1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL

I am a really big fan of “time capsule” cars. Not barn finds or cars that have sat and haven’t moved in X number of years, but actual cars that have low mileage, original everything and are ready to be driven normally just like you purchased it from a dealer’s lot. Today’s car, a 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL, is one of those time capsules. This W116 checks in with a hair over 29,000 miles and looks every part of an original. But this isn’t your ordinary 450SEL, it’s what hides inside those bank vault-like doors that really sets this car apart from the rest.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1975 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL on Hemmings Motor News

Year: 1975
Model: 450SE
Engine: 4.5 liter V-8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 29,109 mi
Price: $35,000

Preservation Class 450SEL. 29,109 original miles. All-original, unrestored 2-owner Type W116. First owner until 2014. All-original paint, interior, bright trim, etc.
Sunroof, original books, tool kit, the original license plate from 1974, and a copy of the original title. A/C performs like a contemporary car. Nothing has been replaced except for maintenance items, nothing modified or changed. Serviced up-to-date, with repair orders back to 1982. Must see and drive to appreciate. For the person who wants the best.
See In Northern Virginia adjacent to Dulles International Airport and Reston, VA

Open those doors and welcome straight into 1975. This car is business on the outside, party on the inside. All red interior is very rare on the W116 and I’ve only seen it a few times over the years, but none even come close to the condition of this interior. This interior is so red that in some of the photos, the seller’s camera has trouble focusing because it gets lost in how consistent and solid the red is. Personally, I love this interior with the plain silver exterior because it’s not really an ostentatious car outright. You have to notice and then take a peek inside to see what it is really packing. The thing is, you really have to stay on top of this interior to keep it nice or it can go south very quickly. I’ve seen some bad examples of these red interiors neglected and it’s not a nice place to be. The rest of this car looks just as good as the interior. There isn’t one bit that is out of place and it even still has the clean body-colored wheel wells.

The W116 market is a little wonky with prices thanks to speculators (used dealers) thinking that their 450SEL with a bunch of problems is worth $12,000 because the classic European car market is hot right now. They just aren’t. I still see private sale W116s go for around the $5,000 and below mark all the time. Hell, I’ve seen running, driving, W116s sell for a few hundred dollars because they just wanted it gone. There is a very small group of people in this world that love the W116 and spend the money on keeping them nice. I admit, I am one of them, as I keep my 300SD in my daily driver rotation, but they just don’t have the mass appeal. I’ll be the first one to say that in US-spec form they aren’t a pleasing car to look at with the bumpers and quad-round headlamps. But that is where my dislike ends with these. They are just such “heavy” cars. The doors are heavy, the steering is heavy, the throttle and brakes are heavy, it feels heavy going around corners and even the buttons need a bunch of force to use. All that is so satisfying to me.

Now for the price of this car. This seller is asking a whopping $35,000. Personally, I don’t think there are any regular 450SELs out there deserving $35,000. I’d argue most of the 6.9 cars for sale aren’t worth $35,000. By the looks of it, this seller isn’t hurting for money so I don’t think the price will be dropped out of desperation any time soon. With any car, all it takes is one buyer that has the money to fall in love and spend this crazy amount of money for it, but that price is just way too high. $35,000 will buy you a nice 6.3 or can probably even get you into a project W100 600. Regular 450SEL cars will always suffer from “Ah, it’s not the 6.9” syndrome for as long as they exist and probably keep prices lower than comparable 6.9s. But if you really wanted a unique time capsule W116, this one is probably it.

– Andrew

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

Now that I’ve looked at some cool and not so cool Mercedes from across the pond, I’m back to our regular left-hand drive cars. Fear not for our international readers as I’m not back to the United States just yet. This 1985 300CD from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada gives us the best of what the W123 coupe has to offer. Much like the other prime W123s for sale, this one isn’t coming cheap, but I’d argue that it’s not exactly the worst deal in the world for what you get.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300CD on Vancouver Craigslist

Year: 1985
Model: 300CD
Engine: 3.0 liter 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 91,034 km (56,565 mi)
Price: $14,500 CDN ($11,319 USD)

1985 Mercedes 300CD Turbo Diesel – 91000 KM All Original – Rare Color Combination Dark Grey on Mahogany Leather – Never winter driven – Garage kept – Never rust – Impeccable Kept – Records kept since new – Everything works as new – Nicest one I’ve ever seen – $14,500. Obo

Taking a broad look at this car, this one looks like a real winner. Extremely clean without any issues I can see on the outside, the interior looks even better. The Sienna MB-Tex is relatively rare for any W123 let alone a coupe and I’m glad to see it’s held up great for 56,000 miles. Under the hood, the OM617 looks prime with lots of cadmium plating still fresh. Being a 1985 W123, the last year of the chassis, it benefits greatly from a 2.88 rear differential as opposed to a 3.07. This translates to much better highway miles per gallon figures to the point where owners of prior year W123s seek out 1985 cars to swap in the differential.

