1986 Mercedes 560SEC AMG 6.0 Widebody

We’ve featured a couple W126 AMG cars from this seller. We can’t agree more that the seller is right that these original big bodied eighties AMG cars are going up and value and be even more sought after in the not too distant future.

This seller has a knack for finding nice examples of these, cleaning them up and presenting them well for sale. This example has covered only 20,000 mile son its potent 6.0 liter power plant. The exterior has some of the typical upgrades we see on these, smoked front corners,, modified taillights, color matched AMG rims, blacked out treatment (chrome, emblems, grille). The interior has the correct AMG steering wheel and 300 KM/H speedometer. What makes this one stand out is the two tone interior. This interior is reminiscent on what was seen on some of the C43 AMG cars a decade later.

The engine bay looks like it has just been cleaned. The seller has added some red accents, which seem a touch out of place on a Benz of this era, but don’t look bad. I think we mostly should leave red engine accents on a Merc for Renntech.

The bidding on this is at $25,000 with the reserve not met.

1986 Mercedes 560SEC AMG 6.0 Widebody on eBay

 

~Evan

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

The Mercedes-Benz 600, or Grosser Mercedes as it is sometimes called, is one of those vehicles where I find myself reaching for words to describe it. This awesome car set the bar extremely high not only for luxury vehicles but for automotive technology itself when it was introduced in 1963. Available as a short wheelbase sedan, a long wheelbase limo with four or six doors, such as the Pullman you see here, or as a special order Landaulet convertible, these imposing rigs debuted the M100 SOHC V8 engine. With Bosch fuel injection, this unit produced 250 horsepower and 370 lb. ft. of torque. Even though this car was in production from 1964 through 1981, only 2,677 600 models were manufactured, and under 500 were the Pullman version. That makes our feature a rare car, one which had an overarching affect on many Mercedes-Benz model generations to come.

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman on eBay

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman. As a Pullman model only 487 were made over an 18 year production. These are very rare and highly collectable. With just over 99,000 original miles this will be a great addition to any collection. Starts right up, very smooth driving and engine. No knocking or engine noises. All options are in excellent working order including the very important ones: air suspension, windows, power rear seats, window divider, A/C system, and power closing truck. This well maintained example has beautiful wood trimmed veneers that are in excellent condition. The interior as you can see is also in very good condition. Paint, body, and chrome over all show beautifully.

Almost $100,000 is about standard fare for a well sorted Pullman these days; vehicles with celebrity ownership tied to them can bring more money at times. To get more of a sense for just how monumental of a vehicle this was, here is a video from Mercedes-Benz’s Fascination series illustrating the 600:

-Paul

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate

When friends of mine ask me for my advice when it comes to vehicles with added utility, I always throw out the possibility of buying an estate car, or station wagon, as they are known here in the United States. Whether it was the holdover of the family car stigma from the 1960s and 1970s or the rising popularity of the sports utility vehicle, I’ve never understood why a vehicle with a hatch on the rear, be it a two or four door car, doesn’t curry much favor stateside. You still have pockets of the country where these cars are still popular, mainly around the Northeast.

Luckily, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz sell a good number of these body variants here in this country and occasionally, we get lucky and see a few hot versions enter the mix. We’ve seen BMW 5 series Tourings with V8 engines and Audi S4 Avants here on our shores, but you have to hand it to Mercedes-Benz for kicking it up a notch with their AMG E Class wagon. First introduced in 2005 and available one year after that, the E55 had a supercharged 5.5 liter V8 which gave way to the 507 horsepower, 6.3 liter V8 in 2007, which had more horsepower but less torque than the E55, which enabled the vehicle to be hooked up to the 7 speed automatic transmission. Very few E63 estates made their way across the pond and they don’t appear a whole lot different from the usual E class estate, save for the large wheel and tire combination and quad exhausts.

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate on Autotrader

This 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG E-Class 6.3L wagon with 507HP could potentially be the vehicle of your dreams! Enjoy an extra level of confidence when purchasing this E63 AMG 6.3L WAGON, it’s a CARFAX One-Owner. Sophistication & understated luxury comes standard on this Mercedes-Benz E63. This E63 has been lightly driven and there is little to no wear and tear on this vehicle. The care taken on this gently used vehicle is reflective of the 25,777 miles put on this Mercedes-Benz. You’ll quickly realize how much you will need a navigation system once you are stopping for directions or looking up addresses on your phone instead of looking at the road. This E63 features a navigation system that will free you of these unnecessary headaches. This Mercedes-Benz includes: standard paint, burl walnet wood trim, leather upholstered seats, premium package 1, Distronic adaptive cruise control.

