2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Coupe Grand Edition

From the Mercedes 230CE we featured a few days ago, let’s move on to a later, distantly related model: the CLK coupe. Here’s an example of one not often seen, the final year CLK350 Grand Edition.

Those that know me are aware of my penchant for Mercedes-Benzes. I’ve owned two C class sedans and between my mother, father and I, we’ve owned seven models from the marque. However, over the past 15 years, I’ve been less and less enamored with the styling direction on new models. Specifically, the E class coupe which replaced the CLK coupe in 2010. I was disappointed to see that it wasn’t a true pillarless coupe, as it has a small fixed window at the rear side corner. Also, a lot of new Mercedes-Benzes have a lot of chrome and LED lighting all over the place which makes them look a bit flash. Maybe this is attractive to some, but I prefer the more conservative days, such as when the W124 E class coupe roamed the showrooms.

I was, however, a fan of the CLK. My favorite was the Grand Edition coupe, a package offered only in 2009. For the coupe version, the sole color on offer was Palladium Silver with Tobacco leather and white stitching. I saw a new one in person at the dealership in 2009 and the color combination was striking. Nothing was excessive about the styling and it’s not an overtly large vehicle. Everything about this car just clicked for me. Unfortunately, the $57,000 entry price was too steep for me, even if the dealer had the car sit on their lot for several months and eventually marked it down to $44,000. Sadly, the car disappeared shortly after the markdown. I would love to own one of these someday, and here is a nice, low mileage example for sale.

2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 Coupe Grand Edition on eBay

You are viewing a very nice 2009 Mercedes CLK350 Grand Edition with the 3.5 engine. This car has been very well taken care of and it shows. It is a one owner, doctor owned. The mileage represented is actual. It has never been smoked in with a clean smell throughout. Not one door ding. The automatic tranny and V6 are both 100% with no signs of trouble. All electrical options are functioning properly. The very classy charcoal exterior is in great condition. No scratches or dings anywhere. The black/tan leather interior is also in great condition. No wear. Some of the options are: leather heated seats, sunroof, tinted windows and the 18 inch staggered AMG wheels. The tires have over 50% tread remaining for the new owner. This CLK will come with a full factory warranty. Extended warranty is available at the time of sale.

This particular CLK is priced a few grand higher than your run of the mill 2009 CLK350, as most lower mileage CLK350s I’ve spotted these days are averaging in the $24,000 to $28,000 range. If this car could be had for just a shade under $30,000, I’d consider it well bought. These are great long distance cruisers and after owning a W203 C class (the chassis of which the C209 is based), I would highly recommend the car, as these models split the difference between sport and luxury rather well.

-Paul

1984 Mercedes-Benz 230CE

I happened to watch the Top Gear special from Season 10 over the weekend, the episode where James May drove a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 230E across Botswana. The rugged nature of the W123 never ceases to amaze me. The coupe version was always a bit understated for such a personal vehicle, especially the diesel powered 300CD sold in the United States market. They are, however, just as reliable as their sedan and estate counterparts while adding a little bit of flair.

Here’s a 1984 230CE for sale near Hamburg, Germany, which would conveniently fall just under the 25 year importation requirement we are faced with in the US.

1984 Mercedes-Benz 230CE on eBay Germany

Mercedes-Benz W123 230CE in Petrol-Metallic with black leather interior.

Special features:
Black leather interior with rear headrests and center armrest, ABS (extra rare), electric Sunroof, heated seats, Becker Europa cassette radio, tinted glass, back lighting, height-adjustable seats, alloy wheels.

History:
Demonstrator at Mercedes. Sold in August 1984 to a restaurant owner. Temporary change of ownership from 1988 to 1991. After 14 years in the hands of one owner in Hamburg, the car was sold to a 66 year old man, who is the last owner. To state: Non smoking vehicle. It appears to be always garaged, the parcel shelf is deep black and the leather is very well preserved. The car looks great. The paint seems to have been renewed once.

Technically the car is in good order and drives well. For immediate sale with TüV/AU, otherwise on request by appointment. Slight traces of the car’s age can not be overlooked. The defects I noticed: scratches on the front side windows and two porous seals the rear side windows. This can be renewed by agreement upon request. With buy it now, these will be new upon purchase.

Minimal rust can not be ruled out completely because of the vehicle’s age. But fear not, this car is solid from the ground up! The underbody makes a very good impression. Documents available are: vehicle registration, maintenance manuals, on-board portfolio with instructions, service book and radio manual. The service manual was not filled out, the mileage is not provable, but in relation to the condition of the leather it seems realistic.

