1998 Mercedes-Benz E430

I’m probably in the minority here, but there is something satisfying about seeing a really nice car for sale at a really reasonable price. I can’t tell you how many times I run across cars that for whatever reason are priced entirely too high for the condition they are in (I’m looking at you R107 owners). This is far too common with the German marquees because naturally their owners have an affection towards their vehicles because they sought out these specific brands in the first place to purchase. So when it comes time sell, they usually see more value than it is actually worth in reality, thus pricing the car too high. Or maybe they can’t stomach the massive depreciation and are trying to recoup some of their loses. Either way, it’s usually a struggle to find of king of common ground between buyers and sellers and everyone wastes time. But today, we have none of that. This 1998 Mercedes-Benz E430 for sale in Brooklyn is not only in outstanding condition, but I think it’s actually way under priced.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz E430 on eBay

Year: 1998
Model: E430
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 102,334 mi
Price: Buy It Now $3,900

Up for sale a classic Mercedes E430 V8 in excellent condition in and out. No mechanical issues, no oil leaks, no warning lights. Runs and drives like new.
I’m the 3rd owner since March 2013. I bought it with 76000 miles on it in VA state, where it was driven since new.
Oil change every 3000 miles with full synthetic Mobil 5W-30. Last oil change reported 5/28/17/. Garage kept only.
Extras:
-New leather on steering wheel and shift knob. This job was professionally done by best local upholstery shop.
-Kenwood KDC-BT362U CD/MP3 player with Bluetooth and USB. Original BOSE speakers.
-Euro chrome gauge rings in dash.
-AMG Euro aluminum pedals set.
-Original Mercedes rubber floor mats.
-Professional sound insulation for all doors with Dynamat materials.
-Newer taillights from restyling model 99+.
-Custom retrofitted headlights with Morimoto Mini H1 projectors and Morimoto Elite 35W HID System. Over $500 was paid for pair.
-35% tint all around with 3M film.
-Almost new Pirelli Cinturato P7 all season rear tires and GoodYear Assurance all season tires on front(about 60% thread left).

List of repairs:
-Transmission oil change was done by MB dealer at 90K.
-New engine mounts and transmission mounts.
-New valve covers gaskets.
-New crank position sensor.E
-New Bistein shocks at 90K.
-All new spark plugs at 90K.
-All new filters(cabin, gas and air)+new OEM Mercedes cabin charcoal filters.

This is the nicest W210 E430 I’ve seen for sale in a very long time. By now, the majority of these are rusted away in some buy-here, pay-here lot suffering from a mountain of neglected repairs and maintenance. Not this one. Everything that needed taken care of with these cars has been completed and mechanically it’s ready to go. In addition, the owner even went above and beyond by adding little details you really don’t see like new steering wheel and shift knob leather, AMG aluminum pedals and even added chrome rings around the gauges. Another thing I want to highlight is that this owner retrofitted a custom set of HID headlights that produces a super sharp line and is aimed perfectly. But the biggest thing I’m seeing here is that this W210 has no rust, which is basically a given on these cars by now if they were driven in any kind of weather.

So how much is this wonderful example? A mere $3,900. The majority of beat up E320s I see for sale are listed for usually way more than $3,900 and aren’t even in the same league as this car. This car doesn’t have 280,000 miles either, it has just over 100,000. If this seller came out and would have asked $6,500 and fielded offers I wouldn’t have batted an eye at that price. These are in a strange area where they aren’t going to be true collectibles and probably won’t ever be, but there is some desire for them. Much like the 540i and A6 4.2, they’ll be overshadowed by the M5 and RS6 but they are seen as a way to get your V8 fix without paying premium prices for rare badges. So if you are looking to pay less than half for what you’d pay for a decent W210 E55 AMG, this is going to be the one to get.

– Andrew

2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG

I have always felt like the W208 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG was missing something. In fact, I know what it was missing: a few things. The W208 CLK-Class was based on the W202 C-Class but styled after the W210 E-Class. But if you didn’t know this you looked at a CLK and thought it was just basically an E-Class coupe. So when Mercedes decided to make a CLK55 AMG it was pretty much going to be an E55 AMG coupe, right? Not so fast.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG on Mercedes Heritage

Year: 2001
Model: CLK55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 58,000 miles
Price: $16,500

Silver/Charcoal – ID# WDBLJ74GX1F179106 – 58k miles – California car.
Sold new on 2-2-01 from Rusnak Mercedes-Benz in Pasadena, CA

