1997 Mercedes-Benz C280 with 23k miles

Whenever I spot a Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG with low miles, they inevitably get snapped up in short order. Just witness the one we featured last week if you need evidence. If you don’t need the power and persona of an AMG variety Benz, then a C280 like this one for sale in New York could be just the ticket. This car is barely broken in with just over 20,000 miles on the clock and represents the last year of the inline-6 in the W202.

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1997 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

Want to go fast but be stealth about it? Mercedes-Benz AMG models have always been a great way to have practicality mixed with insane amounts of power, but today’s models are a bit more telling on their outward appearance with regards to their mission. Their forebears were a bit more conservative, though. Witness this 1997 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG for sale in Florida with less than 60k miles on the clock. This year was the rarest for what was the first AMG collaboration after the tuner was brought in-house by Mercedes, with only 236 units produced.

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1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

There’s always some debate when an E36 BMW M3 equipped with an automatic gearbox appears on GCFSB. Seems like an out of place option, but I’ve become more accepting of it as I age. A sign that I’m going soft? Perhaps. A bit further north of BMWs home turf, Mercedes-Benz was busy with AMG in the mid-1990s creating their first official in-house collaboration after the company absorbed the tuning firm a few years earlier. Available only with a 4-speed automatic gearbox, the C36 AMG was not what you would call a direct successor to the famous Cosworth tuned 190Es, but it took that prior concept in a more luxury oriented direction per the 500E/E500 formula. This C36 for sale in Arizona has a reasonable 77,000 miles on the clock and is a good way to enjoy your speed discreetly.

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1996 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport


The C class is one of those cars that people tend to use as a durable good. Whether it’s for taxi use in Germany or as a daily commuter here in the US, many of these cars have covered a good bit of miles. I racked up over 80,000 miles on a 1998 C230 and a friend of mine is still enjoying that car to this day. But, like the 1995 C220 in our Feature Listing gallery, this 1997 C280 Sport for sale outside of Philadelphia has escaped the ravages of time with only 52,000 miles on the clock. The Sport package added blacked out exterior trim, carbon fiber look trim in place of the traditional wood inside, a smaller diameter steering wheel, tighter suspension and 15” AMG alloy wheels.

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2002 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG

It’s been two decades since Mercedes-Benz absorbed AMG as their in-house tuning firm. Each year, more and more fast Benzes have appeared with the infamous badge on their posteriors, tipping off that extra juice under the skin to the casual observer. One AMG model that I feel went a bit unloved was the C32 AMG. Sandwiched between two V8 AMG C class models in the US market (the W202 C43 and W203 C55), the C32 offered more punch via the way of a Kompressor, or supercharger, as was the case with a number of AMG and non-AMG models in the Mercedes lineup at the time. A lot of early W203 C classes, including the C32, have been run hard and put up wet, but this C32 for sale in New Jersey appears to have led a fairly pampered life by the looks of it.

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1996 Mercedes-Benz C36


Usually the first of anything in the automotive world is rather revered. The BMW E30 M3, Audi UrQuattro and Porsche 930 Turbo come to mind. These are cars that moved the chains in the automotive performance world and as a result, are prized in the collector market today. But when it comes to high performance at Mercedes-Benz, the timeline is a little murky. From Hammers to the Porsche built 500E/E500, there were attempts from a bunch of different parties to make a fast Mercedes until the tuner AMG was absorbed as an in-house entity in the early 1990s.

This C36 AMG for sale in Arizona represents the beginning of the official relationship between Mercedes and AMG. Compared to later AMG hardware, not many of these C36s arrived stateside and it’s hard to find ones that have been lightly used. This silver one has a reasonable 77,000 miles on the clock and is the perfect Q-ship for someone who wants just a little more comfort than what the BMW E36 M3 provides.

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1997 Mercedes-Benz C280 Sport

The W202 C class was the car that brought in new nomenclature to Mercedes-Benz, one that would see the manufacturer drop a lot of its staid reputation via a proliferation of new models and vehicle options into the new millennium. The first generation C class still had the appearance and build quality of a classic Mercedes-Benz, however. Mercedes decided to bring a little verve to this compact sedan by introducing a Sport option shortly before the 1998 facelift. This package included AMG style alloys, tauter suspension, carbon fiber style interior trim and a smaller diameter steering wheel. These days, a lot of C classes from the era have been pushed to the brink, covering hundreds of thousands of miles. Every now and then, though, you’ll come across a real good one, such as this white C280 sport for sale in California that has covered less than 50,000 miles.

