Good looking 1994 Mercedes 400E

Not everyone can afford to jump into the 500E market. For those who still want the stately looks of the W124 and the rumble of a V8, but at a significantly lower price take a look at this 400E. The 500E’s little brother rarely gets the spotlight so when I saw this looker I thought I’d throw it a bone.

The 400E deserves some of the praise given to the 500E, it is no slouch in the engine department. The 4.2 liter V8 puts out close to 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of  torque. If you take the electronically limited speed of the 500E into account the 400E has the same top speed of 155 m.p.h. The smaller 4.2 won’t jump off the line as quickly, but is just as comfortable out on the highway.

The car seen here has been given a much more aggressive look thanks to 18″ rims that tuck under the fenders thanks to lowering springs. Smoked taillights and front signal lights complement the dark gray paint. The 1994 also comes with the updated grille for a more modern look. It has some new maintenance parts, like brakes, that the next owner won’t have to worry about. It has had an accident that meant a new trunk lid and rear bumper work. It looks like a Remus or other aftermarket rear exhaust is on the car. The owner doesn’t give details, but it looks like things have been repaired properly. The owner indicates that the car has been cared for well. The 77,000 miles on the car are less than you would expect on one of these.

The car currently sits at $5,600 with no bids and a reserve. No real investment potential here just a fine looking set of wheels and a chance to get in on V8 Mercedes ownership.…

1986 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16v Cosworth daily driver

We recently showed a very expensive Mercedes Cosworth and have seen a fair number of these cars float through the site. This particular specimen looks to fall into the daily driver category.

This is a U.S. spec car that is pretty original. It has had shorter springs added and AMG rims. The seller provides a number of photos and the car looks clean. It doesn’t look quite as nice as those without the ugly sunken U.S. lights. Besides cosmetics,with the such a rev happy engine and several spirited drives most certainly under this car’s belt I’d want to take it around the block a few times to listen for valve noise and feel out the five speed.

This car has 133,000 miles. Not too much in Benz terms, We have seen higher mileage models sell in the $10k range when presented well. I don’t think this one will bring much if any more than that since the seller has only included history cribbed from Wikipedia instead of specific to his vehicle.

The car is at $3,500 with the reserve not met.

1986 Mercedes 190E Cosworth on eBay

~Evan…

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

Following up to the clean, low mileage Mercedes-Benz E320 sedan just featured, here is a very mint example of the first Mercedes-Benz four seat convertible manufactured since the early 1970s: the E320 cabriolet. Just shy of 3,700 examples were produced in this last year for the W124, featuring the venerable 3.2 liter inline six producing 217 hp. This example has yet to see the better side of 60,000 miles and it shows.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Convertible on Hemmings Motor News

This E320 Cabriolet is painted in rare #721 Moonstone Gray Metallic with a Gray leather interior and black cloth top. A limited production hand-built car, this example has only 57,000 miles. No accidents ever with clean CarFax. All original paint. Meticulously maintained by its owner and used as a fair-weather driver only in Wisconsin summers and Florida winters. Must see and drive to appreciate.

It always amazes me that given how few E320 cabrios were produced, there always seems to be a wealth of clean, low mileage examples for sale. The asking prices for these models have always been strong, but $28,500 seems a bit optimistic. If this car had under 20,000 miles and was close to showroom fresh, maybe I could see it. But realistically, given the current economy, a value of closer to $20,000 seems more reasonable.

I will say that this car speaks to me, and quite loudly, because my 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 was painted this very hue, Moonstone Gray Metallic, and it is a fantastic color. Subtle, with a hint of mauve about it in the right lighting. Ever since they appeared in 1992, the W124 E class cabriolet was a favorite of mine. I have no doubt that someday, when my economic and living situation changes, I will be searching for a clean, lovingly cared for example like this very car.…

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 with 64,000 miles

Until this January, I had been a Mercedes-Benz owner for the past 10 years. I have to say, as a consumer loyal to the marque, I’m not too pleased with the styling direction Mercedes has been taking the last several years. Where to start? Well, the new C class coupe can’t help but make me think Honda Accord Coupe, many models suffer from too much needless chrome in an effort to up the bling factor and the SUV offerings I feel have watered down the bread and butter sedans and wagons.

