1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL

The W126 S class was one of those cars that defined an era for Mercedes-Benz. A stately sedan, this car had smooth V8 power and impeccable build quality that made it a legend amongst the world’s elite. They are still a common sight on the roads today, even 22 years after the last one rolled off the line in Sindelfingen, Germany. This top of the line, final year 560SEL for sale in California has under 50,000 miles on the clock. While it won’t turn any heads with its popular for the period Smoke Silver paintwork, the beauty of this car lies in its subtlety.

Year: 1991
Model: 560SEL
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 42,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Smoke Silver/Creme leather
42,xxx miles
Single owner California SEL until 4/2013
Handbooks, foot rests.
Original unused spare
Tools
All original sheetmetal stickers
Lovely paint and coachwork
Perfect wheels
Cold AC
Runs and drives beautifully
A collectible Young Classic
NOTE: Original MB radio has been replaced by an in dash CD player. Original radio included in the purchase
Call Tony Spencer @ 408-828-4386

There seems to be a never ending supply of clean, low mileage 560SLs, but mint SELs are harder to come by, making a one-owner example in impeccable condition like this car rather special. We’ve had a few clean W126s here on GCFSB lately, including a 1991 350SDL (diesel) with 67,000 miles that sold for a little bit over $13,200 and a similar Smoke Silver 1991 560SEL that failed to meet its reserve at $15,900. There doesn’t seem to be a big differentiation in price between diesel and petrol V8 variants, so I’d suspect bidding will probably wind up somewhere between $12,000 and $14,000, given what we’ve seen in recent months.

-Paul

V8 Week: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9

When it comes to V8s and Mercedes-Benz, the original 300SEL 6.3 is undoubtedly king. However, when it comes to capacity, the 450SEL 6.9 is the top dog. It still holds the title of the largest eight cylinder engine Mercedes has shoved into a production car this side of World War II and in its day it was a revelation of exactly how rapid a big luxury sedan could be. This big lump put out 285 bhp, a number which some say is conservative and 405 lb ft of torque. It also featured Mercedes’ first application of self-leveling hydropneumatic suspension, popularized by Citroën. Anti-lock brakes were also an option, and this 6.9 for sale outside of Dortmund, Germany represents one of the first production vehicles to feature this advanced technology.

Year: 1979
Model: 450SEL 6.9
Engine: 6.9 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 74,500 km (~ 46,292 mi)
Price: €54,900 (~ $74,263 USD)

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On offer is a 450SEL 6.9, it has undergone an extensive restoration in our workshop. Besides a large inspection including replacement of several wear parts, the paint was restored in the original color and all the rubber seals were replaced. The body is rust free. The vehicle also features leather and burl wood that are in completely original condition with a beautiful patina. The hydro-pneumatic suspension functions reliably and accurately. There were also five new Michelin XWX mounted on obsolete, original Fuchs wheels in the dimension 215/70VR14.

Finish: 735 astralsilber
Padding: 201 black leather upholstery

470 anti-lock braking system
259 radio Becker Grand Prix cassette full stereo
502 Rear view mirror right
260 delete model designation on the left
531 automatic antenna
261 delete 6.9 badge
640 five alloy wheels

215 Hydropneumatic suspension
451 tachometer
248 electrically heated rear window laminated glass
570 front folding armrest
286 luggage rack on the driver and passenger backrests
580 air-conditioning
330 center console with storage compartment
584 four power windows
400 folding armrest in the rear
420 automatic transmission, 4-speed floor shift
731 wood trim burr walnut
430 rear headrests
600 headlight wiper system
812 rear speaker stereo with a fader

Bold = Optional

We offer this fully equipped legend of the seventies, including new HU / AU, H-plates decrease and 12 months warranty. Sale under § 25a, differenzbesteuert. Subject to prior sale.

Contact:
Christian Nikolai, Mercedes-Benz Classic Ostendorf
Tel: 02381 425-732

Renowned automotive journalist Brock Yates was handed a 6.9 by Mercedes-Benz where he drove it from Manhattan to Road Atlanta. When he got to the track, Yates drove the car for another 40 laps or 100 miles. The car didn’t skip a beat. But the price of perfection at the time did not come cheap. The list price was about $40,000. Today, that would equate to over $150,000 in today’s money. The 6.9 has never commanded as much as the original beast, the 6.3, but values are the strongest of any W116 Benz. Good runners can still be had for well under $20,000, with the very best having a potential to crest $30,000 to $40,000. Priced as it is, this 6.9 would only grab the attention of a monied collector, but even at that point, it’s way ahead of the market.