I like the combination of rare options such as the ABS and heated seats along with the fact that this is a seldom seem four cylinder manual transmission model. Most W123 coupes you see for sale tend to be the 280CE models in Europe, while the US market was only offered the 300CD. After seeing a 280CE in new condition at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, I can’t get the image of that car out of my head. Someday I will own a Mercedes once again, and it certainly won’t be a new one. It’s going to be a classic, or perhaps even a youngtimer such as this 230CE, as they are referred to in Germany.

-Paul

1991 Volvo 780 Coupe

Swedish cars have always been a more esoteric choice in the United States. I feel that many of the models produced by Saab and Volvo over the years have that same Germanic DNA and build quality in them, if, sometimes, they are a bit more staid than their southern counterparts.

In the 1980s, Volvo was straining to get away from its literally square image and branch out into new and exciting projects. The 480 hatchback, which was never sold here, was a major departure for the company. Introduced in 1986, this four seat hatchback/coupe featured the all glass rear door made famous by the P1800E, the first transversely mounted engine in a Volvo and on top of that, was built outside Sweden at the DAF plant in The Netherlands.

One year earlier, Volvo also unveiled a very different take on the two door formula in the form of the 780 Coupe. This was a Volvo in the traditional sense, with a longitudinally mounted engine driving the rear wheels and had more boxy styling, if tailored smartly by Bertone. This model became available in the US by 1987 and featured the 2.8 liter Peugeot-Renault-Volvo V6 engine. Later on, Volvo introduced turbo four cylinder engines and by 1991, this was the sole powerplant offered. The 780 nomenclature was dropped as well, as the car was now known simply as “Coupe.”

These are rather rare cars and if they do come up for sale, it is rare to find one sorted quite as well as this particular example for sale in Philadelphia.

1991 Volvo 780 Coupe on eBay

RARE 780 Coupe Bertone! ABS and AIRBAGS! RUNS and Drives Great! Power EVERYHTING! CD Changer! Last production year of this model! THIS IS A TRUE COLLECTORS ITEM – ONE OF A KIND! The car has been inspected by our mechanic!

You are looking at an extremely rare fully loaded luxury coupe that has been well kept; it’s an all around great looking vehicle, great looking exterior in white with black leather interior makes this car look great! It’s obvious from the condition of the car that it’s been highway driven and garaged its whole life. This great vehicle combines superb Sweden engineering combined with Italian design and luxury with the versatility to accomplish almost every job!

This car is equipped with a very strong 2.3 Liter engine! The engine sounds, runs and feels smooth and provides abundant power. This engine is very economical (and with the rising gas prices, that’s no small deal) The automatic transmission shifts smoothly, no slips or skips. The interior is in great condition. The front seats lean all the way back to the rear, so you can actually sleep rather comfortably in the car! No electrical problems, while the engine compartment clean, and void of any leaks

This Volvo (Like most other Volvos) rates very high in safety, it’s not a light car, and has a lot of specially engineered alloys along its frame to dampen any possible impact. A very good climate control system is present in this car and the AC blows ice-cold. As you can see from the pictures, the rims look good while the excellent tires on this auto have been rotated, balanced and still have plenty of tread wear left.

The trunk has many functions, one of which is obviously the superior cargo capacity. The trunk is very clean and roomy as you can see from the pictures. The previous owner used it sparely and it looks as if it were new. The car is equipped with original Volvo CD Changer. This is a unique hard to find automobile!

This is another one of those hard to put a price on vehicles. It’s certainly clean and is in a color that is neutral and I think, frankly, looks smart. However, almost $10,000 seems rather dear for a car with a small following that is little known on these shores. If it was around the $7,000 mark, I think I could stomach it more. Still, it is great to see one of final model year Coupes in great shape and even if it looks a little staid. I’m a big fan of the crisp lines and understated look, and I imagine it would be the choice for those would wanted to be contrarian and not buy a used 3 series coupe.

-Paul

1986 Mercedes-Benz 420SEC

The 1970s and 1980s saw a lot of gray market Mercedes-Benzes come stateside. Many of these were high performance models, but more pedestrian models were also brought in as well. This was partly a result of the disparity in the Dollar to Deutschemark exchange rate.

The C126 SEC coupes produced from 1981 through 1991 came in two different flavors in the US. The earlier 380SEC and later 560SEC models. One of the rarest SECs sold outside of the US was the 420SEC, with the smaller M116 V8. A little over 3,600 were produced in a six year time span, and few, if any, made their way to the US. Clean, low mileage SEC coupes are becoming rare these days, so this particular coupe is quite unique.

