2004 Mercedes Benz E500 4Matic Estate


If yesterday’s 2008 E350 wasn’t quite doing it for you, then perhaps stepping back four years will get you on board with the long roof Benz program. This 2004 E500 4Matic Touring looks crisp as can be in Capri Blue and the grey leather interior with dark wood accents really ties the whole package together. I think this is one of the best color combinations you can get on these or just about any car really. The polished silver wheels and chrome grille isn’t bothersome as usual when paired with this paint , a testament to just how nice a shade of blue it is. Given that the car has had 4 owners, all whom have lived in climates known to be less than friendly to cars so I’d look very closely for pitting and chips in the paint. It appears to be in the claimed “Like New” condition but until you see it in person, you never know.

What is clear is that the original buyer wanted to maximize the sporting aspirations of this 5.0L V8 powered wagon. AMG wheels and a factory installed AMG bumper do give this example a tastefully aggressive look. The aforementioned lump has just enough juice to backup the attitude, 302hp from a 5.0L engine isn’t the best hp per litre ratio, especially in a 4,320 lb car. However, with 339lb-ft of torque and a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds, I don’t think you or your passengers would say the car is slow, especially if the folks in the rear facing third row seat.

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2008 Mercedes Benz E350 4Matic Estate


I am officially dubbing this week “Mercedes Week” for myself. The majority of my recent posts have been BMW’s as that is mostly what I am in the market for but since the universe sadly does not revolve around me, I figured I best mix it up. What spurred this line of thought was a friend who suddenly found himself in the market for a new vehicle and asked for my help finding one. He wanted a wagon, preferably one with AWD as he lives up a particularly nasty dirt road in Vermont and his budget was about $10k. As with most folks in my native state, his first choice was a Subaru Outback and he found a couple solid examples right away. However given that he wasn’t completely married to the idea of having a Subie, he asked me what else he could get in the same price range with similar functionality. A4 wagon prices have stayed strong, particularly on the manual ones but the E-Class wagons, well those have depreciated significantly despite being a rather reliable rig. I found a few of these in his price range and a few that were decidedly not, clearly this one is the later.

At first glance I didn’t much care for this particular example, I’m not a big fan of tan interiors or light woodgrain accents. I much prefer a nice alcantara or perforated leather wheel, subtle dark wood trim if wood at all. However the more I scrolled through the pictures the more I began to appreciate the vibe this car is putting out.  It conjures up images of trucking kids to private school and neighbors in a freshly minted subdivision waving to each other in acknowledgement of their mutual success. While that might not sound all that great I think it perfectly captures why this car is a solid option for the enthusiast with a family, ultra sleeper status. Nobody expects they grey wagon with a beige interior to be a fun drive anymore than they expect the Inquisition. A set of sticky tires, upgraded sway bars, bushings, and CAI would make for an entertaining and very incognito daily driver indeed.

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1981 Mercedes-Benz 280E

I knew I had to write this one up as soon as I clicked through the link.  In my opinion the W123 platform is the peak of Mercedes’ restrained design that is still head turning and beautiful. It is truly hard to imagine any automaker coming up with such a tidy package these days, especially Mercedes, what with their current love of creases, creases and more creases. This is truly an elegant machine, built for cruising out to the country house with family or the beach house with the tennis instructor, either way you’d get there in comfort and style.

I’m a big fan of the Astral Silver paint on this extremely low mile example. It can appear to have a greenish tinge to it when in the right light, really a unique look that fits the vibe of the car perfectly. I hope the buyer lives in New York too because that plate looks just right. It’s a very minor detail that people often overlook on their otherwise obsessed over vehicles but I think a license plate can make or break the look of a car. In this case, it is very much make, thanks largely in part to the yellow euro lights.

Of course the interior is something to behold as well. It’s perfectly sparse, like a corner office in 1970s Germany. One of the things I like most about the W123 is that it’s a 70s design that carried over into the 80s. Sure I’m a fan of the W124 as well because they’re practically indestructible and it’s the first Mercedes I ever rode in but it doesn’t hold a candle to its predecessor. Years of beautiful Bavarian design influence is clearly evident in this car and it’s not hard to see why they’re collector items for people who simply love great design.