Year: 1997
Model: C280 Sport
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 45,380 mi
Price: $9,998 Buy It Now

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Offered to you today is this beautiful One Owner, Rust Free, California Car, non- smoker, 1997 Mercedes Benz C280 Sport with only 45k original miles. This very rare beauty comes in the beautiful combination of Polar white exterior on gray interior. Along with that, this car also comes with full leather interior, fold down seats, glass moon-roof, telescopic steering wheel, AMG sport wheels and much more.

This C280 comes with the last generation of the in-line 6 cylinder engine and is arguably the best gas engine Mercedes Benz has made. With only 45k miles, this Mercedes has several hundred thousand miles left on it. Any questions please call (626)705-5694. This vehicle was just inspected and serviced. As far as we know, everything in this vehicle is good working mechanical condition. This MBZ was originally purchased in Oklahoma and came with the owner when they relocated to California in 1999.

Just seeing this car brings back a lot of good memories from my 1998 C230. In fact, my mother is still piloting her 2000 C280 sedan (with the later V6 motor) that recently turned over 100,000 miles with nary an issue. These aren’t the most exciting Mercedes-Benzes, but they do everything well and if you just want a little bit more spice, a Sport model such as this one might be the answer. Also, this car comes with the rather uncommon fold down rear seat option. This is something I would have killed for on my C230, and is one of the reasons I’m enjoying my hatchback MINI at the moment.


1998 Mercedes-Benz C43

While it wasn’t the first in-house collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and AMG, but the C43 AMG is where the high horsepower madness with the tuning arm began. When the W202 C class debuted, the first to wear the AMG badge was the C36. This sedan was certainly no slouch with 276 bhp. But Mercedes didn’t stop there. For 1998, they C43 appeared with a 4.3 liter V8 under the hood. The car now had 302 horsepower, which wasn’t a huge increase, but the power delivery and soundtrack was addictive. With the C43, Mercedes proved that the old muscle car formula of putting a big engine in the smallest model proved to be alive and well. This black C43 for sale in Utah has just over 100,000 miles and would be a good choice for the speed freak that wants to fly under the radar.

Year: 1998
Model: C43 AMG
Engine: 4.3 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 105,500 mi
Price: $12,000

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Regrettably, I need to sell my C43 AMG. I moved to Utah several years ago and the car is now a summer driver. I bought another collector car a few years ago and concluded that one of them needs to go to make room in my garage (my winter driver has been sitting outside). I am the second owner of this car, which I purchased from a Mercedes-Benz dealer in 2002 under their certified pre-owned (Starmark) program when it had 33,000 miles. The car came equipped with xenon headlamps with headlamp washers, rain sensing wipers, charcoal colored power adjustable leather sport seats, and moon roof. I installed a trunk mounted six-disc CD player. The car now has 105,500 miles, driven by an adult, non-smoker driver. It has been dealer maintained, is all original (including glass) and is in excellent condition. All scheduled service is up to date (last dealer service May 2013) and I have been meticulous about repairing and replacing needed items as it goes in for service at the dealer. I replaced the tires in July 2013 with four Michelin Pilot Super Sports. I have all service records as well as my original purchase documentation. The interior has very light wear and is unblemished. The car has always been garaged and the original paint is in excellent condition, other than minor paint chips on the front from highway driving. The body of the car is unblemished except for two areas: 1) one minor door ding on the driver rear door that is hard to see unless you look at it from an angle (I tried to capture it in one of the photos) and 2) some curb rash under the front bumper that never bothered me enough to correct (see photo). The wheels are in good condition, but have some delamination around the edges and light scratches that can be seen closer to the car (see photos). The only mechanical need that I can identify is that the driver side rear window recently stopped working. The car runs very smoothly and the engine pulls strongly, as you would expect from 302 hp and 302 lb/ft torque that this AMG V8 produces.

If you are in the market for a C43 AMG and are picky, then this is the car for you! It is getting harder to find clean, well-cared for, unmolested examples in the black-on-black color combination. Please contact me if you have any questions. I have enjoyed owning this car and it”s always a pleasure to talk about it!
Price: $12,000 negotiable

As a former owner of a W202, I can say first hand that these are fairly hearty cars and can cover lots of miles effortlessly in the traditional Mercedes fashion, but a little more power over the four cylinder variant would have been nice. Years ago I looked at these AMG versions in awe and now like most expensive sports saloons. Today, they have settled into a price range that puts them within reach of enthusiasts with more modest means. The price on this example is probably a little high, but it’s good to see that the seller is willing to negotiate.