At $14,500 CDN ($11,319 USD), it is probably priced on the higher end of the market in general. But being in a snowy Canadian city where these cars are pretty rare in this condition, I don’t blame the seller for asking this price. If you want close to the best, you are going to have to pay for it and that is the case with this one. I doubt this one will sell quickly, but I’d imagine if the buyer softened the price up a little, it will make a new owner very happy.

Thanks to reader Chris for sending this in! 

– Andrew

 

Right Hooker Week: 2010 Mercedes-Benz CLC180

The next Mercedes-Benz up for our Right Hooker Week is a total odd ball that never made it to North America and thank goodness it didn’t. This is a 2010 CLC180. Mercedes calls it a ”SportCoupé” that was an evolution of the W203 hatchback coupe that we (unfortunately) did get in North America. Naturally, when you look at this car you’d think it was a just W204 hatchback coupe. Not the case. In fact, it wasn’t even made in Germany. Let’s dig deeper.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2010 Mercedes-Benz CLC180 on eBay.co.uk

Year: 2010
Model: CLC180
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 89,000 mi
Price: GBP 4,990 ($6,469 Buy It Now)

All Finance Facilities Available, AA 5* Warranty Available, 12 Months AA Breakdown Cover Included Free, All Major Debit/Credit Cards Accepted, 1 Former Keeper, MOT 26/10/17, Service History, Previous Receipts and MOT’s, HPI Certificate Supplied, 16″ Alloy Wheels, Park Distance Control Front/Rear, Parktronic – Audible and Visual Parking Aid, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Multi-Functional Steering Wheel, Bluetooth, iPod Connection, Radio/CD, Climate Control, Air Conditioning, Speedtronic Cruise Control, Split Folding Rear Seats, Automatic Headlights, Brushed Aluminium Interior Trim, Tinted Glass All Round – Green, Alarm System, Remote Central Locking, Isofix. 4 seats, Calcite White Half Black Leather, £4,990

This isn’t a W204, it is still a W203. Mercedes did everything in their power to make you think it was a new chassis, but it wasn’t. They tacked on a front and rear clip to make it look like a (then) new W204 but the majority of this car is still the old W203, especially inside. Yes, the car got a slightly tweaked suspension and a bunch of parts bin stuff for the interior, but it is still largely the same old car that launched over 10 years ago in 2000. What is even more interesting is that these were built in Juiz de Fora, Brazil where Mercedes has a factory that built the A-Class and you guessed it, the W203 C-Class. Powering this CLC180 is the M271 1.8 liter supercharged four cylinder that made a disappointing 143 horsepower. Not exactly something to write home about, but then again that wasn’t the goal with this car.

As for this specific example for sale in Surrey: it looks fine. Yeah, it has some stains on the seats and has a brand of tires tyres called Tigar that are made in Serbia, but it is what it is with this car. This is a seven year-old Mercedes for 4,990 ($6,469) and this is what you get. This was a first Mercedes for a lot of buyers and the brand was willing to take the hit on these to have the owners come back in three to five years to move up to buy an E-Class or ML-Class. The thing is, it worked pretty well. Mercedes said over 40 percent of buyers of these actually came back to move up to other models and frankly, I’m surprised. Personally if one of these were my only Mercedes experience, I’d want nothing to do with the brand after owning this thing, but then again maybe the opposite happened and people couldn’t wait to jump into an E-Class as soon as they could.

– Andrew

Right Hooker Week: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S280

Back for round 2 for a Mercedes from across the pond: I present to you a little bit of an odd-ball S-Class and at the same time, an infamous one. This is a 1996 S280, a car that North America was never graced with because of it’s rather spartan equipment — if you could even use that term when talking about a S-Class. This W140 is graced with the wonderful Malachite Green paint and even better 18 inch Eltanin wheels. Surprising to me, despite how great everything looks, this S280 is really cheap. How cheap?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Mercedes-Benz S280 on eBay.co.uk

Year: 1996
Model: S280
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 103,000 mi
Price: GBP 2,499 ($3,252 Buy It Now)

Exterior Features
This Mercedes S280 is solid and the general condition of the paint work is great, with the exception of very few age related marks. The wheels are 18″ Mercedes alloys and they all have recently changed, low profile tyres with a good amount of tread depth.

