German marques well represented in Watkins Glen.

Having just returned from my annual “business trip” to the Glenora Wine Cellars, formerly Zippo, U.S. Vintage Grand Prix and Racing Festival in Watkins Glen New York I thought it would be appropriate to give you a taste of some of the German metal out on display. In the next couple of days I’ll put up some posts of several of the German street and race cars that I came across for sale while cruising the garage and paddock. Over the course of the weekend I saw all the major marques we cover, except one, represented racing on the track and though there wasn’t one racing, an Opel GT was prowling the car corral. If you ever find yourself near the Fingerlakes region of New York early in September put this event on your calendar. It continues to be one of the largest vintage racing events in the country seeing between 400 and 500 of the finest and funkiest vintage and modern classic racers zooming around the birth place of road racing in America. Here is a  small look at a few of the German machines:

The fast included:

1. a legendary 2000 Audi R8 that turned the fastest time of all competitors with ease.
2. a pair of BMW CSL racers looking and sounding fantastic.
3. a pair of serious M powered Formula cars.
4. a new 2011 Mercedes SLS, parked next to an equally fast Ferrari 599, I overheard someone say both cars were for sale.
5. Speaking of fast and Ferrari, the Audi S4 pictured in this photo can be seen leading a Ferrari 355 challenge. When the rains came Sunday the Audi took control garnering a second place overall in its class race. Despite a fogged windshield, due to non functioning defroster, the Audi left the Ferrari far behind in a roar of turbo whine and quattro powered rain plumes.
6-7.Audi wasn’t the only German with a quest to beat up on Ferrari, note the badge on the rear of this mean sounding Mercedes 190E 2.3-16V. Unfortunately for this Merc it finished back in the pack unceremoniously being out driven by the likes of a 4 door Peugeot 505.

The funny included:
8-9. Some of the amusing Porsche badges on the Pirate Racing team.
10.a Mercedes 190E M sport.
11. a BMW 323i with a bumper sticker describing how it feels being out on the track.

The pretty included:

12. a nice looking BMW E28 M5
13. a cherry 500E with some contemporary German pals.

The doesn’t fit in any category:
14. a Vixen 21 BMW powered motorhome. These are extremely rare, 100 MPH RVs. Around 500 total were built and I suspect that combining the words high-speed and motorhome has resulted in far fewer surviving today. Ironically Jalopnik posted a picture of one just yesterday in a post about “Automotive Unicorns”. This one looked every bit like it came straight out of the movie Blade Runner. Very cool.

License Plates:
15-18.

~Evan

Early production 1968 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

The 6.3 is one of those vehicles that changed the makeup of an entire automaker’s lineup for good. Developed by MB engineer Erich Waxenberger and thrust into production in 1968, the S class with the M100 became an instant legend on the road and track. AMG, a small tuning company at the time, even campaigned a few 6.3s, taking second place at 24 Hours of Spa in 1971. Here we have an early production 6.3 that has been well preserved:

The seller states:

A rare opportunity to buy this stunning 1968 Mercedes Benz 300SEL 6.3 sedan. First time ever on ebay. If you are reading this ad then you probably know the signifigance and rarity of these great cars.

Owned in my personal collection for many years. With great regret I am offering my favorite sedan. This is the original super sedan that started the concept of high performance AMG sports sedans. This car is an early US model build #64 from the assembly line. It is a rare Black on Black color combination. Paint code 040.

This car was previously owned by 2 owners and kept in its original condition and stored indoors. There is no rust or prior accident damage. The trunk, rockers and floor pans are excellent. See pics below. Fit and finish of body is excellent. Paint and Chrome are excellent. Car is complete and everything works. The air suspension is excellent and has been sorted out. It has new bellows and air valves. Just replaced the tires and they have about 200 miles or less. All radiator hoses, transmission seals, and various gaskets replaced. New antenna. New suspension cable. New ignition, plugs and cold start valve. New fuel pump. New fuel sending unit. Drain and cleaned fuel tank. New brakes and front calipers. New battery and frequent oil changes.

Leather and carpets are original and in excellent shape. Wood is excellent. All electrical is working properly and factory AC blows cold. Includes original owners manuals and original tool kit. I will also include a reproduction Mercedes brochure for the 300SEL 6.3.