This, however, doesn’t stop me from loving the classics, though. After growing up with a 1992 400E in the household, I have been quite the fan of the W124, especially the 500E/E500. I’m always on the lookout for clean examples of any variant, and here is a well cared for late model E320 for sale down in Texas.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 on eBay

One owner from Houston and has been pampered and garaged! This was an extra vehicle for the previous owner and the mileage is consistent with its limited use. The paint is in excellent condition and it is apparent that this car was garaged and meticulously-maintained. The tires on the vehicle appear to have been recently replaced. The interior of this vehicle is virtually flawless. All interior functions have been tested and the only thing I could find that does not operate is the drivers seat forward/backward motion (tilt seat/back position work fine) This vehicle runs like it has 10,000 miles on it. The owners manual has been kept up to date with service records/dealer stamps.

As of writing this, there is a little over four days left in the auction and it hasn’t met the reserve. I’m guessing the seller has the reserve set around $5,000 to $6,000, which is about what average examples of this E class sell for.…

Expensive, restored 1986 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16v

The baby Benz with the rev happy four showed its ability on the track with the DTM series as well as blowing away other four door sedans in the small car market. This E30 M3 fighter tuned with the 16 valve engine built by Cosworth didn’t skimp on the sport with an aerodynamic body kit and famous dog legged 5 speed.

Expensive, restored 1986 Mercedes 190E 2.3-16v on eBay

This particular 16v appears to have been extensively redone with $35,000 in receipts. It has a new bare metal respray, rebuilt engine and transmission, as well as redone suspension and brakes. The bumpers and head lights are also new. The large amount of work done to this car shows as it looks great. The Euro lenses, smoked taillights, and painted grille along with the more modern AMG rims complete the stealthy performance look. You would never suspect that it has covered 182,000 miles. The restoration shows that an owner enjoyed this car. It isn’t clear if the current owner put all the miles on, but he does state it took him two years to complete all the restoration. It seems a bit of a shame to go to all that work to restore the car and then not enjoy it, particularly knowing going in that, at least right now, you aren’t going to get all the money back out on the sale. Of course there is also the feeling that once you get a car perfect you hate to drive it for fear of seeing your work start to come undone. I wish there was a bit more description in the auction. I’m sure that you could get more details on what exactly was rebuilt in the engine from the seller, but I would’ve liked to see that up front.

With an ask price of $27,200 this 190E is no where near cheap.…

1999 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport

I’ve always been quite partial to the W202 C class, as I used to own a 1998 C230 and my mother is still running a 2000 C280 with almost 90,000 miles and winces at the thought of giving it up for a lesser vehicle (read: any new mid-sized luxury or near luxury sedan on the market today). These were some of the last over-engineered Mercedes, along with the Geländewagen and R129 SL roadster. With their demise came a new era of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks that, good vehicles as they are, don’t quite capture the classic essence of the marque. Here’s a very tidy C280 sport in Florida with a set of tasty AMG wheels that are thankfully not oversized and period correct.

1999 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport on eBay

Mercedes C280 Sport

You are viewing a stunning, low mile 1999 Mercedes C280 Sport. Only 55k actual miles. No accidents, only two owners. Loaded with AMG wheels with new tires, sport package (sport seats, sport steering wheel, carbon fiber look trim, sport exterior trim, sport suspension). Also loaded with moonroof, 6 CD changer, Bose audio, telephone, dual power seats and much more. Florida owned and rust free. Drives as if new. Looks as if new. No dents or dings. Excellent condition. It will not be easy to find another one like this.

With a little over three days in the auction to go, there’s been a fair amount of bids and the price has reached just under $6,500. With low mileage, a desirable color and the sport package, I could see this C280 fetching maybe between $8,000 and $10,000, at the high end. Clean, low mileage W203s are not much more, but then, they don’t carry the cache of these first generation C class sedans. This isn’t the fastest or most exclusive piece we’ve featured on GCFSB lately, but this is a tasty piece that could serve someone very well as a daily driver for several years to come.…

Inexpensive 1992 Mercedes 500E

This is a fairly inexpensive 500E, placed for sale with no reserve. Mercedes’ super sedan for the early 90s can still hold its own out in the highways full of bland rides. The 500E is subdued itself in appearance, but as we have said with other 500Es we’ve posted they are something special. The reliable V8 provides plenty of oomph for bombing the interstate.

This particular car has 85,000 miles and the ask price is $6,000. That price is on the low end for that kind of mileage, but the seller does state the car has been in a front end accident at one point in its life. The seller doesn’t provide details about the crash or photos which would be nice just for piece of mind. They do state that after the accident in 2001 the car sat for six years until it was put back on the road, that suggests it wasn’t too minor an accident despite the clear title.

