1969 Mercedes-Benz 250CE 5-Speed Manual – REVISIT


The Moss Green Metallic Euro-spec Mercedes-Benz 250CE 5-speed we wrote up about a month ago is back up for sale, still with a reserve auction. While not the most popular Mercedes-Benz model, this car offers a lot of value in classic Mercedes motoring and we think it looks fantastic:

The below post originally appeared on our site April 8, 2014:


The 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL that Carter featured last week highlighted a very rare option for the manufacturer at the time, the ZF 5-speed manual gearbox. But the roadster wouldn’t be the only model to employ this advanced transmission. The rather staid looking W114 Coupe would feature the 5-speed in the six cylinder models, complimenting what was, at the time, the newest chassis in the lineup. This 250CE for sale in Michigan was imported into the US in the 1990s and featured at one time in the Mercedes-Benz Club of America’s magazine, The Star.

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1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL 5-speed

It’s been a little while since we looked at a W113, and they’re continuing their ascension out of affordability for most enthusiasts. Especially rare are the manual cars; add in the rumble seat and the 5th gear that was a seldom-selected and expensive option and you’ve got the rarest of the W113s outside of the Pininfarina coupes. This particular example is stunning in dark blue with red leather, and while the asking price is quite high it’s still relatively low for rare, classic Mercedes-Benz convertibles:

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1980 Porsche 928

When it comes to the world of the 928, most people think about the repair bills associated with ownership rather than the premier grand tourer from Germany in the 1980s. So advanced was the design that it basically ran into the 1990s still looking quite fresh. Granted, the interior colors and plastic materials are quick to date it, but if you look at the overall layout it is not dissimilar to many supercars of today, and it’s especially notable when you see how antiquated the 911’s dash layout from the same time was. Today it has gotten a bit rare to see early 928s as many suffered from neglect and they’re difficult and expensive to resurrect; but in spite of an apparent engine failure this light blue metallic example has weathered the ages very well, and with a replacement heart and pristine exterior and interior looks like it just awaits a new owner. The best part? Of course, it’s a manual:

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Tuner Tuesday: 1980 Porsche 928 Euro Gemballa

In the crazy world of Euro tuners, Gemballa stands out for some pretty crazy modifications that are sometimes in questionable taste. But in the 1980s you couldn’t flare a car enough, and Gemballa was one of the best. Gemballa actually made several different body kits for the 928, with seemingly few being the same. This particular model sports some of the wider flares and a large enough wing to make your local Lamborghini Countach jealous; mainted in dark blue paint and sitting over some seriously wide BBS wheels it looks ready for a filming session fo the next Rush music video:

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Party Like It’s 1989 Week: ’89 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-speed


The day has finally arrived. It is now the year where R107s of all kinds are legal for entry into the US, no matter where they came from. For me, this has my eyes set squarely on one very specific model: the 1989 300SL with the 5-speed manual gearbox. The final years of the R107 SL saw but one model in the US market, the 560SL with the 5.6 liter V8 engine. Those that have driven them know these are competent cruisers but aren’t the most all out sporting of machines. For 1986, Mercedes revived a storied name when it dropped the M103 inline-6 under the hood: 300SL. For those not in need of the power (or fuel economy) of a V8, this was an attractive option and was offered with another feature not available on US-bound R107s: a 5-speed manual gearbox.

As a preview to our week of celebrating 1989 vehicles eligible for importation stateside, here is a very low mileage 1989 300SL for sale just south of Cologne, Germany that is equipped with a 5-speed manual. It also has a few other options like heated front seats and the rear Kinder seat that you don’t normally see on the US market 560SL model.

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1994 BMW 530i 5-speed manual

The BMW E34 5 series is classic BMW. I think few models, barring the E30, embody everything this brand is about more so than this particular range. From the 525i Touring to the M5, there was a broad array of models that were on offer here in the US market to suit varying tastes. One interesting variant was the 530i, especially when equipped with the 5-speed manual gearbox. Nowadays we think of 3.0 designated the use of a six cylinder engine, but in the case of this E34, a small, 3.0 liter V8 was under the hood. This was the dawn of the modern V8 era for BMW and rarely could you find a V8 of such small capacity in a motorcar. Often looked over for it’s bigger brother, the 540i, this lesser variant is worth a second glance, especially when you come across a nice one like this which is for sale in New Jersey.

