The 500E is one of the most complete cars I’ve ever driven. When I was in college, I was fortunate enough to test drive this legend at a specialist dealer. Even though the car I drove had 110,000 miles on the clock, in true Mercedes-Benz fashion, it felt solid as a rock. The suspension in this car alone was a revelation; comfortable enough for highway cruising yet tight enough when you wanted to be aggressive. To explain how the engineers pulled this off would probably be as hard to explain how gravity works. This car left an impression on me and every time I see one come up for sale, the little devil on my shoulder tells me to forget about the maintenance, fuel and insurance costs….just do it. This 1993 500E is for sale right in my backyard and it’s calling my name.
1993 Mercedes 500E: A joint production between Mercedes and Porsche. Here is the chance to own one of the cleanest and most cared for 500Es.
A little history, the prior owner received the car as part of a settlement many years ago and she spared absolutely no expense caring for it, none! The car was stored in a garage on 5th Avenue nearly all its life, it was always serviced at MB of Manhattan or EuroMotorcars in Bethesda on occasion. I have paperwork on the car that includes all the maintenance performed since its original purchase in addition to the owner’s manual svc stamps since ’93. I have all the major services documented since original purchase, including the latest 60k maintenance performed at the dealership to the tune of $1,100+ when the car had 57k; transmission flush was performed at 52k. Documented engine harness and water pump replacement.
All major equipment/parts on the car are 100% original i.e., engine, transmission, and body… Engine runs super smooth and transmission shifts like butter. Everything functions inside/out, cassette deck has the occasional hiccup but radio and cd player work perfectly. A/C blows ice cold and heat works great. It has never been driven in rain or snow, no rust/corrosion anywhere and the car lived a sheltered life as stated. No accidents/bodywork and paintwork is all original. Interior shows no signs of wear w/ a few minor blemishes on wood that is merely unavoidable on these cars. I have all three original keys, owners manual, documents, and MB dust cover. When I took possession the dealership recommended as general maintenance to update some parts, so I did right away. Below I will list what has been updated:
Parts & Service
New updated O.E.M. MBenz Engine Harness- Originals were known to deteriorate over time ($1,300+)
Front Rotors and Brake Pads
Caps and Rotors
Windshield Washer reservoir pump
Interstates best battery that came recommended for this car
Mobile One Synthetic
Car just passed a stringent VA Safety and Emissions inspection last month.
I know this is an extraordinary example of a very rare car, only serious buyers please inquire, I will do my best to answer your questions. Pictures do this car no justice so once again serious buyers please feel free to set up an appointment with me.I will do my best to assist with shipping if required in any way that I can. $1,500 deposit will be required at time of purchase. I have set a low reserve on the car considering what I paid and money I personally invested thereafter.
Over the past couple years, I’ve seen some 500Es advertised at stratospheric prices, sometimes close to or over the $40,000 mark. Usually Mercedes-Benz sedans command less than their coupe and convertible brethern, but this is one special Mercedes and enthusiasts know. This car’s asking price is refreshing; well within reason given the mileage and condition.
I typically leave all things Benz to my peers here at GCFSB. It’s not that I don’t like them, I am quite smitten in fact. It’s just that they are all so damn knowledgeable I figure it best to leave these cars to the pros.
However, for every rule there is an exception. The Mercedes 500e “Hammer” is the exception to that rule. Built as a joint venture between Mercedes and Porsche this partnership involved shipping these cars back and forth between factories during each 18 day build.
The result was a world class sedan powered by 5.0 liter V8 capable of 0-60 sprints in the 6 second range. That is so very quick for a car that weighs almost 3,800 pounds. Here is an excellent two owner example for your viewing pleasure.
More about this car –
“This auction is for a beautiful 1993 Mercedes Benz 500E HAMMER. It has 105k original miles on it.
Clean Title * CarFax Certified * 2 OWNER CAR!!!
This 500E is in excellent condition. All of the electronics work correctly.
THIS IS THE ULTIMATE CLASSIC MERCEDES – LESS THAN 1600 MADE IN 1993 – VERY FEW OF THEM WERE WHITE
The suspension feels tight, the motor and transmission run very strong, and the car drives perfectly.
This Mercedes has been meticulously maintained. I have most of the Service History
FIRST OWNER KEPT THE CAR IN A HEATED GARAGE.
STUNNING CONDITION – YOU CAN TELL ITS AN ENTHUSIAST’S CAR
I KEPT IT IN THE GARAGE AS WELL
CLEAN CONDITION – BEST COLOR COMBINATION AVAILABLE!!!