Interior Features
The interior of the S-Class is renouned for its luxury feel and comfort during every journey. This example has lots of features which add to the comfort, including double glazed windows, heated beige leather seats, cruise control, automatic windscreen wipers, electric windows, central locking and centre arm rest. Considering the car was built over 24 years ago, it has more optional extras than most cars do today!

Service History
There are some service receipts and previous MOT certificates present with the vehicle, although the service book has been lost over time. The current MOT has no advisory items on the certificate, and the previous certificate had no advisories either.

More Information
This is a great example of a classic Mercedes, which is still just as much of a pleasure to take out on the road now as when new. The transmission is smooth and the engine is responsive. The car is HPI clear and there are two keys present.

Taking a close look at this W140, you get the M104 2.8 liter inline-6 engine that isn’t under powered per se, but it probably feels a little weak if you are used to driving these with the V8s or even better, the V12. What is interesting to me about this car is that it comes with manual seats. I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a W140 with manual seats, if ever. My guess is that this was one of the things you gave up when you bought the S280. You still get everything else you’d normally see in a W140 with heated seats, automatic climate control, and power everything else. I really love the 18 inch Eltanin wheels that someone added after the fact and they really suit this car well. One more thing is that this car has a S600 grill which is basically a must do modification for any W140.

Like I mentioned in my opening, the S280 has an infamous past in England as it was the car that Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in on August 31, 1997. (Wear your seatbelt, kids!) Although the car she was riding in was actually a left hand drive S280 registered in France, every time I see a S280 it brings back those memories. One of the things I’ve been wondering for a long time is that if Mercedes saw a drop in W140 sales after the accident due to the massive impact it had on the world.

So how cheap is this car? A mere £2,499! (That’s just over $3,250) I’ve bought a lot of Mercedes in this price range over the years and none have come close to how nice this one is. It’s not like this S280 has a ton of miles either with just 103,000. Dollar for dollar, I mean pound for pound, you are getting a ton of car here. Like I mentioned with the C43 AMG, keep it away from the salt and it should stay nice for a long time. But for this cheap, maybe it’s not such a big deal?

– Andrew

Right Hooker Week: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG

In my first Mercedes-Benz from across the pond this week, I figured I’d start with a bang and a color to make you jump too. This a 1998 C43 AMG in fiery Imperial Red with the black and white two-tone interior. Just a quick refresher, this baby Benz comes with the 4.3 liter M113 V8 from AMG with your standard bits of accessories from Affalterbach with monoblocks, some different bumpers and the interior sprinkled with some special touches. This all is the same as we usually see in North America, but these euro W202 AMGs did have one different feature that makes a big difference in my eyes.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG on eBay.co.uk

Year: 1998
Model: C43 AMG
Engine: 4.3 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 158,000 mi
Price: GBP 5,995 ($7,782 Buy It Now)

 

Presented In Imperial Red With Full 2 Tone Black & White Amg Leather Interior, Full Usual AMG Extras,, Climate Control, Cruise Control, Seats Heated (Driver), Alarm, Alloy Wheels (17in), Electric Windows (Front/Rear), In Car Entertainment (Radio/Cassette), Seats Electric (Driver). 4 seats, Red, Last Owner Since 2010, Mot July 2017, 17″ Genuine Amg Alloy Wheels, Stunning Condition Bargain at, £5,995 p/x welcome

If you are wondering why this car looks so good and a little different from the C43s you usually see, it’s because the euro cars are lowered slightly with different springs from AMG. The North American cars, in my eyes, sit way too high and the wheel gap is unusually high. With the euro-spec cars, the wheel gap is barely there and look absolutely perfect.

As for this car for sale in Buckinghamshire, it looks like a really prime example. I don’t see any evidence of rust at all despite being in the rainy and snowy UK and the paint shines really well. It does have some miles on it at a little over 158,000, but it doesn’t show at all. The price of $7,800 USD is right on par for an example like this and probably even a little cheap for the UK market seeing how rare it is. I think they only brought a dozen or two at most Imperial Red C43s into North America, so I can’t imagine that there are many right hand drive cars in this color. At any rate, this one is a solid buy, as long as you can keep it away from the wet stuff. No easy task over there.