Charcoal leather – Birdseye Maple wood – Rear sunshade
Full handbooks – Original tool roll – Original unused spare
Full history via MB Master Vehicle Inquiry (VMI)
342 HP 24 valve V8 – AMG brakes – Price new: $68,045

Nicely preserved California car from new – Lovely paint and coachwork
No alterations – Supple leather – Minor wear driver’s side seat bolster
Excellent wood – Excellent headliner and package panel – excellent dash

Just serviced – New front rotors/pads – New tires – Restored alloys.
Non-smoker – Quick and agile – An emerging Young Classic AMG model

In my opinion, the CLK55 AMG is about 8/10ths of a E55 AMG. I may be a little biased since I own a W210 E55, but the equipment and stats don’t lie. First on the outside, the E55 got 18 inch Monoblocks while the CLK55 had to settle for 17 inch. Also a section of the taillights are smoked on the E55 but clear on CLK55. Inside, the big difference is that the E55 had different seats that were only found on the E55 and no other W210 or W208. Under the hood is where things get interesting. The E55 was rated at 349hp and 391tq with the CLK55 making 342hp and 376tq. Despite having the same exact M113 engine from AMG, the CLK made less power because of a different exhaust setup and I think Mercedes wanted to sandbag the numbers a little. At just over $68,000 new for the CLK, that was about $3,500 less than the E55. If the CLK made just as much power as the E55 and weighed 300 pounds less, I don’t know what that would have looked like in the eyes of potential buyers. But honestly, why did Mercedes even care? The E55 was such a low production vehicle that it wasn’t like they were not going to sell all of the E55s quickly.

As for this specific CLK55, it is probably one of the nicest ones I’ve seen in a while come up for sale. Outside of some wear spots on the driver’s seat, this car is nearly flawless. At $16,500, this one is probably going to sit for a little until the perfect buyer comes along who really loves these, but I can this car selling for close to asking. For my money, I’d pick up for almost half the price and enjoy it. I don’t know if these will ever become truly collectible, but if you can find a nice one for cheap, it’s not a terrible way to spend your money.

– Andrew

2009 Maybach 57S Coupe

A little over a year ago I examined a 2008 Maybach 57S and explained why I thought it was one of the worst cars you can probably buy in terms of well … everything. Today I’m checking out another Mayback 57S and you may have noticed that this one looks a little different. What you are looking at is one of nine 57S Coupes ever produced. Now Mercedes-Benz and Maybach never officially produced a 57S Coupe but rather German coachbuilder Xenatec stepped in with the blessing from Mercedes and undertook this massive job. Xenatec orginally planned to produce somewhere between 100 to 200 of these 57S Coupes but operations ceased after Maybach sedan sales fell flat and maybe the market for a $930,000(!) luxury coupe wasn’t as big as they projected. Seriously, these cost over $900,000 when the sedan sold for a little more than $400,000. When looking at this monster, you can see that no corners were cut in this conversion as everything looks exactly what you’d expect from a production car outside of the lower front grill that looks a little suspect in the styling department. So what do you make of this thing? Another failed experiment or something to be treasured as an example of rare ultra-luxury?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Maybach 57S Coupe at Mechatronik

Year: 2009
Model: 57S Coupe
Engine: 6.0 liter twin-turbocharged V12
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 28,600 km (17,771 mi)
Price: Unlisted

Maybach 57 S coupé – luxurious exclusivity. As only 9 units were built, this coupé is one of the rarest, most unusual vehicles ever to have been produced in the history of this ultra-luxury-class vehicle segment.

Despite the fact that the Maybach 57S loses two doors as a coupé, it is still a four-seater. However, the A B and C pillars as well as the doors and the car wings were modified for the Maybach coupé. The B-pillar was pushed back 20 centimetres towards to the rear to enable back seat passengers to climb in easily.

The conversion of the rear sides increased the width of the Maybach coupé by 20 centimetres. The extended wheelhouse has 20 inch alloy wheels in a new design. The coupé conversion is rounded off by sporty skirts at the front and rear, new rear lights and an exhaust pipe in a new exhaust pipe shape.

In contrast, no change was made to the wheelbase at 3.39 metres nor to the entire drive shaft with its 612 hp and 1,000 Nm six-litre biturbo V12 engine. The Maybach 57S accelerates from zero to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 275 km/h.

I really can’t get over how well they nailed the design of this car. The rear end of this car looks perfect in my opinion as they ditched the full length taillight and went with more of a CL-Class style with two separate pieces. The rear sears are crafted perfectly and they even went all out with the cooler in between them. They even left the three gauges on the roof so the rear passengers could see what is going on. You kind of understand why this car cost so much.