Year: 1994
Model: 530i
Engine: 3.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 153,000 mi
Price: $3,977 Buy It Now

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One of the best cars I have had the pleasure of owning. Truly a STOCK, UNMOLESTED example of a near perfect E34 5-Speed V8. I will give a very detailed and honest description so read on!

Before I go further, I would like to share a bit of my opinion about serviced and maintained high mileage cars. If you are looking at this ad, then you are in the market for a E34. When weighing your options about a low mileage higher priced car and one such as mine that has higher, cared for mileage, please consider this. This car has had EVERY required service, almost everything has been replaced/serviced and is all DOCUMENTED. Lower mileage cars have alot of expensive maintenance creeping up, alot of things that will soon go wrong that have not been repaired. Why not buy a car that has been literally revamped?

There are no mechanical issues with this car. I have service records for the last 14 years of ownership! Every oilchange has been documented, always Mobil One Syntetic Oil, always Premium 93 Octane fuel. Recent service includes new suspension, billsteins, control arms and trailing arms. Valve cover gasket, timing chain service, new hoses belts and fluid flushes. I cannot even begin to touch the surface of the kind of extensive service this car received. The previous owner was a BMW shop owner and no expense was spared in maintaining this sedan. The best tires for the car are on it, Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S and they have 80% threadwear left.

All electricals work, new window motors, regulators and clips. New seat motors and cables. Ice cold Dual AC system! Factory speakers replaced and the stock stereo sounds great! Heated seats on both sides work flawlessly. No missing pixels on the dash, no warning lights, no issues.

As you can see from the pics, the interior is like new, no ripped or torn Seats, armrests are near perfect, carpets are like new, no soggy headliner, everything is intact! I have not seen a nicer interior on this era E34 in a very long time. This car has had no accidents as you can see from the free Autocheck and is above average in their scoring system.

Mechanically 100%. I would not hesitate to drive this car cross country. You get a constant 23mpg on the highway, engine is sound and powerful, the manual transmission shifts smoothly. No funny noises oil leaks or suprises. Just a really well maintained Ultimate Driving Machine! Always passes NJ MV State Inspections.

Please feel free to contact me @ 201 233 4938 if you have any further questions or would like to schedule a test drive. If the winner of this auction would like to fly in to NJ and drive the car home, the nearest airport is Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). If you wish to have the car shipped I will work with your shippers to ensure a smooth pick-up and delivery.

All manuals, books, documents, service records, ORIGINAL WINDOW STICKER, 3 Sets of Factory BMW keys including the valet key are all included in the sale. I do not believe an E34 with this much service history, maintenance and care has ever been offered here on Ebay or anywhere else. A recent financial setback is forcing this sale or I would keep this BMW forever, it needs nothing but a new home! Please note that the mileage will increase as I will continue to drive my BMW until it sells.

Thank you for looking at my car, good luck with your offers and I can always be reached @ 201 233 4938 for questions.

In Alpinweiss over black, this is classic BMW all the way. A lot of maintenance has been attended to on this 530i, so it should put the mind at ease just a bit. This car certainly doesn’t appear to have over 150,000 on the clock. With the 5-speed manual, someone is sure to have a lot of fun with this motor for not a lot of change.


No-reserve 2000 BMW 528iT 5-speed

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Talk of M5 and E63 wagons is great and all, but those are essentially unicorns. Due to our country’s general aversion to the eminently practical and awesome wagon bodystyle, beggars can’t really be choosers and compromises must be made when buying a wagon. For many, a manual might just be a higher priority than the 540i’s V8. Today’s inline-sixed 5er wagon lets you row it yourself, which would help you forget the wagon’s association with family and concentrate on the fun parts. It’s covered a lot of miles as a commuter, but with just one diligent owner who had no problem addressing any service needed, this could be a great deal.

