1967 Mercedes-Benz 230

A few years before I was born, my father owned a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230S. Bought used in the early 1970s, he still waxes poetically about this car. At a time when foreign cars were scarce on the streets of Northeast Philadelphia, this befinned jet black saloon stood out. It certainly raised some eyebrows in my grandparent’s neighborhood the first time my father arrived to take my mom out on a date. It was the kind of car that screamed “I’m successful” or perhaps in this part of the world, “I’m connected.”

While his car was based on the more upmarket W111 chassis, the W110, previously available with four cylinders and diesel engines, became available with the same engine carburetted 2.3 liter inline six cylinder engine, the M130, that powered my dad’s 230S. Sold from 1965 through 1968, this was among the last of the fintails to be sold. This model, with it’s single round headlights, was simply dubbed the 230. Over the years, critics have pondered just how Mercedes could have capitulated to such a styling fad, but truth be told, the Heckflosse, or Fintail, has garnered it share of respect. This 230 for sale in California has some lesser seen options on this basic Benz, such as a sunroof and air conditioning.

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 on JamesList

Vin# 11001110034307 Miles: 87717 4 speed on the floor Sunroof 1967 marked the end of the long lasting production-run of the Mercedes Fintail models. Produced for 18 years and sold in many countries it made Mercedes Benz a household name all over the world. The featured 230 is one of the last cars produced and is titled as a 1968 model. It has the most option I have ever seen, including a sunroof with a matching windscreen made by Webasto and a Frigiking air conditioning unit (still blowing cold air, what is hard to believe). The car was always white and has been repainted in the same 050 white color. It still shows very nice but it is not a 10K paint job. There is very little rust and an untouched original floor pan (with no after-market undercoating or any kind of visible repairs). It looks like it never had any kind of accidents at all.

The chrome is mostly very nice but there are a few minor dents and dings in the bumpers. It would benefit greatly from some new door seals and some other rubber weather-stripping. There are no water spots around the sunroof on the headliner what indicates a good a tight sunroof seal. The original blue MB-Tex interior with blue carpet is in fantastic condition. Wood panels and door panels are nice and there are no cracks in the dash. The headliner has a few perforations in the back but still is very acceptable for a car that is 43 years old. The engine has just been serviced at our local Mercedes repair shop. The trunk floor is dry and just perfect. A new rubber mat is on order.

All of the books, owners manual and service manual are present but do show some water damage. It has an original spare rim and tire and also a jack. My first car was a Mercedes Fintail and therefore I have always had a great love and appreciation for these cars. I almost look at every single Heckflosse that is close by but hardly ever do I see one in this condition and so unmolested. I have taken the car on some extensive drives and she runs fantastic. The transmission shifts smooth through all gears. Just recently a new battery was installed and also both bumpers were complete rechromed and look like new. Some of the photos might still show the old bumpers.

I’m a big fan of this car. Like the seller, I’m partial to Fintails, and the fact that this is a 4-speed manual on the floor (like my father’s 230S) catches my interest even more. At almost $14,000, we are at the high end of what these base model Fintails go for these days. If this were a perfect concours example, we may be looking at a $15,000 car, but realistically, this car may bring somewhere between $10,000 and $12,000. Honestly though, I’d rather have this car than a perfectly restored 230. I wouldn’t feel guilty using something with patina like this. It would surprise many folks just how well these 1960s Mercedes sedans can cope in modern day traffic.

-Paul

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SDL

Over the years, the presence of diesel engines in the Mercedes-Benz lineup has waxed and waned. For 2012, a variety of Mercedes-Benz models, mostly SUVs, employ a version of the V6 Bluetec diesel engine. Back in the 1980s, diesel power was well represented throughout the range as well, and in 1986, Mercedes made a leap forward with the new OM603 inline six cylinder diesel engine. While they were more efficient and powerful, this engined suffered teething issues. The diesel particulate filters mounted at the cylinder heads would generate unnecessary heat, leading to cracked cylinder heads.