V8 Week: 2005 Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG

It’s an age old formula. Big engine + small car = something greater than the sum of its parts. Pontiac realized this when they dropped a V8 into the pedestrian Tempest and created the GTO. Likewise, when Mercedes-Benz engineers shoehorned the 6.3 liter V8 from the 600 sedan into the 300SEL, they created a monster. Since then, Mercedes has been keen at fitting big engines in cars not normally designed for them. Witness the W124 500E/E500 and W202 C class with the 4.3 liter V8. When the W203 was introduced in 2002, the AMG variant first packed a supercharged 3.2 liter V6. This gave way to a 5.5 liter V8 in 2005, which is the car you see here for sale in Florida.

It wasn’t just that easy as slipping the eight cylinder powerplant under the hood. While it may look like an ordinary C class from the front, look a bit more closely and you’ll notice headlamps taken off of a CLK and lengthened front fenders, a result of the extra space needed for the longer block.

Year: 2005
Model: C55 AMG
Engine: 5.5 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 87,900 mi
Price: $14,750 Buy It Now

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2005 Mercedes AMG C55, excellent condition, all options, NAV, CD Changer, aux connector, heated seats, harmon kardon, rear sunshade, sunroof, memory seats, silver on blk, new back tires, 75% front tires, just did the mobil 1 European blend oil/filter change and air filters, new battery, non smoker, car is in excellent condition in and out. Family does not fit in the car anymore, bought an SUV. I will miss this car and it will not disappoint. Runs awesome at any speed. I have had no accidents with the car and it had a clean carfax when I bought it. 87,900 miles, call or text Mark at 305-753-1148.

This car performs unbelievable well, 0-60 4.7 sec, 1/4 mile 13.2 sec. Handles incredibly well yet the ride is smooth. Car is super quiet at any speed with absolutely no wind noise yet the exhaust roars when the need for speed kicks in. Auto tranny responds well and has shift buttons on the back of the steering wheel. I have had this car at 130 mph and is solid as a rock, hugs the road as a true autobahn car should.

This car is a sleeper, most people have no idea how fast it is. I did add the 5.5 AMG emblems to the front fenders and shift knob cap was replaced from the plain one to a brushed alum AMG one. I also put on the SL55 wheels, they are 1″ wider front and back, provide a stock look with better handling. Front tires are the stock size, rears are up sized to 255’s. Rims fit perfect, flush and no rubbing, should have been the way Mercedes sold it. All else is bone stock. Buyer will enjoy and I will be sad to see it go.

On Aug-27-13 at 10:43:02 PDT, seller added the following information:
Regarding maintenance, I am a car enthusiast and do all of the maintenance myself, I bought the car about 2 + years ago with a bit over 60k miles on it and performed the following: Oil/filter changes at regular intervals (7500 miles) with Mobil 1 European blend. Replaced front brake pads and rotors shortly after purchased. Replaced air filters. Replaced transmission fluid and filter with Mercedes fluid/filter at 65k miles (I have extra fluid that the buyer can have, its like $10/qt)Replaced engine mounts (common problem with Merc, they are fluid filled) at 80k miles. I do have a spare serpentine accessory drive belt, but I did not replace it yet (the one on the car is in good condition. Cleaned Mass air flow sensor. Replaced electric air pump (part of the emmission control system). New Bosch battery at 85k miles. Car runs great, everything works as it should, last 2k miles were put on driving to S Carolina, GA and Tenn with the family, car drove awesome.

If you always wanted a V8 C class, you are in luck because the depreciation gods shine once again. You would be hard pressed to find even the best W203 C55 breaking $20,000 these days, with most examples hovering around $12,000 to $15,000. Considering the mileage is a bit less than average on this car, the price is about in line for the current market. It may not have the later 6.3 liter V8 or the supercharger that some 5.5 lumps had, but there is still plenty to like about this car. Considering most people would mistake it for a cooking variety C class, you’ll have a lot of fun catching others by surprise with this C’s pace.


1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG

The mid 1990s were a good time if you were in the market for a sports sedan. BMW had just introduced the E36 M3 and with this new model, a four-door sedan was available for the first time. Audi was packing a turbocharged punch with their S6 sedan and the now famous 20 valve inline five cylinder lump. If you wanted something other than German, you could head over to Acura and snag an Integra GS-R sedan, with Honda’s 170 bhp twin cam VTEC four-cylinder. Over at Ford, the sun was setting on the second generation Taurus SHO which would be the last to wear the SHO badge with a 5-speed manual transmission.

In the wake of the larger than life 500E/E500 collaboration with Porsche, Mercedes-Benz sought to fill the performance void. After becoming a wholly owned subsidiary by Mercedes-Benz in the early 1990s, Mercedes unleashed the C36 AMG, based on the newly introduced W202 C class. More subdued than the competition from Munich, the C36 still had the goods to please speed freaks. Available solely with a four-speed automatic transmission, the 3.6 liter inline-6 produced 280 horsepower, enough to push this wolf in sheeps clothing to 60 mph in under six seconds. A few years later, Mercedes would slot an AMG tuned V8 under the W202 bonnet in the form of 4.3 and 5.5 liters. These V8 monsters made folks forget about the C36 rather quickly, which is a shame for what was the first in-house AMG effort by Mercedes.