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Year: 2000
Model: 528iT
Engine: 2.8l inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 177,000 mi
Price: No-reserve auction

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I am the original owner of the car, I bought the car new for my wife. She did most of the driving to and from work which was mainly on the highway’s of NJ. I took excellent care of this car. Everything on the car functions 100%. Carfax guarantee, I have the full report completed Sept 2013. Send me a note and I can send you a copy. Sold as is.

– 2000 528i Sport Wagon (6 cyl)
– 177k miles
– 5 speed Manual
– VIN: WBADP5344YBR95615
– Options:
o Sports suspension / package (Firmer suspension, bigger wheels, Air suspension, M-Steering, M-Shifter, black out trim)
o Auto-leveling suspension
o Heated front seats
o Moon roof
o HID head lights
o Rain sensing wipers
o Rear passenger window shades
o Leather
– Serviced and maintained by BMW (I have the service records) – I did minor service – oil changes recently
– Recent services completed
o Both belts replaced (AC + main belt)
o ABS module replaced
o Interior A/C control buttons replaced (interior dash)
o HID headlight clips replaced
o Rear auto leveling suspension replaced
o Steering wheel audio controls replaced
o Power steering reservoir and pipes replaced
– One owner car
o Non-smoker
o Everything works great
– Payment:
o Buyers must make payment in full prior to pick up of the vehicle. Payment via bank check or cash.
– Sold As Is:
o No warranty is given nor implied. You may inspect the vehicle before you bid or before the close of the auction. Although the car is in superb condition, they will show signs of some wear and tear according to their mileage. Please ask lots of questions before you bid.

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177,000 miles is the main question here, but the description does a great job reassuring that, while there will always be maintenance on the horizon with this many miles, anything that needed to be done thus far was taken care of and done properly. It looks extremely good inside and out, underscoring the care and gentle handling present for its entire life. Bidding is hot but not high, and this may be an opportunity to snag a versatile and great E39 for less than most of the E30s we’ve been seeing!


1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SE 5-speed manual

On a recent trip to a BMW dealership, I perused the lot which was filled with a glut of new 3 series sedans. One thing was alarming. Out of about 50 cars, not one of them had a manual transmission. I’m fully that a lot of automatic and semi-automatic transmissions have advanced to the point where they are faster and more efficient than a normal manual transmission. However, that doesn’t make them any more fun. There will always be people out there, like myself, who just prefer to do things themselves. For me, changing gears is one of those tasks.

Not long ago you could still request a third pedal in cars you normally wouldn’t think would come so equipped, like this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SE. Most people wouldn’t want a manual transmission in an S-class sedan, which is reflected in the fact that few of these cars came so equipped. But, if highway cruising makes up the majority of your driving, a sizeable sedan like this with a smooth inline six and 5-speed manual could be just the ticket.


Year: 1987
Model: 300SE
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 166,500 km (103,458 miles)
Price: €5,800 (~ $7,611 USD)

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Automatic climate control, electric seats, ABS, leather seats, four electric windows, 15 hole alloy wheels, radio plus speaker preparation. Very nice car of French origin.

When I was younger, I remember getting into a W126 with a manual transmission on holiday in Europe. These aren’t the most dynamic cars but as a passenger, you felt connected to the road in a reassuring but comfortable manner. A lot of cars, especially those in the luxury class, tend to be aloof. Everything about the W126, from the solid catch of the door latch to the way it irons out undulations in the tarmac below gave a sense of involvement. Each time I encounter one of these cars, it’s like meeting up with an old friend.

While this 300SE resides in France, it is legal to import now that it is (just) over 25 years old. You’d have to be brave to import a car like this, as there is a limited market for a luxury sedan geared towards someone wanting to row their own. For me though, I’d love to have access to something like this for my trips up and down the Northeast corridor.


1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 5-speed

With prices of the Mercedes-Benz W123 on the rise, it may seem a daunting task to get old school Mercedes durability in a small, simple package. Fear not, because the Mercedes-Benz W201, better known as the 190E, offers second hand buyers the chance of getting legendary quality at a low cost of entry. True, the supply of good W123s eclipses that of the 190E, but if you find a good one, those in the market for reliable, practical used transport should give this sedan a look. Apart from the Cosworth engined models, the best of the bunch is the 2.6 version, which has the smooth M103 inline six cylinder engine. Most of these 2.6 versions were mated to four speed automatic transmissions, but this example for sale near Atlanta has the lesser seen 5-speed manual gearbox.