-Paul

1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SE

When it came time to shop for my first car, I wasn’t your normal teenager. Back in the mid 1990s when kids my age were souping up Civics and other Japanese subcompacts, I had my sights set on something bigger. Much bigger. In fact, this car you see here, the Mercedes-Benz W126. I had come across an ad for a gray market 500SE down the road from me that was in the local Mercedes-Benz Club flyer. Upon inspecting it, I was impressed. It was a medium metallic green with light tan cloth, an uncommon option for an S class in the US. After driving it, I was hooked. Heavy yet communicative, it had a commanding feel about it and felt tight even after 15 years of use. Ultimately, my first car ended up to be a 1988 BMW 325is, a choice which I didn’t lament too much. But that early W126 still sticks in my mind to this day. Probably why I’d have two Mercedes C class sedans over the course of ten years during my grad school and early professional life.

This 1985 380SE represents the final year for the 3.8 liter V8 before Mercedes switched to the 5.6 liter version. It’s harder to find these earlier W126 models in good shape as compared to their later counterparts, but this black over palomino beauty for sale in New Jersey looks impeccable and has just over 83,000 miles on the clock, which is a scant amount of distance for this robust sedan.

Year: 1985
Model: 380SE
Engine: 3.8 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 83,844 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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1985 Mercedes Benz 380 SE finish in Black (040) and matched with a beautiful Palomino(274) leather interior. The vehicle has only 83k original garage kept miles and shows like a 20k mile car. Black exterior paint is exceptionally glossy and is well complimented with bright and clear chrome trim all around. The palomino leather interior is gorgeous and exceptionally clean. The carpets have no stains. The dash and interior trim shows no sign of sun fading, and the interior Zebrano wood is very clear and bright.

The car runs and drives beautifully and has no mechanical issues and does not drop any fluids. Brakes are excellent. The AC blows strong and ice cold. The car wears matching Pirelli P400 tires all around and have greater than 75% tread remaining.

All original books, window sticker, data plate, first aid kit and tools are present as well as the original spare tire. All door and trunk jambs are spotless, and engine bay is exceptionally clean. If you are a fan of W126 sedans this is a great opportunity to get a very clean and well maintained example in the best color combination.

This car was used very sparingly over the past 20 years and was only taken out on fair weather days and special occasions. It has been garage kept and covered in a climate controlled environment. The vehicle attracts attention wherever its driven.

Vehicle is located in Central New Jersey 07753. Contact Dean at 848-459-7776

The 3.8 liter engine isn’t the cream of the crop when it comes to Mercedes’ V8s, as it is down a bit on power from the later 5.6 and was known to be a little less robust than the 4.5 liter engine it replaced. But, for those who want more performance than the diesel engine offered this same year, this was your only choice stateside. There’s not a lot to dislike about this piece, but a little more information on service records and ownership history would be appreciated to go along with a nicely presented car such as this.

For a W126 of this caliber, the best of the best will run you somewhere around the $10,000 to $13,000 mark, with later model W126s fetching in the mid teens. While the mileage is closing in on 100,000, I wouldn’t consider that a detriment, as mileage like that would suggest this car has gotten the exercise it needs over the years. If this 380SE could be had at around the $10,000 to $11,000 mark, I’d consider it well bought.

-Paul

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC

Back in the late 1980s, the sun was setting on the R107 Roadster as one of the longest lived, most successful models Mercedes-Benz had ever known. But there was another, more incognito way to go if you wanted personal luxury: the SEC coupe. While not as sporty or flash as the SL, the SEC exuded the aura or wealth that so many up and comers were seeking in the eighties. Powered by the same 5.6 liter V8 engine in its four-door counterpart, the 560SEL, this big coupe was optimal transport for those long weekend jaunts not quite worthy of hailing the private jet for. This 560SEC for sale in California has covered a mere 42,000 miles and looks impeccably clean in the de rigeur black over parchment color combination.