This C36 for sale in Georgia is a nice, lower mileage example and in basic black, is the kind of car that looks at home on the track or arriving at the symphony.

Year: 1996
Model: C36 AMG
Engine: 3.6 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 24,392 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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It’s time for me to downsize my collection before I lose garage space next year. I will be listing 2 Mercedes, two 442’s, a Jaguar XK8 Coupe, and a Mazda RX7 Convertible. Please watch for my other listings if you are interested. All these cars have something special to offer. I will be happy to assist with any inspection or pick up by carrier. I am 45 minutes South of the Atlanta airport. Payment will be accepted by bank wire transfer, check, or cash. No vehicle will be released before all funds have cleared my bank. I have a perfect eBay rating and want to keep it that way. I ask the same from you. Please don’t bid unless you have funds available to complete the transaction. All vehicles will be advertised locally, and I reserve the right to end any auction early. In fairness to all bidders, I will not disclose reserve price. Good luck!

This car was special ordered in Atlanta and taken by original owner to a second home in North Carolina. It was kept there for six years as an occasional weekend driver, then brought back to Atlanta in 2002. It was re-titled to a family member a year later, then traded in at the original selling Atlanta dealer (MRB) on an E55 in July of 2004. I happened to be driving by the dealership that day, and bought the car as soon as MRB completed their extensive service. I have the receipt from that service showing the Sales Department being charged $1000 for this work. When I took delivery, the car had 17,306 miles. I have the Car Fax report from this time that reflects the ownership, no accidents, and mileage, as well as an odometer statement from the dealership. I have owned the car nine years, and have put seven thousand miles on her. It has been inspected on a yearly basis since then (with mileage noted), a second “A” service performed at 23,574 miles costing over $1000, another oil change 300 miles ago (always used Mobil 1), and the A/C system serviced at that same time. She has been babied, and can be driven anywhere without worries.

While I can’t prove the car had never been in the rain before I bought it, any exposure to weather had to be minimal. There are still traces of the factory undercoating (cosmoline?) used to protect vehicles during the shipping process. I have always kept the car garaged, covered, and on a Battery Plus trickle charger. The original black paint still has a deep shine, the interior is perfect, the engine compartment clean, the trunk is spotless, all rubber and weather striping excellent, and she still wears the original Bridgestone tires on AMG wheels that have no curb rash. The tires still have good tread left, but are somewhat “lumpy” when first driven. This smooth’s out as they heat up. I have considered replacing them, but they help show how this car has been babied all it’s life. There were 338 of these cars built in 1996. The factory produced a C260, which was then sent to AMG. They removed the engine and transmission, greatly enhanced performance of both, added special ground effects, oversized AMG wheels and tires, and several discreet emblems throughout. The car was completely transformed by these changes, and has to be driven to truly appreciate the world class results.

I believe this car was ordered with every option available at the time, including climate control, leather, sunroof, heated and power seats, Bose sound system with 6 disc Alpine changer, console/armrest, ASR, alarm system, headlamp washers, power windows, ski bag pass through, passenger air bag, etc. Everything works perfectly. And yes, it has the first aid kit still in the rear window compartment, for you Mercedes specialists out there.

There are a few minor road rash nicks and such that any car picks up over 24K miles of driving, so I won’t use dealer words like spotless or pristine that I see here on eBay. But I’m sure whoever buys this car will be more than happy with her. I have closely watched for any others to come up for sale in the last nine years. I have seen less than 15, and all have had over 80K miles, some as many as 125K. This tells me they were well put together, and the engines will hold up. I can’t imagine there are more than a couple of other ones like this is in country, probably none. You won’t be disappointed. She needs a new home.

There’s not much else to say about this C class but “wow.” As the former owner of a 1998 C230, there is a serious lust factor about this car for me, even if it isn’t one of the later V8 beasts. These six cylinder engines are known for being hearty, not to mention smooth runners. For those that want a healthy dose of luxury with a sporting edge, it’s hard to beat these machines. We featured a black 1995 C36 for sale back in May. That car was on offer for $15,600 and had 32,000 miles on the clock. It failed to meet its reserve with a final bid of $11,211. I’d suspect the top end for like-new C36s right now is probably around $10,000 to $13,000, with a car like this reaching the upper end of that range. Whatever the case may be, I doubt we’ll see another C36 with less mileage for quite some time.