Bidding is low at the moment and of course there is a reserve, but this particular example should have no problem pulling at least $25,000, if not into the $30k range.

-Paul

Another Mercedes Renntech SL74, really?

We have seen three of these Renntech SL74 beasts show up for sale this summer, which is pretty unbelievable. Our previous finds:
https://germancarsforsaleblog.com/1997-mercedes-sl74-renntech-monster

https://germancarsforsaleblog.com/1994-mercedes-benz-sl74-renntech

Sometimes an owner will see another seller claiming to have a really rare car and take the opportunity to show of his own to show the other guy he isn’t the only one. Sometimes following up one rare listing with another lets a seller piggy back on some of the excitement or the initial sale or lets them judge interest or gauge market value. Perhaps that’s the case with this third SL74.
This one is a 1996 in white found by reader Nik. It is a bit more showy than the other two we saw this year. Chromed intakes, vented hood, embroidered logo headrests, big sound system in the trunk, etc. The specs are right inline with the other two we’ve seen. The seller quotes an investment of over $200,000 and lists the upgrades as follows:

Specs:

V12 engine producing 595 BHP, 605 lbs-ft @4000 RPM. 0-60 is second 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 200 MPH 1/4 times of 11.9

Modifications:

Renntech 7.4 liter engine conversion (stage 4) $49,500:

high performance engine rebuilt, performance intake and exhaust camshafts, ported/polished cylinder heads, larger f1 valves, stainless steal resonator bypass, stainless renntech sports rear muffler.

Renntech top speed removal $1,500

First gear start transmission valve body $1,350

Renntech transmission upgrade with limited slip $7,790

Downpipes all metal catalyzers $7,000

Renntech 14″ brakes $5,760

Renntech oil cooler kit $1,250

New convertible top and brand new wheels and brand new tires.

front 245/35/19

rear 275/30/19

Pioneer DVR

Full AMG BODY Kit includes: side skirts, front bumper, rear bumper and rear spoiler. Also comes with rear seats.

includes: hard top cover

Please check out this link. http://www.renntechmercedes.com/article_files/cnd0898.pdf

With a day left this one is up to just under $17,000 reserve not met. The Buy-It-Now price is $28,900. As with the others I’ll say this again, that is a heck of a lot of depreciation. Unlike the others though this one has actually seen substantial use at 91,000 miles. That’s nice to see.

~Evan

1990 Mercedes-Benz 230E 4-speed

The Mercedes-Benz W124 E class is one of those most revered Mercedes models due to its reliability, timeless appearance and ability to withstand punishment. No surprise then that this particular model was a favorite amongst cab drivers around the world. Here we have a rarely seen in the US version for sale, a rather basic 230E with a 4 speed manual.

The seller states:

Up for auction is a RARE 1990 Mercedes-Benz 230E W124 Gray Market Car with a 4 speed manual transmission and 4 cylinder engine. This car was imported from Belgium and has had the same Owner and was shipped to the U.S.A when the owner moved to the states. This car is in great condition inside and out and has been very well maintained.

The VIN for this car is WDB1240231B158867. We had to put all #1 in at the top of the ad because this is a european VIN.

This car is gray with black leather interior, it has a power sunroof, power mirrors, A/C, heated mirrors, woodgrain, drivers airbag, locking glove box, 15″ factory hubcap wheel covers with Michelin Energy MX4V tires with around 85% good tread left on the tires. The car has a custom Alpine CD player and rear JBL speakers mounted. It also has a Sidewinder alarm and 2 keys. The car comes with all the books and owners manuals from the original owner. The car is the color Anthracite with black leather. The car runs and drives very well, the motor and transmission are 100%. The car does not shake, vibrate or pulsate while driving it is a nice tight driving car.

The clutch pedal sticks sometimes and releases slowly and its really nothing major. The car has only 92,590 miles and many more to go. The car is not rusted or rotted there is one small bubble under the drivers door on top of the molding about the size of a quarter. The paint shines nice, there is a couple of minor scratches but nothing major at all. The body is also in great condition. The interior is extra clean NON SMOKER CAR all the leather seating looks great, carpet and interior paneling also. This is a super RARE car in the USA!! This car is extremely hard to find in the states and gets many compliments when viewed.

