Low Mile 1979 Mercedes 240D converted to 300D Turbo Sedan

Knowing what we do about well maintained M617 engines, this car may have half a million miles of life left in it.

This super clean 24,00 mile 240D looks close to time capsule condition, minus a few changes by the owner that set it apart from factory original. This car has had the 18,000 mile 240D taken out and a 3.0 turbo diesel put in its place. These 5 cylinder diesels will provide steady, reliable, power for years. It is amazing that a car like this has survived for so long with such few miles as they aren’t exotic and were meant to be used hard. The new engine doubles the horsepower over the old and puts it somewhere in the 125 range.

This particular car has tens of thousands of upgrades, including that engine transplant. Also installed are a 5 speed manual and a new rear differential to accommodate the new gearing. Some upgraded interior wood components and some AMG rims also add to the look. The seller painted the car, even though the original probably didn’t need it, but used that opportunity to tidy up a few other things.

The ask price of this car is $25,000. While this is certainly a more useable car than the original 240D with the slushbox, it is hard to say if perhaps the car would bring the same value if it had been left all original at 18,000 miles as a collector vehicle. We have seen some surprisingly high prices on W123 Benzs with low mileage. So again, while the originality is gone, despite the low miles, the upgrades make this more of an enjoyable driver’s car and certainly make it more unique.  Bonus points for the owner’s custom plates that say “No Plugs”.

This car also allows me to point out one of the misnomers of these models despite having the 3.0 liter turbo engine this would not be called a 300TD, but just a 300D as the T in the Benz model designation is to indicate a wagon(touring) and not a turbo.

~Evan

 

1 Million Smackeroons: 2000 Mercedes CLK GTR Supersport For Sale

What on earth is this?

Well, it is a  Mercedes CLK GTR that was created for the FIA GT Championship series in 1997.  This is no grocery getter, it is a race car that is only made in road trim in order to meet homologation standards.

This one is number 17 or 25 cars produced.  This is not the sissy 6.9 liter V12 motor that produces 604 horsepower and has a top speed of 199 mph.  This Supersport has a 7.3 liter V12 and will go 234 mph.

Vrooooommmmmm!

2000 Mercedes CLK GTR:

From the seller –

“2000 MERCEDES-BENZ CLK GTR SUPERSPORT

VIN: WDB2973971Y000028

# 17 of 25 Clk GTRs made in the world, and it is 1 of

5 CLK GTR Super Sport built. USA street legal, federalized

on a Florida title. Mercedes-Benz-AMG 7.3 liter V12, 720

HP, 0-60 in 3.0 seconds, 0-100 in 5.2 seconds with a top

speed of 234 mph. Only 1,492 miles.”

Amazing car, speed costs money.  This car is plenty fast so if the $1 million dollar starting bid seems high, the reserve in the $1.7 million range may not be for you.

For that kind of money you could get a Carrera GT and a SLR and have money to spare.  But those cars are a dime a dozen compared to this race car.  I am not sure eBay is the audience the seller is looking for but I appreciate this dealer for bringing this car to light.

~Aaron.

 

 

2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG

I’m a big fan of obscure cars. Whether they are rare, are of a unique body style or incorporate interesting technology, I’m all over them. While the following car didn’t break the mold technology wise, it is super rare and mixes the qualities of a van and a crossover. And while we’ve featured a few E55 and E63 AMG estates on GCFSB, we haven’t talked much about the vehicle in question, its big brother, the E63 AMG. While it is still sold here in the US, the R class never quite caught on with buyers here, but that didn’t stop Mercedes from sending this people hauler over to the boffins at AMG to work their magic. What resulted is this, a 503 horsepower monster that can reach 60 mph in 5 seconds flat. Criticized for being too heavy and cumbersome to wear the AMG nameplate, the R63 was sold for but one year with sales in the double digits.

2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG on eBay

2007 Mercedes-Benz R-Class R63 AMG. Rare R63 AMG 4MATIC. 1 OF 30 produced for the US market 503 HP 6.3 liter AMG V8. $93,355 original MSRP. 4MATIC all wheel drive, COMAND system with navigation, back-up camera, rear DVD entertainment system, front and rear heated seats. Third row, rear A/C, multi-function wood/leather steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, Parktronic, lighting package (xenon headlamps), power liftgate, 20 inch AMG wheels, Harman Kardon Logic7 Audio, satellite radio, 6 disc changer.