1986 Mercedes-Benz 420SEC on eBay

Up for auction is a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 420SEC 2-door coupe. Low 70,000 miles, 4.2L V8 gasoline engine, W126.046. Dark midnight blue (almost black), moon roof, new Michelin tires. Excellent vehicle, inside and out. Everything original. Interior is fawn tan, with leather seats. Interior has no wear at all.

I have been selling on eBay for several years and have over 700 positive feedbacks. This is my personal vehicle. I bought it one year ago from a Tyler business man who special-ordered it for his wife while in Germany. He had it shipped to Houston, Tx., to be delivered to him in Tyler. There is a plate inside the door that states “Damler Benz AG WDB1260461A193845 (VIN) 1986 Imported by (Owner’s Name) Stuttgart, W. Germany.” All maintenance was done at the Mercedes dealership in Tyler, Texas.

1986 was first year the 420-SEC was made, through 1991. There were only 3,680 total made during those years, therefore it is quite collectable. I have the Mercedes-Benz insured for $25,000 with an antique vehicle insurance company.

For pickup only at Holly Lake Ranch, Hawkins, Texas 75765. 30 miles North of Tyler, 100 miles East of Dallas.

With around four days left, bidding hasn’t started at a price of $14,500 with no reserve. The car is now 25 years old, so even though it appears that this car was federalized from the start, any scrutiny by the government would be a moot point since the car’s age exempts it from any emissions or safety standards. Hopefully this car goes to a good home and one more example of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship coupe will be preserved.

-Paul

Garage-survivor 1957 BMW 503 Coupe for sale

Today on “Unknown BMWs,” we have the 1957 503 Coupe, the little brother to the famous 507. Introduced at the 1955 Frankfurt Auto Show, just 413 were made by the end of the decade. Less performance-oriented than the 507 but maintaining clean 50s-coupe lines, this is a cool vintage 2+2. Even better is that this example has been in storage for 40 years. It sounds like it’s mechanically sound but will probably need a little more love, but it seems close to being a clean and very rare, very pretty BMW.

1957 BMW 503 Coupe for sale on eBay

At a glance from the seller:

This car has been in storage since 1971

Solid rust free car with original paint. Paint has had some touch up.
Original leather interior.
39,111 original miles.
Same owner since 1962.
Factory V8 with twin 2 barrel carbs.
3 speed transmission.
Engine runs great. Transmission feels good. Some noise coming out of the rear end.
All new radial white wall tires. Wheels were restored.
Brake and clutch system rebuilt and restored.
This is a GREAT SURVIVOR!!

With 3 bids, this classic is up to $76k already. I love how usable it is in 100% original condition, but if you’re spending $100k on a car, it’d be hard to not want it nicer. That’s a decision for a richer man than I, but this is a cool and rare piece of BMW history that is sure to garner some attention for the auction’s winner.

-NR

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Following on to the brutish 1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 featured a few days ago here, I stumbled across one of its ancestors this week. This amazingly original 1978 450SLC coupe. I have to admit that when I was a teenager, it was my dream to own one of these SLCs. I’m not sure why, but I still long after one of these coupes. While Mercedes of this era came in some colors that look a bit dated, the Orient Red with brand new Bamboo interior add to the sheer elegance of this machine.

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC for sale on eBay

You are looking at the best and most beautiful SLC for sale plus she has a brand new factory leather interior and all new carpet that smells brand new.

When the world’s most renowned automobile manufacturer presents the world with an instant classic, maintaining the expectations of enthusiasts can be a rather difficult challenge. Admirers of the 450SLC will feel as if they went back in time when sitting in this car which runs and feels as if it were locked in a time capsule. The new owner of this beautifully preserved SLC will feel as if they have taken a step back in time when sitting in this car which has the feeling of being brand new and still today is in “Showroom Condition” with its brand new factory carpeting and supple Mercedes all leather interior.

The Mercedes 450SLC is a car that stands amongst its peers as an icon and although there were many other style of cars made around this model it is difficult to associate this decade with any other car. The styling of this 450SLC still remains classic, and its interior, while always dignified, was decidedly luxurious. The 450SLC had two doors, a true pillarless hardtop, and seating for four. It was similar to the 450SL but with a longer wheelbase which increased the weight slightly. The rear passengers window is actually a 1/4 window with a louvered panel which provides extra privacy. Production lasted from 1970 through 1981. The 450SLC is renowned for its performance and was constructed by the manufacturer to compete in marathon rallies.