– Andrew

1981 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

I go back and forth on whether or not I like the R107. I just think they stuck around way too long and those that want to sell them have grand illusions of what they are actually worth. I think sellers have some kind of mental formula in their head that goes “Mercedes + old + convertible = valuable” when we all know that none of those factors matter unless someone actually pays for it. But every once in a while a R107 comes along that I actually think represent good value for the money you would pay. This 1981 280SL, which looks to be a grey-market import, really represents what I think is the R107 to buy — if you really want one in the first place.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280SL on Mercedes Heritage

Year: 1981
Model: 280SL
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 186,000 miles
Price: $12,500

Very well cared-for German-engineered classic. I am the second owner and have owned the car for 31 years. It was 5 years old when I purchased it with 36,000 miles, current odometer is 186,000. It was always garaged but certainly driven and enjoyed over the years although with careful consideration to weather and other road conditions. I have all maintenance records and do the oil and filter changes myself every 3,000 miles. In short, this one’s been “babied” and if you have ever wanted one, this is the one! Too many attributes to list, so just enjoy the pictures and if seriously interested, let me know. As you can see, I have the original rims as well as the OEM pictured in some of the images. The soft top will need replacement soon although I had it done 8 years ago…..beginning to see some dry-rot.

The quick rundown on this R107 shows 186,000 miles which is high for one of these, but it has been with the same owner for the past 31 years. That is an insane amount of time in the car world as people who usually buy luxury cars are itching for something new around the four-year mark. If anything, it tells me that this car was taken care of as it actually was a long-term investment (I don’t like using that word) for the owner and they didn’t skimp on upkeep. The seller mentions that he has all the maintenance records but it might need a new top in the not too distant future.

Here is why I really like this car: it is a 280SL. That means proper European bumpers and headlights with the M110 straight-six under the hood. Yeah, those foglights next to the government mandated maker lights really ruin the front end of this car but it is nothing that can’t be fixed in an afternoon. This 280SL weighs almost 300 pounds lighter than a later 560SL — the R107 most will tell you is the one to buy. But my argument is that you might as well go for the smaller 2.8 liter because it isn’t like you are buying a R107 to go fast in the first place. These cars are top down pleasure cruisers, not 0-60 runners. No one cares about how much power you are making with these. A new Honda Accord makes more power than a 560SL, who cares if you have the inline-six? For my money, I’d rather have the most aesthetically pleasing car that gets slightly better fuel mileage than the range topping V8 that costs way more.

How much more? This 280SL is listed for $12,500, which isn’t that crazy. I say that meaning that I think all R107s are overpriced, but I am only one man and don’t control the market. If this was a 560SL, I’d wager you’d be asked to pay many thousands more for what is basically the same car. Yeah, you get 50 more horsepower and 100 more lb·ft of torque but you gain those 300 pounds and ugly bumpers and headlights. So while the 560SL still might be king, don’t look down on the 280SL if you can find one. There is no reason to.

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE

Last week I check out a CLK55 AMG and felt like it was missing something. Not only was it missing something but it had a different feel from Mercedes coupes of the past. I understand it though, it was a transition from an era of analog to a launch of much more modern renditions. From the W124 to W210, the W140 to W220 and even the W202 to W203. All those cars looked and felt significantly different. You saw the line in the sand when everything changed. But I can’t blame them nor should anyone else. Evolution is a thing with cars and if you don’t, you’ll be eaten alive by competitors. Suddenly your legacy buyers who have owned your cars for 25 years have jumped shipped for Lexus.

But the good thing is that you can always go home. And for a lot of people, the W124 is home. It was the perfect mix of old school Mercedes but you still got modern features. For some, the W124 coupe is that perfect home feeling.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE on Hemmings

Model: 300CE
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 184,000 mi
Price: $6,500 or Best Offer

This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE has 184k miles and is powered by a 3.0L 6 cylinder engine with automatic transmission. The W124-based coupe is mechanically sound and ready for a cross-country trip, with no rust. Recent maintenance includes a 4-wheel alignment, new front brakes, new front window switch, new full exhaust and oil change. The car was purchased new in California and is on owner 4. The car has a detailed mileage history and has been well kept over its lifetime.