When you think about it, Xenatec was really onto something here. These came out before the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe and Bentley Brooklands were available but again, I think the problem was the price. You had people more than willing to pay the $400,000 for a Phantom Coupe but $900,000 for a car that still gives you flashbacks to the W220, not matter how well you tried to hide it, probably wasn’t going to work. The only reason I could see someone ponying up for these is the exclusivity because well, everyone has a Phantom Coupe or Drophead in Monaco but no one has the 57S Coupe. This explains why you see things like the Mega Track running around there even though it is a really odd car to have in the south of France.

Probably one of the most surprising things to me is that the seller, Mechatronik, actually had another one of these for sale as well. That was 2007 in black with tan interior that I preferred much more than this white one. Neither of these cars had prices listed but if I had to guess, I would say they aren’t too far away from that magical $1,000,000 mark. This of course seems insane seeing are you can buy the sedan version for $65,000 but it’s all about the price of exclusivity. You are paying for being one of nine (which I have my doubts on that there are only nine) and that is well worth it for some.

– Andrew

1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

A few months ago I checked a Mercedes-Benz 600 literally fit for a king. Today we have another 600 Pullman which doesn’t look to be outfitted for any royalty and/or dictator, but you probably need to be as rich as one to afford it. This 1969 for sale in Germany has gone through a total frame-off restoration and from the looks of it, could pass as a brand new car.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman on Hemmings

Year: 1969
Model: 600 Pullman
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: Unknown
Price: $895,000

THE CAR OFFERED

This 1969 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman has been subject to a total restoration (“frame-off”) performed at the highest level.

Extensive photographic documentation of the work carried out is available.

Technically and visually presented in excellent condition for Concours judging or driving events.

The car comes with a one-year warranty, Daimler-Benz data card of first delivery, owner’s manual, service handbook as well as a value certificate condition grade “excellent”.

Matching number engine from first delivery.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The sales price includes free door-to-door-shipping (insured) to your desired address in the USA via sea freight and custom clearance (import taxes not included).

Air freight or delivery to any other destination in the world is available upon request.

Feel free to ask, if you have got any questions left or if you’d like to have more detailed information.

We are happy to take our time and provide you with more pictures and videos or anything else belonging to your concerns – We will get back to you with all speed.

I wish I knew more about this specific car as I love diving into the histories of them. Almost every 600 ownership has a story behind it that ranges from wealthy industrialist to killed three million people and everywhere in between. Our friends at the International M100 Owners Group doesn’t have this car in their registry database and sadly I couldn’t find any records of it. The seller says they have the original data card but my attempts to gather information from them have been fruitless as usually people who sell cars in this price range don’t respond to those who simply write about them on the internet in their spare time.

This Pullman looks like the fairly standard configuration with a glass divider and rear mounted radio. The Mulberry leather and matching carpets is a combination I haven’t seen before and the white steering wheel also is new to me. The overall condition of this 600 is spectacular and it almost looks like a video game it is so perfect. I’m sure some creative editing with Photoshop did this car a favor and I usually like to see cars in ”real photos” not staged sets, but I have no reason to believe this car isn’t as perfect as it seems.

So how much is all this perfectness? A whopping $895,000. This is by far the most expensive 600 I’ve run across and it makes the $395,000 1970 Pullman seem like a bargain. I can probably understand why this car is so expensive. Once you factor in the original purchase price for this 600 pre-restoration, the materials and labor for the restoration job and combine those the amount of margin they needed to make this job worth it, almost $900,000 doesn’t seem outrageous from a math standpoint. But Mercedes lost money of the majority of these when they sold new. Otherwise they would have been asking something like $900,000 in 1969’s money — although I’m sure someone would be willing to pay it. I just think for this price, you can probably find a much cheaper 600 if you actually intend on using this car.

