1999 Mercedes CLK430 Amusement

I still can’t resist using this forum to highlight some oddities that otherwise wouldn’t see the light of day, even if they do fall out of line of our typical finds. See this S320 as an example. What we have here is another Benz with a custom paint job I couldn’t resist sharing.

1999 Mercedes CLK430 with custom paint on eBay

1999 Mercedes CLK430 paint5

Not much to say here.. The CLK has 83,000 miles. The seller states it has new brakes and that the 20″ rims and tires are also new. The seller doesn’t go into details about the accident that totaled the car, but it looks like it was front end. Hard to tell exactly from the pictures, but that hood looks replaced. The detail work on the paint job looks well done, just unexpected.

It’s a vehicle with a rebuilt title sold on eBay with a seller with zero feedback with a paint job for a very specific set of tastes. The car is at $2,700 with the reserve not met. Any guesses on end price?

~Evan

1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail Rally – REVISIT

The 1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail featured two weeks ago is back up for sale after coming short of its Buy it Now price:

1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail Rally on eBay – REVISIT

The car looks far to nice to have seen much hard off road use, but if you know your history then you would know that these Heckflosse Mercedes were quite capable rally cars, placing 1, 2, 3 in the Monte Carlo Rally right after their introduction. This 230 has had a lot of care in putting it to where it is now. It has a nice two tone paint jobs with unique beige with brown roof colors. Rally accessories include sway bars, Hella driving lights, questionably U.S. road legal French style yellow headlights, rally timers and a Tag Heuer stopwatch are inside.

The car has bids up to $5,000 and a Buy-It-Now price of $9,900. These aren’t particularly rare cars, though some engine and trim combos were limited production and command higher prices. This is a good looking car. I’ve included video of some vintage clips of fintails.

1967 Mercedes 230 Fintail Rally on eBay


~Evan

The below post originally appeared on our site October 25, 2012:

Towards the end of then 1960s, Mercedes-Benz finally laid the automotive fad that was the rear tailfin to rest. Never one to give into trends, it was rather surprising that the typically conservative company from Stuttgart would give in and feature such a bold styling cue. The W110 were the bread and butter midsize sedans for Mercedes through most of the decade. In 1965, the lineup was given a refresh that introduced the M180 2.3 liter inline six to the lineup that you see here in our feature car.

Not only was the W110 at the forefront of Mercedes-Benz’s crash testing efforts, but a few of the W110 and larger W111 Heckflosse models were successful in competition. One of the more notable events was the 1960 Rally Monte Carlo where a 220SE claimed first, second and third place, with first place awarded to Walter Schock and Rolf Moll. This 230 for sale in Illinois has been prepared for classic rallying, which seems a bit far fetched to the uninitiated. Those in the know, however, are aware just how tough and well suited for rallying these cars can be.

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230 on eBay

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230, W110. Fintail, Heckflosse. 2.3 liter inline 6 cylinder, complete tune-up with plugs and wires. Carbs are refurbished. New belts, new hoses. Complete repaint job two years ago, unique factory two tone paint. Front disc brakes, new front rotors, new front pads. Rear drums have been resurfaced. With new hoses all the way around, new brake booster with new spare. Reupholstered in Mercedes MB-tex, correct Becker stereo, has factory FM upgrade, new KYB Shocks front and rear. Vintage AMG factory sway bars. Sway bars were used in the 300SEL. 16″ OEM steel wheels & tires. Have the stock factory 14″ wheels. Factory hubcaps too. Upgraded headlights h4 (yellow). Hella driving lights, vintage factory trip meter for vintage rally events. Tag-Heuer Stop Watch (vintage). Dash clip used in vintage rally events. Amazing running and driving car, head turner.

After looking this car over, I’d smitten with it. But then again, I’m into offbeat rally machines. There are probably only two things I’d change, which would be the somewhat staid color scheme and of course, I’d prefer a 4-speed manual, whether it be a column or floor mounted shift. The seller is being realistic with the price here, as most late model 230s will range between $6,000 to $10,000 in good condition. With the added rally bits, not to mention the vintage Tag Heuer stopwatch, there are worse ways to spend $9,900.

1995 Mercedes S320 Somethingorother

1995 Mercedes-Benz S320 on eBay

You long time readers know that I occasionally break the GCFSB mold and throw out an oddity that may strike me as worthy or rare, surprising or crazy. This Mercedes S Class falls into the too odd not to share with someone category.