Year: 1987
Model: 560SEC
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 42,450 mi
Price: $22,900 Buy It Now

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Two owner California owned rare 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC. Black on parchment with only 42k miles. Is loaded with 15” wheels with brand new tires, heated seats, floor mats, premium sound, tape, CD, AM/FM, book. The car has been serviced, new air filters, oil, tires, all new belts, rear new shocks and more. Found only one scratch on right side door and we have posted picture of it. The car has a Mercedes-Benz 5.6 liter powerful motor that is very tight, fast and smooth. Don’t miss this chance to own this rare beauty with low miles. The car is clean in and out and is loaded with options. The car is very fast and tight, fun to drive. Please view pictures and if you have any questions feel free to contact us @714-415-9144. VIN #WDBCA45D4HA287019

The SEC model wasn’t the most flamboyant coupe design to emerge from Stuttgart, but it was a bit better proportioned than the SLC which preceded it and more lithe than the big bruiser of a coupe W140 that replaced it. The SEC has yet to gain traction in the collector market like the R107 SL, but when you find a good one like this, they can command strong money. The last low mileage SECs we featured were pulling in the $17,000 to $20,000 range, which is a little under where this car is priced. But with some mint W123s pulling near that price, is a similarly priced SEC that out of the question?

-Paul

1990 Mercedes-Benz 350SDL

As the 1990s dawned, the end of production for the W126 Mercedes-Benz was in sight. In Mercedes’ long and storied history, this model was one of the greats, combining rugged W123 durability with an extra dose of size and luxury for the discerning customer. While a variety of petrol engines were offered in the US, there was but one diesel option for us in the form of a turbocharged, 3.5 liter inline six. This long-wheelbase 300SDL for sale in Washington state has under 70,000 miles on the clock and was a European delivery vehicle.

Year: 1990
Model: 350SDL
Engine: 3.5 liter turbocharged inline-6 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 67,356 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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The Mercedes Benz W126 body S class sedan is arguably one of the most beautiful MBZ sedans to have ever left Germany. It was far ahead of anything else in the world when it was introduced in 1980. It set the standard for formal luxury sedans for more than a decade and was the benchmark for automotive design during the 1980s. The choice of diplomats, world leaders, and executives worldwide, it became an iconic symbol of understated elegance, quality, and supreme good taste. These factors combined to lead to it’s unprecedented twelve year model run.

The one offering that had been missing for the 1980s was a long wheelbase w126 with Mercedes’ famed diesel engine. For most of the decade the diesel was only available in the short wheelbase version, 300SD. Finally Mercedes offered a larger, more powerful 3.5L turbo diesel mated to it’s flagship bodied long wheelbase S class sedan. The result was the limited production 350SDL built only in 1990-91, with just 2,925 units built for the USA during that two year period.

These cars have become highly sought after due to their low production numbers and legendary bullet proof MBZ diesel power plants. When these cars do show up for sale they typically have 200-300,000+ miles on them. Not so the magnificent example being offered here. Here is a RARE opportunity to acquire a one owner 1990 Mercedes Benz 350SDL Turbo Diesel long wheelbase sedan with incredibly low miles of just 67,306. This is a U.S. specification car that was custom ordered and delivered through MB USA’s European delivery program. The original owner co-owned a Porsche dealership in Los Angeles, CA and used this car sparingly in his retirement in Oregon and Southern California.

This particular Mercedes Benz is finished in stunning optional “Black Pearl Metallic” color code # 199 with a gray full leather upholstery and interior trim. Car is all original and rust free. It has a new set of original OEM alloy wheels with new tires and lug nuts. Being a pampered West Coast garaged Mercedes the DASH IS NOT CRACKED and perfect. Factory paint is as beautiful as it can get and still retains it’s glossy shine. I did have the bumper corners professionally touched up at the best paint shop in Bellevue, WA so it is perfect. Equipped with the all of the standard power equipment you would expect on Mercedes’ flagship plus the RARE options of “Orthopedic Seats” and “Rear Sun Shade.” All options on the car work as they should and the air conditioning blows COLD!!!!

