduced new technologies such as Brake Assist, seat occupancy sensors and Electronic Stability Program, which has been licensed to other manufacturers since.

It is still possible to find clean, W140 sedans with low mileage. With only 888 produced for the year 1995 according to The Standard Catalog of Mercedes-Benz, the V8 powered S500 coupe is a rarer beast. I was pleasantly surprised to see this well preserved, three owner example in New Jersey. In classic black, it definitely looks the part.

Mercedes S500 Coupe for sale on eBay

From the seller:

I am a private car collector located in New Jersey and I am selling my pretty rare S 500 Coupe! I searched for this car for two years and looked at over twenty S500 coupes and I finally bought this from another collector of exotic cars in Providence R.I. The original MSRP was $100,275.00 and I have the original invoice.

This car is a 9.5 out of 10 and has never been hit, accident damaged, painted or abused. I am the third owner and it has been garaged kept its entire life. My garaged is climate controlled and I have driven it only on sunny days in the three years that I have owned it.

Hence, the paint is deep and glossy and the interior is immaculate with supple butter soft leather seats. The interior stills has the aroma of new leather!

The options on the window sticker are:

* SRS DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER AIRBAGS
*FRONT SEAT TENSIONERS/KNEEBOLSTERS
*4-WHEEL ANTILOCK POWER DISC BREAKS
*HALOGEN HEAD/FOG LAMPS WITH WASHERS
*HEATED WINDSHIELD WASHING SYSTEM
*HEATED REAR WINDOW/OUSIDE MIRRORS
*AUTO SLIP (ASR)
*4-SPEED AUTO TRANS
*ALLOY WHEELS
*CRUISE CONTROL
*HEATED FRONT SEATS
*REMOTE CENTRAL LOCKING
*ANTI THEFT SYSTEM
*POWER DOOR/TRUNK CLOSING ASSIST
*POWER WINDOWS WITH EXPRESS UP AND DOWN
*POWER STEEL SUNROOF WITH REAR POP UP FEATURE
*POWER TILT TELESCOPIC STEERING WHEEL
*POWER FRONT 12 WAY SEATS/MIRRORS WITH MEMORY
*LEATHER UPPOLSTERY
*FRONT SEATS LUMBAR SUPPORTS
*AUTO CLIMATE CONTROL WITH CHARCOAL FILTER
*AM/FM/WB/CASSETTE RADIO (CD CHANGER READY)
*BOSE BETA SOUND SYSTEM *AUTO ANTENNA
*PREWIRING FOR CELLULAR PHONE

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT:
040 BLACK
261 BLACK SOFT LEATHER
494 CALIF EMMISSION CONTROL EQUIP

THe S500 would surely represent a better investment than the more complex S600, which could bankrupt a small, developing nation with it’s V12 servicing costs and wiring harness issues. While the styling was a bit more brutish than the W126 SEC coupes, there is no denying the commanding presence of the W140 and for around $11,000, this is a hell of a lot of car for the money. It may not exactly fit with the economic times in which we live, but if I was going to drive a big car, I sure would rather drive something like this than your typical SUV roaming the streets these days.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

Another week on eBay, another car turns up that makes me wish I had extra garage space and funds. Of all the W124 Mercedes-Benzes, the coupe was my favorite. The rarity of them along with the classic pillarless profile just wins me over. Knowing this car would keep trucking for many more miles due to the reliable 3.2 inline six is just icing on the cake. Here’s a clean example with 76,000 miles out on the left coast.

The seller states:

Very rare 1995 Mercedes E320 coupe. 1 of 307 made for the last year of the w124 series. The car is Black Pearl with black leather. It was purchased (leased) new in 1995 at the Beverly Hills Mercedes. At the end of the lease it was turned back into Mercedes with 34009 miles on it, at this time MBZ of San Francisco purchased it and certified it in April of 1998. It was sold to a gentleman from Marin Ca. who was dating a salesperson at the dealership and he had the vehicle for 10 years until I bought from him, so the Mercedes has never left the state of California. It has been perfectly maintained! It amazingly solid without even a rattle after 16 years, last of the hand made Mercedes!

According to NADA, clean retail for a 1995 E320 coupe is hovering around $8,500, Kelley Blue Book is at about $7,800. The buy it now price seems just a tad high, but honestly, if I was in the market, I wouldn’t hesitate putting $10k down on something like this, given it’s history, condition and rarity. The convertibles are nice, but the last of the W124 coupes are the rarest of the bunch and are fast disappearing. Hopefully this one finds a good home.