The paint color is Bright White and is in excellent condition. The interior is Light Grey Leather.
EXCELLENT CONDITION WOOD TRIMMED INTERIOR – NO CRACKS OR BROKEN PIECES – STILL VERY GLOSSY
The interior shows very little to almost no wear.
LAST YEAR OF PRE-FACELIFT W124
NO ACCIDENTS – NO DAMAGE.”
This looks like a fantastic example. The exterior still shines like new and the interior looks like a car half its age. Bidding currently sits at $13.1k with the reserve not yet met. The seller has it listed for $17k elsewhere so I have to think $15.5k could get it done. That is a lot of German engineering for the dollar. I will be curious to see where this one lands.
Those that know me are aware I have a weakness for certain vintage Mercedes-Benzes. Interestingly enough, it’s not always the flashy coupes and roadsters, but rather, the sedate sedans that pull at my heart strings more. Having grown up with a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E in my parents’ household, I’ve admired the W124 for its no-nonsense looks and stout chassis. I’d love to have another one someday and while the legendary 500E would be the one I’d choose, more than likely my wallet would steer me more towards a six cylinder variant, and preferably the face lifted version that appeared for the 1994 model year. This later model 1994 E320 for sale in the Mid-Atlantic region is not the most mint condition example out there, but with a bit of TLC it would make an excellent daily driver.
1994 Mercedes E320. No reserve auction, highest bidder wins! Original 101,942 miles. Yes, those are original miles. No accidents, non-smoker, rust free, adult owned. Well maintained, no warning lights. No leaks, clean and clear title plus Carfax in hand. Runs, drives and looks great. Engine starts and runs perfectly. Transmission shifts very smooth without any hesitations or jerkings. These straight 6 cylinder engines are well known to go over 300k miles with regular oil changes. I personally drove this car and found it to be in outstanding condition.
Features: automatic transmission, ABS, airbags, power windows, cruise control, power locks, power mirrors, power steering, power seats, tan leather, sunroof, alloy wheels and more. Please note that this is a used vehicle and it does have minor wear and tear. Front bumper cover is broken as seen in picture but does not effect how it runs.
Since this is a no reserve auction, I would estimate that anywhere between $3,500 and $4,000 should take it, given the car’s cosmetic faults. Cleaner, lower mileage examples, with exception of the 500E/E500 can sometimes change hands for $10,000 or more, depending on what engine might lie under the hood. Provided it has a well documented service history, this E320 could be a great first Mercedes for someone seeking a car that is durable, fairly simple and won’t break the bank.
The W124 Mercedes-Benz E class was one of those rare instances where the replacement for a legendary model, the W123, almost surpassed its predecessor’s reputation for solidity and reliability. One of the lesser known models was the entry level 260E, or later 300E 2.6, with the same engine as the W201 190E 2.6. Clean, early W124s are becoming more rare, and I was surprised to stumble upon a well maintained one owner example right in my backyard.
Up for auction is a perfect example Mercedes E260, legendary W124 in superb condition. I deal with a lot of older Mercedes vehicles and this one is one of the best I have ever had. Mercedes has a real reputation for building some of the safest and most reliable vehicles on the road and this one is no exception. Mercedes vehicles are known worldwide for their reliability and durability. This Mercedes is truly masterpiece in design, engineering and quality. This vehicle was assembled in West Germany. The quality of this vehicle is without any questions, the best. Mercedes vehicles are assembled with precision, knowlege, love and pride. I can tell that the previous owner took care of this Mercedes with the same attributes. I can say and even provide real statistics that the quality of this vehicle easy surpass any Japanese vehicle without any doubt. Please take a look at this beautiful Mercedes E260. This car was definitely garaged since it left the assembly plant. This is because the quality parts and assebly. No rattles or any strange noises. The Vehicle drives like a small tank. The interior of this car smells like new. People who ever had an experience with Mercedes cars should be familiar with authentic smell of Mercedes interior. When you sit down, please look around, close your eyes. You will smell the real wood and rich leather only produced using the best components available on earth. It can be fully opened or it can be opened in vent position. Simple and genius. Since this car was garaged most of the time, there is no rust on vehicle at all!!! The are no dents on the body and no paint work! This Merc was never envolved in accident.