There were reports of Mercedes covering replacement engines outside of the warranty, but the writing was on the wall. The following year would be the last year for this engine. Engineers went back to the drawing board and came up with the larger displacement OM603, this time a 3.5 liter engine for the 350SD and SDL in 1990 and 1991. But yet again, this engine had its problems, such as head gasket erosion and oil leaking into cylinder #1. This could have been the price paid for a larger bore engine.

You rarely see any diesel Mercedes with low mileage, especially a W126. This 300SDL for sale in Philadelphia certain looks the part in black over gray leather, but could it be a potential ticking time bomb?

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SDL on eBay

One of a kind serviced low mileage diesel Mercedes in showroom condition. Dealer Serviced. Super low miles, turbo diesel, leather interior. Great for vegetable oil conversion. You are looking at an exceptionally well kept, great looking true luxury automobile, one of the finest series that Mercedes-Benz makes. The vehicle has been made and assembled entirely in Germany, and consists only of Germany made parts. It’s a great color for this model and you just can’t go wrong with a classic dark gray Mercedes-Benz – it really stands out! There are no reported manufacturer’s defects on this vehicle. A never-smoked-in before beauty that looks great and smells clean.

The engine is an exceptionally smooth Turbo Diesel 6 cylinder, a rare and one of the, if not the most coveted diesel out there. This is a rare combination of power, durability and economy. Diesel engines easily many times as much as a gas engines, these engines really last a lifetime, easily go 400k miles. Runs strong and smooth and provides the power you have come to expect from a luxury car such as this. The transmission has the Mercedes mark on it as well and shifts like on a new car, no skips or slips on shifts. The car runs very well!

As you can judge yourself from the pictures, the interior is spotless while the seats show almost no wear and are in excellent condition! This car has a climate control system and the AC blows ice-cold. Extra comfort comes from the excellent power front seats. The power locks, tilt wheel, power windows, power seats and sunroof (and all the other electrical features) all work and are in great condition. This vehicle is equipped with Airbags, for yours, and your passengers’ maximum safety and protection. You and your loved ones will feel safe driving and being in this vehicle. This Mercedes is equipped with premium sound. As seen in the pictures the rims look great while the tires on this auto have been rotated, balanced and as you can see, still have plenty of tread wear left. There were very few of those diesel Mercedes were made for the US, this is your chance to own a truly unique diesel luxury sedan painted in classic MB dark gray.

This is another one of those impossibly mint condition classics that is advertised at a price way over what anyone could realistically expect. At the maximum, we’re looking at a $15,000 car here, but even that is a bit high. In actuality, this car would probably bring somewhere between $11,000 and $14,000. Given the issues with the early OM603 engines, I would carefully inspect all aspects of the powertrain to make sure nothing was lurking beneath. Also, the wheels are looking a bit tired and could benefit from a refinish. In light of that, I still like this car. It’s the best of both worlds. You can tool around town like a boss while getting decent fuel economy.

-Paul

1986 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL

The late 1970s and the 1980s were a time where manufacturers sought to slim down their offerings in the quest for greater efficiency. Mercedes-Benz was no different and introduced a new S class in late 1979, which was more aerodynamic and returned greater fuel economy. This new range, the W126, carried the flagship torch for 12 years and saw a mid-cycle refresh in late 1985. Two V8 engines supplanted the 3.8 liter V8 that was offered for the US market, a 4.2 liter and 5.6. The 4.2 liter engine was derived from the 3.8 engine and the 5.6 was a development of the 5.0 liter V8. Larger 15” alloy wheels and sleeker lower body cladding helped to modernize the car’s appearance until the W140 replaced the W126 in 1992. We’ve seen a few clean W126s here at GCFSB lately and this 1986 420SEL for sale outside of Philadelphia is no exception.

1986 Mercedes-Benz 420SEL on eBay

This is the nicest original 420SEL you’ve seen on ebay, ever. And I am not kidding; I have bought, driven, and sold over 120 W126 chassis Mercedes cars in the last 7 years, more than anyone in the USA including any Mercedes dealer. I have had 9500 mile 560SELs, limos, AMG cars, and more. This 1986 64K mile 420SEL is ridiculously nice. It’s a two-owner car since new, has a great service history, has spent its entire life in sunny Florida, is fully serviced and prepped for its new owner, and has NEVER been in an accident and has all its original body panels and paint (except for hood which was scratched so I had it profesionally repainted). All the little things you look for in a mint W126 are here; the nice orange instrument cluster markings, wood trim free of cracks or fading, ice-cold A/C, rock-steady 650RPM idle, dry spare tire/wheel wells, tidy engine bay, gorgeous undercarriage, and much much more.