-Paul

1969 Mercedes-Benz 250CE 5 speed

The W114 and W115 are probably one of the more overlooked Mercedes-Benzes out there. The coupe version, however, retained the restrained gracefulness of the coupes from the Three Pointed Star of that era. This particular example, a 250CE with a 5 speed manual is certainly a rarity, so much so that even a self-processed Mercedes fan such as myself wasn’t aware of its existence.

The seller states:

This is a rare, 5-speed manual trans 250CE European import. This car has been restored to an unbeleivable standard and has been featured in The Star magazine. The mileage is 101000KM, approx 63K miles. Stunning paint and color combo. Everything works, the car drives as you would expect from this level of restoration. We have service receipts back to 1995 that include a new complete stainless steel exhaust, new Bilsteins all around and many little bits and pieces that indicate the owners took pride in maintaining this MB to a very high standard. A comparable “S” class coupe of the era in this condition would be at least twice the price of this CE.

The obvious attraction with this W114 coupe for me is, obviously the 5 speed manual transmission and the reliable M114 inline six. The obvious detraction is the price. I have never seen a W114 or W115 with an asking price of over $30,000, let alone over $40,000. Even considering the restoration and provenance, it just seems a bridge too far. Who knows, though. There may be a collector or museum out there who is looking for something along these exact lines and they’ll consider it a reasonable buy.

-Paul

1984 Mercedes 300CD No Reserve

I just listed this seller’s 300TD and what I said in that post goes the same for this one so check out this post.

Buy this coupe and get yourself a matching pair of Mercedes diesels.

35,000 miles and bidding up over $18,000 on the no reserve auction. Really can you believe the prices of these? At the end of last year we had this car up and it ended at $22,800 with the reserve not met.

Just a fabulous car originally purchased through Mercedes European Delivery Program.

Great service history, as original as they come, this is like buying a new car.

More pictures here.

~Evan

1973 Mercedes-Benz 280C

The W114/W115 Mercedes models were the first of a new generation, as this chassis was not based on any model preceding it. While the model itself is over 40 years old, you still see plenty of these cars around the world, some of which are still employed as taxis, even. The coupe version of the W114/W115 was not a well known Mercedes-Benz model, but it has that timeless grace that all Mercedes coupes embody. Here we have a very clean example with an unusual color combination.

The seller states:

Dark Olive(291) with special ordered Green Leather, 53k original as per last 20 years of records, one CA owner through Jan 2010, delivered new on 9/9/1973, handbooks, data card, tools, superb original interior except replacement front seat trim, perfect wood, Cold AC, much recent reconditioning, new blackwall tires/shocks(originals were still on the car!) just installed, fabulous paint depth and gloss, much original paint, flawless original trunk area, a wonderful and respectable entry level classic Mercedes, we’ll be taking care of detail and refinement issues such as bumper alignment etc.

While eBay doesn’t list it, the seller is asking $12,900 over on the Mercedes Heritage website. Barring the slightly dated interior color, this is a masterpiece of an original owner vehicle. While it would be kind of blasphemous, with it’s recent servicing, this car could be pressed into service and last for a good many more years. Remember, this is the predecessor of the infamous W123 Mercedes, and we all know that car was tougher than a $2.00 steak.

-Paul

Unpretentious Street/track E36 M3 for cheap

The M3 coupe isn’t the one I’d have whenever a sedan is offered, but those with a penchant for the more classic sports car or track-capability would usually go for the coupe. Put it in Estoril Blue and I’m starting to be swayed. Drop the price to around $7k and I’m all ears when we’re talking M3. Today’s 1999 coupe isn’t perfect nor original, but it’s a nicely gone-through example with an eye on sharper handling and performance.

1999 E36 M3 Coupe for sale on Craigslist SF

The listing and the list:

Up for sale a 1999 BMW E36 M3, Estoril Blue, 160k miles, clean title.

Full cooling system overhaul done 500 miles ago
Full suspension overhaul done 500 miles ago – every bushing, every ball joint
All the parts were installed 500 miles ago.
New power steering reservoir and new hydraulic hoses and hd clamps. No more usuall BMW power steering leaks:)

-Cooling system (RMEuropean):
Stewart Water pump
Drive belts
Adjusting pullies
Deflection pullies
Fan switch 80C
Thermostat 80C
Fan delete
Aluminum thermostat housing
New aluminum Mishimoto racing radiator
Expansion tank
Alt belt tensioner
All new clamps and hoses