Complete documented service history from Mercedes-Benz. Flex service completed on January 10, 2012. We obtained this one owner, 100% clean Carfax black over black Nappa leather 2007 R63 via a new car trade. We have supplied many detailed photos to give you an accurate sense of the NICE condition of this SUPER RARE AMG VEHICLE! As pictured there are a few light scratches and small chips around the vehicle, but nothing terrible for a vehicle of it’s age and miles. Please note there are many shadows cast on the vehicle due to the conditions in which the photos were taken. Inside we found a clean and spacious cabin FILLED with LUXURY FEATURES. The transmission shifts smoothly and the 6.3L 8 cylinder engine offers POWER when called upon. The tires offer DEEP tread measuring 7/32nds.

This car is a love it or hate it situation. While I probably would never need this much space, I love cars like this that you would never expect to be fast. The car looks fairly clean, but its mileage equates to almost 20,000 miles put on each year, which is fairly high for an AMG car. While the asking price is certainly a fraction of what it cost new, you’d have to really need something this large and this fast to justify spending that kind of money for a car this used. Still, it would be a fun rig to catch people off guard at the errant traffic light…

-Paul

1986 Mercedes 560SEC AMG 6.0 Widebody

We’ve featured a couple W126 AMG cars from this seller. We can’t agree more that the seller is right that these original big bodied eighties AMG cars are going up and value and be even more sought after in the not too distant future.

This seller has a knack for finding nice examples of these, cleaning them up and presenting them well for sale. This example has covered only 20,000 mile son its potent 6.0 liter power plant. The exterior has some of the typical upgrades we see on these, smoked front corners,, modified taillights, color matched AMG rims, blacked out treatment (chrome, emblems, grille). The interior has the correct AMG steering wheel and 300 KM/H speedometer. What makes this one stand out is the two tone interior. This interior is reminiscent on what was seen on some of the C43 AMG cars a decade later.

The engine bay looks like it has just been cleaned. The seller has added some red accents, which seem a touch out of place on a Benz of this era, but don’t look bad. I think we mostly should leave red engine accents on a Merc for Renntech.

The bidding on this is at $25,000 with the reserve not met.

1986 Mercedes 560SEC AMG 6.0 Widebody on eBay

 

~Evan

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

The Mercedes-Benz 600, or Grosser Mercedes as it is sometimes called, is one of those vehicles where I find myself reaching for words to describe it. This awesome car set the bar extremely high not only for luxury vehicles but for automotive technology itself when it was introduced in 1963. Available as a short wheelbase sedan, a long wheelbase limo with four or six doors, such as the Pullman you see here, or as a special order Landaulet convertible, these imposing rigs debuted the M100 SOHC V8 engine. With Bosch fuel injection, this unit produced 250 horsepower and 370 lb. ft. of torque. Even though this car was in production from 1964 through 1981, only 2,677 600 models were manufactured, and under 500 were the Pullman version. That makes our feature a rare car, one which had an overarching affect on many Mercedes-Benz model generations to come.

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman on eBay

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman. As a Pullman model only 487 were made over an 18 year production. These are very rare and highly collectable. With just over 99,000 original miles this will be a great addition to any collection. Starts right up, very smooth driving and engine. No knocking or engine noises. All options are in excellent working order including the very important ones: air suspension, windows, power rear seats, window divider, A/C system, and power closing truck. This well maintained example has beautiful wood trimmed veneers that are in excellent condition. The interior as you can see is also in very good condition. Paint, body, and chrome over all show beautifully.

Almost $100,000 is about standard fare for a well sorted Pullman these days; vehicles with celebrity ownership tied to them can bring more money at times. To get more of a sense for just how monumental of a vehicle this was, here is a video from Mercedes-Benz’s Fascination series illustrating the 600:

-Paul

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate

When friends of mine ask me for my advice when it comes to vehicles with added utility, I always throw out the possibility of buying an estate car, or station wagon, as they are known here in the United States. Whether it was the holdover of the family car stigma from the 1960s and 1970s or the rising popularity of the sports utility vehicle, I’ve never understood why a vehicle with a hatch on the rear, be it a two or four door car, doesn’t curry much favor stateside. You still have pockets of the country where these cars are still popular, mainly around the Northeast.