Yes, this car is expensive. Yes, you can find a less expensive one (I can even find you a less expensive one if you’d like), or even a low mile car for the same or less money. Yes, the market value has declined for these unappreciated kings of the autobahn. But I will tell you this; if you want the best, a W126 that drives like a proper W126, that was cared for its whole life, that feels like a new car and also LOOKS like a new car, that is unmolested, untouched, has ZERO weak areas, and will not need $5K invested in it in the first 6 months you own it, this is the car for you. I will do everything needed to make sure this car is 100% for the winning bidder, and I can provide literally hundreds of references from buyers that will tell you I do what I say, and deliver what I promise.

This is a 1986 420SEL in acrtic white over burgundy leather and matching burgundy carpets, door panels, and dash. This car has only 64,xxx original miles, was a two-owner Florida car its whole life, looks simply amazing, and has no rust or rot anywhere. The trunk is BONE DRY, and the rear window shows ZERO delamination or fogginess. This car was loved, and it shows. Exterior 9.9 out of 10 (I’m finicky) – Excellent overall condition paint, body, glass, and trim. No dings. No dents. This 420SEL looks amazing, with a deep shine to its white blue paint that’s like looking into an endless mirror. This car looks great even under fluorescent light in a garage. Imagine getting an 26 year old white car with no swirl marks or spiderwebs in the paint….amazing! The lower side-body moldings and cladding are in great shape. Rubber, glass, and trim are all great. The chrome is nearly perfect with no pitting, the glass is perfect, even the pinstripe is perfect! The tires are correct Michelins Energy, always a good sign of proper care; no cheapo tires. They are at about 10% remaining. But I will include a near-new set of correct Michelins at the buy-it-now price. Factory alloy wheels balance out excellent and look great.

Interior 9.9 out of 10 – Seats, carpets, headliner are all in astounding amazing original condition. The back seat looks like no one ever sat in it! No saggy seatbase cushions or worn out faded leather. The door panels, dash, and center console are all fantastic. The headliner is not faded or droopy, even the Gen I leather rear seats, notorious for pulling and shrinking over time, are perfect! The nets on the backs of the front seats are tight like new. Here is more good stuff. If you know these cars, you know at this age if not in absolute collector-quality condition, the orange instrument cluster needles and markings are faded to dull yellow, the wood trim shows stress cracks and cloudiness/fade, there is moisture in the spare tire well, the door jambs are rough and faded, the headlight bezels are cracked/cloudy, etc etc. NONE of those issues are present with this car. The condition of these items, and all the other items like them, is astounding AND original. You will not find a better condition 420SEL anywhere.

The door panels and wood trim are also in great shape, like the rest of the car. Even the trunk and spare are mint, and the tool roll is in place, in its original plastic, as is the first-aid kit. The spare tire and both wheel wells are BONE DRY. The spare tire, jack, and tools are original and have never touched the ground. Electrical 10 out of 10 – All seat motors, windows, vacuum lock system, lights, radio, sunroof, wipers, defogger, mirror, and other items work properly. The HVAC system is fast to respond, and operates perfectly with scalding hot heat and ice-cold A/C. This system blows harder out of the rear console vent than most W126’s do out of their front center dash vents!

Mechanical 10 out of 10 – Engine starts, idles, runs, and revs to redline in every gear smooth and STRONG. This 420SEL runs hard, especially at high speeds. Transmission is smooth yet very aggressive, and downshifts eagerly. No abrupt engagement, just fast, firm, progressive shifts. She runs at high speed with no vibrations or noises. There are no leaks….NONE. No vacuum leaks causing idle or door lock problems, no head gasket leak which these cars are famous for, and no exhaust leaks either. Since this was a Florida car its entire life, the undercarriage looks WAY better than it should for being on the road for 26 years.