This was an almost $100,000 vehicle in 2007, so a mere five years on, you have $55,000 worth of depreciation. White isn’t my first color choice for an E class wagon, but one could fly well under the radar with this rig while sacrificing little in driving pleasure or performance. I give Mercedes-Benz their propers for offering this car in the US market. Fast wagons are like an inside joke to most Americans; they just don’t get them.

-Paul

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500

There are a few cars on my short list that I’ve promised myself I would own before I die. The Porsche 911. An Alfa Romeo Spider. A Maserati of some sort. And this car, the Mercedes-Benz SL. Having grown up in the 1980s, the R107 was the “it” car for that generation. When the new SL appeared on the scene in 1989 for the 1990 model year, it was a giant leap forward for two seater Mercedes-Benzes. For the first time in years you could have a six cylinder SL with a 5 speed manual transmission in the US, which was a surprise, as the Mercedes-Benz product managers were a lot more stodgy in those days than today. This new R129 roadster would carry the SL moniker into the 21st century and hand off the baton to the R230 SL in 2003 after 200,000 examples of six, eight and twelve cylinder roadsters emerged from the factory. Here is a low mileage final year example of the popular SL500 on offer.

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 on eBay

2002 Mercedes-Benz SL500 roadster with AMG package. This is the last year of production of this beautiful roadster! This is a very well maintained, extra clean vehicle with only 37K original miles. Immaculate vehicle, non-smoker. Maroon exterior is in great condition and the tan leather has been kept extremely clean. All the wood trim is in great shape. Soft top is like new and was barely used. All the convertible mechanism works perfect. The vehicle is loaded with options such as power windows and power locks, power mirrors, power seats with memory, dual heated seats, cruise control, A/C with dual zone climate control, AM/FM radio w/cassette player, 6 disc CD change, Bose sound system, xenon headlights, keyless entry and many options more! All the options function accordingly. The powerful V8 5.0L engine runs great and automatic transmission shifts smoothly into gears.

I’ve always admired later model R129s. With the staggered AMG wheels and subtle styling tweaks, they have a butch look about them. With power from the 5.0 liter V8, it has the muscle to back up the appearance. Running costs will certainly be a bit more than your average midsized sedan, but these final year R129s represent a good investment as a future classic. They represent a period in time at Mercedes-Benz when price was no object when it came to engineering.

-Paul

1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SE with 36,000 miles

Low mileage Mercedes-Benz 560SLs from the late 1980s are fairly commonplace, but the days of locating low mileage W126 sedans with ease are over. Occasionally you find a few examples with under 100,000 miles, but finding one with less than 40,000 miles is like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. Here is a short wheelbase 300SE for sale with 36,000 miles in the popular shade of Smoke Silver.

1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SE on eBay

Smoke Silver(702) with Burgundy Leather. Six cylinder, short wheelbase 126 series ‘S” Class sedan. US Model delivered new 05-13-1988 from Sutherland Motors in Spokane, WA. Electric Sliding Sunroof. Protected and preserved from the day it was delivered. Currently in spectacular, unaltered museum quality inside and out. An immediate MBCA show winner. Spectacular paint with no evidence of respraying. Spectacular leather with essentiall no evidence of use.

Perfect carpets, perfect headliner, perfect package panel w/original safety kit. Non-smoker car. No interior odors other than that of new leather. Front seat sheepskins virtually since new. Perfect exterior brightwork. As new paint depth and gloss. Spotless engine bay. Spotless undercarriage. Spotless inner wheel arches. Original unused spare tire w/direction card. Tool roll. Recent tires.

All body tags in place, No evidence of hood, door, trunk lid hinge bolt disturbance. Original windshield. Full handbook and literature packet including original window sticker ($50,550 Suggested list). Spare keys. Spotless wheels. Spotless bumper faces. Runs and drives essentially as a new 300SE.

The seller has this S class listed on Mercedes Heritage for $14,900, which is fairly reasonable for an old school, over engineered Mercedes with a lot less mechanical and electronic complexity than later models. Some may consider this a slow car with the M103 inline six engine or rather pedestrian given the car’s color, but I’m attracted to these cars because they are restrained in their styling and have an air of old money about them. I have a feeling that more modern Mercedes-Benzes with their ersatz chrome trim and prodigious use of LED lighting may not stand the test of time as well as modern classics like this 300SE.