The car recently had a new head gasket and complete service on the engine and it runs, shifts, and drives as smooth as silk; glow plug lights and starts without any hesitation of any type. Really powerful and great fuel economy. Car looks as perfect as it can get for being 23+ years old and shows far less than normal wear. You will never find one again in this condition and miles this low. The car has a clear California title and is located in Bellevue, WA 98005-1620. Car was traded in at a Mercedes Dealer in California and I purchased it from them. This car is 23+ years old, so obviously it is sold as is, with no warranty expressed or implied. I have tried to describe the car in the best detail possible, but I may have missed something important to you. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have BEFORE bidding. In person inspections are welcome and can be arranged.

A $500 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is due within 24 hours of the end of the auction. The balance is due within 7 days of the end of the auction. Wire transfer for the balance is preferred. Cashiers or personal check is okay, but verification of clearance will delay the release of the car. I am happy to work with your shipper once the car is paid for and I can provide indoor storage for the car up to 30 days after the end of the auction. I reserve the right to cancel all bids and end the auction early for local sale. I am happy to work with International buyers. Please keep in mind car will need to be paid in full and clearance of payment will need to be verified prior to the car being released for transport.

I have had the same eBay id for OVER 10 YEARS; my feedback speaks for itself. I have sold a number of cars over the years and every buyer has been very happy with their purchase. You can buy with confidence. Thanks for Your Interest and Happy Bidding!

Anyone who thinks economy and luxury are mutually exclusive should set their eyes on one of these classic diesel powered S class sedans. They may not be fast by today’s large car standards, but finding a low mileage one like this 350SDL is becoming harder to find, as many of these oil burners had the miles piled on by businessman on long trips and professional drivers shuffling around VIPs. At almost $10,000, the reserve has not been met. The best 560SEL out there may run you around $15,000 to $20,000, so I’d suspect the diesel may pull a little bit less, as buyers who want the economy of this engine typically seek it out in a smaller package. Every time I see one of these black W126 sedans it takes me back to my childhood when I dreamed of owning one. Depreciation is a wonderful thing and now these marvelously engineered wonders are well within reach for ordinary folks like me.

-Paul

1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE

Most of us dream about those barn finds from time to time. That one car that you always wanted that you would give anything to stumble upon in unmolested condition, even if the car had a heavy patina. Or maybe it’s a car that you’ve spotted and expressed interest in, hoping that someday the owner would put it on offer. The latter is the case with this two owner 250SE, as the second owner purchased it from the original owner, whose son refurbished it as a 40th anniversary present for his parents. This car has covered less than 100,000 miles in 47 years and it shows.

Year: 1966
Model: 250SE
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 95,000 mi
Price: No reserve auction

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For sale is a beautiful 1966 250SE with only 95,000 actual miles, NOT 195,000. The car has had one owner up until now, which makes me the second owner. Always been a California car therefore the car has no rust issues at all. It’s
never been in any accidents, still remains all of its original body panels, The paint is Near flawless and looks fantastic, athough its not the original it has had only one repaint and finished in its original color. The interior is Original, All except for the rear upper section of the back seat,but still looks gorgeous, they are leather Not leather imitation. Carpets have No staining It is still very plush. All of the wood trimming is near perfect Condition with no cracks,all the bumpers, body, moldings, chrome, and glass looks great.

The undercarriage and engine compartment as well as trunk compartment all look fantastic. The undercarriage has never been undercoated it’s all original, This is what you would call a true survivor. An original car not a restored car not multiple cars put together to make one nice car, again a true survivor. The mechanical condition of this car will amaze you, the moment your foot hits the accelerator The beautiful In Line 6 cylinder, fuel injection engine starts to scream with no hesitation, with plenty of power to the rear wheels. The transmission shifts just as it should. While cruising down the highway, There are no funny noises Of any kind,and suspension is all nice and tight.

All of the electrical equipment is functional and works great, including the original radio and cigarette lighter, as well as all the interior lights. Keep in mind ladies and gentlemen we are talking about a 1966 vehicle, which is over 47 years old. This car has been well preserved thanks to its Original owner. So here’s the story on this car, While I was
servicing my Mercedes at a local Mercedes store, there it was, one of the cleanest Original 250SE I have ever seen, all shined up just serviced with a big ribbon. Literally half of the Mercedes dealership was surrounding this car, so I ask my service advisor what’s the story with this car, he tells me a Gentlemen brought the car in for servicing, it was brought over on a flatbed.