This car has passed THREE inspections with flying colors. A pre-purchase overall inspection, a suspension/brake/wheel/tire/exhaust inspection, and my mechanic has gone over ths car as well. After a thorough inspection for problems, nothing of significance was found. But some little items were addressed anyway: brake pads, wiper blades, a relay, all new fuses, oil/filter change, trans fluid/filter change, and more. Engine is strong and VERY eager to run, transmission smooth and ready to drop down two gears at your command to rocket you past slower traffic. Brakes are solid and pedal feel is firm. Suspension is tight like new, no worn tie rod ends, ball joints, shocks, or anything else. Steering nicely weighted with no play in the box. ZERO leaks or noises. This car drives and handles like new.

Recent services listed above, and the MB service history included with the sale. It comes with books, 1 key, tools, and first-aid kit. Even the hood badge proving this car was a European delivery 420SEL. This car was LOVED. No rear window leaks common to W126 cars, no rubber rot, no leaks, no lukewarm A/C….NOTHING. Everything is in fantastic shape, and at 64K miles, it’s not even close to broken in yet! If you’ve been waiting for that time-capsule car, it has arrived. If someone selects the buy-it-now option, I will provide a full $200 detailing including engine and carpet steam cleaning, MB OEM carpeted floor mats, the Michelin tires mentioned above, and all services mentioned above. I’ll even include Toughguard paint protectant. This stuff is simply amazing for durability, as it will last up to five YEARS. Dealers charge up to $695 for this stuff! That’s over $2000 in value!

Nits: While the exterior looks fantastic, and even the bumpers are virtually unmarked, the car does have a few light scratches, a few small touch-up marks, etc from use over its 26 years. THAT’S IT! There are no other significant cosmetic or mechanical problems whatsoever, and if you know the W126 chassis cars, you know it’s amazing to find one in this overall condition.

The color combination of this W126 isn’t my favorite, but red interiors have gained a bit of popularity in recent years, no doubt helped by companies such as Audi offering a vast palate when it comes to interior trim. I’m sensing that W126 values are starting to track those of the W123, one of the most revered Mercedes-Benzes in terms of durability. I’ve seen a vast array of 1986 through 1991 models selling in the $5,000 to $15,000 range. Any example with well under 100,000 miles will garner a good bit of attention, but priced wrong, and they won’t move all that fast in an economy like this. While this is a lot of car for $15,000, I can’t help but think if this was $1,000 to $2,000 cheaper, it would sweeten the deal that much more. I would pass on the paint protectant though. When properly cared for, Mercedes-Benz factory finishes are good enough to stand the test of time.

-Paul

1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC Straman Convertible

After a 20 year hiatus, Mercedes-Benz reintroduced the four seat cabriolet in late 1991 with the introduction of the W124 E Class Cabriolet. This was a wonderfully engineered piece, with a significantly strengthened chassis and innovative roll hoops that could be manually, or, in the case of an accident, automatically deployed. These open roofed E classes were much admired and this is reflected in their strong resale value to this day. In the 1980s, however, if you wanted an open roofed Mercedes, the R107 was your sole choice from the factory. That didn’t stop coachbuilders from setting their sights on the C126 SEC coupe. One of the most famous coachbuilders to behead this flagship touring vehicle was Richard Straman Coachworks of Newport Beach, California. From the Honda CRX to the Avanti, Straman was known for his high quality conversions.

This 500SEC Straman Convertible comes from our reader Mitchell of Dr. Eurocar in Delray Beach, Florida. Unlike a lot of chop jobs, this SEC retains a lot of stock interior trim and has a top which folds rather neatly for an aftermarket roof, leaving one to ponder why Mercedes-Benz never brought one of these to market themselves.

1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC Straman Convertible

1984 Mercedes Benz 500SEC European specifications imported to California in 1985. In 2010 after rebuilding drivetrain I used it between Los Angeles, CA and Seattle, WA. Currently in Delray Beach, FL, still has Washington State license plates & title. Cylinder heads rebuilt in 2010 along with transmission, timing chain & tensioners replaced at the same time. Front suspension completely redone in 2011 including shocks, strut rods, sway bar bushings, Bilstein shocks tie rods, drag link, steering dampner, gear box rebuilt. Rear Bilstein shocks also redone.

