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1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL

As time marches on, so does the W126 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Pick your engine size and you are basically set. The cleanest of the clean examples continue to bring strong money month after month, and the less than desirable examples are dying off as they become not worth it to own or repair anymore.

Today, we have a 1988 300SEL up for sale in Florida finished in the rare Pajett Red with dark gray lower cladding. Even better, it’s covered just 86,000 miles since new. Worth the asking price? Maybe.

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Year: 1988
Model: 300SEL
VIN: WDBCA25D9JA387448
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 86,000 mi
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Price: $9,999 Buy It Now

Make Mercedes-benz
Model 300
Year 1988
Exterior Garnet Red Metallic
Interior Beige
Engine 3.0L
Transmission Automatic
Miles 86000
– Up For Sale is Our 1988 Mercedes-benz 300 SEL Sedan
– Car Location: New Jersey
– 3.0L V6
– 86,000 miles
– Maroon exterior
– Beige interior
– Always garaged
– One owner vehicle
– Dealer maintained
– Automatic transmission

This certainly seems like a nice example and the selling dealer claims it’s had just one owner. The only flaw I’m seeing is some heavy wear on the driver’s armrest, which shouldn’t be a big deal to replaced given how many of these cars are still out there. I’m sure it needs a few little things, but I know I’ve certainly seen worse over the years.

The asking price of $10,000 certainly seems to be in the ballpark given what we’ve seen recent comparable examples sell for. I think if this is your color you, then go for it, especially given what it would sell for if it was a 560SEL.

– Andrew


  1. Ricky
    Ricky May 10, 2021

    I’d be totally fine with a 300 sel or a 420sel. It’s just a Sunday driver for me. I’ll leave the racing to other cars. Nice color imo.

  2. E88Guy
    E88Guy May 10, 2021

    How much does a W126 weigh? Can it get out of it’s own way with a 3L Six? Sharp looking vehicle otherwise.

  3. James P Fuerstenberg
    James P Fuerstenberg May 11, 2021

    A lot of car for the money. Really a very nice car to drive for around 10K.

  4. Ricky Weston
    Ricky Weston May 13, 2021

    This would be a perfectly good car as long as you lived at sea level. The 3L sixes are not fast, but as long as you’re not up at elevation, they are perfectly acceptable. Love that red!

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