– Andrew

Bono’s 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

Boy, do I have a car for you today. If you are in the market for a car and still haven’t found what you’re looking for, maybe it’s time to put your heart and desire into none of than U2 lead signer Bono’s 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL. This magnificent W116 features a cowhide-patterned interior that would feel right at home in Miami or even The Playboy Mansion. If that wasn’t enough it, it also has a stereo system so large that will last you until the end of the world. Also let us rejoice, as if you are at a red light with a few seconds to spare, you can talk on the 1990s car phone but everyone that dials you will be an unknown caller. So are you ready to rise up, maybe even levitate? Or just continue to sleep like a baby tonight and let this 450SEL sit for another day?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Bono’s 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL on eBay

Year: 1980
Model: 450SEL
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: Unknown
Price: Buy It Now £50,000 ($65,134)

 

To celebrate 30 years Joshua Tree, one of the best albums ever made

“Fitted with a pounds 15,000 sound system and cow-hide interior”

Do you want to buy piece of Rock an roll memorabilia.
Bono’s first car he got when he got few bob 🙂
He first bought just after U2 recorded the break through album Boy,
It’s very unique car Mercedes – 450 SEL in 1980’s

body in good condition engine needs work

 

Here is the thing with celebrity cars, they don’t mean squat for the value unless you are an absolute mega-star. Everyone wants to believe their cars once owned by a famous person 16 years and 4 owners ago suddenly quadruples it’s value. We see it all the time because it’s easy speculation. There is no work to be done, nothing tangible to see, just a story that someone likes to tell to drum up excited. At least with this W116 you can some kind of personal touches, but that doesn’t save it for being ugly and undesirable. It has your typical “engine needs work” line which could mean absolutely anything and most likely something serious.

The owner asking £50,000 (a little over $65,000) is just ludicrous. Without Bono’s name being attached this is a $5,000 car at best depending on what needs done. But there is one major problem with selling this car, someone actually bought this car at one time for €61,000 ($71,000). Except it wasn’t a person, but Pepsi Cola of all things. In 2000, Bono auctioned this car to raise funds for aid to Ethiopia. Pepsi broke out their checkbook and helped out Ethiopia as well as their bottom line for their taxes. So what is the problem? Everyone who owns this car has it burned in their mind that since Pepsi ponied up over $70,000 that it is worth that. Except Pepsi wasn’t buying this car, they were buying the publicity, the aid work and again, their reduced tax bill. The car will forever carry the honor of once being sold for $71,000 which explains why it has literally been for sale for over seven years. We actually featured this car way back in 2010 and the best part it is that it’s the same damn photos as the ones in this current auction. This car is destined to be driven on a street with no name because it’s never going to be sold unless the seller drops the price by about $55,000. Until then, Achtung Baby!

– Andrew

1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe

In my opinion, the W140 coupe didn’t age particularity well. That isn’t a huge knock on it because not a lot of cars from the early to mid-90s did age all that well. I think in some angels the C140 looks very handsome, not very offensive. But from other views, mainly the front profile like you see in the photo above, it all looks very odd to me. I totally get why I think it looks this way, you have massive flared fenders up from and a giant rear quarter panel in the back. This is all very good except for the fact that the 16 inch wheels don’t fill out these spaces. The car looks almost top-heavy to me. This of course can be fixed with a proper set of wheels and some suspension modifications. (I still regret not buying that car.) Then again, the main reason you bought this massive coupe is to relax, not worry about bending a $2000 wheel on a minor pothole. You can see the how much I think about this stuff.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe on eBay

Year: 1995
Model: S500
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 76,500 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

· Mileage: 76,500 Color: White over gray exterior/Grey leather interior Owners: 5 Clean title and Carfax

· W140 series (last of the “because they could” big cars built by MB). Classic design coupe; rare, less than 15,000 total production from 1992 – 1998. Car spent the first 18 years in California and Florida.

· Legendary 5 liter M119 V8 engine (last engine to win overall at Le Mans for MB): 315 hp at 5600 rpm and 347 ft/lbs of torque at 3900 rpm. 4-speed automatic transmission/no shift problems.

· California/Florida car. No rust!

· Mechanically very sound. Superb driver. All maintenance up to date. ETB and main engine wiring harnesses replaced. Trans fluid changed. Engine partially overhauled at 66,000 miles (due to engine overheating). Engine very strong. No oil usage. Brakes serviced. Many major components have been serviced or replaced. Underside very clean. Michelin tires w/10,000 miles. Oil/filter changed every year before going into storage. Exceptionally clean and well cared for automobile.