-Kosei K1 Racing 17″x 8.5 wheels practically brand new, 500 miles on them also. No curbrash whatsoever. Yokohama a046 30% tires.
-Ground Control AD Advanced Design coilovers, fr 650, r 750. Bought them used. They were used for about 10k miles and never been rebuilt. They need a rebuild by now most likely. I bought new adjusters for them.
-Vorschlag camber plates
-Ground Control big front sway bar with new links
-Sparco EVO 2 blue seat,not mounted
-New ignition
-New battery
-5 oil filters will be included
-More Mobil 1 oil will be included

-Suspension(Bimmerworld, UUC, Turner Motorsports):
Powerflex subframe mounts – mounted with McMaster big washers and M5 bolts instead of studs so the washers will not cup like others overtime
Derlin diff mounts
All new OEM ball joints
Rear trailing arm bushings
Limiter kit for RTAB
Turner Adjustable rear camber arms
Sway bar reinforcements kit
Lamforder control arms
Tie rods
Tree house racing control arm bushings(green)
Guibo
All new OEM bolts and washers

-Transmission:
UUC Motor mounts race, red
UUC Transmission mounts, red, race
UUC Evo3 short shifter kit + dssr shifter rod
Redline fluid

-Brakes:
Blank OEM rotors
Performance Friction Brake Pads 06
Turner Brake lines
Motul Brake fluid

Car has stock motor. Interior needs work if intended for street. Pass seat will need to be reupholstered. Mobil 1 motor oil used. I bought this car, built it, did one track day at Infineon Raceway and garaged it since. When I bought it I had to replace front drivers fender, nose panel and headlight. There was no structural damage. Front bumper was banged up but Ive saved it and it looks ok. Paint looks good overall. Clean title. I am probably forgetting some other parts ive installed, so ill try to update the list as i go.

What I like most about this M3 is a general lack of pretension. The owner wasn’t afraid of getting dirty and putting solid performance upgrades on everything but the motor (refreshingly backwards from most modified M3s), but also didn’t go overboard in making a “tuner car.”  This car is for use and fun.  Something about the track wheels and lightweight flag on the hood just work where they usually wouldn’t for me. Yeah, it’s plenty of miles on the old S50 and a few bits need attendance (passenger seat, coilovers), but it’s all above-board and priced to go. Hard to imagine a better canyon-carver or weekend tracker for $7k than this M3 coupe.
-NR

1983 VW Jetta Coupe for sale

While there’s been on/off talk of a new Jetta Coupe for the past decade or so, they haven’t produced on since the Mk2 series ended in 1989.  This is a shame as the concept pictures of more modern coupes are quite attractive, and examples from 80s are awesome but rare.  The sharp Jetta shape looks better just a little more compact, and this one for sale on VW Vortex is looking great in the Mk1 Mars Red and black.  I’ve always wanted this color combo on an early GTI, but the funky rarity of a Jetta Coupe might even be a little cooler.

1983 VW Jetta Coupe for sale on VW Vortex

The list of upgrades is too long to put here, but worth checking out on the listing if you’re interested in VWs.  Essentially, this is a thoroughly gone-over and loved Mk1 that’s better than it left the factory without being over the top modified.  There are some scuffs and scratches outside but overall it looks great with that color, clean vinyl molding, and decent black wheels. The tweed interior is as perfect as one could put in a Mk1, and the running bits are very well-chosen and sorted.  The seller is looking for $3,900, right in the middle of what I consider acceptable Mk1 range: beaters around $1k (or less), showy engine swappers closer to $7-8.  The time, energy, and care put into making this a great little coupe makes me think it’s a good price for a fun and funky alternative to more common VWs.

-NR

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

The W123 is quite possibly the most ubiquitous Mercedes-Benz of all time. Revered for it’s build quality and rock solid reliability, both clean and clapped out examples are still a regular site on roads all over the world to this day. Slightly more rare than its sedan counterpart, the coupe, or CD/CE brought the classic MB pillarless coupe style to the workhorse chassis. This particular example, a later turbodiesel variant, has seen just over 90,000 miles. One could consider this slightly broken in.

The seller states:

This is a rare 1983 Mercedes 300CD Turbo coupe. It runs and drives awesome. This is a rust free car. It has 91,371 miles on it. The car is in very nice shape. The A/C blows cold. This car will go a million miles.

After scanning other ads online and pricing guides, it seems as if the value of W123 CDs are topping out around $10,000. If this car had about 50,000 less miles on it, it might be worth it, but unless this car has impeccable service history, it’s a bit overpriced. Nevertheless, a fine example of the W123 coupe in a pleasant color combination.

-Paul