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1986 Mercedes Benz 500 SEC Convertible

One of the reasons I enjoy writing about cars, especially used ones, is that they remind me of a certain era. They often take me to a place in my head where I can imagine that vehicle in a particular setting and what kind of world surrounded it. A 1996 Audi A6 Avant makes me think of a Bavarian family on their way to a mountain getaway, an E30 M3 of a group of young Brits headed to the track for the weekend, an E39 M5 of a well heeled man racing across town to an important meeting. My love of cars has always been tied to the stories they have to tell or ones that they make me imagine when I come across them. I think that’s probably why I was drawn to the batshit crazy vehicle you see before you. This Mercedes is completely ridiculous on first glance, a rolling testament as to why money can’t buy you class.

But then a funny thing happens after you stare at it for awhile. You stop laughing and start wondering why the hell anyone would drop over a $100k building such a garish ride. Suddenly it’s not so funny anymore and you want to get to the bottom of this mystery. Was the person who paid for this mentally fit when they signed the papers to have Marque Motor Coach Builders cut the top off a W126 500 SEC? Did they loose a bet with a friend who had them paint it canary yellow? Did they grow up in culture where brown and yellow are the colors that represent the height of luxury? So many questions we’ll sadly never know the answer to but alas, such is the nature of many used vehicles. What I think we can assume happened here is someone had some extra money burning a hole in their pocket around the end of the year and in an altered state of consciousness decided to blow said money on a custom convertible I’m going to henceforth refer to as “Big Bird”.

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2006 BMW M Coupe

The E86 Z4 M Coupe is one of those vehicles I never much cared for until very recently. When it debuted in 2006 I remember being aware of its existence and that’s about it. I’d bet I’m not the only one with a story like this either, as the M was always in the shadow of the Cayman S and its design was divisive to say the least.

I think the years have been good to the car and its certainly one of the better designs from the Bangle era. Look at it long enough and lines that at first seem frivolous begin to soften and become pleasing to the eye. The most offensive visual issue I have with the E86 is that it can be kind of dorky looking from a head on perspective. The car appears oddly wide in the front before tapering off in the back. I blame this on the bulging fenders that should have housed wider wheels from the get go. I’ve seen models with staggered setups and meaty tires that properly fill the wheel wells, giving the car a seriously badass, aggressive look. Were I to get one of these getting the stance right would be thing to do right away.

Beyond getting it setup to maximize the curb appeal, there’s not a whole lot you need to do with an M Coupe. The M didn’t suffer from the much criticized electro-mechanical power assist steering like the regular Z4’s and the high revving S54 engine is the stuff of legend. Known for its durability and the noise it can create, the iron block was given one piece aluminum head castings for reduced weight, modified camshafts and 87mm bore cylinders that increased displacement to 3,246cc. Suspension wise these cars were pretty hard edged in stock form and that has always been the major gripe about it in the automotive community. Furthermore, for about the same money you could get a Cayman S, which could be optioned with PASM, allowing you to choose when you wanted to realign you spine and when you wanted a more comfortable ride. Also the Cayman S is in my opinion is a much better looking vehicle but the M Coupe does have the edge on the Cayman in one very important category, the interior.

Having test driven a 2007 Cayman S just this past week I can tell you that the seats and the steering wheel left a lot to be desired, and those things shine on the M Coupe. The wheel in the Cayman was large and thin whereas the wheel in the M Coupe is thick and just about the perfect size. The Cayman I drove did have the sport seats but they sure didn’t feel like it. I’ve only sat in the M Coupe once and boy I tell ya, those seats leave no question as to the sporting intentions of the car. I suppose that makes sense as from what I’ve read, the Cayman S is much more useable as a daily driver than the M Coupe, a conclusion that I find surprising. A Porsche that’s not as hardcore as a BMW? Just sounds wrong but the mid Aughts were a strange time for everyone I suppose.


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Coupe Week: 1989 BMW 635CSi

There are few cars that stir my emotions the way the E24 does. It is far and away my favorite BMW coupe and arguably one of the greatest automotive designs of all time. Few vehicles capture the essence of the 80s the way this car does and I think it is for that reason that I am fascinated with it. One of my long time goals has been to buy a car from the year I was born, but in the instance of the 635CSi I’d be better off adjusting that two years forward in order to get the updated version of the “Senior Six” M30 engine, which sported an increased compression ratio and updated Bosch Motronic DME.

