1984 Mercedes 500SEL AMG

Here is something a bit unique. The pictures are nice, but the seller provides no description at all. Note to car people if you are selling a car and want to get people to offer you good money, describe your vehicle.

You occasionally see Benzs like this that have had a tough life and get moved to a new owner who a decade after the car was built tries to bolt on cheap body parts to make an AMG look car. This one appears to have been given the AMG treatment early on. Though the AMG front fender badges have the new AMG logo that would not have been contemporary with the car.

The car does have genuine AMG body parts, the trunk spoiler in particular is a fairly unique item. The car also has tailight filler spacers on each side of the rear license plate. These red parts that match the ridges of the tailights are not stock. The wheels appear to be genuine period correct AMG spec Ronal parts. Though they are missing AMG center caps.

The addition of a 5.0 badge on the right of the trunk makes me wonder if AMG did any engine work. Why advertise that it was 5.0 unless it was special? Mercedes only distinguished engine size with numbers on the right when they were different from the engine size given in the model number. (190E 2.6, 280SE 3.5, 300SEL 6.3, etc.) This is not a standard part for a U.S. 500SEL. To my knowledge it was only used on the 450SLC 5.0, standard, from the factory.

The velour interior, combined with the euro headlights, along with the VIN show this to be a Euro car.

If you are a Benz enthusiast and have never tried the online VIN decoder it is a must see.

If I can drag some more info out of the seller I’ll post it here.

Seeing this Benz in white roll by in the mid 80s truly would’ve said big pimpin’ to me. I love the sturdy look of this era S class.

~Evan

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3 Comments

  1. Not sold, reserve not met at $4,049.99

  2. nice post! keeping an eye on this.

  3. BTW, the rear taillight connector might have been a factory option. Although I am not 100% positive, sometimes you see vin decodes that include a code and next to it says unknown code. I have read some where that there is a specific code for the connector and it usually says unknown code. This particular car does not have any unknown codes but it does have the desirable LSD on the rear axel. I would not get one of these cars without it.

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