What we have here is a perfect storm of… well something.

Let’s start with the car from the factory, the W140 S class were great cars, but this is the base U.S. model S320. Maybe the 6 is more fuel efficient than the 8, but you have to work it so much harder to move this heavy sedan around that savings aren’t going to be super. Outside of that there is really not much advantage to purchasing one of these with only the 3.2 liter engine.

Now to the more obvious, the outside has been painted and gold plated to near death. The paint job is peculiar, not so much in color, but the two tone scheme only covers 3/4 of the car, stopping at the C pillar for some odd reason. I think the car would look a little less off if the upper and lower paint scheme was carried through.

Ubiquitous in this type of situation we have upgraded S500 badges and AMG logos added. Surely AMG with their high performance, but rarely overly ostentatious vehicles is pleased to be associated with this. The car does have a ground effects kit, listed as being AMG parts. It has been painted a third color, the same golden yellow that adorns the two rear spoilers. The car comes with a second set of 24k gold plated rims too.

Inside more gold plating and some fairly extensive interior work. The seat and door recovering work is pretty extensive and likely cost a fair amount of change when new. The seller says there is nearly $4,000 in extra burlwood trim alone. The leopard print floor mats complete the package. The aftermarket 51 disc CD changer, which may or may not be just sitting loose in the trunk could be a collectors item some day.

Perhaps what is most surprising about this car, and hurting a potential sale, is its location in New Hampshire. I usually see this type of custom work in the southern portions of the country and sure enough the vehicle history report shows this car originated in Miami. The more subdued car culture of New England certainly must see this car and raise an eyebrow.

The seller breaks one of our cardinal rules of advertising, writing the ad in all CAPS and stretches the truth a bit when saying the 150,000 miles on the engine are just breaking it in. I appreciate the seller is enthusiastic about the car, and I really do try not to criticize people for their tastes, to each their own right, but boy this poor car is going to have a hard time finding a buyer at the ask price, it sits at $15,000 with the reserve not met and no bids. I also don’t feel so bad about it when a read the large decal in the car’s rear window.

Any takers?

1995 Mercedes-Benz S320 on eBay

~Evan

Theme Week: 2004 Maybach 62

2004 Maybach 62 on eBay

Perhaps this is a bargain the world of one percenter cars, mere pocket change for those used to spending this much just doing regular servicing on their Gulfstream V.

There are plenty of Maybachs on the market in both the short wheel base 57 and extended 62 configurations. Prices new ranged from the $350,000 base model to the absurd $1.4 million Landaulet model.

The car featured here is a mere $122,800, which is on the low end of the used Maybach market. the car has served its purpose, covering 66,350.

I picked this particular specimen out as, while you are getting the benefit of some depreciation and perhaps having your neighbors turn up their nose at your frugality when buying a used Maybach, this one is finished in the rarer Cote d’azur Dark Blue with Silver paint scheme. The colors give this Maybach a particularly striking presence.

These were never pretty cars. Outside their soft, rolling, lines make them seem whale like, much less aggressive than say a BMW Alpina B7. Inside the Maybach has it all over the 7 and trumps the top of the line Mercedes S class models as well. Luxurious seats with personal entertainment lend to the first class plane atmosphere. A separate set of roof mounted gauges in the back allows you to keep tabs on your driver. This car has the very cool electro-translucent solar paneled roof option. This added $14,000 to the cost of the car, but provided a large sunroof that could be dimmed to let in more or less light from above. This technology was pretty innovative when they first added it into the roof of these cars and is quite fun to watch in action. Google it if you haven’t seen it before. The solar panels provide power to help keep the car cool on hot days.

Engine wise this car has the 5.5 liter V12, later cars received a 6 liter engine. Power is still a stout 550 and these cars despite their gigantic weight could hustle to sub 4.5 second 0-60 times, perfect for leaving the plebeians in your dust if you decide to move your chauffeur over to the passenger seat.

Mercedes is shuttering Maybach production next year so exclusivity will stay high. Just over 1000 of these have been sold in the U.S. for all models and all years.

Perhaps for me thought the coolest thing about the Maybach was that they did have a model/option package named the Zeppelin in honor of the brand’s heritage as an engine supplier to the giant airships. Though this car isn’t one, I am including a picture of a hood ornament from one, just because I think it would be super awesome to drive a car with that on the hood.