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The 300CE coupe was based on the W124 E-Class and has a slightly shorter wheelbase than its sedan sibling. This car’s Dark Gray exterior paint is set off by its light gray body cladding that was recently repainted to factory spec for over $4k. The car’s window tint was a factory option. There is no rust.

The original windshield is free of chips, cracks or scratches. The tires are Yokohama with about 2K miles on them and 80% tread remaining. This car has the correct 15-hole 6.5” x 15” wheels, with the correct offset which are in factory condition. One small crack in the front bumper is shown in the photos and the sunroof needs new rails quoted at $650. Personal inspection of this car is welcome and encouraged by the seller.

All exterior lighting, including headlights, turn signals, parking lights and taillights reportedly work as they should. The car starts easily, runs well and the transmission operates smoothly. The four-wheel disc brakes are in good condition and the car stops well and straight. The struts and shocks were recently replaced in full and are ready to be driven. Mercedes four-speed automatics of this era start out in second gear when the selector is in “Drive,” first gear when the selector is in “3.”

The gray leather upholstery is in good condition, including the floor carpeting. The leather seats show some wear, but there are no holes, tears or split seams. The telescoping steering column works properly, along with all interior lighting and instruments; all latches and locks operate as they should, including the power door locks and headlight wipers.

The dash is free of cracks and the console wood is in good condition, adding that the door panels and headliner are clean and the tilt up/sliding power sunroof and its air deflector need new rails which is quoted at $650 to replace. The front and rear seatbelts work. In the area where the seat belts retract, the triangle-shaped trim pieces are in good condition. All weatherstripping is intact. The A/C currently blows cold and heats hot. No issues at all.

The odometer reads 183,798 miles and is well documented and correct; the service records support the mileage. The speedo goes up to 160 mph, but the rated top speed is 140 mph. The third brake light housing is fully functioning. The original Becker headunit comes with 10-disc trunk mounted Sony CD Player – fully functioning, a great throwback feature. The stereo sounds nice and the power antenna works as it should. The rear headrests have a feature that flops them back for better rear visibility; the vacuum-operated control switch reportedly works. Automatic temperature controls work for heat; high, auto and low fan speeds work.

The 3.0L DOHC fuel-injected inline six-cylinder M103 engine is rated at 179 hp @5700 rpm and torque of 188 ft•lbf @4400 rpm; the curb weight is listed at 3,594 lbs. The engine is original and is in great condition.

The underside is rust-free, with no evidence of rust repairs. The suspension has coil springs and telescopic shocks in front and five-link independent suspension in the rear. All components on this car are said to operate as they should, as do the 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS. The exhaust system was recently replaced with original Mercedes-Benz exhaust from another W124 by my mechanic, but it’s tight and sounds stock. Much better than before!

The original owners manual, maintenance booklet and owner’s recent service’s are included, as are the jack and Mercedes tool kit. Two keys are included. Along with the factory spare, there is a bike rack, car cover. Receipts for all recent repairs will come with the car. Past and recent receipts show mileage consistently and support the 184,xxx miles shown on the odometer. The seller has put around 10k on it and wouldn’t hesitate driving it across the country, and says that a new buyer could drive it home. This car had a $54,880 MSRP when new and was one of 2,318 imported to the U.S. that year. This one is sold with a clear California title.

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Details
– A/C works well and blows cold, heat is hot
– All power windows and power etc all work
– Interior is in good condition and has been well cared for over 27 years
– $4k Paint Job in Original Mercedes Color done 1.5 years ago
– Rust-free California car
– Straight frame, no issues
– Exterior has no dents or dings, there is a small crack on the lower side of the left bumper (shown in photos)
– No accidents
– Best 2-tone color around!
– Very cool cruiser
– Recently replaced all shocks, struts
– Front brake pads just redo
– All services records from my ownership come with
– 2 keys and owners manual
– car cover included
– bike rack included
– 10 disc CD changer in trunk
– Original Becker Headunit
– Chrome wheels like new
– Tires in great condition
Notes
– Sunroof needs new rails – $650

Mileage: 184k
Current Uses: Weekend Cruiser, Covered in Secure Parking Garage
No Accidents, 4 Owners, California Car

Many have said that this CE-Class of cars represents the last old-guard, engineers-in-charge, cost-no-object Benzes, and I won’t disagree. I have driven and taken care of this car with the ultimate care and I am looking to pass it on to the next person with the same thought.

