1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Carat by Duchatelet Limousine

The limos that have come through our pages before always attract a very specific type of buyer. They are a hard sell. The types that can afford a limo usually want a brand new one for status points. Old limos often show signs of abuse or have weak points if they were assembled poorly. We’ve seen old limos turned into campers, but really you have to want to be a chauffeur to buy one.

Year: 1987
Model: 560SEL Carat Duchatelet Limo
Engine: 5.6 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 39,000
Price:  $29,500. Buy It Now

1987 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL Carat by Duchatelet Limo on eBay

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This Duchatelet customized Benz shows classic understated looks. Not nearly as ostentatious as a modern two tone Maybach or as crazy as many of the other 1980s Mercedes tuners. This style is something that Duchatelet was known for. The Belgian based company did extensive work on interiors of Mercedes vehicles, but their conversions we almost always done in a tasteful and functional manner. Though not their main job they did however offer gullwing door conversions.

The company, whose motto was “Nothing great was ever born of compromise,” worked on the full line of Benz cars. They would do security and interior packages for stretched W126 cars or interiors on W124 chassis cars. The only thing they didn’t do was performance modifications, instead they focused their energy on making some of the most exclusive and expensive interiors for very high end customers.

In looking at the pictures you can see that the fit and finish of the interior custom work looks like it came straight from the factory. The look is one of elegance and not cobbled together prom night limo. Custom touches extend to the door sills and gauge cluster. There is a lot of extra wood and leather and some extra electronics including a retractable divider. The car appears to have been updated with a more modern flat screen television screen which tells me that the car has been cared for. The ad states that several maintenance issues have been kept up so the car is ready to go. It does have the hydropneumatic suspension for a smoother ride, but look out for potential higher costs in terms of servicing if not maintained.

There are only 39,000 miles on the machine so it hasn’t been used much. When you think what this custom work cost new some owner had some very expensive dollars per mile with this car. The setup of the interior is designed for the business person, not the party wagon with limited seating.

The ad listing doesn’t provide much description about the car, it doesn’t even say what model it is, but a look under the hood shows this is a 560SEL based car. Which makes sense since that would have been the top of the line Benz sedan of the day. The 5.6 liter V8 should be providing plenty of power to move the car along at highway speed despite the extra weight.

Not a bad car, and at that mileage it should have plenty of life left. If you want to be carted around, but can’t let go of the 1980s this is your car. The price is a bit steep at $29,500. I doubt there will be any takers at that price. You could get yourself a really nice 750il or newer S class at that price. While they wouldn’t have as much leg room they might be more practical choices unless you really want to run a livery service.

1987 Mercedes 560SEL Carat by Duchatelet Limo on eBay

~Evan

High Mileage 1991 VW Vanagon Carat Projektzwo

Well I decided to post that high mileage 500E so if I’m not going to shy away from vehicles like that then how about this 207,000 mile Vanagon that looks great. A 200k mile Vanagon is not that unusual nor is it something really exciting enough to be included on this blog, but this one is a little different. Being a California car has probably helped this one stay looking super clean on the outside, but even the interior does not look like it has seen 200,000 miles.

What really got this van listed here though is the custom work, the H&R lowering springs a 17″ 5 spoke rims, and the Projektzwo full body kit really set this one off from the crowd. It even has a short shift kit and Neuspeed exhaust installed. I think the big Hella driving lights compliment the look of the body kit as well. The kit, which the seller says he bought direct from Projektzwo in Germany probably cost the seller over $3000 to get finished all told.

The seller says the engine was rebuilt at 100,000, but that was 100,000 miles ago so even though the seller states it doesn’t leak oil and has good compression you may want to give the engine a good listen.

Pricewise the opening bid price is $11,000 with the reserve not met. So to put that in perspective with the previously mentioned 500E, this Vanagon, which is several years older, has similar high miles, but was obviously never considered to be in the super car category like the 500E is being valued by at least $3000 more. That certainly makes you think a bit. What do you think? I think the seller may get more bids if they didn’t spell projektzwo wrong in their ad three or four times. (As of this posting they spelled it “projektwzo”.

~Evan