1975 Mercedes Benz 450SLC Euro

The difference between Euro and U.S. Domestic market Mercedes can be dramatic or subtle depending on how you look at cars. 70s Mercedes headlights look pretty different with the U.S. cars having circle sealed beams in vertical or horizontal quads and Euros having single lens flat face lights. This Euro 450SLC has the complete Euro package, minus the KPH speedo.

What sets this apart outside of it being Euro and in very clean all around shape, is that it is a no reserve auction with a reasonable start price, our favorite type of sale here on GCFSB. The 90,437 car sits at just under $3,500 as of now.

The mileage shouldn’t be a big deterrent. The seller doesn’t say much about service history, but it looks like they cared for it well. I’d rather take a good looking, well maintained high mileage Benz then one with lower miles that has had deferred maintenance and is being sold just as the shop bills are about to stack up. The inside looks very nice, white is hard to keep looking that clean after 36 years, I suspect it may have been redone at some point.

The car has some modern add-ons. The newer AMG chrome rims don’t look too out of place as the 450SLC does have a lot of shiny chrome. I could take it or leave it on them. The previous owner has also added chrome door sills, a popular after market choice on SLs of this era, but these are etched with the AMG logo. The trunk lid also has a modern AMG logo that looks a bit out of place. The rear spoiler could be factory or a later add-on. It is period correct. These are minor nitpicks overall this car presents very well. I’ve said this before I’m not a convertible guy so I always prefer the look of the SLC models over the open top SL models, particularly SLs with only a soft-top.

A nice piece of machinery that will sell at fair market value.

 

~Evan

Lust-worthy CLK63 AMG Black Series for sale

No massive back story here, it’s pretty simple: my european car came today featuring a modified CLK63 AMG Black Series and I can’t get it off my mind. I re-watched the unrivaled Top Gear segment and had to live the dream the only way I can: eBay ads. It’s simplicity, audacity, and brutality make it perhaps the most lust-worthy post-1980s car I can think of. I want it, and I want to rage in it.

So how to rationalize this dark fantasy? Well, I certainly can’t in my current paygrade, but if I were in the position to spend $70k or more on a sports car, I would overlook the newer M3, the RS5, R8, CTS-V, GTR, the myriad 911s, etc. etc. as they are positively weaksauce compared to this… this is the kind of unique, raw, incredible German machine that I would choose. It’s badass in a way the Aston Martin Vantage V8 only wishes it could be. All 18,600 of glorious driving miles are at around $50k at time of writing with 4 days left; other buy-it-nows range from $75-90k. I’d give organs to have this car in the garage.

-NR

1981 Mercedes 380SEL Koenig Specials Widebody

Coming out of a Florida estate sale is this nice looking Koenig Special. The car has a bit over 100,000 miles on the 3.8 liter V8. The seller doesn’t come off as an expert on Mercedes vehicles, but does provide what sounds like an honest and fair description of the car in a video overview posted within the ad.

The paint is showing some expected wear, but in general the widebody kit and the interior look very good for a car like this. Those of you who follow the big Benzs with the “Miami Vice” style kits of this era know that most that come to market these days have many cracks, dings, chips, and defects. This one looks fine as is; a new owner could make it exceptional with a strip and high quality respray. Other than this being based on the lower output 3.8 instead of the 5.0 or 5.6, this one appears to be a good candidate for preservation. The 3.8 does make this a bit more uncommon in terms of other Koenig models. The car is a Euro model and was imported through proper channels, it has the correct importer markings.

The seller makes a mention of this car having a twin timing chain setup, which is nothing special, but a common conversion on the 3.8 as a preventative maintenance measure. Outside of the paint problems, its missing part of the climate control system, the speedo doesn’t work, there is a modern radio (good or bad depending on your purist intentions a period correct Alpine unit would look great), and lastly for some unknown reason the gold trunk Mercedes emblem has been replaced upside done.

The ask is $8,500 with bidding up at a reserve not met $6,200. Lots of depreciation on a car that cost over $100k when new. Even with the flaws and the less exciting engine, I have a real soft spot for these cars and the presence they command out on the road.