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 5-speed on eBay

You are looking for a really good Mercedes 190E? A sporty 6-cylinder with five speeds, hard to find? A 190E with low original mileage? Look no further here is your Mercedes 190E in very good condition with all service records on hand. Absolutely no rust, no leaks and everything works except the outside temperature display. I am a retired mechanic from Germany I bought the car for my daughter in law and now she wants a car with automatic transmission.

I am angry and disappointed, because I was looking for more than a year for a good Mercedes Benz 190E. I bought the car fore $2,700 and invested $2,000 plus 80 hours of my work in the car. I have the bills on hand. The following parts are new: front and rear wheel bearings, brake discs front and rear, brake pads front and rear, rear brake line, brake fluid, front and rear shock absorbers, exhaust rear muffler, hood insulation, European headlights, brake light switch, floor mats, stereo with CD, spark plugs, oil and filter, fuel filter, antenna seal. The tires including the spare tire have 80% left.

The car is equipped with: Power driver and passenger seats, power windows, central locking, power Sunroof, cruise control, power steering, ABS, airbag, leather seats, stereo, power antenna, alloy wheels, air conditioning, tinted glass, leather steering wheel. The car is very clean inside and out. The engine sounds like new, you can not kill this 2.6 inline 6 Mercedes engine; they are good for 400,000 miles.

The car has no noise and no vibration. In other words, it is a very good car. I do not want to make money on the car. I just want my money back from what I invested. My work and my knowledge you will receive for free. I drive an 1997 Mercedes S420 for myself. Car comes with two keys, all service records and the owners manual.

The NADA price for this Classic Benz is:

Low: $4,050
Average: $5,450
High sales price: $6,900

This does not reflect the low mileage of the car! I ask $4,800 for this nice Benz. You have questions, send me an e-mail. You can drive the car home to any place in the US. Fly in to Atlanta, free pick you up at Atlanta airport and you drive home. The car is also local for sale, I reserve the right to end the auction at any time.

As time marches on, it’s getting harder and harder to find a 190E with under 100,000 miles. Die hard Mercedes fans hang onto these cars, as I’ve heard more than a few enthusiasts describe these models as one of the best. One thing I do like about this car, apart from the recent attention it was given by a Mercedes mechanic, is the flush, Euro market headlamps. It gives the front end a cleaner look than the separate sealed beam units that were mandated by the US government. The manual transmission will detract certain buyers to this car. Even though I’d prefer an automatic, I’d take the 5-speed in this one, given the car’s condition. There are a lot of used cars out there you can buy for under $5,000, but probably not many that have the inherent quality and durability built into them like this W201.


1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 5-speed

We featured an R107 SL a few weeks ago, but here is one with a 5-speed manual transmission, making this roadster a nice proposition for those looking for an SL that is a bit lighter on its toes and provides a bit more involvement in terms of the driving experience.

1988 Mercedes-Benz 300SL on eBay

What I have here is a nice, ultra-rare 1988* Mercedes 300SL roadster with a manual 5-spd transmission, and matching hardtop. She runs like a champ and has but 108,500 miles; ‘just broken in’ for this era Mercedes. She has a current PA state inspection and I believe could probably be driven anywhere. Her actual VIN # is WDB1070411A044396.

Despite obvious similarities to other ‘R107’ body-styled roadsters produced over the model’s 19-year run, she may well be one of the, if not THE, rarest of them all. If you like to drive stick-shifts, have a warm spot in your heart for this classic roadster, and like to be driving something special or (nearly) unique, this car may be the perfect ticket. You may already know that Mercedes never imported this body style into the US with a stick-shift. Mercedes US operations believed (probably rightly so) that Americans wanted only the V8 powered automatics and so never offered the models with the stick. Whenever you do see one it most certainly was brought over as a grey-market car by its owner or a specialty import firm.