Front brake calipers, rotors, pads,sensors, wheel bearing & seals replaced in 2011. Exhaust system is a straight pipe with new Mercedes Benz rear muffler. This is an R.Straman convertible with fully reinforced frame, under fenders straight through rockers to under quarter panels is a 4×4 steel beam. Power top, German Haartz canvas top in good condition, except rear window in not clear and right side above passenger head has a small rip that has been patched. True Cabriolet top similiar to W124 E320 Cabriolet with headliner.

Interior is very good condition except for dash has about three cracks. Driver seat bolster has some wear. Wood around shifter is not as nice as rest of car. Has lots of options, rear Headrests, front center console glove box, rear center console storage box, heated front seats, power front seats, arm rest, burlwood on dash refinsihed looks great. Hand painted gauges picked up in Germany (smoke gray color). 1991 560SEL door panels with speakers in doors. CD/DVD player with auxilary input. Eight speaker stereo system in all factory opening. Two 10 inch subwoofers in trunk with pioneer amp. Factory tool kit.

Paint has scratches, chips, dings (NO DENTS) polishes and looks great but definately would be on another level with a new paint job. HRE 20×10.5 rear wheels THREE piece-chrome lips with black face 265/35/Zr20 Dunlop tires. HRE 18×9 front wheels Threer Piece chrome lips with black face 245/40/zr20 Bridgestone tires. Front turn signal lens ordered from Germany (smoked with orange shining true) looks stunning in person. Of Course European engine, bumpers, headlights, options.

Two things does not work. Headlight self leveling and vacuum locks. AC is cold converted to R134a. This is a truly rare car with some neat options. Mind you its a 28 year old car, but a modern classic that is often used daily. 147,000 miles and mechanically mint.

626-316-8320. Can view Mon-Friday in Delray Beach,FL 33444. $8500.00 even truly insulting offers considered.

DR.EUROCAR
358 NE 4th Street # F
Delray Beach, FL 33444
(561) 907-1636 office/Appt.
www.doctoreurocar.com
mitchell@doctoreurocar.com

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Normally I’m not a big fan of vehicles that have undergone a conversion, but with Straman conversions, I make an exception. In this classic black on tan color combination, this makes for quite a unique and stylish open tourer at a reasonable cost of entry.

-Paul

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

Fewer cars exude more authority and class than a black Mercedes-Benz S class. It’s the vehicle of choice for celebrities, diplomats and dictators alike. My absolute favorite generation was the W126, known for its vault like build quality and durability. Many of these cars still roam about today, and some diesel versions have gotten a new lease on life via fuel system conversions to biodiesel. This particular W126 for sale represents the short wheelbase, “entry level” S class; the last year this generation was on sale. With two owners and 80,000 miles, it’s lead a relatively easy life by Mercedes-Benz standards.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300SE on eBay

1991 300SE. Excellent, close to new condition, very rare low mileage garage kept vehicle. I have owned this car since 1999 and it has been and is a pleasure to drive. Vehicle is in excellent running condition. AC and heat work excellent. All original inculding radio. Brakes, tires, engine, trans all excellent. Pristine condition vehicle which can be driven anywhere. Last of the truly beautiful S class. Selling because I have purchased a new vehicle and would hate to leave this vehicle outside and not in garage. Interior is flawless. Minor quarter size dent on rear left quarter by the tail light which is hardly noticeable. See Picture. Car is a great highway cruiser. No accidents, no issues, paint is original and shines like new. You will not be disappointed.

For less than the price of the cheapest new car available, you can have a stunning example of Mercedes-Benz engineering at its finest. Granted, these 300SE models aren’t the fastest cars out there, but they were not engineered to a price, such as most cars these days. To obtain one with this kind of mileage in this condition, it would be perfectly feasible to drive this another decade. With regular maintenance and the inevitable repairs, you would hardly come close to the cost of a new luxury car of the same caliber. And like a fine vintage watch, you would have something that much cooler.