The owner gave the car a respray and has done some maintenance work such as replacing all the motor and transmission mounts, which need to be able to handle spirited driving. The color looks grey, but it is actually a purple hued color, Mercedes paint code 481 or blackberry, sometimes called bornite. It looks like the engine cover has also been paint matched. The headlights and grill have been replaced, presumably because of the accident. There are also updated taillights that are smoked versions, which look nice. Aftermarket rims are on the car, but it comes with the stock rims as well. The photos don’t show the car that well, but the interior looks like it has some discoloration.

Not an investment level car, but an opportunity to get into a 500E with under 100,000 at a bargain price.…

Super low mile 1984 Mercedes 500SL AMG

As I mentioned recently I like the monochromatic look on Benzs. This one fits that description, but is also quite special.

Super low mile 1984 Mercedes 500SL AMG on eBay

First and foremost it has traveled only 9,000 miles. Secondly, not nearly as important as the low mileage, is the AMG package on the car. The AMG package sets of the look of the car off nicely with bumpers, skirts, trunk lid spoiler, wheels, and requisite AMG steering wheel. The seller doesn’t provide a whole lot of information about the car, they do state that they believe it to be the only 1984 500SL with the AMG package, I’m not sure I believe that, but would hear the seller out if they have some sort of citation.

Though you might not expect a whole lot of service history with such a low mile car it would be nice to know where it has been all its life. It is stated that it has lived in a heated garage and only seen rain once.  The seller describes the vehicle as having larger brakes and special gold paint, that actually looks peach in the photos. It would be nice to take a peak at the data card. The car comes with both the soft and hard top. It also sports Euro headlights.

The 5 liter V8 in the R107 isn’t seen as much in the states as other engines since it wasn’t officially offered here in the SL during the mid 80s. The rarest is the fixed roof 450SLC 5.0 and 500SLC. The 560SL was the top line model for the U.S. market. There were 5 times as many 560SL models produced as 500SL models worldwide. Of important note for those not familiar with the SL models of this era is that the 5.0 in euro trim was putting out greater horsepower than the larger 5.6 liter.…

Last minute 1988 Mercedes 300CE AMG monochromatic

This is just about to end, but it caught my eye for a quick post, I enjoy the monochromatic color schemes on my Benzs.
This 300CE looks particularly nice with a brown paint scheme that carries through to the refurbished, color matched AMG rims and brown interior. The 300CE comes with the nice 3 liter inline six which will provide enough go with reasonable gas mileage, not stellar on either account, but enough. What sets this ride apart from other 300CE cars is this one has a ton of documentation with it and the service records show a number of new parts. This one also has had the headlights replaced with euro spec units to make for the more aerodynamic and better looking front. It is clear that this car has been taken care and the 112k miles is low for a 1988.
With a cost new of $53,000 the typical depreciation has this car sitting at $6,800 with the reserve not yet met. This one looks like a really nice example. Prices are all over the map for the W124, this one won’t be sold on the low end price-wise.

1988 Mercedes 300CE AMG on eBay

~Evan…

1998 Mercedes SL60 AMG ? Rinspeed or a lesson in how not to sell a rare car

We see a lot of rare German cars. Some of the best gems from tuners the likes of AMG or Alpina bring the buyers out of the wood work and as such realize high prices. The one common theme that we see in big ticket sales of tuner cars is documentation.

Now documentation on cars like these is not always easy. It is well known that trying to find specific records of modifications done to a car from some place like AMG can end in a dead end. In some cases if you really want to be sure about an engine modification it takes opening up the engine and looking at stampings on internals. That said there are often other clues that can help you back up a story about a one off vehicle. Scanning in any documentation you have is the obvious first step, but then adding pictures of data plates, the VIN, or other unique features is needed.

A seller should never make any rock solid claims about the vehicle without being able to back them up. At the very least give some indication of a reason as to why you are making a claim. If you aren’t sure about something it is much better to say so up front or even to ask for help in identifying a feature or modification within the text of an advertisement. Enlisting the help of enthusiast out in the world can help in two ways. You might get some helpful information back and the up front nature can prevent a listing from seeming cagey and turning off the very community where your potential buyers reside.

Ok deep breath, what’s all that have to do with this particular car. Here we have a Mercedes listed as a 1998 SL60 with modifications from Swiss firm Rinspeed, the car has 71,000 miles.…