This is a 4 speed manual transmission with a 4 cylinder engine so it is good for saving on fuel. Comes with the maintenance book, europe workshop directory/index, owners manual, alpine 7390M cd player owners manual, tool kit and full size spare. The underneath is very clean please see pics, there are no leaks of any kind on this car at all. the car has been registered in the United States since 1995 and adheres to all U.S. emmissions and inspections. The car was bought brand new at mercedes-benz of belguim on January 11th 1990. The car was serviced locally at Hatch & Sons in Massachusetts- this is a well known Luxury Mercedes vehicle dealer and repair shop.

This car is optioned in an interesting manner, given that it has leather and crank windows. The color combination is quite tasteful, though. Even though this is a rare car by US standards, it seems unlikely this car will sell for much more than an better optioned 300E of the same vintage. However, if you can register it successfully in your state, there is a certain charm to this simple E class. For a car with over 90,000 miles, it is certainly well preserved and would likely present few problems, if any, for the new owner. With less electronic gadgets to worry about and an efficient four cylinder engine, this W124 is about as close as anyone could come to owning a car for a lifetime. The only thing that leaves me wanting on this particular car is a 5th gear. Still, if I was in the market for basic, reliable transportation, I would forgo the cheapest new cars and slightly used cars out there and snatch this up in a New York minute.

-Paul

Killer deal on a clean 1986 Cossy 190E

We’re familiar enough with the Mercedes-Benz AMG 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth, a car who predated the current fancy-car trend of verbose hyphenated names by 25 years.  Overshadowed by BMW’s E30 M3 response 2 years later, it’s still a hot piece of 80s German race machinery.  What really struck me about this ad is the offer from the seller to take it to a mechanic and knock the cost of whatever mechanical repairs are needed off the price.  Essentially a guarantee that you’ll get a 2.3-16 in great running shape for the advertised $5800, a low price to start with.

1986 Mercedes-Benz AMG 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth for sale on Craigslist SF

Seller’s description:

1986 Cosworth Mercedes 2.3-16 valve. 134 k mi, one of the 1800 legally imported in1986-87, second owner, no rust or accidents, good condition, new head gasket, fuel pump, timing chain, clutch, exhaust including preconverters. Getrag 5 speed manual. A lot of assorted new parts. Runs well. Rear shocks new, but not OEM. Ambient air gauge and cruise control don’t work. $5800 or BO. We can take the car to the dealer for inspection, any cost of mechanical repairs (if needed) I will gladly subtract from asking price.

There aren’t a ton of pictures to get an idea of the overall superficial condition, but with the list of recent maintenance and mechanical guarantee, I see this as a pretty mind-blowing deal as Cosworth’s regularly go for $10-15k.  It’s not as sexy as an Evo and doesn’t stray to far from a standard 190E, but that’s ok with me with the racing pedigree and money that will be left over for upgrades should you choose to go that route.  If anyone out there is actually in the market for one of these, I’d highly recommend contacting this seller.

-NR

1969 Mercedes-Benz 600, one owner, 78k miles

The Mercedes-Benz 600, or Grosser Mercedes, is one of those timeless vehicles that needs no explanation. Favored by heads of state, celebrities and well-heeled businesspersons, some 600s are still regularly used to this day, as many believe that even a Maybach can’t stand up to what this car has to offer. Here we have a VERY original, one owner short wheelbase 600 in need of another caretaker for the next 40 years.

The seller states:

Purchased new 11/28/1968. The only 600 ever sold new in Columbus, Ohio. Owned by local attorney since day 1. Always maintained and preserved at the local Mercedes dealership where it always received everything it needed and more as can be attested to by the extensive service file which comes with the car.

Car was recently driven 500 miles to the M100 clubs annual meet where it was recognized as one of the best original cars in existence. Silver with black leather. Paint is mostly original although it has had some touch-ups over the years and an extra door protection strip added. The original black leather is still soft and supple. It has a factory optional sunroof and beverage cooler. It comes complete with all the books and records, the toolkit with all the tools, the hydraulic kit with all the parts, the air suspension kit inside the spare wheel with all the parts, and the spare parts kit in the styrofoam box stored in the left trunk compartment. The tires are almost new Michelins with less than 1000 miles, 205/75/15XL. Everything operates as intended in every system. There are no mickey mouse parts on this car. It has factory original exhaust system in good condition. The chrome is bright and shiny with just a few minor imperfections. The car has absolutely no rust ever.

