1992 Mercedes-Benz 300TE

Who says you can’t go home again? It seems like now more than ever the demand for nostalgic cars is thriving. Not just the really good stuff, but seemingly average cars that are extremely clean literally have people flowing in waves to check out and ultimately buy. Maybe because the 1980s and 1990s seemed like a simpler time, or because cars from that era literally were simpler. Combine that with the cars we lusted after growing up suddenly become available again and we don’t want to let this time pass us by. That leads me to an example of that, a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300TE with just 18,000 miles. Either you grew up in one of these or wanted to grow up in one of these, the want for them is now strong even though it is a seemingly nondescript car in every way. Maybe that is a good thing?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300TE on eBay

Year: 1992
Model: 300TE
VIN: WDBEA90E2NF193970
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 18,320 mi
Location: Wainscott, New York
Price: Reserve Auction

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Wagon. Smoke Silver Metallic with Parchment leather – 18k original miles – original California one family car. The car is like new throughout – looks and drives as new.
Rare leather interior with 3rd row seating. Recently serviced with all new fluids – among the very best W124 Mercedes models available.

Please email with questions and kindly bid only if you intend to purchase.

As you might have expected, this car is nearly flawless. Smoke Silver Metallic, also known as beige, is far from my favorite color ever, but my goodness does it look clean here. Even the trim is still rich black and the wheel wells are spotless as well. This dealer didn’t do did anyone any favors on the interior except try a bunch of artsy shots that show absolutely nothing, so we are going to have to assume everything is fine here. Under the hood, there lies the trusty M103 with exhaust manifolds that aren’t discolored.

How much? Bidding is already north of $20,000 with the reserve not met, so my guess it is probably going to take $30,000 or greater. It is tough to say it isn’t worth it given how this car looks and probably drives like a new car, and can be totally dependable as well. I’m curious to see if this one sells.

Thanks to our reader Joe for the spot!

– Andrew

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3 Comments

  1. Insane price.

    $15k is fair.

  2. I think this is more than a 15k car given the rarity and condition (I doubt there are more than a handful of these in the US with this kind of mileage). However, at the current 25K RNM bid on ebay, I’d just order one in the color of my choosing from Germany, where mileage is lower and these TEs are more plentiful. For extra euro cred, I’d get mine with the cloth seats.

  3. In 1992, the 300TE sticker price was $53,900…the equivalent now in 2019 dollars is $99,000. Given the miles and old world Mercedes build quality, $25K is a bargain. I’d take this any day of the week over the disposable trash they build now.

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