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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: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

How do you even begin to explain this one? I know, I know – someone couldn’t afford to pay for its maintenance needs, so here it sits outside a shop. But the sheer neglect – the bruised bodywork, the sun-worn paint, the filthy interior, the brake-dust coated wheels – was there no limit to its owner’s disregard for the caliber of the vehicle in their ownership? I don’t care if you choose to ruin a late-model C-Class, or drive a W124 2.6 to the ends of the earth. But when you take a E-Class that was born out of an unholy partnership between two of Germany’s premier motorworks, blessed with the sexiest fenders this side of a 993, and oozing with muscle and brawn – built in limited numbers, no less – and you subject it to this type of existence? Whoever that owner is or was, they are dead to me.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC with Custom ICE

1986 Mercedes 560SEC ICE1

In 1986 the big two door coupe from Mercedes, though flashier than its four door brethren, rarely would be seen in bright colors. Unlike some of the unique shades coming on the Benz cars today from the factory, particularly some of the special order Designo branded cars, the W126 cars rarely saw ultra bright eye catching colors. It is because most SECs you see are black, grey, dark blue, white and rarer red, that this canary yellow SEC really stands out. Obviously this isn’t a factory paint job, photos suggest this car was white, but that doesn’t diminish what a coat of bright paint does to the normally iconic, but subdued lines of the great SEC.

The color on this car was part of a makeover that also includes an extensive audio system. The system features Eclipse and Soundstream parts. It always amazes me at how, like cars themselves electronic equipment can provide a look that evokes a time period and the equipment in this car is no exception. The seller states the system was installed in the early 1990s, I would’ve pegged it at right about 1995. Flipping through some of my car audio magazines from that time and pricing some of the equipment there is no question the creator took the best that Eclipse and to offer and through it at the car. There is easily multiple thousands of dollars of parts alone from when they were new. It is too bad that the seller doesn’t show a build sheet with all the model numbers of the included parts, because certainly the speakers, which are hidden, are also upgraded. The seller says that all the equipment works as it should. The seller alludes to this being a display car, but doesn’t state whether it was for a manufacturer, car audio shop or what. If it was a display/demo car one would hope the install quality was high.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1986 Mercedes 560SEC with Custom ICE on eBay

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

While I often say that one of the first upgrades for a W201 owner should be the Euro headlight conversion, every now and again the domestic model units strike me an endearing. Kind of like a face you just have to love, even though it could be improved upon greatly. Perhaps it’s because even the lowly DOT-approved units featured yellow foglamps as standard with the ability to run the turn signal lamps and the foglights independent of the main headlight relay – a rarity on today’s domestic vehicles. All that aside, this looks like an honest example of a Cossie, and despite the seller’s poor eBay rating, the photos don’t reveal any immediate concerns. However, some detailed info on maintenance history should be required for any vehicle, particularly a rare model like the 16V sold by someone with a less-than-sterling reputation.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16V on eBay

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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.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on eBay

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