· Complete service records starting 2011

· Exterior and interior very clean. Smoke free. Leather in very good condition. No dents or body repair. Original paint very shiny with minimal scratches/nicks. Front fenders and hood repainted (Not due to any accident – Top quality repaint). Carpets in very good shape (minor stains on driver side floor and in trunk). Wood in excellent condition

· All gauges/systems function: windows, door soft close assist, seat belt presenters, rear window shade, rear headrests (beginning clutch grind), rear back up guides, sun roof, air conditioning, radio (serviced OEM), rear window defroster, electronic side and rear view mirrors, rear hydraulic suspension

· Additional areas needing attention: headliner over rear seat is loose (minor flap with windows open, not detached). Rear head rests raise/lower mechanisms will need to be replaced soon; still work but beginning to make gear grinding sounds indicating gears are slipping. Passenger seat head rest not working. Rough idle issue that is not permanent; quick acceleration corrects it. Everything else works! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need to know more. Shipping is buyer’s responsibly. Deposit of $500 dollars required within 24 hours of purchase.

Mileage: 76,500. Clean title and Carfax• 4-speed automatic transmission/no shift problems.• California/Florida car. No rust!• Mechanically very sound. All maintenance up to date. Exceptionally clean and well cared for automobile.• Complete service records starting 2011• Exterior and interior very clean. No dents or body repair. Front fenders and hood repainted (Not due to any accident – Top quality repaint). • All gauges/systems function – see exceptions below.• Additional areas needing attention: headliner over rear seat is loose (minor flap with windows open – headliner is not detached). Rear head rests raise/lower mechanisms beginning to grind – clutch slippage. Passenger seat head rest not working. Seat belt presenters not working. Occasional rough idle at startup after 5 – 10 minutes. Eventually stops after hard acceleration. Everything else works!!”

When I first glanced this 1995 S500 Coupe for sale in Illinois, I thought I had a real winner. Very clean both inside and out, lower mileage and coming from a seller who knows how to properly photograph a car when they are selling it. Then I started reading the fine print. Things like ”occasional rough idle at startup” and ”engine partially overhauled at 66,000 miles (due to engine overheating)” started giving me second thoughts. On the inside, more things like seat belt pretensioners not working, headrests either dead or on their way out and a sagging headliner give me pause. It’s not like all of these things are a major deal, but it just tells me maybe this car wasn’t a number one priority to try to keep in exceptional shape. I totally understand though because the majority of people live with issues on their cars and it doesn’t bother them. But to me, these cars are what I’m into and ”occasional rough idles” keep me up at night.

What I’m interested to see is where the bidding ends up. I have no doubt that someone is going to fall in love with this car based on the outstanding photos and start bidding away, issues be damned. Nice C140s are becoming rare very and clean ones like this aren’t popping up as much as they used to. If I had to guess, the $7,500 to 10,000 range wouldn’t shock me because a lot of people have no problem throwing caution to the wind. At the end of the day, I guess whatever kind of risk you can stomach all plays into older car purchases, but I like to play it a little more safe.

– Andrew

1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL Limousine

Throughout last week I checked out a few custom creations from coach builders both really interesting and a little odd. I didn’t have plans to continue this streak until I ran across this creation. What we are looking at today is a 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL limousine by Trasco. Trasco is a German company that has been producing both stretched and armored S-Class since the launch of the W126 chassis. To this day they still do conversions on not only the W222 but G-Wagons, 7-series, A8, Land Crusiers/LX as well as some other vehicles you typically see with protection. Of course with the majority of limos built in the 1980s, they reflect the times quiet well. This one is no different.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL Limousine on Hemmings

Year: 1990
Model: 500SEL
Engine: 5.0 liter V-8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 126,560 km (78,640 mi)
Price: $22,000

1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SEL, 45cm limo by TRASCO

Guessing off the seller’s description, this 500SEL was lengthened by almost 18 inches in the center of the car. This allowed room in the rear seating area for a small television and what looks like a VHS player. But to be honest, this whole car looks like a mess. The exterior of the car is pretty beat up with bumps and bruises everywhere on the bumpers. The rear badges are literally held on by a bunch of different style self-tapping screws drilled straight into the metal. Inside, it doesn’t get much better. The gauge cluster was modified with some of fake stones on the dials and the surrounding area of it looks like it was painted with a coarse paint brush. The privacy curtains are lace of all things and don’t offer much privacy at all. The entire car can be described as filthy as it looks like a good vacuuming wasn’t on the priority list before taking photos of the this poor thing. At least one redeeming quality is that the wood looks to be in fine shape and hasn’t cracked yet.

This Trasco creation for sale in Japan is listed $22,000, which I don’t need to tell you that is insane. I’ve seen other Trasco W126 limos sell for a third of this price and they weren’t in nearly as bad a shape. I guess maybe this might appeal to Japanese buyers who want to pony up this kind of cash. I just hope they like 1980s nostalgia and a giant coat of arms in the middle of their limousine.