Being sold to settle estate. You won’t find too many left like this one. SL Market Letter lists this car in #2 condition at $150,000. We are offering the car at 1/3 off for quick sale. Enjoy it while it appreciates! This car is 100% handmade and is the 540K of the future. It is the finest automobile ever made by any company and soon will be recognized in the 1 million dollar range.

While $100,000 may seem a bit steep for what is essentially a used vehicle, consider how much it would cost to put everything right on a vehicle like this. What we see here is a rare instance of a well cared for classic, one that is sure to appreciate in the future.

And if you weren’t aware, famed motoring journalist Jeremy Clarkson owns one:

-Paul

1994 Mercedes Benz SL74 Renntech

Today hearing of a Mercedes pushing 500 horsepower, while not really yawn factor, is certainly not surprising. AMG has done an amazing job generating massive power and torque numbers for Mercedes that you can now buy of the regular dealer showroom floor. While big engine big power Benzs have been a hallmark of the company for years they were scarcer in years past.

This big fellow could scare off just about everything else on the road when it was new back in 1994. The SL74 was a Renntech package that took the already potent Mercedes 6 liter V-12 and pushed it out to 7.4 liters. With about 600 horsepower and 600 lb. ft. of torque after the conversion all coming out of a lagless normally aspirated engine one could easily spin the z rated tires down to the rims.

It isn’t clear if this car was converted by Renntech just after the purchase or if the conversion took place later in the car’s life. With only 15,000 miles it doesn’t really matter.

This car has similar specs to the Renntech SL74 I posted early this summer:

https://germancarsforsaleblog.com/1997-mercedes-sl74-renntech-monster

Giant brakes (seriously look inside the wheels at those things), exhaust, limited slip diff, upgraded transmission all are necessary additions. The sort of things you would associate with a handbuilt rocketship. What sets this one apart, ironically, is at first glance it is so subdued. You could easily mistake this for just another R129 series Benz. The wheels are nothing too exciting, though closer inspection reveals them to be light magnesium wheels. Nothing seems too fancy about the bodykit, some flares and vents, not even a badge on the back, then you realize it is all carbon fiber, hood, fenders, rockers. This saves, according to the seller 600 lbs in weight.

A peak inside and you can see that this SL is not for prowling a Florida retirement community, though grandpa would probably like the feel of those Recaro ortho sport seats, grandma likely would not want to fumble with the four point race harness.

I believe you can still get this conversion done by Renntech if you have the cash. The original cost was $325,000, that included $110,000 for the stock SL600.  Take the depreciation and buy this two owner sneak attack machine for $65,000. Geniuses drive green cars after all right? Hard top and stand included. Just be careful the seller has no feedback.

It is worth noting that the Renntech 7.4 should not be confused with the similar era Mercedes AMG SL73, which was a factory produced vehicle available in very limited numbers. The 7.3 liter AMG engine is the engine that went on to more recent fame as the power plant for the Pagani Zonda producing similar power figures as this Renntech.

~Evan

2001 Mercedes-Benz CL600 for Sale

Ben’s Q-Ship post the other day got me thinking about these biggest of Benz coupes.  There’s something to be said about the pure indulgence intrinsic in massive luxury coupes.  Ben’s 65 puts the “rocket ship” in Q-ship, but the “pedestrian,” non-AMG’d CL600 was no slouch either.  It only made 60% of the CL65’s power (367 vs. 612), but it was still a burly V12 able to excite while cruising in a massive, B-pillarless yacht of a coupe.

2001 Mercedes-Benz CL600 for sale

It’s a shame it’s not two years older, when the 600 gained twin turbos.  But really, an engine that needs its torque electronically limited is an exercise in absurdity; the 600 and V12 badges will impress just as much when you’re cruising.  It’s just over 100k miles, usually a nice amount but with a German V12, any miles are bad miles in terms of maintenance cost.  But if a Benz CL is what you want, you’d have class and cash left over with a reduced price around $16k.  Not bad to get into this lineage.

