Double Take – Both Baltic: 1989 Porsche 944S2

I’ve been ignoring the 944. It’s not that I have changed my opinion, or no longer love the thorn-in-Porsche-purists collective sides. But after spending plenty of time telling everyone what an incredible value the 924/44/68 series are for a while, I just capitulated that the market was unwilling to lift these well-built sports cars to a level which they deserve to be. Or, at the very least, I really felt like they should be on level footing with models that were their contemporaries; the Turbo, for example, which still regularly trades well below Quattro and M3 prices despite superior performance.

Yet while my attention swayed, some light has been shed on the model. As insane prices continue to reign in Munich and the Quattro has begun to rise precipitously over the past year, what was once a sure-bet value has commenced rapid appreciation – at least, in some cases. The high-water mark recent was just set with a 66,000 mile Grand Prix White 968 Coupe which sold for $36,250. That’s big money for the big four-cylinder. While not every single example is going to similarly take off, the writing may be on the wall.

So today I’ve got two 944S2 models to consider. Down on power (211 v. 237 with VarioCam) and a gear from the later model, they’ve always played second-fiddle to the Turbo S/89 Turbo models and the updated 968. Both are presented in the neat color of Baltic Blue Metallic. One is pristine, and one’s more of a project. Which is the one to grab?

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1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SDL

Almost a month ago I checked one of the best Mercedes-Benz W126s I’ve ever seen in a Concours-level 1987 560SEL. Today, we have another outstanding 1987 W126 that isn’t quite Pebble Beach-ready, but it is damn close. This car comes to us from South Carolina dressed in Smoke Silver Metallic with the rare burgundy leather interior in a condition that isn’t often seen. And oh yeah, it’s a diesel too.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D

It has been a little while since I’ve featured a W123 so today is as good a day as ever. Today we have a 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D up for sale in Seattle, Washington. It sports the great color combo of Pastel Blue (with the matching hubcaps) and blue MB-Tex interior. I’m partial to all things W123 (I own one) and I love to see them when they’ve been cared for extensively. Luckily for everyone, this nice W123 looks to be so.   

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1995 Porsche 968 with 8,200 Miles

At the beginning of the 1990s, pretty much everyone was stepping away from twin-cam inline-4s. While they had been the rage in the 80s and “DOHC” was nearly as popular as Miami Vice, buyers demanded more power and refinement. Sure, you could make 200 horsepower from a high-strung four-pot; but making it tractable for daily driving, passing emissions, and reliable? That was another ball-game. As a result, most major manufacturers went to larger displacement 6- or 8-cylinder motors in their small performance cars.

Everyone, that is, except for Porsche.

Porsche dialed in the 944S2 a bit more with updated 928-inspired looks and a new ‘VarioCam’ adjustable valve timing on the 3-liter inline-4. Now with 237 horsepower and an impressive 225 lb.ft of torque, it roamed the sports car elite field like a small dinosaur. Porsche added another speed to the mix, but since this was a relatively expensive 4-banger coupe based on a twenty year old design, they didn’t sell particularly well. A total of 2,234 Coupes were imported between 1992 and 1995; the last year was the worst seller, with a scant 259 making the journey. This particular last-year example may just be the best one left in the country:

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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.

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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

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Earlier this week I looked at a W124 diesel wagon and explained it’s probably as close are you are going to get to a true successor of the legendary W123 estate. Well today we have one of those W123 wagons that truly show how great these vehicles can really be and why they still command the prices they do. This 1983 300TD in Deep Blue with Palomino MB-Tex for sale in California sports only 71,000 miles and is nearly perfect in every way. But bring your check book, because this wagon will cost you dearly.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD on Benz World

Year: 1983
Model: 300TD
Engine: 3.0 liter 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 71,000 mi
Price: $32,000 Buy It Now