-Paul

One of a kind 2006 Mercedes C55 AMG

This custom 18,000 mile C55 looks to only be brought out for show car duty.

The C55 followed AMG’s string of mid sized Benz models with potent powerplants. The 5.4, yes despite the 55 moniker the car’s engine was short a tenth of a liter, V8 gives 362 horsepower in stock trim and is enough to send the car to 60 in less than 5 seconds. The performance made the C55 the fastest factory C class up until the recent C63.

This particular car maintains stock engine components, but when your base car comes from AMG you don’t usually need to add more performance. The main work on this is the extensive cosmetic portions to set it out from the crowd. The car has had wide body flares put on and massive wheels to added to fill the holes, 19 x 12.5 at the rear.Inside the wheels sit massive Brembo brakes. The suspension has new KW3 coilovers that lower the car down on top of the huge wheels.

A custom cat back exhaust makes more nose outside the car. Noise inside the car is provided by a performance audio system.

The outside of the car is definitely done up to be noticed, not quite as stealthy as the wolf in sheep’s clothing model some AMG cars follow. The owner claims he has $100,000 in the car. The ask price is $40,000. With nice C55s selling in the low to mid $25,000 range I’m afraid I don’t see a $15,000 premium on the work, even with the low mileage. An ask $10k less might be more in range with what a sale on eBay will bring.

2006 Custom C55 on eBay

~Evan

Custom 1989 Mercedes 190E 2.6 to 3.0

Interesting piece here. We have a 190E 2.6 that has had some interesting upgrades.

Note this listing might get pulled down as it is violating eBay policies with massive keyword spamming, a practice that is incredibly lame, makes the seller come off as a tool and is a reason why some car guys have taken their car buying business away from eBay.

Aside from the dumb ass listing strategy the car itself is a looker and unique. The stock engine has been pulled out for a 3 liter unit and the car has had a body kit added to make it look like a Cosworth 190 clone. It is unclear if the 122k miles are on the engine or the chassis, probably the engine as the history report is showing 359,857 miles and a failed emissions test back in 2002.

The car’s look are extenuated with the Cosworth clone body kit, painted AMG rims, smoked badges, blacked out grille, and French style yellow headlights with HID bulbs.

Suspension upgrades include C43 AMG brakes, and some E420 components. An LSD, exhaust, and remapped ECU help with performance. Another selling point is the Getrag 5 speed manual.

The car has a rebuilt title and there seems to be some weird things going on with the vehicle history mileage check so a potential owner should check into that. The seller says the damage was a parking lot ding that creased a quarterpanel and bumper cost $2k thus getting the car the branded title, probably because an 89 190E with high miles won’t be valued very highly in the insurance  actuary tables.

Owner claims $20k invested and the car is at $2,000 with the reserve not met. I would want to check this one out in person since there seems to be some sketchiness with the car. I’m not sure how high this is going to go I’d be surprised if it gets more than $4,000, but it is a pretty nice looking take on the 190E. The good photos almost make up for the key word spamming.

Custom 1989 Mercedes 190E 3.0 on eBay.

~Evan

1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D

I’ve always felt that the Mercedes-Benz W114 and W115 are akin to the Rodney Dangerfield of the Mercedes world: they get no respect. Stuck in between the W110 Fintail and ubiquitous W123, it lands in a bit of a no man’s land when it comes to Mercedes-Benz history. Nevertheless, these are stout machines worthy of a look, especially the efficient diesel versions given what the price of oil is trading at these days. This particular 1975 240D is complete and a survivor with original paint. It is also a 4 speed manual which should help get the most of the meager 65 horsepower output.

1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D on eBay

Up for sale is a very nice 1975 Mercedes 240D finished in light brown color. The vehicle is in very good shape and in every way. The car has a 4 speed transmission and is a big diesel savor. The body is in nice shape and the paint shines. The car does not have any rust issues besides the panel in the bottom of the front bumper which has a little rust but that’s a removable panel and can easily be replaced with a new one. The paint mostly is the original.

The interior is in very good shape with no cracks on the dash and no rips or tears on the seats. The headliner is nice too. The car has a cruise control as well. The AC works and blows cold. The radio is the original Becker and it works very well. The car has some of the service records. The Mercedes really stands out with its looks. It gets a lot of attention despite the age of it. This is a true classic. This Mercedes is in very good mechanical shape and it drives amazing. It does not have any oil leaks. The clutch and transmission are in very good shape. For right now this car needs only a driver.

