Tuner Tuesday: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Brabus

Last week around this time, I wrote up a 850 horsepower Brabus-modified E63 Estate. In the realm of nutty cars, it would be certainly barred from coming near any schools for fear of anaphylaxis of the entire student body. It was also the best part of a third of a million dollars, more money than most of America will ever dream of having at one time and even in New England, an amount that would get you a nice home. But in that post, our reader Craig posted a link to a much more affordable option; a W124 300TE Estate modified by Brabus for sale in Germany. Does it scratch the itch or do you need an EpiPen?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Brabus on eBay.de

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1992 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4Matic

After Audi turned the automotive world on its ear in the early 1980s with Quattro four-wheel drive, other automakers were quick to cash in on the craze. Mercedes-Benz tested the waters with four-wheel drive in passenger cars by way of their 4Matic system. Introduced in the W124 E class sedan and estate, it gave buyers in climates with less than favorable weather the option of using these cruisers year round. You don’t see a lot of these early 4Matics around these days, making this black 300TE for sale in Michigan a neat find.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300TE 4Matic on eBay

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE

The W124 E class is revered for being one of the last true Mercedes-Benzes before the bean counters seized the day and started to build cars to a price. It’s curious, then, to think that longtime Mercedes owners trembled when the W123 was replaced by this car. They would be in good hands over the next decade, as first generation E class sedans are still being pressed into service by private owners and taxi drivers the world over. This clean 300TE for sale in Massachusetts is originally a California car. With mileage at just over 100,000, it’s poised to provide the new owner with many more miles of service.

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Year: 1991
Model: 300TE
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 109,000 mi
Price: $10,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TE on Hemmings Motor News

1991 Mercedes Benz 300TE California car in gorgeous condition. 109k with optional third row seating and sunroof. All books, keys, and tool kit. Offered at $10,000. Dan, 508-296-5040

Price: $10,000 508-296-5040

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There’s not a lot to go on here from the reader’s description, but from the clear headlamp bezels to seats that look as if they’ve never been sat in, this is one impressive 300TE. With its relocation to New England, the only thing that might be more attractive is if it was equipped with 4Matic all-wheel drive. The asking price of $10,000 is at the high end for a W124 estate, as these cars still lag a bit behind the W123 in terms of value. If this 300TE is as solid as it appears and could be had for around the $8,000 to $8,500 mark, it would be a decent value for someone wanting a durable, practical classic.

-Paul

1988 Mercedes Benz 300TE AMG “Mallet” Wagon – REVISIT

1988 Mercedes Benz 300TE AMG Mallet Wagon – REVISIT

Another revisit for us. This happens with really conspicuous cars, particularly ones that just don’t seem to find owners who want to hold on to a car for the long haul. We first posted about this car back in 2008 and it is now up on eBay again for sale by We Be Autos.

The car didn’t sell at $48k and then again at $38k, garnering bids only up to $20k back then. It is now up with a buy-it-now price of $29,995.

The car has 77,800 miles on it and has taken on the Mallet moniker in homage to the AMG Hammer name. The seller says there is $40,000 in receipts, which are worth checking out to see how recent the “mechanical restoration” work was done.

Very cool car, that would have been one of the most awesome things on the road when new. I appreciate all the photos of the car, but wish they weren’t all taken in a dimly lit Mad Max style warehouse.

1988 Mercedes Benz 300TE AMG Mallet Wagon – REVISIT

The seller has posted a video of the car:

The below post originally appeared on our site July 29, 2008:

Bring a Trailer has been on fire recently with their finds, but this one really rang my bell. A W124 wagon project car done up like an AMG Hammer of the period.

1988 W124 AMG Wagon For Sale1988 W124 AMG Wagon For Sale

I love everything about this car. A monster 6L motor, all black on black color scheme, classic late 80’s styling with AMG monoblocks, light colored wood interior, etc, etc… It’s a cherry ride. But honestly, unless this car is a documented AMG one-off, I’d be very curious to see who’d justify the $48k buy-it-now. It’s an incredible car, but c’mon… I hope the seller and community rise to the occasion to prove it authenticity because it’s a fantastic car.

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1989 Mercedes 300TE with some extras

Coincidentally I am following up the nice 300TD just posted with another Benz estate. This 128,000 mile Benz wagon has seen some attention. The car has had a repaint and had the interior wood redone to the tune of $1800. That is an interesting thing to see on a car of this age. It is more common on older more valuable Benzs to have the wood redone. Going that far suggests the previous owner took good care of the car. The seller says the engine was rebuilt, a potential buyer should find out what that means exactly.

The vehicle also has some aftermarket headlights, that appear to be projector lenses at least in part. The wheels look to be Carlsson or Carlsson reps.

The car has third row seats to fit seven, though there is a subwoofer box back there now.

$9000 takes it. Offer to give the seller a few lessons on how to write a better online advertisement (hint don’t use all CAPS) and see if you can get the price down for a better deal. Benz wagons owners are cliqueish so ownership comes with instant fanboys. With the seller in Brooklyn and the plates from Oregon its made at least one cross country journey, one should make sure those photos are current.

~Evan