The power comes from a 4.5L V8 engine and an automatic transmission. This car is very well equipped with AM/FM stereo radio w optional cassette which has been updated and restored with the iPhone hook up that is hardwired through glove box. It has climate controlled electronic air conditioning not offered before 1978, cruise control, power steering, power locks, power sunroof, seat belts, leather, chrome wheels, and Michelin MXV radial tires.

The first thing that anyone comments on when noticing this car is the striking color combination of its Orient Red exterior over its Bamboo interior. The paint is gorgeous along with the Mercedes all leather factory interior and brand new Mercedes factory carpeting. If you are reading this, you most likely already know how rare the SLCs are, combine the very few SLCs that are left combined with this striking color combination and you have a very rare car. Most color combinations found for this car are silver, brown or blue. Besides the vehicle looking like it’s in just out of the showroom condition. The vehicle runs and drives absolutely beautiful maintaining its essence of luxury.

A few weeks ago I drove the car from Treasure Island to South Beach a 500 mile round trip get away. I used the cruise control all the way down to Miami and back. Staying cool with the air conditioning on while listening to the stereo, the trip was a breeze to make. The faster I drove the smoother she drove. Quiet and steady. While in south beach I literally could not drive anywhere without a comment or people just continually staring at the car admiring its beauty….

There are two age related items that are very difficult to see even in these pictures, there is a slight hazing at the bottom of the rear window that is approximately 1” wide by 15” long and a slight hazing on the dash both of these items are very difficult to see in the photos.

I have the service records where the car was dealer serviced. It just had a major service and new brakes installed at MB authorized dealer. We all know having a MB dealer serviced is much more expensive because the dealer does preventative maintenance or proactive service, replacing everything and anything before it needs to be. That’s why most vintage MB cars are not serviced by the dealer. I can tell you though it makes a world of difference after years and years when a vintage MB has been serviced by the dealer. Being dealer serviced this car has been maintained as required, that is why there are no issues with this car and everything looks and operates like it should.

This SLC is absolutely amazing given its age and mileage. The seller is wrong in saying production started in 1970, rather, it was two years later when the first SLC appeared. Still, this is another one of those cars that if I had the space and funds, it would be in my collection. The asking price is reasonable given the history, stunning condition and the fact that Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles always command a higher price than their sedan counterparts.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz S500 Coupe

I always considered the W140 Mercedes-Benz S Class coupes and sedans as sort of a Concorde moment for the brand. Following up the highly successful act that was the W126 S Class was never going to be easy but with development of the W140 starting in the early 1980s, Mercedes-Benz was determined to make their mark once again in the luxury segment. Reportedly costing over $1 billion USD to develop, this generation of S class introduced new technologies such as Brake Assist, seat occupancy sensors and Electronic Stability Program, which has been licensed to other manufacturers since.

It is still possible to find clean, W140 sedans with low mileage. With only 888 produced for the year 1995 according to The Standard Catalog of Mercedes-Benz, the V8 powered S500 coupe is a rarer beast. I was pleasantly surprised to see this well preserved, three owner example in New Jersey. In classic black, it definitely looks the part.

Mercedes S500 Coupe for sale on eBay

From the seller:

I am a private car collector located in New Jersey and I am selling my pretty rare S 500 Coupe! I searched for this car for two years and looked at over twenty S500 coupes and I finally bought this from another collector of exotic cars in Providence R.I. The original MSRP was $100,275.00 and I have the original invoice.

This car is a 9.5 out of 10 and has never been hit, accident damaged, painted or abused. I am the third owner and it has been garaged kept its entire life. My garaged is climate controlled and I have driven it only on sunny days in the three years that I have owned it.

Hence, the paint is deep and glossy and the interior is immaculate with supple butter soft leather seats. The interior stills has the aroma of new leather!

The options on the window sticker are:

* SRS DRIVER AND FRONT PASSENGER AIRBAGS
*FRONT SEAT TENSIONERS/KNEEBOLSTERS
*4-WHEEL ANTILOCK POWER DISC BREAKS
*HALOGEN HEAD/FOG LAMPS WITH WASHERS
*HEATED WINDSHIELD WASHING SYSTEM
*HEATED REAR WINDOW/OUSIDE MIRRORS
*AUTO SLIP (ASR)
*4-SPEED AUTO TRANS
*ALLOY WHEELS
*CRUISE CONTROL
*HEATED FRONT SEATS
*REMOTE CENTRAL LOCKING
*ANTI THEFT SYSTEM
*POWER DOOR/TRUNK CLOSING ASSIST
*POWER WINDOWS WITH EXPRESS UP AND DOWN
*POWER STEEL SUNROOF WITH REAR POP UP FEATURE
*POWER TILT TELESCOPIC STEERING WHEEL
*POWER FRONT 12 WAY SEATS/MIRRORS WITH MEMORY
*LEATHER UPPOLSTERY
*FRONT SEATS LUMBAR SUPPORTS
*AUTO CLIMATE CONTROL WITH CHARCOAL FILTER
*AM/FM/WB/CASSETTE RADIO (CD CHANGER READY)
*BOSE BETA SOUND SYSTEM *AUTO ANTENNA
*PREWIRING FOR CELLULAR PHONE