1983 Mercedes Benz 300TD turbo diesel station wagon. Code 900 deep blue with palomino MB-Tex interior. 71,200 original miles. Documented one owner California car with service history. The original owner, Mr. Solomon Levy, was a successful nuclear engineer in San Jose, who purchased the car for his wife. This vehicle has always been garaged and highly maintained. This is a numbers-matching, highly-original survivor, presented in a phenomenal color combination. Equipped with the optional rear facing third seat and roof rack cross bars. Much of the original cadmium plating and cosmoline (shipping wax) is still present in the engine bay and undercarriage. A lot of the factory paint markings are still visible on bolt heads. Every system on this car is fully operational; every button does what it should. The engine starts perfectly when cold, transmission is silky smooth, and steering is tight and straight. This is the best turbo diesel W123 wagon currently available for sale in the United States. It would be an excellent addition to a collection. Located Santa Maria, CA. I have gone through this car with a fine tooth comb to make sure it is mechanically sound and cosmetically beautiful. Andrew 805-720-5057

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Taking a really close look at this 300TD, this is probably as close to a showroom car as you are going to get outside of doing a full restoration. Everything is perfect aside for some underside parts that show some normal wear. I think I’m more impressed with the paint on the body and the wheels as it is outstanding for being in sunny California. Bundt wheels are notoriously hard to keep clean and these look like they are brand new which is astonishing for having over 71,000 miles on them. This wagon also has the third row seating option which, in 2017, is far more interesting to look at rather than travel with six or more people.

Now the price tag for the perfect 300TD. Are you ready? It’s $32,000. Yes, I know that is extremely high and you can probably find decent examples for a fourth of this price, but this is what you pay if you want the best. People are more than willing to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for the golden-era Mercedes cars and I don’t think one will be any different. It’s not going to sell tomorrow or next week, but someone with money to burn and strong nostalgia of the 1980s will find this car and have no problem spending over $30,000 on it. This is easily the nicest 300TD I’ve seen come up for sale recently, so if you’ve been waiting for the perfect wagon, this is probably it.

– Andrew

1989 Porsche 944S2

The Porsche 944S2 took the twin-cam out which had debuted in the short-lived 944S for the 1987 model year to the next level. Bumped from 2.5 liters out to 3.0, the new motor crested 200 horsepower, producing nearly as much twist as the standard 944 Turbo had only a few years before but with no turbo lag. Beefed up too were the looks, which mimicked the Turbo’s design with smoothly integrated bumpers, brake ducts and fog lights as well as a rear diffuser. Wheels looked visually like the Club Sport, but were a different offset. The new “Design 90” style was also seen on the 928 and 911 model and became the signature Porsche look for a half decade. Though many point to the 968 as the ultimate development of the transaxle 4-cylinder, the 944S2 offers most of that package with the chunkier looks of the 951. Few come to market looking as nice as this example does:

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Green with Evny: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

I’ve confessed my love for green cars before and today’s featured vehicle is no different. This 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300CD in Moss Green up for sale in Florida combines my favorite color with one of my favorite cars in the W123. It’s not often that I see a Moss Green car come up for sale and even better, the interior is green as well.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300CD on eBay

Year: 1983
Model: 300CD
Engine: 3.0 inline-5
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 186,000 mi
Price: Auction

I have owned these cars for over 10 years. I scour the country daily for them and of all that I have ever owned this is the coolest most unique 300CD. It might have been a one off special order. I have never ever seen the color combination in a turbo diesel. Moss green with green interior. The car is completely original and the paint is exeptional. It shines as new and there are only two dings that I can find. Quarter sized and likely removable. The paint is 100 percent original. No accidents ever. The rims have no curb rash and the tires are matching with plenty of tread. The glass is all original and excellent with the exception of the rear window. The defrost has left a green blob at the bottom. Not visible when driving but from the outside is noticeable but not crazy offensive. I would change it. The interior is nearly flawless with the exception of two wood pieces readily available on eBay. There is also a small tear in the armrest easily repairable and the window switches are worn. I will include two switches that are mercedes and in excellent shape. I cant overstate how nice the car is. The last one I sold for 20k was not as nice. The car has stacks of mechanical records and was purchased here in Florida at Lokey Mercedes. It has been fully serviced from day one. I have thousands in service records. There are no shimmys or rattles or shakes. The climate control works as it should. It even blows out of the center vents. Only about 1 in 10 do. The transmission shifts as softly as any I have felt. The last great one I owned had 50k miles on it. I am more disappointed to have to sell this one than that. This car feels as good as any I have ever had. I have a very fair number in mind for the car and it is for sale locally. I can be reached at 813-777-7628. This car will likely sell by Monday so if you are looking for a collector quality 300CD in the very coolest and rarest of colors grab it. No disappointments here.