Everybody knows that the price for the gas these days is not a joke. This vehicle has inline 6 cylinder engine. This engine gives you great fuel economy and at the same time it is powerful enough to move this vehicle quickly. This vehicle is very economical on gas. The engine starts and sounds perfect. The engine has an excellent sound. When you drive it, you know that you drive Mercedes and be proud of it! Transmission shifts the way it should in proper manner. All electronics work properly. Visual Display Organizator does not have any “check engine” light. All power doors work as they should. All the interior light work as they should. I would define this car as showroom condition. Also, this car has a low milage and Auto Check shows very high score. This is a original milage vehicle. This is also one owner car. This car can be purchased for daily use or as a collection to your garage. This is your chance! This vehicle is true Mercedes. It is built like a small tank. Low Milage. Garage kept. It has a real steel, wood, leather and other high quality components. Made in Germany. Good luck bidding on this beautiful Benz. I will also take reasonable offer. I can also assist a shipping for this vehicle.
I really enjoy watching these no reserve auctions as it’s a great, up to the minute indicator for the used market. I really like this 260E, because it is classy in a staid, unpretentious sort of way. The colors are right and with a good history, it should have many years left for a new owner to enjoy.
This car has been up for sale numerous times, I even posted it on this blog over two years ago.
Something strikes me as odd that this car hasn’t traveled in those two years, the mileage hasn’t changed much. In fact it has covered less than 5,000 miles since 1997, stashed in a collectors garage. One of the times the car was on eBay, in Fall of 2009, it had apparently sold for $8,700, but looks like that sale didn’t go through. Now it is up for sale for $12,500.
If you disregard the strangeness of the fact that no one seems to want to drive this car, the price is not too shabby for a genuine low mileage Koenig car. If this was a big body Benz with that mileage buyers would be more likely to bite. Plus this one was owned by Ken Griffey Jr. as indicated by the custom speedometer gauge face, which should appeal to some people.
The dark green paint is a unique color, but the custom yellow striping and boy racer trunk lid spoiler are kind of a turn off. Of course if you are in the market for a Koenig car you aren’t interested in being inconspicuous.
The current owner purchased the car earlier this summer from the collector who had basically parked it since 1997. This seller had some work completed to make the car more road worthy. It looks like it could still use some work to fix the handling and touch up some paint and chrome issues. Maintenance on this should be a breeze as it still sports the standard 3 liter inline six of which parts are plentiful.
If the right collector finds this it might sell at the opening ask price. More likely though I bet it goes through with no bids, which is strange when you think about what a new Koenig Specials conversion cost. The rareness of these cars coupled with the low mileage of this one may tickle a collector looking for an investment the right way, but lets hope the car doesn’t get locked up off the road for another decade.
Not everyone can afford to jump into the 500E market. For those who still want the stately looks of the W124 and the rumble of a V8, but at a significantly lower price take a look at this 400E. The 500E’s little brother rarely gets the spotlight so when I saw this looker I thought I’d throw it a bone.
The 400E deserves some of the praise given to the 500E, it is no slouch in the engine department. The 4.2 liter V8 puts out close to 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. If you take the electronically limited speed of the 500E into account the 400E has the same top speed of 155 m.p.h. The smaller 4.2 won’t jump off the line as quickly, but is just as comfortable out on the highway.
The car seen here has been given a much more aggressive look thanks to 18″ rims that tuck under the fenders thanks to lowering springs. Smoked taillights and front signal lights complement the dark gray paint. The 1994 also comes with the updated grille for a more modern look. It has some new maintenance parts, like brakes, that the next owner won’t have to worry about. It has had an accident that meant a new trunk lid and rear bumper work. It looks like a Remus or other aftermarket rear exhaust is on the car. The owner doesn’t give details, but it looks like things have been repaired properly. The owner indicates that the car has been cared for well. The 77,000 miles on the car are less than you would expect on one of these.
The car currently sits at $5,600 with no bids and a reserve. No real investment potential here just a fine looking set of wheels and a chance to get in on V8 Mercedes ownership.
Following up to the clean, low mileage Mercedes-Benz E320 sedan just featured, here is a very mint example of the first Mercedes-Benz four seat convertible manufactured since the early 1970s: the E320 cabriolet. Just shy of 3,700 examples were produced in this last year for the W124, featuring the venerable 3.2 liter inline six producing 217 hp. This example has yet to see the better side of 60,000 miles and it shows.
This E320 Cabriolet is painted in rare #721 Moonstone Gray Metallic with a Gray leather interior and black cloth top. A limited production hand-built car, this example has only 57,000 miles. No accidents ever with clean CarFax. All original paint. Meticulously maintained by its owner and used as a fair-weather driver only in Wisconsin summers and Florida winters. Must see and drive to appreciate.