-Paul

1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL with 45,000 miles

Here is the perfect compliment to the low mileage Mercedes-Benz 560SEC that we featured a few days ago. A 1991 560SEL with 45,000 miles. This W126, like the SEC featured earlier, represents the last year for this legendary S class chassis. It’s color, Smoke Silver, was a popular period hue. From the unblemished interior to the immaculate alloy wheels, this vehicle is quite the time warp.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL on eBay

One owner California owned 1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL. Silver on tan leather with only 45,000 miles. Fully loaded, floor mats, books, tape/AM/FM, books and more. The car has 15″ wheels with new tires and this car has a very rare rear sunshade that we have never seen in a 560 or 420SEL. It has a gorgeous color combination or silver with tan interior. The car is super tight and clean, the only flaw on the car is the hood, very light scratch and only seen in certain lights and two bird droppings that has a faded shape in the paint. The car has a 5.6 V8, powerful motor that is very tight, fast and smooth. Don’t miss this chance to own this rare beauty with low miles.

Like the low mileage 560SEC, everything is right about this vehicle for me from the tasteful color combination to the year and condition. I like how the wheels have been updated with the center caps with chrome emblems, as these were originally painted silver. It lends a nice finishing touch to one of the best flagship W126 I’ve come across in quite some time.

-Paul

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300SD

It’s no news flash that gas prices are on the rise again. If you are a reader of GCFSB, chances are you are not too thrilled about the thoughts of dancing around the environmental maypole that is the Toyota Prius. There are, however, options in the ongoing fight for better fuel economy. Diesel engines have always been my technology of choice in the hunt for better fuel economy, mainly as I come from a European family well aware of the benefits and durability of these powerplants. I’m also an advocate of buying used cars, partly because you can get more bang for your buck and partly because you aren’t expending any resources to build it like the new hybrid down the block from you.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mercedes-Benz was a purveyor of a plurality of diesel engined vehicles, such as this 1985 300SD with the OM617.951 inline five cylinder turbo diesel engine. With 123 horsepower this wasn’t a barnstormer of a car, but had 181 lb ft of torque, enough oomph to help it waft about. Our reader Robert is selling his 1985 300SD, the last year for this particular model in the US market. It has been maintained to an impressive standard and has had some mild performance modifications to help off the line acceleration.

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300SD on eBay

Up for auction is a truly beautiful example of a Mercedes W126 300SD Turbo Diesel. This car is an immaculate condition. I would give it a solid 9 – 9.5 as far as cosmetics are concerned. Mechanically, I would rate it a 9.7, it is that good. It only has 135,000 original miles (nothing for this type of car) and has been meticulously maintained during my ownership. Most of the front suspension is new to the tune of $1900 hundred dollars and yes I have the receipts. Anything that was worn or starting to look tired was replaced with Mercedes OEM parts. The rear shocks have just been recently replaced with factory OEM Bilsteins. The starter is brand new as well. That was in the neighborhood of $500.00 dollars.

All fluids (engine oil, transmission oil, differential gear oil, brake fluid, coolant, etc.) has been flushed and replenished. I do this even if I think the car doesn’t really need it just for my own piece of mind. By the way, the only oil I run through the car is Amsoil 100% synthetic which not only includes the engine oil but the differential and transmission oil as well. I also run Amsoil diesel additive every time I fill up which keeps the injectors clean amongst other things. Did I mention the car gets 24 – 29 mpg. As I’m sure you are aware diesels of this era (even turbo diesels) are sluggish by nature especially while accelerating from a dead stop. Once they are up to speed, however, they move pretty good. I wanted this car to have just a little bit more get up and go than your average diesel so I took it to a 75 year old master Mercedes technician to see what he could do if anything. Well as it turns out he could do something and he did. He tuned the car so that the turbo comes on earlier and played with the air/fuel mixture as well. In addition, he installed a full performance exhaust system as well as a K&N air filter. I might have lost about 1 mpg from the tuning modifications but to me it was worth it for the extra performance. The car now accelerates smartly from a dead start. It is the strongest running Mercedes diesel that I have ever owned and I have owned a lot of them.