Nevertheless a small number of these cars with sticks did make it over here, especially the earlier 280SL twin-cam variant that was in production from 1974 through 1985. Also available with a 5-spd stick, it is a spirited car that needs to be revved a bit higher than the 300SL but is also a very satisfying car to own and drive. Both of these sixes have marginally better fuel economy than the V8’s they were introduced to offset. According to my internet research, the only shortcoming of the 280 engine is that it needs periodic rebuilding (every 100-150k or so) and being a twin-cam makes it a difficult and costly affair to do right. In fact, on at least one Mercedes forum it is mentioned that even Master Mercedes mechanics would prefer never seeing another one of those cars again!

In contrast, the 3 liter inline six in this car is often praised (somewhat exaggeratedly I’m sure) as a ‘million-mile’ engine; an ‘unkillable drivetrain’ say others. The engine was very popular for many years and was a mainstay in the sedans (which oddly enough were offered with the same 5-spd stick in the US!!) offered in the mid-eighties and indeed has a well-earned reputation for reliability and long life, much more so than the 280. It’s a very torquey engine that also likes to rev but produces more ‘off-line’ power and so may be even more drivable than the 280.

HERE’S THE THING, the 300SL roadster from this vintage was only produced from 1985 through 1989 and in relatively low numbers compared to the overall production for this body style over its 19 years (13,742 out of about 238,000). So then only about 5.5% of all of these cars were the 300SL and no one seems to know how many of these were the 5-spd manuals. I’ve seen hints that it could be as low as a couple of thousand, worldwide. So being a 300SL makes it uncommon enough to begin with, but being a 5-spd 300SL makes it truly rare. This specific model then is not only among the rarest but the most reliable, most durable, most economical, least costly to repair, and among the most fun to drive, along with the 280sl, and 500sl if you like stick-shifting of course. They are highly prized in Europe where they are valued nearly as highly as some of the V8 stick-shift roadsters that were sold only in Germany or Australia.

Lastly, you’ll notice if you compare it any of the ‘regular’ cars sold here that this little beauty has the much nicer, much smaller bumpers front and rear. It makes the cars with regular US bumpers look positively grotesque by comparison (IMHO).

ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR CAR…there’s a longer story about how I bought this car for my wife as a graduation present (for getting her Master’s degree), but the reality of the actual car, as she experienced it from behind its “giant” steering wheel, by a person who had never actually sat in one, let alone driven one, fell far short of the image she had been nurturing in her mind for the two decades during which she considered it one of the most beautiful cars in the world. I’ve hung onto it for these last 4 years simply because it was a rarity. I do enjoy driving it top down on nice sunny days, and drive it regularly to keep all of its systems exercised, but I only put about 1,000 miles per year on it in a ‘busy’ year. It wouldn’t have been a car I would have chosen for myself and so it’s time now to get back my garage space back and move the car onto its next loving owner.


And while it runs perfectly well, as you can see from the pictures, it’s not a perfect car. Unless I mention it in the following details, you can assume that everything else on the car works as expected.

I believe the car to be original, which includes its paint, top and seats. Now then, the top will keep you dry if you get caught out in the rain, but it has some tears which are the result of age and, the previous owner slicing his way into the locked car with the keys in the ignition! Since the top only goes up in colder weather, I’ve not ever cared to fix it. The car is equipped with another rarity for the time period which is the dual-zone (‘his and her’s’) air conditioning system also not imported to the US in the ‘official’ models. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work, even though all the bits are there. That too fell into the category of things I wasn’t worried about fixing since I never used it. The heater works great though, and does regulate the two sides of the car independently. Had my wife embraced the car as hoped, I’d have fixed everything for her, but of course, then the car wouldn’t now be up for sale! Of course, none of these deficiencies detract from the car’s drivability or safety.

Being original the seats, which remain fully sprung and supportive (not at all collapsed), show that the leather surfaces are a bit ‘tired’, having been serving their purpose now for 26 years. They’re perfectly useable as is, but I would have had them resurfaced for the wife. BTW, I think the pictures make them look a tad or two better than they do in real life. The car also has the optional child rear seat which might be ok for occupants under the age of 5, but no one else unless you hate them. They too could use to be resurfaced.