Clean 240D sedans can be had all day long for around $5,000, so the asking price of $6,700 is about $1,000 to $1,300 on the high side. However, this is a lot less than you would pay for a later W123 240D, the standard bearer of Mercedes-Benz durability. For someone looking for an efficient commuter vehicle, or for a student in need of a first car, these are safe, comfortable vehicles that can withstand the years. This car has just the right amount of patina to allow the owner comfort in using it as an everyday classic.

-Paul

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

The W123 needs no introduction on GCFSB. These were Mercedes-Benz’s bread and butter models between 1977 and 1985 and they combined durability, luxury and style like few cars have been able to do. While these cars are known for their ability to rack up hundreds of thousands of miles with little hassle, you can still find clean, lower mileage examples of coupes and sedans from time to time. The estate versions, however, tend to be the workhorse and good quality examples are a bit more tough to source. This particular TDT is one of the best that I’ve come across in recent memory.

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT on eBay

This might be the lowest mileage 123 series Mercedes wagon in the country. There are only 98k well maintained miles on it since new. This gorgeous Mercedes wagon was sold new in Sacramento, CA in 1983. In 2001, when the original owner passed away his widow sold it to the second owner in Orange County, CA. He sold the car to a gentleman from Maine in 2005 and purchased it back from him in 2007. The car still has the original paint on every panel and it still shines like on the first day. It was finished in Taiga Beige (MB color code 684) with palomino color MB-tex interior.

This car was always parked in a garage and it shows. It has never been in any kind of accident and there are dings or dents on it. The body and the paint are in truly amazing condition for an almost 30 year old car. The interior is very clean as well, as the many pictures will show. The carpets are clean, there are no rips or tears in the seats and even the wood panels are in great condition. This car has been very well maintained and i have the books and receipts to show it.

A new transmission was installed in 2009 with 93k miles. Together with the complete 90k mile service and new drive shaft axles this bill came to $3900. The work was done by Silver Star Motors in Escondido, CA. This car shifts and accelerates like a Mercedes diesel with a very low mileage should. There are no strange noises of any kind. It always starts up right away and it is not slow at all. All the instruments work the way they should.

All the windows, the door locks and even the original radio with the power antenna still function well. This car would be perfect for a collector. There are just not that many 123 series wagons with less than 100k miles around anymore. They are often on Ebay with 300k-400k miles and still running well. This wagon would also be a perfect family car for somebody who wants to drive it every day. If you keep maintaining this car like it has been maintained, you should be good for the next 30 years. It would also be a perfect candidate for Bio diesel conversion. This way you could drive it on vegetable oil or even free waste oil from restaurants. I have never tried it, but with gasoline prices where they are today, it sounds like a good idea.

I would prefer to sell this car to somebody local who could actually come out and see it/inspect it BEFORE the auction ends. But I would also try to be helpful with shipping or a airport pick up. All shipping charges would have to be paid by the buyer. This is a wonderful, gorgeous, well maintained and original 30 year old car and it will be sold as is, where is and without a warranty.

The buy it now price of almost $17,000 is serious money for a 30 year old estate with almost 100,000 miles. If it were any other brand of vehicle, it would seem ludicrous. However, like a fine timepiece, with regular maintenance and care, these are cars for a lifetime. Still, it’s a few thousand dollars more than I’d be willing to pay. I’ve seen these sell for more, though, so I’m sure it will find a new home in short order.

-Paul

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE

In the aftermath of World War II, Mercedes-Benz was a shining example of the German Economic Miracle. In such a short period of time, Germany mobilized its people and began rebuilding their country from the ground up. From buildings to factories, almost everything had to be rebuilt in the wake of mass destruction. Within ten years of restarting production, Mercedes-Benz had a mixed bag product lineup, consisting of models like the unibody Ponton sedan, 190SL roadster, 300SL sports car and the large 300 sedans, coupes and cabriolets.

The new Heckflosse, or Fintail models, bowed in 1959 and were the beginning of Mercedes-Benz’s push into the modern era. At the top of this range was the 300SE sedan and coupe. These models included more chrome, power steering, pneumatic suspension and automatic transmissions were standard. A little over 5,000 examples of the 300SE emerged from the factory between 1961 and 1965, making these über fintails quite rare, but overshadowed by successors such as the 300SEL 6.3 and later 4.5 models with the new generation V8 engines.