Now let’s get real nick picky and point out the little flaws that the car has, which by the way, I have included a photo of whenever possible. There is small plastic piece of the front grill that is chipped. There are two dings in the chrome piping that goes around the rear outside window. The screen is partially out on the original Becker radio cassette but works perfectly other than that. There is some rust on the chrome rims. There is a small spot on the rear bumper where the chrome does not polish out. The plastic dead pedal where one rests their foot while driving is cracked. There are a couple of hairline cracks in the wood of the center console. Hardly noticeably at all. The glow plug light on the dash has a mind of its own. Sometimes it comes on and sometimes it doesn’t. I may have this figured out and fixed by the time the car sells.

That’s pretty much it, that is everything that I can think of. Everything else on the car works perfectly; power door locks, power seats, all power windows, sunroof, heater, ac, defrost, odometer, tachometer, etc. The interior of the car is nearly perfect and the exterior is excellent as well. The paint on the car is just beautiful, with a deep, deep, luster. Please look at the photos carefully. Why am I selling it after putting so much TLC into it you ask….I want a diesel wagon for its versatility and cargo carrying capabilities, specifically a Mercedes 300TD of the same era.

No matter the year or model, I’m a fan of all W126 sedans, this one being no exception. The mileage on this example is nominal considering the level of care afforded. Cosmetically the car is in outstanding condition for 27 years of age and with regular maintenance and care, the next 30 years or so should wear just as well.

-Paul

1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC with 52,000 miles

If Mercedes-Benz still made brand new W126 S class sedans, I think people would buy them, as their style and durability were hard to match as compared to cars that preceded and followed it. The C126 coupe based off the W126 chassis was the flagship of the line in the 1980s. While not as wildly popular as the longer lived R107 SL, this coupe blended understated pillarless coupe styling with the smooth M117 5.6 liter V8 and all the bells and whistles the discerning consumer could ask for. Low mileage R107 SL roadsters are rather easy to come across, but few C126 coupes remain in good shape. This 560SEC for sale in Oklahoma looks showroom fresh with just over 50,000 miles and is sure to delight as much as it did the day it rolled off the showroom floor.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC on eBay

This is a rare and truly original 560SEC. The last and best year for this model and one surely to become a collectible. This car has only 52,000 miles. It is a three owner car with all books and records including window sticker and various other documents. The paint is very good original condition with minor chips, no dents or dings. The interior is excellent, and the glass is original and in excellent condition. Everything works as it should including seat retractors and radio. This car is ready to go with no issues. They can be very costly if they are not well kept and this one has always been well maintained. There are not many black cars left in this condition with low miles.

Having been built in July 1991, this is one of the very last C126 coupes to have rolled off the production line. Everything about this car is right; the color, the miles, the year, you name it. I even think the asking price is reasonable given the immaculate presentation. This is yet another car I would love to call my own, if it were not for money and space limitations. Whoever winds up getting this car is not only getting a good bit of class and luxury for the price, but one of the best engineered big Benzes of our time.

-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

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

In the aftermath of World War II, Mercedes-Benz was a shining example of the German Economic Miracle. In such a short period of time, Germany mobilized its people and began rebuilding their country from the ground up. From buildings to factories, almost everything had to be rebuilt in the wake of mass destruction. Within ten years of restarting production, Mercedes-Benz had a mixed bag product lineup, consisting of models like the unibody Ponton sedan, 190SL roadster, 300SL sports car and the large 300 sedans, coupes and cabriolets.

The new Heckflosse, or Fintail models, bowed in 1959 and were the beginning of Mercedes-Benz’s push into the modern era. At the top of this range was the 300SE sedan and coupe. These models included more chrome, power steering, pneumatic suspension and automatic transmissions were standard. A little over 5,000 examples of the 300SE emerged from the factory between 1961 and 1965, making these über fintails quite rare, but overshadowed by successors such as the 300SEL 6.3 and later 4.5 models with the new generation V8 engines.