This W123 is probably one of the better ones I’ve seen come up for sale except for one big thing: the shifter wood surround is destroyed. I don’t understand, the rest of this car shows great for 186,000 miles and is probably going to fetch a hefty price tag. Why not spend the few hundred to find a clean piece of replacement wood to finish off the interior to make it really outstanding? That just seems really odd to me. Otherwise, the green MB-tex is very rare and I can probably count on two hands on how many I’ve seen in this color. I’m glad it is in a car this nice and hasn’t been neglected by someone who just wants to drive the wheels off this car.

I’m really curious to see where the bidding ends up for this car. Generally, the W123 coupe has always brought a premium over sedans and this one should follow that trend. It being a Florida car and the condition it is in, even with the bad wood, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it crack $10,000. You don’t see a combination like this one come up for sale often, even at all, so this one has potential to be a nice payday for the seller.

– Andrew

1995 Mercedes-Benz E300

I never tire of a facelifted Mercedes-Benz W124. Once the shackles of ugly headlights were released, the W124 turned into quite the handsome sedan. If you combine the already great W124 with the OM606 diesel engine you are left with a package that extremely economically and something that can last a very long time. That’s exactly what we have today in this 1995 E300 for sale in Virginia.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 on Charlottesville Craigslist

Year: 1995
Model: E300
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 324,801 mi
Price: $2,500

1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel

*NO Trades* *Local pick up only, No exceptions*

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324,801 miles

only one other previous owner

Virginia title in hand

No accidents

Clean CarFax History

a well maintained Mercedes from their best era

I’ve owned this vehicle for the past five years, it’s treated me very well. I’ve recently purchased a newer car which is the reason for the sale.

When it comes to MPG, I usually get about 35/45 city/hwy — my best ever was traveling from Charlottesville to Charleston, SC; Car fully loaded with luggage with two people we got 900 miles worth of cruising range on a single tank.

The vehicle was extremely well optioned for its day: Has the full large sunroof, heated front seats, electric mirrors, electrically adjustable seats, drivers and passengers airbag, ABS, ASC (traction control). It does have an aftermarket headunit with a aux port so you can listen to music. It does have some BMW floor mats instead of the original mercedes mats.It has some minor wear and tear but all the photos included in this ad detail any of its minor imperfections. It’s a really honest and clean car considering it’s age. Everything works and there’s no known faults or issues.

In preparation for the sale, I’ve completed these service items within the past thousand miles:

coolant flush

brake fluid flush

power steering flush

new serpentine belt

new serpentine belt tensioner assembly

new tires on all four corners & alignment

new glow plugs

new engine air filter

new fuel filters (both main and pre-filter)

oil and filter change — I commonly use Shell Rotella T6 5w-40 during most of the year and 0W-40 during the winter to help with the colder weather starts [5000 miles usually between oil changes].

Stipulations for sale: Must have cash or certified bank check in hand, must be willing to meet at a reasonable time of day in a public place in order to process the purchase. All sales are final.

This E300 has lived a full life with it approaching 325,000 miles but I’m willing to bet it has a lot more left to give. Looking at the ad description, the seller has already replaced a bunch common maintenance items including the glow plugs, which is never a fun job on the OM606. Speaking of, this engine is surely capable of hitting 40 miles per gallon and with its giant fuel tank, 900 miles on a fill up isn’t unheard of. Spruce Green is one of my favorite colors and while the interior does show some wear, it’s nothing that can’t be overlooked given the price of a mere $2500.