-NR

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 for sale

The W210 Mercedes E-Class represents one of the first times I started seeing M-B as capable of the bruce I knew so well from their Bavarian counterparts.  The sport-edition E430 certainly looked the part with some slick 5 spokes and near-AMG body kit, but the real beast of the litter- subtly aggressive on the outside and packing tire-roasting torque on the inside- was the E55.  Now, some may scoff at its 349hp, 5.4L V8, but realize that we live in the most golden age of horsepower wars. Though it even gave up some power to its contemporary M5, the tides were reversed when it came to torque, making this a true muscle car from the great Hammer tradition.

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 for sale

This one comes in clean silver, showing off the well-shaped hood and clean lines front to back.  It has 133k miles and a less-than-descriptive listing so it could use a thorough pre-sale inspection, but it looks to be in good condition inside and out and is priced at a mere $10,000.  For 10 grand, you’ve got your own German ape-in-a-business suit, ready to spin those AMG monoblocks and look classy doing it.

-NR

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate

In an era of SUVs and minivans, the estate, or station wagon, is fast becoming a less favored mode of transport. One manufacturer has stayed true to this body style since 1978: Mercedes-Benz. This clean, low mileage W124 E320 wagon is my favorite of the breed and perhaps one of the best engineered, as well. Rarely do we see Mercedes-Benz wagons with such low mileage but here’s a chance to bid on a classic.

The seller states:

This is a really nice 1995 E320 wagon that has been in California all its life. It was bought new by an older lady in Los Angeles. She kept the car for just over 11 years and put only about 35,000 miles on it in that time. Her daughter acquired the car in 2007 and it has been in the Bakersfield area since then. This car was built in September of 1995; making it one of the last w224 cars to be built. This was also the year of any U.S. model Mercedes wagon until 1998. Unfortunately, 1998 was also the first year Mercedes began using the new V6 motor. So, 1995 was the last year Mercedes made a wagon with the better in-line 6-cylinder motor. Since a new body style was introduced for 1996, this was also the last of the over-engineered E-Class cars. Just like the 1993 190-Class, the 1999 S-Class, and the 2002 SL-class, this car was the last of its kind, and they truly don’t build them like they used to. By Mercedes’ own admission, they do not over-engineer these cars any more. This car is the last of the best.

This car has as much cargo space as a mid-size SUV with the middle and rear seats folded. It has the third row seat which makes it a true 7 passenger vehicle. However, the back seat is best for kids or adults you don’t like. It has a cargo cover to hide items in the back and a cargo net that can be used as a divider with the rear seats up or when they are folded. It also has a luggage rack, complete with the cross bars. All that combined with the self-leveling rear suspension makes this car really versatile.

The bad:

After sitting for approximately 2 hours, sometimes the car will not start without touching the gas pedal lightly. A little more or less time sitting and it starts up normally.

There is a small oil leak that leaves a pea to dime-size drop on the ground over night. It looks like it is coming from the front of the engine; maybe around the timing chain cover.

The left rear floor mat is missing.

One of the wheels has some curb rash (see pictures).

There are a couple of dings on the tailgate (see pictures).

There is a ding at the bottom of the left quarter panel that caused about a 3/4″ crack in the paint along the bottom edge (see pictures).

The lower panel on the right rear door has some light scratches (see pictures).

The rocker panel on the left side has some scratches (see pictures).

The right rear door had a scrape at the top that has been filled with touch-up paint (see pictures).

There is a scrape over the right rear wheel that has been filled with touch-up paint (see pictures).

The driver’s window regulator will need to be replaced soon as it stops about 1/8″ short at the top of its travel and makes a clicking noise.

The left rear window regulator probably needs to be replaced soon. It is making a noise.

As of 3 days ago, the air conditioning stopped being cold when the car is idling in direct sunlight. It gets very cold at all other times.

The left tail light has a crack in it that has been repaired (see pictures).

The radio is an after market CD unit that cannot be turned off. However, you can turn down the volume all the way or remove the face plate if you don’t want to hear it.

Barring the list of faults, many of which are minor imperfections, this wagon is a solid bet. Besides the W123 wagons, this was perhaps one of MB’s best, in terms of durability. Whoever gets their hands on this low mileage example will enjoy years of utilitarian motoring with a touch of class.

-Paul