This particular CSi has a laundry list of attractive qualities that lead me to believe it’ll sell for it’s Buy It Now price of $15,900. Though the lister has done an exceptional job of photographing the car he’s left out a number of details I’d be sure to include were I the one with the car up for sale. The seller notes that the vehicle is a one owner example but fails to mention that this is a final year vehicle, a year that only 61 manual 635s made it to our fair shores. Adding to the rarity is the all leather interior on this particular vehicle though the story of how the original owner took delivery in Germany leads me to believe that its not one of the ultra rare “L6” or “Luxury 6” 635s. Those cars were outfitted with all available options, a full leather interior and then shipped from the factory as a 635 CSi to the US where they were rebuilt by BMW of North America. The full leather interior would be an absolute must have were I to get one of these cars as it maximizes the vibe of glorious excess, which is what this car is all about.


Year: 1989
Model: 635CSi
Engine: 3.4L inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 73,184 mi
Price: $15,000 Buy It Now


For sale and offered for the 1st time since new is a true and documented one owner 1989 BMW 635CSi, Black on Black, 5 Speed.

The owner ordered his BMW at the local dealer here in Miami and took delivery of the car in Germany (US version) on July 4th 1989, drove it around for a week and brought it back to to the US were it has spent the rest of its life. Since then it’s been garaged kept and serviced as per the schedule. However, in 2003 the owner put the car up on jacks and stored it, and has remained there until recently. It’s undergone a fluid change, battery replacement and new brake pump.

In our opinion this 635CSi has to be one of the nicest examples available today. The car is 100% original. It has never seen a collision and the Carfax report will reflect the same. The paint is original! The exterior has no major dents, dings or scratches. Very minor wear and tear may be visible under close inspection, but it is truly remarkable to see an original black 1989 car show the way this one does. Zero rust, not even around the moonroof.

Same is to be said for the black leather interior. No major scratches, rips or stains only less than average wear and tear for a 1989. Unfortunately the dash does have cracks (see photos).

Absolutely everything on this car works, including: interior and exterior lights, wipers, radio, power seats, all four power windows, mirrors, a/c, horn, moonroof, etc.. The rear shade is manual, but won’t retract, must be due to the fact it’s been extended for so long. It is however in excellent condition.

Mechanically the car is sound. Both engine and transmission both sound and feel incredibly smooth. Clutch feels great and no grinding in the gearbox. The front shocks are original and would need to be replaced as they have little pressure and give the car a “floating” sensation when driving. Current milage is 73,184.

Included in the sale are the original factory tools, books, spare, warning triangle road hazard reflector, and mats. Service manual does reflect a lot of the services.

This is actually one of those rare cases where the car a looks better in person than it does in the photos. Locals are welcome to see in person! Don’t miss the opportunity to be the 2nd owner on this incredible machine.

I have included as many photos possible to assist in my description. However, if you require additional photos and/or have any questions please feel free to contact me, Gaston via message or call/text (786) 486-7746. International bidders welcome!

If the car needs to be shipped, I’ll are more than happy assist in the logistics for pick up and drop off. If you need a shipping quote please send zip code and I will have a price for you immediately. All shipping costs are at buyers expense.

This is a private sale and sold AS-IS. Please do not assume anything that may not be described. Ask all questions before committing to buy. No warranty or guarantee expressed, written or implied. 

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Thanks again and Happy Bidding!!

Of the many reasons why this car would be a smart buy, I think the strongest is the knowledge that you would be the second owner. It’s crazy that you’d be one of two people to have ever been the caretaker of such an impressive machine. Crazier still that the first owner only logged 73,184 miles on the damn thing in 26 years! I mean these vehicles were built to eat up long stretches of road for days on end and to do so in supreme style. Were I to get this thing I don’t think I could resist the urge to take it on road trips around the western US, it’s just such an inspiring vehicle.

Now as one would expect with a vehicle of its age, it does have a few minor issues. The dash is cracking though it appears to be minimal, the rear sunshade is stuck in its extended position and the front shocks need to be replaced as they are the originals. I’m pretty sure that the cost of addressing those issues would be well worth it and then some. I mean just look at those rear seats, what other coupe has rear seats that you just want to plop down in and go for a ride?! For me the E24 is an example of a car that nailed it both inside and out. The design is timeless, the performance is legendary and its impact on the industry is still felt today. The C126 Mercedes is great and all but it doesn’t even come close to reaching the swagger of the E24. Pretty soon I think we’re going to see prices begin to rise steadily on these vehicles so now is without a doubt the time to get one. If my S4 Avant sold tomorrow I think I’d be on a plane to Miami as soon as the check cleared. This is surely one of the best classic BMW deals I’ve seen going back to when I first started reading GCFSB and I am so pleased to have been able to write up such a fantastic vehicle.