~Evan

1965 Mercedes-Benz 220Sb

Mercedes-Benz was never one to give into styling fads until the last decade or so. However, the craze for tailfins in the 1950s led the styling team of the Stuttgart firm to introduce the fintail, or Heckflosse in German. These sedans were a restrained, German interpretation of a popular styling element that would last well past the tail fin craze left the US. The last Heckflosse left the factory in January 1968. Here is a clean, dual carburetor 220Sb outside of Washington, D.C. for sale.

The seller states:

1965 Mercedes Benz 220SB, 6 cylinder engine, automatic transmission. Always garaged, second owner. Original paint, great condition, compression is good, new stock transmission, all new brake lines, Original miles. Have maintenance records dating back 10 years, original books and man

While at the Mercedes-Benz Club June Jamboree in 2006, I remember running into a non-fintail 250S sedan in a similar gray on red color combination. I simply love the contrast of these period correct hues.

Incidentally, a few years before I came along, my father drove a 1967 230S, which was the final evolution of the Heckflosse, with a revised 2.3 liter, twin carb M108 six cylinder. It was black over parchment, with a 4 speed manual on the floor. We still have plenty of pictures of this car, one of which I sent to Mercedes-Benz for use in their ad campaign a few years ago “No One Ever Poses With Their Toaster.” You can see my father and his friends similar ’67 230S in white at 0:30 in the following video:

-Paul

1986 Mercedes 190E 16v with 2.6 & Evo II Kit

It will be interesting to see what this car will bring. You have a high mileage 190E 2.3 16v that hasn’t seen a lot of use of late, but does have some where north of 189,000 on the clock. The seller says that is when the odometer stopped working. At around 140k the car received the Bekker Imports stroker kit bumping things out to 2.6 liters. The car also added the Evolution II body kit. The massive rear wing has been removed due to owner taste, but he says it is available.
The seller is asking $5,000, which is a fraction of what this would bring if it was a genuine Evo car.
The car needs some work, seller says the paint needs a refresh, that the engine has some “hesitation”, and that the suspension could use some work.
Like I said I’ll be curious to see if anyone bites on this. With the stroker kit, the body kit, and the 19″ AMG wheels with only 4k on the tires, the MSRP on the mods alone would send you well over $5k.

 

~Evan

2005 Mercedes-Benz C55

Beginning in the mid 1990s, the AMG C classes from Mercedes-Benz have proved to be quite popular over the years, with a range of breathed on six-cylinder and V8 models appearing in the lineup. Here we have a clean, two owner, C55 for sale in Pennsylvania.

The seller states:

This auction is for a 2005 Mercedes Benz C55 Sport Sedan. I am the second owner of this vehicle. The vehicle is in immaculate condtion. It has been professionally maintained at a Mercedes Benz dealership since new. It has had all its regular maintence performed (Transmission service, coolant service, brake fluid service, oil changes, etc.). It has brand new rear tires with less than 200 miles on them. Front tires at 50%, front and rear brakes at 50%. The vehicle needs nothing. Runs excellent, looks great. Only reason I am selling is due to the fact I have too many vehicles and its time to get rid of a few. This car is very enjoyable to drive. I will definately miss it!

I sold my 2007 C230 Sport with 27k miles for $20,500 two months ago. Even though this is two years older, prices on the last of the W203 AMGs have finally reached somewhat attainable levels. Anything with 300 or more horsepower in a car this size is a riot to drive. I know this first hand, as I’ve driven several of these over the years. Even considering rising gas prices, a C55 in this kind of condition would be a smart investment in the coming years. I mean, where else were you going to put your money, the stock market?

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

Another week on eBay, another car turns up that makes me wish I had extra garage space and funds. Of all the W124 Mercedes-Benzes, the coupe was my favorite. The rarity of them along with the classic pillarless profile just wins me over. Knowing this car would keep trucking for many more miles due to the reliable 3.2 inline six is just icing on the cake. Here’s a clean example with 76,000 miles out on the left coast.

The seller states:

Very rare 1995 Mercedes E320 coupe. 1 of 307 made for the last year of the w124 series. The car is Black Pearl with black leather. It was purchased (leased) new in 1995 at the Beverly Hills Mercedes. At the end of the lease it was turned back into Mercedes with 34009 miles on it, at this time MBZ of San Francisco purchased it and certified it in April of 1998. It was sold to a gentleman from Marin Ca. who was dating a salesperson at the dealership and he had the vehicle for 10 years until I bought from him, so the Mercedes has never left the state of California. It has been perfectly maintained! It amazingly solid without even a rattle after 16 years, last of the hand made Mercedes!