The price, in my opinion, is more than reasonable for this car. You are getting a ton of value for very little money and a good maintenance history to make it up. 1995 was the last year of the W124 and as long you can stay on top of maintenance, I’m not seeing a downside to owning this specific E300.

– Andrew

1980 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Few things make more sense to me than a W123 300TD. In my opinion, it’s everything you might ever might need in a vehicle. Durability? This thing will probably outlive the majority of us. Practicality? You can haul enough bricks in it to finally build that brick pizza oven in the backyard you’ve always been dreaming about. Frugality? It gets 25 miles per gallon no matter what you do. Comfortable? The disintegrating horse hair seats will suck you right in with ease. I can go on and on about the wonderful W123 wagon, but you probably already know this. So what are you waiting for? Maybe this 1980 300TD for sale in California is the vehicle that finally makes sense.

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Year: 1980
Model: 300TD
Engine: 3.0 liter 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 233,065 mi
Price: $5,800 Buy It Now

We are offering up a 1980 Mercedes 300TD wagon. One owner blue and yellow California plate car. 233k original miles. Original owner passed away early 2016 and his family is selling the estate.

I am a amateur Mercedes enthusiast but I do know a little bit about Mercedes diesel. I have also had a very well known Mercedes Diesel mechanic look at the car. Engine is unbelievable! No blow by and purrs! Only pump diesel was used in this engine! The only thing we have done to the engine is a oil/filter change. Starts up quickly and runs down the road good. Drives straight and steering wheel is straight. Car is pretty impressive for almost being 40 years old.

Original owner was an electrical engineer and was his own mechanic on this Mercedes. All maintenance was performed by himself. Car has updated climate control which is a very big deal. AC and heat work. Everything seems to work on the car. Vacuum door locks work as well.

Overall my assessment of the car is that it is a true surviving California car. It seems to run and drive like a well taken care of car. I have put over 125 miles on it. While not a lot of miles, I just like to have an idea what I’m offering on eBay for the new owners benefit. Although a used car, I got that typical Mercedes diesel feeling that I could drive the car to New York and back and be fine. If you know these cars then you know how reliable they are. Car is not perfect and shows the appropriate wear of a 233k car. As you can see in the photos, just a nice survivor.

$500 deposit due within 48 hours. Remainder payment due within 5 business days. Shipping is the responsibility of the new owner/purchaser. Please have all finances completed before making a bid/offer. The car is being sold from Sacramento,California in Sacramento county. We have a major airport and you are welcome to fly in and drive home. We aren’t selling a restoration but we are selling a car that you can get in and drive and was well cared for. Ask all questions before bidding please.

This 1980 is one of the two years that the W123 wagon was offered (the other being 1979) with the non-turbocharged OM617 5-cylinder diesel that made just 97 horsepower and 115 foot pound of torque. This isn’t the bright spot of this wagon, but at least it’s not the OM616 out of the 240D because then you’d be better off pushing this W123 down the road. This specific wagon sports the rare 737 Classicweiss (Classic White) paint without a sunroof and even more amazingly has the fix for the notoriously bad automatic climate system. Being in California it’s whole 37-year life, I don’t see any visible rust which is a major plus seeing that’s the only thing that could possibly make me pass on a car like this. One thing I did catch with this car is that it looks like the front passenger door is missing it’s interior panel. These don’t exactly fall off, so I’d be asking questions as exactly what caused that panel not to be there.

Seeing as W123 wagons aren’t getting any cheaper, $5,800 is reasonable for a non-turbo OM617 with over 200,000 miles. It’s all about body condition with these because in my opinion, anything mechanical can be replaced rather easily with a little bit of effort and a little bit more money. I’d be more comfortable with a price under $5,000 because I’ve yet to buy a used Mercedes that didn’t need $500-1,000 no matter how great the previous owner thinks they’ve cared for the car. But overall if you are looking for a long-term that will last you for the long-haul, this 1980 300TD is a strong candidate.

– Andrew