1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SE on eBay

If you are looking at this auction you probably already know what this is. The top of the line Mercedes sedan from 1963, the 300SE W112 has a similar body style but a completely different drive train from the W110 and W111 cars. If you are a lover of this body style, this is just about the the best model that you could aspire to own. All aluminum fuel injected 3 liter engine, four wheel disc brakes, four wheel independent air suspension and a multitude of other refinements that distinguish it from the 220S, 220SE and other lower model cars. This particular car is a solid example of the W112 sedan. It is far from perfect, but it has been operated continuously, though sparingly, throughout its life. It has 137,500 miles on it and I have enough history to say that I am confident that this is accurate original mileage.

Though there were many options available for these cars, this one only has a few. Most importantly (a requirement for any serious enthusiast) it has a sunroof. Also, it has the white trim package for the inside, the steering wheel, shifter knob and blinker knob. Also, and very oddly, it has a hydraulic fan clutch. This is an option that one would expect on a car that was not to be sold in America. However, there it is. I had a leak in the unit and put a standard drive fan on. I have since sourced a rebuild fan clutch but have not installed it. The exterior color is DB190g also known as graphite grey. The interior is read leather, with option code 204.

Condition:

The paint work on this car is partly original (I think) and partly respray. It has been fixed here and there over its life so that it continued to be presentable. For a perfectionist, it needs to be repainted. For a driver it is acceptable. It has dings, dents and scratches throughout though no major blemishes. There are two spots where there is rust. One spot on the rear rocker and another spot is just behind the rear passenger door in the inner fender. I will have to send pictures of these as they are pretty impossible to describe. Also, anyone who actually is serious about buying this car had better some see it first!

The interior of the car has what I believe to be the original wool carpet. The doors and seats are original though the back of the drivers seat has been replaced. It was replaced when you could still get the correct stuff from mercedes, so it is perfect factory replacement, but in much better shape. The interior is worn, there are stains, tears and many split seams. However, having owned this car and seen many others like it, it is one of the best preserved original interiors I have seen. Most of these cars end up sitting and as a result the interiors are destroyed. I would NEVER even consider replacing it. That is partly because its still ok and also because the original leather has a smell that could never be duplicated. For someone much more motivated that me, you could probably work wonders on it with the leatherique restoration products. The headliner has bee replaced with something other than original I think. I believe that this would have had a wool headliner. It now has the white with the small perforations. The wood is all in good condition. Some of the wood has been refinished in a color very different from factory, but it goes nice with the red. You can see both the original color and the new color on the picture where the back door is open.

Note on the pictures:

In one photograph the front passenger side blinker lens is broken, this has been replaced. The mechanical parts of this car have had extensive work done by me and my other 300SE loving friends. All the air bags have been replaced, the water pump, replaced the injection pump was rebuilt, the rear axle was removed and all the rubber parts replaced, the drive shaft rebuilt, the radiator boiled, the engine has been out, and in and out (and thankfully in again). I have very extensive documents and notes for the past 14 years, though I have only owned it for ten. The air valves all hold air. This car can sit for EVER and not leak down. All the gauges work, the original radio works. The clock doesnt work anymore, but it used too. It has been converted to pertronix electronic ignition. The transmission has been replaced though I dont have any documents for that. If anyone has any questions about what I have done, please ask. I cant remember everything right now. I have probably spent about $6,000 in parts that I have put on it, not to mention the time that was spent. I took as good of care of this car as I knew how for many years.

Sadly I have lost interest and I have had it parked in the garage for a few years. It needs the touch of a new enthusiast. I have a few parts that I never put on that it needs and it needs a good fine tuning. It runs and drives and can drive anywhere you want it to go. I am VERY reluctant to sell this car. It has been a constant part of my life for ten years and I hope that it goes to a good home. If you are interested, I also have a1964 Long Wheel base 300SE that I am interested in selling.

These 300SE sedans have a cult following amongst Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts, and from the looks of it, it appears the current owner is one of those people, given that he also owns a rare long wheelbase version. The suspension in these cars is complex, so it’s heartening to hear that both that system and the rest of the mechanicals are in good working order. Cosmetically, it leaves a bit to be desired, but as they say, it’s only original once and it appears that most of what we see is how it was when it left the factory. With a little bit of cosmetic refurbishment and elbow grease, this would be a nice, practical classic and would certainly garner interest at the next Mercedes-Benz club meeting.

-Paul