Luckily, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz sell a good number of these body variants here in this country and occasionally, we get lucky and see a few hot versions enter the mix. We’ve seen BMW 5 series Tourings with V8 engines and Audi S4 Avants here on our shores, but you have to hand it to Mercedes-Benz for kicking it up a notch with their AMG E Class wagon. First introduced in 2005 and available one year after that, the E55 had a supercharged 5.5 liter V8 which gave way to the 507 horsepower, 6.3 liter V8 in 2007, which had more horsepower but less torque than the E55, which enabled the vehicle to be hooked up to the 7 speed automatic transmission. Very few E63 estates made their way across the pond and they don’t appear a whole lot different from the usual E class estate, save for the large wheel and tire combination and quad exhausts.

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate on Autotrader

This 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG E-Class 6.3L wagon with 507HP could potentially be the vehicle of your dreams! Enjoy an extra level of confidence when purchasing this E63 AMG 6.3L WAGON, it’s a CARFAX One-Owner. Sophistication & understated luxury comes standard on this Mercedes-Benz E63. This E63 has been lightly driven and there is little to no wear and tear on this vehicle. The care taken on this gently used vehicle is reflective of the 25,777 miles put on this Mercedes-Benz. You’ll quickly realize how much you will need a navigation system once you are stopping for directions or looking up addresses on your phone instead of looking at the road. This E63 features a navigation system that will free you of these unnecessary headaches. This Mercedes-Benz includes: standard paint, burl walnet wood trim, leather upholstered seats, premium package 1, Distronic adaptive cruise control.

This was an almost $100,000 vehicle in 2007, so a mere five years on, you have $55,000 worth of depreciation. White isn’t my first color choice for an E class wagon, but one could fly well under the radar with this rig while sacrificing little in driving pleasure or performance. I give Mercedes-Benz their propers for offering this car in the US market. Fast wagons are like an inside joke to most Americans; they just don’t get them.

-Paul

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500

There are a few cars on my short list that I’ve promised myself I would own before I die. The Porsche 911. An Alfa Romeo Spider. A Maserati of some sort. And this car, the Mercedes-Benz SL. Having grown up in the 1980s, the R107 was the “it” car for that generation. When the new SL appeared on the scene in 1989 for the 1990 model year, it was a giant leap forward for two seater Mercedes-Benzes. For the first time in years you could have a six cylinder SL with a 5 speed manual transmission in the US, which was a surprise, as the Mercedes-Benz product managers were a lot more stodgy in those days than today. This new R129 roadster would carry the SL moniker into the 21st century and hand off the baton to the R230 SL in 2003 after 200,000 examples of six, eight and twelve cylinder roadsters emerged from the factory. Here is a low mileage final year example of the popular SL500 on offer.

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 on eBay

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 roadster with AMG package. This is the last year of production of this beautiful roadster! This is a very well maintained, extra clean vehicle with only 37K original miles. Immaculate vehicle, non-smoker. Maroon exterior is in great condition and the tan leather has been kept extremely clean. All the wood trim is in great shape. Soft top is like new and was barely used. All the convertible mechanism works perfect. The vehicle is loaded with options such as power windows and power locks, power mirrors, power seats with memory, dual heated seats, cruise control, A/C with dual zone climate control, AM/FM radio w/cassette player, 6 disc CD change, Bose sound system, xenon headlights, keyless entry and many options more! All the options function accordingly. The powerful V8 5.0L engine runs great and automatic transmission shifts smoothly into gears.

I’ve always admired later model R129s. With the staggered AMG wheels and subtle styling tweaks, they have a butch look about them. With power from the 5.0 liter V8, it has the muscle to back up the appearance. Running costs will certainly be a bit more than your average midsized sedan, but these final year R129s represent a good investment as a future classic. They represent a period in time at Mercedes-Benz when price was no object when it came to engineering.

-Paul

1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SE with 36,000 miles

Low mileage Mercedes-Benz 560SLs from the late 1980s are fairly commonplace, but the days of locating low mileage W126 sedans with ease are over. Occasionally you find a few examples with under 100,000 miles, but finding one with less than 40,000 miles is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Here is a short wheelbase 300SE for sale with 36,000 miles in the popular shade of Smoke Silver.

1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SE on eBay

Smoke Silver(702) with Burgundy Leather. Six cylinder, short wheelbase 126 series ‘S” Class sedan. US Model delivered new 05-13-1988 from Sutherland Motors in Spokane, WA. Electric Sliding Sunroof. Protected and preserved from the day it was delivered. Currently in spectacular, unaltered museum quality inside and out. An immediate MBCA show winner. Spectacular paint with no evidence of respraying. Spectacular leather with essentiall no evidence of use.