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE on eBay

If you are looking at this auction you probably already know what this is. The top of the line Mercedes sedan from 1963, the 300SE W112 has a similar body style but a completely different drive train from the W110 and W111 cars. If you are a lover of this body style, this is just about the the best model that you could aspire to own. All aluminum fuel injected 3 liter engine, four wheel disc brakes, four wheel independent air suspension and a multitude of other refinements that distinguish it from the 220S, 220SE and other lower model cars. This particular car is a solid example of the W112 sedan. It is far from perfect, but it has been operated continuously, though sparingly, throughout its life. It has 137,500 miles on it and I have enough history to say that I am confident that this is accurate original mileage.

Though there were many options available for these cars, this one only has a few. Most importantly (a requirement for any serious enthusiast) it has a sunroof. Also, it has the white trim package for the inside, the steering wheel, shifter knob and blinker knob. Also, and very oddly, it has a hydraulic fan clutch. This is an option that one would expect on a car that was not to be sold in America. However, there it is. I had a leak in the unit and put a standard drive fan on. I have since sourced a rebuild fan clutch but have not installed it. The exterior color is DB190g also known as graphite grey. The interior is read leather, with option code 204.

Condition:

The paint work on this car is partly original (I think) and partly respray. It has been fixed here and there over its life so that it continued to be presentable. For a perfectionist, it needs to be repainted. For a driver it is acceptable. It has dings, dents and scratches throughout though no major blemishes. There are two spots where there is rust. One spot on the rear rocker and another spot is just behind the rear passenger door in the inner fender. I will have to send pictures of these as they are pretty impossible to describe. Also, anyone who actually is serious about buying this car had better some see it first!

The interior of the car has what I believe to be the original wool carpet. The doors and seats are original though the back of the drivers seat has been replaced. It was replaced when you could still get the correct stuff from mercedes, so it is perfect factory replacement, but in much better shape. The interior is worn, there are stains, tears and many split seams. However, having owned this car and seen many others like it, it is one of the best preserved original interiors I have seen. Most of these cars end up sitting and as a result the interiors are destroyed. I would NEVER even consider replacing it. That is partly because its still ok and also because the original leather has a smell that could never be duplicated. For someone much more motivated that me, you could probably work wonders on it with the leatherique restoration products. The headliner has bee replaced with something other than original I think. I believe that this would have had a wool headliner. It now has the white with the small perforations. The wood is all in good condition. Some of the wood has been refinished in a color very different from factory, but it goes nice with the red. You can see both the original color and the new color on the picture where the back door is open.

Note on the pictures:

In one photograph the front passenger side blinker lens is broken, this has been replaced. The mechanical parts of this car have had extensive work done by me and my other 300SE loving friends. All the air bags have been replaced, the water pump, replaced the injection pump was rebuilt, the rear axle was removed and all the rubber parts replaced, the drive shaft rebuilt, the radiator boiled, the engine has been out, and in and out (and thankfully in again). I have very extensive documents and notes for the past 14 years, though I have only owned it for ten. The air valves all hold air. This car can sit for EVER and not leak down. All the gauges work, the original radio works. The clock doesnt work anymore, but it used too. It has been converted to pertronix electronic ignition. The transmission has been replaced though I dont have any documents for that. If anyone has any questions about what I have done, please ask. I cant remember everything right now. I have probably spent about $6,000 in parts that I have put on it, not to mention the time that was spent. I took as good of care of this car as I knew how for many years.

Sadly I have lost interest and I have had it parked in the garage for a few years. It needs the touch of a new enthusiast. I have a few parts that I never put on that it needs and it needs a good fine tuning. It runs and drives and can drive anywhere you want it to go. I am VERY reluctant to sell this car. It has been a constant part of my life for ten years and I hope that it goes to a good home. If you are interested, I also have a1964 Long Wheel base 300SE that I am interested in selling.

These 300SE sedans have a cult following amongst Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts, and from the looks of it, it appears the current owner is one of those people, given that he also owns a rare long wheelbase version. The suspension in these cars is complex, so it’s heartening to hear that both that system and the rest of the mechanicals are in good working order. Cosmetically, it leaves a bit to be desired, but as they say, it’s only original once and it appears that most of what we see is how it was when it left the factory. With a little bit of cosmetic refurbishment and elbow grease, this would be a nice, practical classic and would certainly garner interest at the next Mercedes-Benz club meeting.

-Paul