1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SLC

Mercedes-Benz coupes have always been revered for their elegance, however, the SLC was an interesting beast. Based off the R107 SL, the chassis was stretched directly behind the door to create somewhat odd proportions. The 1981 model year represents the last year of the SLC, and the only year the 3.8 liter, all alloy V8 appeared in the coupe. Here is a clean example for sale in Florida.

The seller states:

This car has been well maintained and is in excellent condition. Full power everything. All working components and all original equipment. With only one previous owner, this automobile is ready for you. The mileage represented on this vehicle is accurate. This is a smoke-free automobile. There are no signs of prior damage on this vehicle. There is no damage evident on this vehicle. There are no noticeable dings on the exterior of this vehicle. This is a garage kept vehicle. This vehicle has a smooth shifting transmission. The engine on this vehicle is running properly. All power equipment is functioning properly. This vehicle has no known defects. The exterior of this vehicle is extra clean. Extra clean interior. Absolutely no rips, odors or abuse. There is approximately 75% of the tire tread remaining.

The price of clean R107 SLs is on the rise, but the SLC derivative is one of those obscure Mercedes models that proves to be a good value for savvy collectors. The asking price of $9,900 seems quite reasonable given the vehicle’s history and the fact that it comes from a sunny state. Sound investments are hard to come by these days, but this is one investment vehicle (literally) that you won’t lose your shirt on.

-Paul…

1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL with 46k original miles

The W116 is one of the lesser loved Mercedes-Benzes, not garnering the praise of the legendary W126 and falling into the trap of 1970s vehicles with bigger bumpers and emissions constraints that made them less attractive than their predecessors. Still, I must say that this particular W116 caught my eye, given its tasteful appearance and low mileage.

The seller states:

For sale by owner is this 1975 Mercedes Benz 450 SEL with 46,555 original miles. The car runs and drives beautifully with great V8 power and the 3 speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. All of the vehicles ammenties function as they should and the AC blows cold and the heat blows hot through all the proper vents. The car is also equipped with an enourmous power moonroof (see photos) and all of the power windows operate perfectly, and even the original clock keeps accurate time. The original AM/FM Becker Stereo is present and works perfectly as does the power antenna. All of the original books and keys are present as well as the original spare tire which has never been down.

The car was very well maintained by both of its previous owners, and the car is exceptionally clean both inside and out. These W116 chassis cars were made to be driven and clean low mileage examples like this one are getting very hard to find.

The thing that is striking about this car for me is the color combination. While bright red may be a bit offensive to some, I think gray with red leather is one of the most classic color combinations and works well on older Benzes. I remember spotting a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250S sedan at the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s June Jamboree in Montvale, New Jersey in this exact same color combination, and I was smitten.…

2005 Mercedes-Benz C320 6 speed Sportcoupe

Like the BMW 3 series Compact that preceded it in the 1990s, the W203 C class hatchback was one of those experiments by an upmarket German marque to test the waters and see whether the American public would accept a smaller, cheaper offering. Not many folks took notice of the C class Sportcoupe, but much like GM does with its product lineup, Mercedes got it right at the end, offering the 3.2 V6 with a 6 speed manual. Here’s a clean example for sale in Pennsylvania.

For not much scratch, this last year Sportcoupe is an interesting and quite rare alternative to a MINI Cooper S or Volkswagen GTI. A good friend of mine just picked up a clean 30k mile example of this same car with the 6 speed manual, and while it doesn’t drive too dissimilar from my ’07 C230 sedan, it certainly can give the usual hot hatches a run for their money.

-Paul…

1982 Mercedes 300CD concours condition

This very fine all original Mercedes two door is up for sale on eBay. The red paint looks brilliant and the tan interior looks as new. The turbo diesel has covered only 60,000 miles, which is basically just break in on the beyond reliable 5 cylinder.

Bidding is up near $10,000 with the reserve not met. Compare that price with general 80s Benz prices and you can see the premium being paid for the low miles and the rarer coupe configuration.

The seller says the car is too nice to drive daily and that it should be in a collection.

~Evan…

1984 Mercedes-Benz 300CD with 35,000 original miles

Another week goes by and amazingly, another clean W123 Mercedes-Benz appears. In contrast to the clean 1981 Estate featured last week, here is an amazingly low mileage turbodiesel coupe from the second to last production year for the W123.

1984 Mercedes-Benz 300CD on eBay

The seller states:

Up for bids is this super low mile Mercedes, a 1984 300CD. This car was bought new at Rasmussen Mercedes here in Portland as part of their European Delivery Program. The car was delivered new in Sindelfingen on May 21st, 1984 where the new owners enjoyed a driving tour of Europe. The car has had 3 local owners since new, and with its low miles remains an exceptional example of the acclaimed W123 series.

Finished in Silver Blue Metallic, code DB930, the car presents very well. The paint finish appears to be all original and in impressive condition – glass smooth, with excellent depth and gloss. The body is free of dings or dents, and of course no rust problems anywhere on the car. Tires are nearly new Toyo radials. All 4 wheels are in excellent condition with no scuffs or curb rash.