– Andrew

1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen

Continuing on my run of custom coachwork-built cars, this one might be one of the most practical and something that is actually has a mass appeal, as opposed to something like a hearse. Today’s vehicle is a 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen, a custom conversion by Binz Karosserie off of the W110 Fintail chassis. Surprisingly, this unique wagon resides in California where it awaits a restoration and a chance at many more miles of utility. Of course, I have to ask, is the time and effort worth it?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen on eBay

Year: 1963
Model: 190Dc Kombiwagen
Engine: 2.0 inline-4 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 226,000
Price: Buy It Now $10,000

1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Binz Coachbuilt Fintail Station Wagon

Kombiwagen

VIN# 11010110071379

Binz Karosserie Nr. 2096

And now for something completely different….

Up for offer is a running, driving and solid example of an extremely rare Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen built by German coachbuilder Binz & Co Karosseriefabrik. There are less than 15 surviving examples of the Binz kombiwagen (non-ambulance) version w110 fintail ”heckflosse” known to exist in the world today.

Binz Karosserie in Lorch/Wurttemberg Germany has been working with Mercedes-Benz building custom variants of different models over the past 80 years. These models include ambulances, hearses, taxis, and the rarest of the rare, special ordered kombiwagens (station wagon) models built for private use as seen here. Other coachbuilders of the period included Miesen of Germany and IMA of Belgium, whose “universal” wagons are well known as over two thousand examples were built using several variations of the w110 chassis. Binz Karosserie was known for their quality build and high top roof design. The kombiwagen version seen here is actually the lowest of the different roof configurations offered by Binz for this series.

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This Mercedes 190Dc Binz Kombiwagen has spent most of it’s life in California, so the rust issues are less than normal in the scope of fintails. After inspecting the car, the only “problem areas” discovered were minimal and in three spots; a 3” area at the front section of the LH rocker, a 1” area at the front of the RH rocker, and a small soft spot in the LH rear floorboard center. Aside from surface scale throughout the body from failing paint, the car appears to be actually very solid and complete. Door bottoms are very good along with frame and suspension mounts. Cargo area floor, body panels, wheel arches etc. all appear solid – all jack points are solid as well. Engine compartment is solid around battery and master brake cylinder. Spare tire well is clean with only some surface scale. The original Binz hand fabricated roof is solid and straight with no rust holes. Although the car still presents itself well, the paint has failed in multiple areas and there is some surface rusting (scale) throughout as seen in pictures. Portions of the roof have been treated and re-coated. Rear tailgate opens and stays upright with no problems. Tailgate had some body filler which has cracked in multiple spots. Tailgate appears solid with no problem areas around window seal or bottom lip. Tailgate retains Binz Nr. 2096 stamp at bottom left. Minor crease in passenger front door. All chrome and brightwork is uniformly aged, and all looks to be 100% original. Excellent panel fit and door gaps. Excellent door closure. All door handles function properly. Hood opens and latches closed properly.

The car fortuitously retains its factory fitted set of five w186 “Adenauer” 15” wheels as ordered and 4 hubcaps. The 75 series whitewall tires look to have low miles and hold air, but are over 10 years old and should be replaced. Remnants of possible dealer installed “Kuhlmeister” air conditioner are present (condenser and receiver dryer). Vintage Hella driving lights in good condition. Original Becker Europa TG radio is present but non functional. Original fender mounted Hirschmann manual antenna. Original VDO dash clock is present and non-functional, but still shows the correct time twice daily, a true testament to German engineering. The period “Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil Club” ADAC grille badge proudly displays a half century worth of patina.

Seats are in good condition with no tears. Upholstery appears to have been originally red MB vinyl, but at some point have been professionally re-dyed brown. Springs and padding are intact and have retained integrity. Carpet appears to be aftermarket and is faded but presentable. Door panels have been recovered and are intact, but cards have some warping from moisture and age. Dash pad is heavily cracked from the California sun and will require replacement. Missing LH rear door panel topper. Windshield is replacement with no pitting. All other glass is excellent original Sekurit, aside from RH front vent window which is cracked as seen in pictures.

Comes with 3 large bins of extra parts. Mechanical, interior and exterior trim pieces are included.

Documentation included with the sale includes owners manual, MB dealer parts receipts, a reprint of the original Binz w110 brochure, historical photographs, spec sheets, production figures and the original Mercedes-Benz build sheet for this car.