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Price: $6,500 negotiable

The seller does a great job of explaining everything to you on this 1990 300CE. It’s well maintained and ready for a new owner without too much fuss. The miles are a little on the higher side but that is nothing to scare you away with the tried and true M104. This is a great color combination and the chrome wheels are a nice touch. At $6,500, you probably aren’t going to lose any more in long-term with this car. In my opinion, clean C124s starting to become desirable and it is pretty clear these aren’t going to get any cheaper. This is a car you can enjoy on an everyday basis without too much worry and have that older Mercedes feeling but still cruise with piece of mind that you’ll be comfortable.

– Andrew

1984 Mercedes-Benz 300SD with 11,300 miles

File this one under another great Mercedes-Benz that you usually see with hundreds of thousands of miles on but for whatever reason has almost none. This 1984 300SD shows a crazy 11,300 miles and looks every bit the part. You can totally see why people plunked down almost $40,000 (over $93,000 in 2017 dollars) for these when they are new. It’s frugal, handsome, secure, has enough to power to get out of its own way and all this won’t cost you a fortune to keep going. Except this car, as you might have guessed, will need a small fortune to take home with you.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300SD on Mercedes Heritage

Year: 1984
Model: 300SD
Engine: 3.0 liter 5 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 11,300 miles
Price: $35,000

Single owner SD through 2015.
Rare 904 Midnight Blue with Creme leather.
Spectacular preservation from new.
Spotless engine bay.
Full handbooks.
Runs and drives beautifully.

What is there to say about this car? I overwhelmingly prefer the gen 1 (1981-1985) W126s over the later ones even though they do look a little more dated, but I think that’s the beauty of them. Give me a clean set of 14 inch Bundts with a OM617 and I’m as satisfied as I can possibly be in owning a car. This is a great color combination with the Midnight Blue and tan interior even with those terrible North America spec headlights.

Like I said, all this is going to cost you. $35,000 is a ton of money for any W126 but it’s tough to fault the seller for asking it. The market for clean golden-era Mercedes diesels isn’t slowing down but I wouldn’t bet on this car gaining anymore value once you start driving it. As I’ve said before, miles don’t scare me one bit so I’m really not the guy that this car appeals to. Cars like these are always fun to see in their original glory, but I’ll gladly take home one of these for less than a third of the price and still enjoy it just as much.

– Andrew

Roll the dice? 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E

Bet big to win big, right? Today might be one of those situations. What we are looking at is a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E with a hair under 50,000 miles. This is obviously very good in the big picture. But the real pictures you are seeing show a different story. This monster W124 is so dirty you can’t tell the condition of the paint, the tires are nearly flat and the seller has no real information on the car other than it’s just been sitting in the driveway for at least a year.

Ready to gamble?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay

Year: 1992
Model: 500E
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 49,396 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

Low mileage because owner collected many cars.

Grille is 1993 version. Has been sitting in driveway at least 12 mos, battery may need to be replaced. Tires appear low. Can probably be driven after battery is charged. But current registration is for planned nonoperation. This is not an estate sale.

Interior of car is very new looking.

Previous license was 3CLH104 prior to a rear-end accident where license plate was lost.

The 500E is a dilemma if I’ve ever seen one. These are no doubt valuable cars and the current market isn’t slowing down on them. Any E500E that is in any kind of decent shape is usually bringing $12,000 right off the bat even for cars pushing the 200,000 mile mark. Once you start getting into lower mileage cars that are very well sorted you can hit $30,000 very easily and head all the way up to $150,000 for Jerry Seinfeld’s 500E.

A couple of things about this car I find interesting. First is that it has been updated to the 1994 facelift look. This is a modification that doesn’t come cheap so those that do it, usually love their 500E. Inside, the interior looks good enough with no major flaws although a bit dirty. Everything can be cleaned, but ripped seats, broken wood and cracked dashes are when things start getting expensive. But the real mystery is the actual mechanical condition. You can easily spend $10,000 trying to rehab one of these cars back to good health and unless you can actually go see this car in person, you are basically bidding blind. There is no indication of updated wiring harnesses, oil tube replacements, EZL condition and most importantly anything about the health of the transmission.

I’m really curious to see where this one ends up. You can basically fix everything wrong with these cars, but you can’t fix high miles. If bidding stays somewhere reasonable, which it probably won’t seeing as it’s at nearly $10,000 already, then it’ll be worth it to gamble on. But if someone pays over $20,000 and finds out it’s a total disaster? Well, hope the market keeps climbing with these.

– Andrew

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.

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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