The Gentlemen who brought it over requested to have the fuel drained, The battery replaced, all of the fluids changed, and
completely detailed in and out, So that he can unveil it to his parents on their 47th year anniversary. And that it had to look and perform the way it did in 1966. And the price didn’t matter, this was the exact car they got married in over 40 years ago, and they were planning a trip to palm springs, where they originally had their honeymoon. So just before I was leaving I was able to meet the gentleman who brought the car over for servicing, I approached him asking him if the car would ever be for sale, he told me he didn’t think so, but if he ever did he would give me a call, I said great so I gave him my phone number.

Seven years later I get a phone call saying I don’t know if you remember me or not, we met a while back regarding my parents Mercedes. You had asked me if it was for sale, I told you if it ever would-be I would call you. Right at that moment I knew exactly which car he was talking about, I never forgot about it. I said yes I remember, is it for Sale now, he tells me yes his father has just passed away, and his mother cannot bear to look at this car sitting in the garage. I went over and The same gentleman opened the garage and took the cover off the car, I was shocked to see the car looking the way it did over seven years ago. So after conversation for a few hours we were able to come to an agreement. And now the time has come Like most things, as for myself after enjoying something for a little while, there’s always something else that catches my eye. I have My mindset on Another car and I only have a two car garage. I do not want this car to sit outside, it deserves a good home, someone who will truly appreciate It just as myself and the original owner once did.I hope I’ve done my best to answer all your questions. If you have any other questions please contact me on my cell (408) 771-3385 Tom. Thanks for viewing my listing and good luck with your search.

To view more photos of this car go to www.photobucket.com when signing in use username 1966mercedes and password 321321

When I was a kid, a friend of my father’s had a 280SE and ran it for over 30 years with little hassle. It was a 4-speed manual on the floor but I always loved going for rides in it. Versus the ‘80s era Hondas my parents had at this time, which themselves were well built, this Mercedes just had an imposing nature about it, from the heavy inputs needed on the controls to the overall size as compared to what was in my family’s garage. Unlike the coupe and cabriolet versions of these models, the sedans remain relatively affordable, even in decent shape. Even in excellent original condition, this car may bring around $15,000 at the most, which is rather reasonable considering the entire package here. Show up at the next concours the Mercedes-Benz club hosts with this machine and you’ll have others in your class trembling with fear once the judging starts.

-Paul

1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SE

The 1970s weren’t the best times if you were a car enthusiast. Ever tightening emissions and safety standards left automakers scrambling for solutions while a gas crisis shifted consumer focus towards smaller cars, eschewing the larger engines and higher horsepower ratings of yore. Mercedes-Benz decided to meet the challenge of a changing landscape head on by introducing two new models in the early part of the decade and continuing their drive to innovate and embrace new technologies. While the R107 SL introduced in 1971 lived on for many years and is gaining classic status, the W116 S class has faded away into distant memory for most.

This is rather unfortunate, as this was the car to formally launch the S class moniker and brought the styling of the big Mercedes saloon into the modern era. This car also offered luxury car buyers features not found on comparable sedans, such as anti-lock brakes (a first for Mercedes), reinforced crumple zones and a gas tank located above the rear axle for safety. This was enough to catch the critics’ eyes and allowed it to snag the European Car of the Year award in 1974. This early W116 is nice in that it features the short-wheelbase, the V8 engine and the earlier, slimmer bumpers, lending it a bit more grace than the later versions with larger bumpers. This car brought to our attention by our reader Mark has been in one family since new and rarely do you find them so well preserved.

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Year: 1973
Model: 450SE
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 32,023 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Immaculate 1973 450 SE, classic and rare interior/exterior color combination. This car was purchased new by my father in 1973 and has been meticulously maintained, cared for, and garaged its entire life. He passed the car on to me and I have decided to sell it since I never drive it. Since I received it in 2008 I have put less than 1,500 miles on it. It is too nice to sit in a garage, it should be driven and enjoyed.