According to NADA, clean retail for a 1995 E320 coupe is hovering around $8,500, Kelley Blue Book is at about $7,800. The buy it now price seems just a tad high, but honestly, if I was in the market, I wouldn’t hesitate putting $10k down on something like this, given it’s history, condition and rarity. The convertibles are nice, but the last of the W124 coupes are the rarest of the bunch and are fast disappearing. Hopefully this one finds a good home.

-Paul

2002 Mercedes C230 Widebody

The Sportcoupe models of Mercedes’ C class fall into that same odd place as the BMW 318ti. Not the most fantastic looks, economy based powerplants and trim. This particular model has had some work done so much so tat it got itself a place in the February 2009 European Car magazine.

The car’s supercharged 2.3 four is pumping out 280 horse power thanks to a Kleeman pulley, Supersprint headers, and Renntech intercooler and sending power through a manual transmission. Elsewhere custom flares are in place to fit massive rims, and big brakes.

Nice interior features include plenty of custom audio work.

The car has 36,282 miles and the seller has a buy it now price of $23,900, bidding sits at a reserve not met $5,000 for now.

Overall the mods make this hatch look good, be advised he seller has zero eBay feedback.

~Evan

1990 Mercedes 300CE CE36 Renntech

This bright red W124 Benz has received the full Renntech treatment with lots of nice mods. Many of the stock 300E parts have been uprated with parts from the more performance oriented 500E, such as the flared fenders, spoilers, hood, and headlights. The stock brakes have been replaced with Brembo units from the SL600. Under the hood is a Renntech massaged 3.6 liter inline six featuring forged pistons, titanium rods, Schrick cams featuring 300HP. The rear diff has been replaced with a higher ration 3.73 unit.
Inside there is all sorts of custom bits, neon accents, subwoofers, tv, vcr, Playstation 2.
A previous owner of this car stated it had $50,000 in work into, $20k in the engine alone at that point the seller wanted $28,000 for it. The current owner picked up the car for $15,500 in 2010 so the current no reserve price of $7,500 seems like a deal, but would make me want to really make sure the engine is still running well. 114,000 miles are on the body.

~Evan

1989 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 with 45k miles

In my opinion, the new design language of Mercedes-Benz leaves a bit to be desired. For ten years, I drove two different C class models, and while the new one is certainly not a bad looking car, the recently unveiled facelift looks as if the styling is being brought in line more with the BMW 3 series, at least in the front. If I ever buy another Mercedes in the future, it will probably be a classic from the 1980s or 1990s. Like the following mint 190E 2.6, I model that I revere.

The seller states:

This 190E has original 48,000 miles!

Clean Carfax, (13 records of Passed Emissions Inspection every 2 years since 1991 with about 4,000 mile intervals). California car.

The cosmetic condition is what you can expect from such low mileage. Original paint is in excellent shape and lower trims has no cracks or splits. The Leather seats have no tears, seat feel like they are not broken in yet. Both front seats are powered. We also provide full service for Mercedes and have inspected this vehicle. The mechanical condition is in great shape. No rust, no moisture. Most likely to have been garaged most of its life.

If you are familiar with these vehicles, you can easily see them with over 200,000 miles and still running strong. Spare parts are always easy to find. Cruise control is working good.
All power windows and sunroof are working. Air conditioning is working. Rear window defroster is working. Front headlights and frames have no cracks, the front grill is excellent.
Rear light frames have no cracks. Original Becker AM/FM tape stereo. Dash in great condition, no splits or cracks. Wood trim is beautiful, what you can expect from such low mileage.

All rims are in Excellent condition, no peeling. Michelin tires have 90% tread left. Spare wheel in good shape (Michelin tire) with jack. We have the original booklets. Production Date: 01/1989.

This is one of those few auctions as of late where I think the buy it now price is actually quite reasonable. For $7,500, this car could easily last another 200,000 miles and would provide a simpler, more involving driving experience than many newer vehicles costing much more. The blue interior puts me off somewhat, but I wouldn’t mind calling this classic my own.

-Paul