Perfect carpets, perfect headliner, perfect package panel w/original safety kit. Non-smoker car. No interior odors other than that of new leather. Front seat sheepskins virtually since new. Perfect exterior brightwork. As new paint depth and gloss. Spotless engine bay. Spotless undercarriage. Spotless inner wheel arches. Original unused spare tire w/direction card. Tool roll. Recent tires.

All body tags in place, No evidence of hood, door, trunk lid hinge bolt disturbance. Original windshield. Full handbook and literature packet including original window sticker ($50,550 Suggested list). Spare keys. Spotless wheels. Spotless bumper faces. Runs and drives essentially as a new 300SE.

The seller has this S class listed on Mercedes Heritage for $14,900, which is fairly reasonable for an old school, over engineered Mercedes with a lot less mechanical and electronic complexity than later models. Some may consider this a slow car with the M103 inline six engine or rather pedestrian given the car’s color, but I’m attracted to these cars because they are restrained in their styling and have an air of old money about them. I have a feeling that more modern Mercedes-Benzes with their ersatz chrome trim and prodigious use of LED lighting may not stand the test of time as well as modern classics like this 300SE.

-Paul

One of a kind 2006 Mercedes C55 AMG

This custom 18,000 mile C55 looks to only be brought out for show car duty.

The C55 followed AMG’s string of mid sized Benz models with potent powerplants. The 5.4, yes despite the 55 moniker the car’s engine was short a tenth of a liter, V8 gives 362 horsepower in stock trim and is enough to send the car to 60 in less than 5 seconds. The performance made the C55 the fastest factory C class up until the recent C63.

This particular car maintains stock engine components, but when your base car comes from AMG you don’t usually need to add more performance. The main work on this is the extensive cosmetic portions to set it out from the crowd. The car has had wide body flares put on and massive wheels to added to fill the holes, 19 x 12.5 at the rear.Inside the wheels sit massive Brembo brakes. The suspension has new KW3 coilovers that lower the car down on top of the huge wheels.

A custom cat back exhaust makes more nose outside the car. Noise inside the car is provided by a performance audio system.

The outside of the car is definitely done up to be noticed, not quite as stealthy as the wolf in sheep’s clothing model some AMG cars follow. The owner claims he has $100,000 in the car. The ask price is $40,000. With nice C55s selling in the low to mid $25,000 range I’m afraid I don’t see a $15,000 premium on the work, even with the low mileage. An ask $10k less might be more in range with what a sale on eBay will bring.

2006 Custom C55 on eBay

~Evan

Custom 1989 Mercedes 190E 2.6 to 3.0

Interesting piece here. We have a 190E 2.6 that has had some interesting upgrades.

Note this listing might get pulled down as it is violating eBay policies with massive keyword spamming, a practice that is incredibly lame, makes the seller come off as a tool and is a reason why some car guys have taken their car buying business away from eBay.

Aside from the dumb ass listing strategy the car itself is a looker and unique. The stock engine has been pulled out for a 3 liter unit and the car has had a body kit added to make it look like a Cosworth 190 clone. It is unclear if the 122k miles are on the engine or the chassis, probably the engine as the history report is showing 359,857 miles and a failed emissions test back in 2002.

The car’s look are extenuated with the Cosworth clone body kit, painted AMG rims, smoked badges, blacked out grille, and French style yellow headlights with HID bulbs.

Suspension upgrades include C43 AMG brakes, and some E420 components. An LSD, exhaust, and remapped ECU help with performance. Another selling point is the Getrag 5 speed manual.

The car has a rebuilt title and there seems to be some weird things going on with the vehicle history mileage check so a potential owner should check into that. The seller says the damage was a parking lot ding that creased a quarterpanel and bumper cost $2k thus getting the car the branded title, probably because an 89 190E with high miles won’t be valued very highly in the insurance  actuary tables.

Owner claims $20k invested and the car is at $2,000 with the reserve not met. I would want to check this one out in person since there seems to be some sketchiness with the car. I’m not sure how high this is going to go I’d be surprised if it gets more than $4,000, but it is a pretty nice looking take on the 190E. The good photos almost make up for the key word spamming.

Custom 1989 Mercedes 190E 3.0 on eBay.

~Evan