Little is known of the history of this car, but receipts indicate that the car lived in British Columbia before being relocated to Sacramento, California in the early 1980’s with the same owner. Receipts also show that the car received a restoration at that time with new paint in a handsome two-tone brown and almond paint scheme, and some interior work including new headliner, door panels, and carpet. The repaint quality looks to have been very good, but after 35 years is tired and will benefit from a complete repaint. The car had been in storage since 2010, when it’s last owner passed away. 5-digit odometer reads 26xxx which is most likely 226k miles.

Mechanically the car is sound and has just been serviced. It starts, drives and stops. The 4 cylinder OM621 naturally aspirated diesel engine starts up and runs well, both hot and cold, and the engine appears to be very healthy with no oil leaks. Exhaust smoke is minimal and as expected for this era diesel engine and there is no indication of any serious mechanical flaws. Engine operates at normal temperature and shuts off properly with vacuum switch. Gearbox shifts smoothly in all gears, clutch engages properly. All mechanical aspects of this car look very original and unmodified. Recent work done includes;

Oil Change and Filter (DELO 15w40)

Valve Adjustment + new valve cover gasket set.

New Motor Mounts

New clutch master cylinder and hydraulic fluid flush.

Brake fluid flush.

Cleaned cooling system and new coolant + all hoses.

New fan belt.

New gearbox linkage shift bushings.

New soft fuel lines + filters.

The car is part of a warehoused private collection and stored serviceable with a California “non-op” registration status with no back fees due. It is started and driven short distances on my property regularly. I cannot certify it as a “reliable daily driver” as I have never taken it on a long trip. I’d recommend new buyer to transport the car to it’s new home.

Sold as-is with a clear California title in my name. This car is an ideal candidate for a full restoration.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. While I have made every attempt to represent this car to the best of my knowledge, I still encourage potential buyers to inspect the car prior to purchase.

Car is located in Auburn, Ca. About 30 mins east of Sacramento just off I-80.

First off, props to the seller for thoroughly explaining this car and all that it entails. This is a unique vehicle with an interesting history and everything is laid our perfectly as to what you are signing up for in terms of condition. This W110 needs some help in the cosmetics department both inside and out, but by the looks of it rust doesn’t seem to be a major problem. You are dealing with the typical dents, dings, scuffs, scratches and fading variety on the exterior while the interior needs some serious work on the dash as well as the door cards and headliner. One thing I love about this car is that it has the 15 inch wheels from the Adenauer that most Mercedes people (myself included) would die for to get for their classic Mercedes. That extra inch makes all the difference over the standard 14 inch wheels that were standard for decades. The hatch area has a surprisingly large amount of usable space for not being a large car and the over 220,000 miles this Fintail shows proves that it was not afraid to be used.

The price on this odd-ball is $10,000 and in my opinion, that is totally fair. The real dilemma is what to do after you pay that $10,000. If you were undertake even a small restoration, you are probably looking at close to another $10,000 which probably doesn’t make this a $20,000 car despite the simple math principles. For a long time, $10,000 would buy you a nice 190Dc all day so sinking a ton of money into this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. If I were buying this wagon, I’d make sure everything was stable and continue to drive it as-is. I think the beauty of this car is that is was a workhorse for a long time and it shows. The OM621 will keep on chugging (very slowly) as long as you take care of it and I see no reason not to do so. This is one of those vehicles where scars don’t hurt the appeal one bit and I say continue to do so.

– Andrew

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Hearse

Continuing this weeks theme of strange builds from coachwork companies, I present to you none other than a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE. This W116 comes to us from the hills of Italy with the first ever “mayoral guarantee” I’ve seen attached to a description for a car listing. I can only assume a guarantee from a mayor of an Italian village is basically worth as much as the Sistine Chapel itself. Of course, as with any other custom conversion, this hearse has a bunch of odd things about it and me wondering if anyone ever actually buys these things. So let me try to break everything down before my mind wonders to the next crazy creation.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Hearse on eBay

Year: 1972
Model: 280SE Hearse
Engine: 3.0 inline-5 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: Unknown
Price: Auction

 

I am advertising this to the mayor of my village in Italy, where i have a Holiday Home.. The vehicle is in Italy at the moment and if anybody is interested

Can be viewed at location. Sounds daunting however you can get a flight to Pescara from £31, each leg and takes only a little over an hour. I live in Devon, it would take longer and more expensive if one is coming from London. Do the math!
I have seen the car once when a local neighbour died and it looks very posh and the Mayor guarantee in perfect working order. I would vouch for his word because he is a honest respectable person, who supported me 100% when I bought my farm there and I trust he as my neighbour would never stir me wrong.