It always amazes me that given how few E320 cabrios were produced, there always seems to be a wealth of clean, low mileage examples for sale. The asking prices for these models have always been strong, but $28,500 seems a bit optimistic. If this car had under 20,000 miles and was close to showroom fresh, maybe I could see it. But realistically, given the current economy, a value of closer to $20,000 seems more reasonable.
I will say that this car speaks to me, and quite loudly, because my 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 was painted this very hue, Moonstone Gray Metallic, and it is a fantastic color. Subtle, with a hint of mauve about it in the right lighting. Ever since they appeared in 1992, the W124 E class cabriolet was a favorite of mine. I have no doubt that someday, when my economic and living situation changes, I will be searching for a clean, lovingly cared for example like this very car. And maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get it in Moonstone Gray.
Until this January, I had been a Mercedes-Benz owner for the past 10 years. I have to say, as a consumer loyal to the marque, I’m not too pleased with the styling direction Mercedes has been taking the last several years. Where to start? Well, the new C class coupe can’t help but make me think Honda Accord Coupe, many models suffer from too much needless chrome in an effort to up the bling factor and the SUV offerings I feel have watered down the bread and butter sedans and wagons.
This, however, doesn’t stop me from loving the classics, though. After growing up with a 1992 400E in the household, I have been quite the fan of the W124, especially the 500E/E500. I’m always on the lookout for clean examples of any variant, and here is a well cared for late model E320 for sale down in Texas.
One owner from Houston and has been pampered and garaged! This was an extra vehicle for the previous owner and the mileage is consistent with its limited use. The paint is in excellent condition and it is apparent that this car was garaged and meticulously-maintained. The tires on the vehicle appear to have been recently replaced. The interior of this vehicle is virtually flawless. All interior functions have been tested and the only thing I could find that does not operate is the drivers seat forward/backward motion (tilt seat/back position work fine) This vehicle runs like it has 10,000 miles on it. The owners manual has been kept up to date with service records/dealer stamps.
As of writing this, there is a little over four days left in the auction and it hasn’t met the reserve. I’m guessing the seller has the reserve set around $5,000 to $6,000, which is about what average examples of this E class sell for. Given the cars history and pleasing color combination, $8,000 doesn’t seem too unreasonable, but if a buyer can get this for right around $7,000, I’d say it was a good buy. This is a car that will last a lifetime, even at almost 20 years of age.
This is just about to end, but it caught my eye for a quick post, I enjoy the monochromatic color schemes on my Benzs.
This 300CE looks particularly nice with a brown paint scheme that carries through to the refurbished, color matched AMG rims and brown interior. The 300CE comes with the nice 3 liter inline six which will provide enough go with reasonable gas mileage, not stellar on either account, but enough. What sets this ride apart from other 300CE cars is this one has a ton of documentation with it and the service records show a number of new parts. This one also has had the headlights replaced with euro spec units to make for the more aerodynamic and better looking front. It is clear that this car has been taken care and the 112k miles is low for a 1988.
With a cost new of $53,000 the typical depreciation has this car sitting at $6,800 with the reserve not yet met. This one looks like a really nice example. Prices are all over the map for the W124, this one won’t be sold on the low end price-wise.
Another week on eBay, another car turns up that makes me wish I had extra garage space and funds. Of all the W124 Mercedes-Benzes, the coupe was my favorite. The rarity of them along with the classic pillarless profile just wins me over. Knowing this car would keep trucking for many more miles due to the reliable 3.2 inline six is just icing on the cake. Here’s a clean example with 76,000 miles out on the left coast.
The seller states:
Very rare 1995 Mercedes E320 coupe. 1 of 307 made for the last year of the w124 series. The car is Black Pearl with black leather. It was purchased (leased) new in 1995 at the Beverly Hills Mercedes. At the end of the lease it was turned back into Mercedes with 34009 miles on it, at this time MBZ of San Francisco purchased it and certified it in April of 1998. It was sold to a gentleman from Marin Ca. who was dating a salesperson at the dealership and he had the vehicle for 10 years until I bought from him, so the Mercedes has never left the state of California. It has been perfectly maintained! It amazingly solid without even a rattle after 16 years, last of the hand made Mercedes!
According to NADA, clean retail for a 1995 E320 coupe is hovering around $8,500, Kelley Blue Book is at about $7,800. The buy it now price seems just a tad high, but honestly, if I was in the market, I wouldn’t hesitate putting $10k down on something like this, given it’s history, condition and rarity. The convertibles are nice, but the last of the W124 coupes are the rarest of the bunch and are fast disappearing. Hopefully this one finds a good home.