2004 Maybach 62 on eBay

~Evan

Ex John Lennon Mercedes 230SL for nearly half a million $

I’ve never been a fan of celebrity cars, with the exception of race cars. You spend gobs of money on them and then park them in a museum or they turn into a Jon Voight’s LeBaron situation.

John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes 230SL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There seems to always be a John Lennon car for sale somewhere. A few year’s ago his Mercedes 600 Pullman didn’t sell when it reached £190,000 (at the time $273,600) at an auction where it had a £200,000 ($287,600) reserve, tell me if that situation doesn’t sound like some bidding shenanigans. It later appeared for sale with an ask of £320,000.

Now we have an arguably much more mundane Lennon car in this 1965 230SL pagoda that has an ask price of a quite ridiculous $465,000, down from $495,000. The price discrepancy is from varying sites listing the car, the dealership page still has the higher price. The dealer lists the odometer as reading 19,127.

I’m not going to speak about the marketplace for Beatle’s collectibles, but these W113 Benzs continue to rise in value. The Pagodas so called because of their distinctive hardtops are quality cars that garnered a high end clientele when new.

The 230SL was the smallest, in terms of engine options, of the W113 SL. The 2.3 liter inline six puts out 150 horsepower. Ideally you want to find one with the 5 speed manual, but this one was special ordered by John with an automatic.

These are fine cars and in good shape can be seen as investment grade vehicles, particularly the later 280SL. However at this price you could literally corner the market on good driver 230SLs or buy 10 very top tier Pagodas.

Knowing our typical reader on this site, I suspect most of you will turn up your nose at this one, but don’t take it out on the Merc. These were some very quality cars that make for fun drivers. They also aren’t very complicated to work on and are light on a lot of the gadgetry that came in later Benzs. They also are significantly lighter than the R107 SL that replaced them and turned the SL into more of a boulevard cruiser than a twisty road driving car. Just save your money and find a non-celebrity owned one. As with any convertible keep an eye out for water leakage. The Euro models look a lot better with their headlights to me, but eitherway these cars have a great, unmistakably German and Mercedes look.

~Evan

John Lennon’s 1965 Mercedes 230SL

2000 BMW E46 M3 GT Ex – ALMS racer

2000 BMW E46 M3 GT Ex – ALMS racer on eBay

BMW AG Motorsport ALMS car # 003 is up for sale and comes race ready with a fresh spare engine.

This ex Tommy Milner PTG Racing car is a chance for a turnkey factory BMW racer.

This M3 currently has a 450 horsepower P50B32 stroked to 3.4 liters by PTG. Power is routed through a 6 speed sequential racing gearbox.

Also included with the car is a brand new factory P54B32 3.2 liter good for 420 horsepower. The seller, Scottsdale Motorsport also says they can upgrade the car to a  P65B44 V8 with 530 horsepower if you so desired.

These factory cars are pretty sweet because they are purpose built, engines included. These inline six models were the predecessors to the E46 V8 powered GTR racers.

The car is pretty rare. Unfortunately the pricing puts it out of reach for many, the ask price is $348,000. You can go racing in an E46 M3 for a lot less than that, but you aren’t going to have a car so well setup or the genuine BMW, real deal, race engine. The seller says they will knock $69,000 off the price if you decide you don’t want the brand new spare engine. That gives you an idea of the level of race car you are dealing with. ALMS level competitive cars aren’t your backyard mechanic stripped down used E46 M3 with an exhaust tacked on.

Though the car isn’t that new, heck it is eligible for some historic racing, I suspect that for this type of car a new owner would want to put it through some pretty competitive racing. If historic racing is your thing feel free to bring this over to Watkins Glen for one of the events, I’m willing to help a new owner take it around the track. : )

2000 BMW E46 M3 GT Ex – ALMS racer on eBay

The seller has recent video of the car starting up and I’m sure you can find older video of it at speed.

~Evan

1990 Mercedes Benz 560SEC Wald body kit – REVISIT

1990 Mercedes Benz 560SEC Wald body kit – updated eBay link

This car is back up for sale almost a year after originally appearing on our site and it warranted a bump back to the front page because it is now on ebay with no reserve.

Since November it has added 1,000 miles to 79,000. When it last appeared the ask price was $21,000. Now with no reserve actual market value will be seen. Someone may get a deal on this if it stays under the radar, which me posting about it probably isn’t helping. (sorry to those of you bidding).