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT:
040 BLACK
261 BLACK SOFT LEATHER
494 CALIF EMMISSION CONTROL EQUIP

THe S500 would surely represent a better investment than the more complex S600, which could bankrupt a small, developing nation with it’s V12 servicing costs and wiring harness issues. While the styling was a bit more brutish than the W126 SEC coupes, there is no denying the commanding presence of the W140 and for around $11,000, this is a hell of a lot of car for the money. It may not exactly fit with the economic times in which we live, but if I was going to drive a big car, I sure would rather drive something like this than your typical SUV roaming the streets these days.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

Another week on eBay, another car turns up that makes me wish I had extra garage space and funds. Of all the W124 Mercedes-Benzes, the coupe was my favorite. The rarity of them along with the classic pillarless profile just wins me over. Knowing this car would keep trucking for many more miles due to the reliable 3.2 inline six is just icing on the cake. Here’s a clean example with 76,000 miles out on the left coast.

The seller states:

Very rare 1995 Mercedes E320 coupe. 1 of 307 made for the last year of the w124 series. The car is Black Pearl with black leather. It was purchased (leased) new in 1995 at the Beverly Hills Mercedes. At the end of the lease it was turned back into Mercedes with 34009 miles on it, at this time MBZ of San Francisco purchased it and certified it in April of 1998. It was sold to a gentleman from Marin Ca. who was dating a salesperson at the dealership and he had the vehicle for 10 years until I bought from him, so the Mercedes has never left the state of California. It has been perfectly maintained! It amazingly solid without even a rattle after 16 years, last of the hand made Mercedes!

According to NADA, clean retail for a 1995 E320 coupe is hovering around $8,500, Kelley Blue Book is at about $7,800. The buy it now price seems just a tad high, but honestly, if I was in the market, I wouldn’t hesitate putting $10k down on something like this, given it’s history, condition and rarity. The convertibles are nice, but the last of the W124 coupes are the rarest of the bunch and are fast disappearing. Hopefully this one finds a good home.

-Paul

1969 Mercedes-Benz 250CE 5 speed

The W114 and W115 are probably one of the more overlooked Mercedes-Benzes out there. The coupe version, however, retained the restrained gracefulness of the coupes from the Three Pointed Star of that era. This particular example, a 250CE with a 5 speed manual is certainly a rarity, so much so that even a self-processed Mercedes fan such as myself wasn’t aware of its existence.

The seller states:

This is a rare, 5-speed manual trans 250CE European import. This car has been restored to an unbeleivable standard and has been featured in The Star magazine. The mileage is 101000KM, approx 63K miles. Stunning paint and color combo. Everything works, the car drives as you would expect from this level of restoration. We have service receipts back to 1995 that include a new complete stainless steel exhaust, new Bilsteins all around and many little bits and pieces that indicate the owners took pride in maintaining this MB to a very high standard. A comparable “S” class coupe of the era in this condition would be at least twice the price of this CE.

The obvious attraction with this W114 coupe for me is, obviously the 5 speed manual transmission and the reliable M114 inline six. The obvious detraction is the price. I have never seen a W114 or W115 with an asking price of over $30,000, let alone over $40,000. Even considering the restoration and provenance, it just seems a bridge too far. Who knows, though. There may be a collector or museum out there who is looking for something along these exact lines and they’ll consider it a reasonable buy.

-Paul

1984 Mercedes 300CD No Reserve

I just listed this seller’s 300TD and what I said in that post goes the same for this one so check out this post.

Buy this coupe and get yourself a matching pair of Mercedes diesels.

35,000 miles and bidding up over $18,000 on the no reserve auction. Really can you believe the prices of these? At the end of last year we had this car up and it ended at $22,800 with the reserve not met.

Just a fabulous car originally purchased through Mercedes European Delivery Program.

Great service history, as original as they come, this is like buying a new car.

More pictures here.

~Evan