The paint is very presentable and passes the ’10- foot’ test with ease. But move up closer and you’ll see that at a couple of times in its life the two-man crew trying to put the hardtop onto the car slipped and the lock pin won its argument with the deck paint. I wash and wax her several times a year and think that a professional buff job would take the finish to yet another level. They really painted cars well back then.

The tires have good tread, but if you wanted to take the car on a long-distance journey I’d suggest getting a new set. ‘Old’ tires worry me no matter how much tread they have left. The newest pair here are the rears which are about 5 years old and the fronts are older yet. The original dash, suffering from the usual cracks that afflict these cars, is hiding underneath one of those plastic covers made for the car. They fit well and it doesn’t rattle while driving. I replaced the visors because those too had gotten pretty worn. The replacements (which were darned expensive!) don’t have the little built-in mirrors for powdering your nose that the original car had.


It’s worth closing out the description by mentioning that the very best of this series Mercedes roadster were produced from 1986-1989. These later car benefitted from an accumulation of improvements and tweaks over the years to correct things like overheating in the 70’s and rust, as well as suspension, engine and fuel injection drivability issues. This car has anti-lock brakes which were only introduced in 1985 (but it does not have any airbags!). In fact, Mercedes seriously improved their galvanizing process in 1985 which mostly explains why this car is rust free, along with a small repair I had professionally done when I first got it. It also has the modern rims with the tiny alignment holes built in. And of course, it has excellent 4-wheel disc brakes.

The real point here is that this car was built during the period when the ‘best’ of these variations R107’ body series, were built. All of these roadsters (and their coupe brothers) were the last of the ‘hand-built’ Mercedes. They were literally nicknamed ‘Der Panzerwaggen’ (‘tanks’) by the engineers who designed the cars owing to how over-engineered they were. Combined with the handcrafting assembly process, they represent the high-water mark for Mercedes vintage engineering and production. Truly, the last cars of an era.

You can find a wealth of information on the whole R107 series out on the web, including articles that go into a lot more detail about why the later year cars are the absolute best of this breed. You WILL NOT however find much information on the 300SL 5-spd. It simply wasn’t produced in the kinds of numbers that ever got it onto ‘the radar’, if you know what I mean. The 280sl 5-spd was produced in twice the numbers from 1974 through 1985 and examples of those cars actually aren’t that hard to find. In fact, a guy two towns over from me has one and I’ve seen it up on eBay a couple of times already. You’ll occasionally see some mention of the 300Sl 5-spd on a Mercedes forum or blog, (possibly even a comment from me!) from one of the handful of owners of these cars in the US. My own best guess is that there probably are fewer than 10 of this specific car in the US right now; maybe only 6.

Given that rarity one might think them difficult to maintain. The good news here is that the car is actually an amalgam of the 300 drivetrain found in many Mercedes sedans from the 80’s and the ‘normal’ R107 chassis, so there’s no problem getting service or parts for the car. It is the best of all worlds if you’re seeking an R107 roadster, and want to drive a stick!

*…oh yeah, about this asterisk. I eventually got Mercedes’ own classic website to send me a photocopy of the actual build sheet for this car. It rolled out of the shop February 2nd of 1986 according to that sheet, so it’s not actually a 1988 model. My guess is that some clerk in a registration office accidentally mis-read the European title papers at the time of ‘naturalizing’ the car over here and though the ‘6’ an ‘8’, and so the car has forever been titled as a 1988. But the build sheet says 1986, and I thought the next owner should certainly know that.

While cheaper than the previous 300SL we featured, $15,000 is still a bit pricey for this example, given flaws like the tattered convertible top and upholstery flaws inside. I wouldn’t be so concerned about the engine, as these 3.0 straight sixes are fairly hearty motors. The color combination on this example is just right, though. I’ve always been a fan of metallic blue on Mercedes-Benzes of this era, especially if it’s an SL with a navy top. One of these days, I’d love to try a 300SL on for size. I’ve always been a fan of the R107, but feel that the inline six would be a much better match for the chassis.