Prices on these are going up and while the nearly $150,000 we saw earlier this year on the Prince of Monaco’s W126 coupe was quite crazy $20k for this may not be a surprise, though I bet it will sell a few thousand short of that. The Wald kit does add to the rarity and is not an obnoxious body kit, but subtlety add to the looks of the car.

The below posting appeared on our site November 6, 2011:

One of these appeared in my neighborhood recently, a nice very stock, late model 560SEC. Years later these are still nice cars and still generate demand from enthusiasts.

The one featured here has extra good looks coming from the Wald international of Japan body kit. It also has nice AMG rims and has been lowered. Clear corners and smoked tails compliment the look. The car has 78,000 miles and the owner claims $20,000 in receipts.

Inside the stereo has been upgraded with a number of new parts. The dash features white-faced gauges and there is also a BBS wood or wood look steering wheel. One thing that dates Mercedes of this era is the gray interior they put on so many cars. It is boring, doesn’t really give a very luxury appearance, and also it ages poorly, by that I mean driver seats don’t get a nice patina, but often show a yellowing discoloration. The interior here looks very clean though.

The seller is letting their own attachment to the car get in the way of asking a reasonable selling price as the ask is $21,000. That is too high right now for a W126 coupe with that kind of mileage, even with the additions, and in this nice shape. The seller also fails to provide enough photos of substance (no shots of the right side, no engine shot) to convince even a really interested party to think about biting on this one. Perhaps this is a case of an owner being told by a wife that he needs to sell a car and this is his way of being able to say he is trying, but inside he knows there is no hope of actually selling it from this advert.

The posting and photos originally appeared on our site November 6, 2011 here is the updated link for its reappearance September 2012:

1990 Mercedes Benz 560SEC Wald body kit – updated eBay link

~Evan

2002 BMW 525iT Touring Sport Wagon M5 clone

You’ve seen them on this site before, we like German station wagons, particularly those that come with M, RS, or AMG badges.

2002 BMW 525iT Touring Sport Wagon M5 clone on eBay

The owner of this wagon made an attempt to fill the gap left when BMW decided not to make an E39 M5 Touring. The car sort of gets it right. I say only sort of because while it looks the part, it started life as the lowly 525iT. We have seen some better M5 Touring clones using the 540iT as a starting point. The car does have an M5 body kit though to give it a more aggressive look.

To make up for the lack of cylinders and power this 2.5 liter six has been boosted by an ASA / Infinitas supercharger with an intercooler. Power estimates aren’t given, but depending on what kind of boost this setup is running it could be putting out closer to 250 horsepower rather than the stock 180. Unfortunately power is still fed through the stock automatic.

I like the Alpina Dynamic replica rims painted to match they add to the look. The eyebrows and M badges and tricolor fender flags also look nice. A dual exhaust, roof spoiler, adjustable suspension and even some interior goodies complete the upgrade.

The car is a two owner vehicle with 84,200 miles. I’d like to know how many miles since the supercharger was installed.

A nice looking car with a buy-it-now of $14,900. Even with the upgrades that is probably a bit pricey despite the mods and looks. We all know you never recoup those costs. I’m sure some folks wouldn’t believe that the car is a decade old.

2002 BMW 525iT Touring Sport Wagon M5 clone on eBay

~Evan

Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix GCFS 2012 Audi & Elva

Back from this outstanding event where many a German car are out being put through their paces on the track with my annual post of the German cars for sale that caught my eye. The car that most caught my eye this year, was unfortunatley not for sale. It was a stunning 1955 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing that won the Concours d’Elegance for the weekend. What made it extra special though was this car was driven to the event from Massachusetts, we’re talking a journey of several hundred miles and hours. The owner, upon winning the top prize, took the microphone and remarked how concours cars should be used as they were intended and not trailered to events. This is a good reminder to those attending car shows that if you see a nice car and it has a few rock chips on the front, instead of being a dick and pointing them out, compliment the owner on actually having the balls to get the car on the road rather than using white gloved staff to drive the car the 10 yards off the enclosed trailer and onto the car show lawn. At the end of the weekend the Gullwing’s owner was hopping back into his multiple $100k car and driving back to MA, a journey I’m sure the car and driver both enjoyed. Click the images to see large photos of just how clean this car was despite the highway journey.

Ok on to my two picks for listings. This year the two I’ll post are at vastly different ends of the spectrum.