Power windows, sunroof, cruise control, A/C, and central locking system all work. The car is mechanically fit and there are no issues or repairs that need to be performed. I have over 190 photos of the car on Fotki, under the album name “73 Mercedes 450 SE.” To find them go to Fotki.com, in the upper menu bar select “search”, then select “find members”, enter the name “kgmslc2010”, select “kgmslc2010”, and then you will find the photo album on the right side of the page.

As the photos show the car is in great shape and has been well cared for. I tried to take several photos in various sunlight to make sure all aspects and condition of the car have been shown. There are some nicks and scratches which I photographed. For a 40 year old car it is in immaculate shape. Here is a list of things I have repaired since I received it in 2008. New: windshield, starter, battery, tires, fan belts, cold start valve, and freon recharge in 2009.

In full disclosure the odometer on the car currently shows 122k miles. The original odometer worked intermittently, I replaced it with one that works, however it shows less than actual miles. I have documentation on the Utah inspection report from last year indicating the car had 158,540 miles, as of 5/25/2012. I drove the car less than 200 miles last year. I did not renew the registration this year.

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This car does have its minor faults, but considering how old it is, it’s in rather impressive shape. The color combination isn’t the most subtle, but it’s more tame than some of the bright colors offered by Mercedes in the 1970s. Given the condition, mileage and one family owned status, I’d suspect this one should pull somewhere in the $6,000 to $10,000, as the very best W116 of this vintage might stretch into the $15,000 to $20,000 range. Throw a set of Euro spec headlamps on this one and surprise yourself at how well these classic Mercedes cope with the modern day driving environment.

-Paul

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SE 5-speed manual

On a recent trip to a BMW dealership, I perused the lot which was filled with a glut of new 3 series sedans. One thing was alarming. Out of about 50 cars, not one of them had a manual transmission. I’m fully that a lot of automatic and semi-automatic transmissions have advanced to the point where they are faster and more efficient than a normal manual transmission. However, that doesn’t make them any more fun. There will always be people out there, like myself, who just prefer to do things themselves. For me, changing gears is one of those tasks.

Not long ago you could still request a third pedal in cars you normally wouldn’t think would come so equipped, like this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SE. Most people wouldn’t want a manual transmission in an S-class sedan, which is reflected in the fact that few of these cars came so equipped. But, if highway cruising makes up the majority of your driving, a sizeable sedan like this with a smooth inline six and 5-speed manual could be just the ticket.

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Year: 1987
Model: 300SE
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 166,500 km (103,458 miles)
Price: €5,800 (~ $7,611 USD)

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Automatic climate control, electric seats, ABS, leather seats, four electric windows, 15 hole alloy wheels, radio plus speaker preparation. Very nice car of French origin.

When I was younger, I remember getting into a W126 with a manual transmission on holiday in Europe. These aren’t the most dynamic cars but as a passenger, you felt connected to the road in a reassuring but comfortable manner. A lot of cars, especially those in the luxury class, tend to be aloof. Everything about the W126, from the solid catch of the door latch to the way it irons out undulations in the tarmac below gave a sense of involvement. Each time I encounter one of these cars, it’s like meeting up with an old friend.

While this 300SE resides in France, it is legal to import now that it is (just) over 25 years old. You’d have to be brave to import a car like this, as there is a limited market for a luxury sedan geared towards someone wanting to row their own. For me though, I’d love to have access to something like this for my trips up and down the Northeast corridor.

-Paul

1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 4.5

Growing up, I was exposed early on to the merits of Mercedes-Benzes. There’s been quite a few of them to pass through my family, with one still hanging around to this day. There’s something instantly familiar about the vintage models. From the way their doors shut with a solid thunk to the way they seem to smooth out the road ahead, seamlessly combining comfortable cruising with sure-footed handling. One of my favorite vintage Mercedes sedans is the late model W108/W109. The forerunner to the S class, these cars gained a new lease on life towards the end of their production run with the addition of the 4.5 liter V8 engine.

I’ve never seen one of these sedans painted in this eye-popping color before. It’s an uncommon choice and one that won’t be to everyone’s taste. But this final year 280SEL 4.5 is an original car, save for a new interior and some exterior touch ups along the way.