As to delivery or pick up. I imagine who view the car would want to drive it back but if one don’t have the time, I offer the service for delivery, providing travel expenses are met.

I personally vouch for the integrity of the car and if one buy’s and feel it does not meet the expected stander, it doesn’t have to take it. But I am sure it would meet your needs for whatever purpose.

Also arriving in Pescara Airport, you can get a train to Vasto in less then an hour where pick up can be arranged. There is a local B&B for 20 Euro’s per night.

I hope this clarifies better and please do not hesitate to contact me for further questions.

Thanks for considering.

I’m really surprised to see this is a very early 1972, the first year for the W116, that was probably taken straight to the coach builder for the conversion. It’s as bare-bones a model as I’ve ever seen, with manual everything along with no radio and no air conditioning. What is even more surprising is that if you are wondering why the straight-six M110 engine looks a little odd it’s because it has been tossed away for none other than the legendary OM617. This looks to be the OM617.910 or OM617.912 because it is the non-turbo model from probably a W115 or W123 300D. It isn’t getting you or the deceased anywhere fast but of course it is robust as granite. This is a little odd in my eyes, but I guess they didn’t mind a little soot on the coffin every now and then. Also, I should mention that this W116 has the wheels from the W126 which I’m not a huge fan of as I much prefer a clean set of the 14 inch Bundts.

I honestly don’t know who buys cars like these. I guess if you wanted a wagon you could strip out all the cabin rollers and giant a bit of storage space but a W123 wagon would serve you just as well. The car looks presentable on the outside but the interior has seen better days with heavy wear in some spots. I don’t know if  anyone is lining up to bid on this W116 for 5,000 GBP ($6,435), but who knows how much that mayoral tax guarantee is worth, maybe it could be worth someone’s while.

– Andrew

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300CD Cabriolet

Back in the 1980s when the world was running rampant with small tuning and coach building companies, we were subject to creations like today’s car. This a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300CD … cabriolet. Yes, someone took a perfectly fine 300CD and chopped the roof off to fully expose you to the wonderful feel and aroma of diesel exhaust. But it was the 1980s and the money was never-ending, so doing things like this made sense at the time. Now that reality has hit us square in the face in 2017 and keeps on punching, we are still left to live with creations like this. Of course with something like this oddity, I have so many questions I can only try my best to explain – poorly.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300CD Cabriolet on Hemmings

Year: 1982
Model: 300CD Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-5
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 80,235 mi
Price: $80,000

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Cabrio, RARE RARE (One of Five produced) I am 2nd owner / all Books/Records / Boca/Palm Beach (35 year History), Full Navy Leather w/Power top & COLD A/C / 35 mpg / $80k obo/trade. John, 561-818-1900, FL; biondo-palmbeach.com

The condition of the 300CD is actually pretty nice. Looks to be well looked after with no major visible flaws. Sure, it maybe or maybe not has a Nardi steering wheel and maybe that shift knob is a quality piece and not an eBay special. But I’ve seen stuff like this many times over. The white wall tires look odd even with the matching white paint as I’m a firm believer that white walls only belong on the W100 600 and even then I’m iffy on them. I just can’t get over the canvas top and what went into making this happen. A bunch of coachwork houses have done these conversions but none have really stood the test of time or functioned all that well and I’d bet this one is another one of those examples.

In case you haven’t noticed, the seller is asking $80,000 for this creation. Doing this quick math here, if this car was just the standard 300CD with 80,000 miles on it, I would probably value it around $7,500. Now we subtract $7,500 from the $80,000 asking price which gives us an increased value of $72,500 — for cutting the roof off and adding a canvas top. You can see how this probably doesn’t make a lot of sense. Checking out this sellers website you can see he also has a taste for other fine automobiles such as the Cadillac Allante, Chrysler LeBaron Convertible and of course the legendary Chrysler TC by Maserati. This hacked up W123 must feel right at home with all those other convertibles with poorly fitting canvas tops. I understand this asking price, the seller sees terms like “rare Mercedes”, “one of (whatever)” and “cabriolet” then a bunch of crazy things happen in his brain and out pops the number $80,000. I actually feel kind of bad for the guy in a way because he clearly has no idea what he is doing. Then again, he is living out his golden years in Florida with a picture of him and Jay Leno from 1999 on his website so things probably aren’t all that bad. I just hope the rest of his retirement isn’t tied up in this car.

– Andrew