The first is a facelifted, late 1980s, Audi GT Coupe that needs some love.

Audi Coupe GT

These coupes have unique lines and are pretty hard to come by these days, despite their observed scarcity, other than the Quattro model, they remain quite affordable.

This one has relatively low mileage for the year, 86,000 miles, and a ask price of $1,200. It clearly shows some wear and tear issues. Fading logos, a few rust bubbles, worn interior, etc. I know we usually try to find finer automobiles than this, but this car looked lonely parked on the side of the road under the overcast sky, watching as millions of dollars worth of vintage street and race cars drove past. It has a manual and if it runs well it is certainly worth saving and I bet the seller can knock a couple hundred off the price. You can give your kid a pretty unique fun first car to work on with this on the cheap. A few hours of elbow grease and this car could be a lot prouder. You can see from the photos its not a bad 10 footer at all. I don’t want to post the seller’s phone number, but post a comment if you are interested and I’ll get it to you.

 

The other car for sale that I thought would be fun to list, it being a Grand Prix event and all, is this 1965 Elva Mk.VIIs racer.

1965 BMW powered Elva Mk.7s

The Elva 7s racers were tiny cars, barely coming up to the knee, and were powered by a range of under 2.0 liter engines. While Elva is a British car company, this race car is powered by a very German BMW engine and comes complete with a BMW badge out front. Some Elva cars, think Can-Am, were fitted with very much over 2.0 liter 500 horsepower V8s by McLaren, which must’ve been immensely scary to drive.

The car has eye catching looks, the covered headlights up front present a really nice smooth face. The looks maybe confused for a D type Jag or Porsche Spyder if you squint, but the Elva isn’t like either of those, though Porsche power was found in other Mk.7 Elvas.

This particular car is super fresh, it has a recent restoration in which everything has been gone over. Basically everything is new or rebuilt from the body to the chassis to the engine. Transmission is a Hewland unit which is loaded with new internals. The new parts on the car are too many to list. The owner also states that the car can handle a 6′ + driver thanks to some modifications.

The car is available through Lee Chapman Racing, http://www.leechapmanracing.com

Obviously this is going to run you a bit more than the Audi listed above, but I suspect it isn’t obscene. No price is given, but I’d bet we’re looking at something in the $150,000 range with it in its race ready condition. I’m not really sure, I haven’t seen to many Elva’s cross the block in my time.

 

As always I highly recommend a pilgrimage to Watkins Glen, the birth place of modern road racing in the U.S., to any gearhead and the annual vintage festival is a perfect time to make the trip.

~Evan

1987 Mercedes 190E 3.4 24v AMG

1987 Mercedes 190E 3.4 24v AMG on Euro Motors LLC

also for sale here: 1987 Mercedes 190E 3.4 24v AMG on Autotrader.com

Another neat W201 Benz pointed out to us by reader Joe is up for sale. This one isn’t quite as high horsepower as the 190E 3.6 we had up recently , but unlike that one this car appears to be a factory AMG job rather than an enthusiast swap.

This 190E has more info than the previous one, but it would still be important to land some solid documentation on the car if you were going to buy it. I don’t have any reason not to believe this is a genuine AMG 3.4 car, but these M104 engines can be hard to distinguish in their varied flavors. I’ve often seen them with an AMG logo on the air intake which this car is missing. The seller states that the car was owned by a popular AMG North America client and that the owner of Renntech has vouched for the car as being a one of one.

The car has AMG springs and shocks and Mercedes Evo II wheels. Brakes are upgraded 4 piston Brembo units up front.

The 3.4 liter engine puts down 262 horsepower and 240 lb/ft. of torque and is mated to the 190E 5 speed manual. A dual mass flywheel and clutch out of a 300SL hook the two together.

There is an aftermarket amp and cd changer in the trunk. You have to love that the car has the proper 3.4-24 badge on the trunk lid.

There are 65,000 miles on the car and the ask price is $20,000. that ask makes the nearly $28,000 for that other recent 190E conversion look a little silly. With proper documentation this is a pretty fair ask. I’d hope a buyer might be able to knock a few dollars off the price. I don’t think the car is quite as rare as the seller makes it out to be, rare yes, but the 3.4 AMG engine can be found in other Benzs if you look around. This one does look well put together and if it is a documented factory AMG car the value will be greater and command the higher price.

The car is being offered by Euro Motors LLC in Pennsylvania.

There is a video of this car online:

~Evan