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Year: 1973
Model: 280SEL 4.5
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 66,704(?) miles
Price: Reserve auction

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Before you is a stunning 1973 Mercedes Benz 280SEL in 624 Yellow with Dark Brown Leather Interior. This 280SEL was purchased new at Mark Motors, Inc., Illinois in 1973. The original owner then moved to Montecito, California and the car was transported by truck. I purchased this car 10 years ago from the original owner, an elderly lady, and sold it locally (Ventura, CA) to another mature woman. I purchased the car back recently. This 280SEL is truly unique because of its color. In person, it’s magnificent. I’ve never seen another like it. When you drive up in this vehicle, people know that you’ve arrived.

The front and back seats have been reupholstered in dark brown leather. Due to 40 years of age and use, parts of it could not be saved. The exterior paint is probably 75% original. The car runs and drives great. This car comes with all the original books, the new car pre-delivery inspection, a little key fob, the original Protect-O-Plate, and the owner’s service and warranty book made out to original owner. Please see pictures for details – TAB 11.

If you’re serious about this car, you should really call me so we can talk about it and I can give you more of the history etc.: RICK – 805.218.0606. Happy bidding!

PS – A little story about the car… I asked the owner why she picked this color. She said she didn’t. She sent her husband to the Mercedes Benz dealer to get a red with white interior. He called her from the dealership and told her that they didn’t have the red with white, but had the yellow with dark brown interior. So she said fine and bought the car. Then she looked at me with a stern face and said, “now remember young man, colors in the 70s were quite different than they are today.”

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As with a lot of cars we feature here on GCFSB, the color is the main issue with this car. The seller isn’t joking when he said “people will know when you’ve arrived.” Some will love this shade of yellow, others will hate it. Personally, it’s not my cup of tea and I could envision people flagging you down in urban areas having mistaken you for a taxi. Disregarding the color, the car has an interesting history and certainly presents well. It’s apparent that it’s been cared for over the years. Similar late model 280SEL 4.5s in good condition can fetch between $15,000 and $25,000. Bidding is stronger than I would have thought for a car with such a loud color, but in the end, it may be a factor that holds its value back.

-Paul

1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL

Sorry Arrested Development fans. This is not George Bluth’s actual Mercedes-Benz S class for sale. But, this low-mileage 1991 560SEL for sale in California sure looks like it. It seems ironic that the producers of this legendary comedy series would pick such a serious vehicle for George Bluth’s mode of transportation, but the W126 has earned a recurring role across episodes. It’s no secret why this S class generation has earned iconic status amongst the Mercedes faithful. Long since production has ceased, people still use these big, tank-like executive sedans as daily runners. But what is it that makes them so special? Delving into the pictures of this mint Smoke Silver example begins to tell that story…

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Year: 1991
Model: 560SEL
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 39,192 miles
Price: Reserve auction

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This is a pristine 1991 (last year in the 126 Body) California 560 SEL. This is a museum/collector quality one owner car with only 39,192 original miles. The car has been garage kept since day one and meticulously serviced at the Mercedes Dealership. The car is spectacular in every way. It runs, looks and drives like it just rolled off the showroom floor. There are no issues whatsoever. Everything works perfectly. The paint and interior are stunning and she even has that new car aroma. This car could quite possibly be the nicest 560SEL available for sale in the entire world. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. All factory books, stamped maintainence manual, owners manuals, extra keys and leather pouch included for the new owner.

This gorgeous car is also available for sale locally and is subject to removal from the auction at any time should it be sold. Shipping can be arranged worldwide and expedited quickly and inexpensively to your door. If you have any questions contact Evan at 310-594-4224, or email. Absolutely NO dissapointments…..Thanks for looking and good luck!

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Bidding is fairly strong on this one, which is no surprise. This is one of those cars that if they still made new (like the E30 BMW 3 series or an air-cooled Porsche 911), people would snap up in a heartbeat. We’ve seen a few clean 560SECs fetch a decent some, sometimes cresting $20,000. Since this is the top of the range S class sedan, I’d suspect similar money is there to be had. While I don’t particularly mind new Mercedes-Benzes, but there is something captivating about these W126s. Each time one passes me on the street, I can’t help but stop and admire.

-Paul