All switches and controls are in like new condition, and all of them operate correctly. The climate control functions as it should, the AC has been converted to R-134 and blows cold. Its auto function works correctly, including the stepped fan feature. The car retains its original Becker Grand Prix cassette radio, a very advanced unit for its time. It works in tandem with the power antenna just as it should.

The car comes with a full assortment of original manuals and paperwork, as well as all of the service records from new. Also included is a folio full of all the documents pertaining to the car’s European delivery. There is interesting information here, such as instructions for picking the car up at the factory, a bill of lading for the trip back to the US, customs forms, even an advisory letter stating that a strike by the Metal Workers Union of Germany may “have the effect of delaying sailing dates for automobile carrying vessels!”

There’s a little under a week left for this auction and bidding has almost reached $20,000, and the reserve STILL hasn’t been met.…

2005 Mercedes CLK DTM AMG

This week for my post representing what would be awesome to have delivered to my garage by Santa the first thing that came to my mind was CLK DTM. I looked for several days and didn’t see what I wanted, after all they only made 100 of these and I want a silver one.
Then call it a holiday miracle one pops up for sale today on eBay.

This isn’t the most beautiful car in the world, but it is guaranteed to catch people’s eye with its muscular stance. The bulging fenders, deep bumper vents, and big spoiler all speak to the purpose of this machine. The supercharged 5.5 liter puts out almost 600 horsepower, more than its namesake Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters race car. The number is deceiving since many AMG cars these days make so much horsepower, and though not a lightweight the DTM does come in on the scale under most other recent AMG vehicle.

The DTM’s weight is partly due to the retained interior comfort features. It does lose the rear seat in favor of an integrated stiffening strut and typical cushy Mercedes front seats are skipped out for significantly racier models with harnesses. A good amount of carbon fiber also helps with weight reduction. Its 220MPH speedometer might help you impress the parking lot crowd. The paddle shift five speed lets you impress those in the passenger seat as you skip to 60 in under 4 seconds on your way to a 200MPH top speed.

The CLK DTM represents some of the rawest most exclusive Mercedes power to ever hit the streets. Not quite on the same level of outrageousness as the CLK GTR, but with far better usability. You can find this kind of power elsewhere for far less money, for instance
with 6000 miles is pushing 645 horsepower and it costs “only” $98,900.…

1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

The C43 and C55 W202 Mercedes-Benzes were popular enthusiast hot rods, mainly because they matched massive V8 power in a small, relatively unassuming package. They also tend to overshadow the first collaboration between AMG after it became an in-house tuner, the C36. Packing a bored out, 3.6 straight six good for 276 horsepower. Here’s a clean example for sale up in Wisconsin with a relatively low 72,000 miles.

The seller states:

This is a very limited edition, ultra rare 1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG, 72k miles, silver metallic with black leather, brand new tires just installed, all serviced up and ready to enjoy or put it away and let it appreciate!

This car is impossible to find ESPECIALLY with such low mileage. It is right out of the owners personal collection and is very hard to find, especially with such low miles! Only a couple things to note; A/C blows warm, will need a charge and some of the wheels have some clear coat peeling. Everything else works as it should. Comes with 1 key and remote.

With only 5,200 C36 AMG models produced, you surely won’t see yourself coming and going in this car. Then again, for not much more money, you could have the later V8 version. But it won’t ever have the title of being the car that started the AMG craze that has been going strong for the last 15 years.

-Paul…

2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG

Every time I see the recent Mercedes-Benz commercial with Santa riding off in the red SL63, it gets me in the mood for a red Mercedes roadster. And here we have a tasty, red, first generation AMG SLK right in time for the holidays. This example has just under 35,000 miles on the clock. The SLK32 packed the 3.2 liter supercharged V6 which was shared with the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 coupe and roadster.

Not much of a description is given by the seller, but from the pictures and the mileage, it looks as if it was well cared for. Provided there are no issues and a clean service record, this could be a good, lightly used bargain for under $20,000.

-Paul…

Happy Holidays 2010

Shoveling out a Mercedes 450SEL in Evan’s driveway.

Thanks to all our loyal readers for making 2010 a great success. We anticipate a 2011 filled with more  wonderful finds and surprises. As always we welcome your comments and suggestions.

Have a great holiday season,

Aaron, Ben, Dan, Evan, Nate, and Paul.…

1989 Mercedes 300TE with some extras

Coincidentally I am following up the nice 300TD just posted with another Benz estate. This 128,000 mile Benz wagon has seen some attention. The car has had a repaint and had the interior wood redone to the tune of $1800. That is an interesting thing to see on a car of this age. It is more common on older more valuable Benzs to have the wood redone. Going that far suggests the previous owner took good care of the car. The seller says the engine was rebuilt, a potential buyer should find out what that means exactly.

The vehicle also has some aftermarket headlights, that appear to be projector lenses at least in part. The wheels look to be Carlsson or Carlsson reps.

The car has third row seats to fit seven, though there is a subwoofer box back there now.

$9000 takes it. Offer to give the seller a few lessons on how to write a better online advertisement (hint don’t use all CAPS) and see if you can get the price down for a better deal. Benz wagons owners are cliqueish so ownership comes with instant fanboys. With the seller in Brooklyn and the plates from Oregon its made at least one cross country journey, one should make sure those photos are current.

~Evan…