Wagon Week: 2006 Mercedes-Benz E55 Estate

Now that we’re well into wagon week, I know it can be frustrating to look at some of the cars we’ve featured knowing that we may never get to drive, let alone own, one of these cool haulers. But, in 2005, Mercedes-Benz gave five-door fans in the US a breath of fresh air with the E55 AMG Estate. This supercharged V8 wagon was vastly different from anything on Mercedes’ forecourts at the time, as the company was focused heavily on its ever expanding SUV lineup. But somehow, this beast got through a committee and made its way stateside. All the better for us gearheads, then, because the E55 AMG offers up 469 bhp and 516 ft/lbs torque from its 5.5 liter, supercharged V8. That’s plenty of power to catch your carpool mates off guard. This clean E55 AMG Estate is for sale in Austin, Texas and is ready for all your fast hauling needs.

Year: 2006
Model: E55 Estate
Engine: 5.5 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 55,098 miles
Price: $34,950

2006 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Estate on AutoTrader

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Local trade, black with charcoal leather. Premium package ($3,650), lighting package, keyless go ($1,080), COMAND navigation system, six disc CD changer, Harman-Kardon sound system with Dolby, three zone automatic climate control. Driving dynamic front seats, burl walnut trim, power tilt/slide glass sunroof, bi-xenon active light system, 5-speed automatic transmission. Six twin five spoke AMG aluminum alloy wheels, all books and keys present, 46 point quality inspection completed and maintenance performed with all documentation including oil and filter change and front brake pads plus much more.

Honestly, the E55 AMG Estate is one of my all time favorite Mercedes-Benzes, right up there with the R107 SL and W124 500E/E500. Sure, the later E63 may have added more power and refinement, but I loved the visceral yowl of that supercharger on this engine. It gave these cars character. The price for this E is a little on the high side, as E55s with this kind of mileage are hovering more around the $30,000 mark, with a few dipping into the high $20,000 range. This car does look remarkably mint and unmolested for its age, though, and black is the perfect color for this fast Benz. It adds to its already high stealth factor.

-Paul

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate – REVISIT

After reading through an online discussion on Generation Benz, an invite-only market research portal for Mercedes-Benz owners, I was rather unhappy to read over some of the comments from Mike Martin, C-class Product Manager. A participant asked whether or not there were plans in the works to bring the C class estate stateside. This was the response:

“There are currently no plans to import the C-Class wagon or AMG wagon due to low sales history and low US consumer interest in wagons. Also, a GLK really serves the functionality needs of a C-Class sized wagon or utility vehicle.”

So there you have it. It’s just that simple. You’ll have your cute ute and you’ll like it. To Mr. Martin, I have but three words: no thank you.

It’s sad to think that Mercedes-Benz is going to become just another purveyor of soft roaders chock full of the latest gizmos, but this is the road they seem to be steering towards. While they still offer the E63 AMG Estate here in the US, you know it’s just a matter of time before it becomes a victim of the no fun club. In the meantime, it’s still possible to find the errant low mileage AMG estate. Normally I steer clear of cars from New York City, but the black on black meanie we featured a a few weeks ago is back up for sale with just a few more miles on the clock.

Year: 2007
Model: E63 AMG Estate
Engine: 6.2 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed manual
Mileage: 36,900 miles
Price: $41,800 Buy It Now

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate on eBay

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As rare as they come, only 67 E63 AMG Wagons were sold in the US in 2007 and this is the best color combo they made. Black on black, pure stealth bomber status. Amazingly fast wagon, 6.2 liter V8, 507 hp @ 6800 RPM, 465 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM. Entusiast-owned from brand new, this car was a special order direct from Germany. Fully serviced only at Factory MB Dealer, last service was just this week to prepare it for sale. It has Mercedes DVD players in the rear headrests complete with separate headphones, a must if you have kids. The Car is stunning and needs nothing except a new owner. Both keys, manuals, all weather mats etc. Rare opportunity. These cars are highly coveted among the AMG enthusiast crowd. They don’t hit the market often and when they do, they always bring a big following. No accidents, clean title/Carfax. Must be seen and driven in person to be appreciated. No scratches/dents/smells/stains or curb rash on the wheels. Has to one of the cleanest E63 Wagons in existence, inspections welcome! These things are very rare, even rarer to find one with this color combo, options and low mileage. They almost have a cult following in the car world, not a lot of car companies make a sporty wagon these days, definitely not many making a 507 Horsepower V8 Monster! This thing will embarrass most Italian Supercars, a real sleeper, keep them guessing!

We’ve featured plenty of these E63 AMG estates here on GCFSB and they can be polarizing cars. Some people will instantly wonder, why bother hot rodding a boring wagon? But for most of our readers, I’m sure the appeal is apparent. Versus an SUV, the lower center of gravity, rear-wheel drive and relatively modest weight gain over the AMG sedan makes for one hell of a screamer.

The last time this car came up for sale, the buyer didn’t follow through (at a selling price of $38,900), and the car was relisted at $42,900. A few weeks later and we’re down to $41,800. I’d say the original selling price is just about right. While the car has low mileage and is clean, over $40,000 is a bit much, even considering the fact that we’re dealing with New York and you encounter the typical surcharge on goods and services of all kinds.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E60 AMG

Many consider the 500E and E500 the top dog of the W124 range, AMG did this car one better. While not offered in the US, buyers elsewhere could specify Code 957, the AMG Technik package, turning your base E500 into an E60 AMG. This tuned sedan featured the M119 V8, modified with a longer throw crankshaft, a 10:1 compression ratio, higher lift intake and exhaust valves and a less restrictive exhaust. This all added up to 376 horsepower and 428 lb ft of torque, with 60 mph attainable from a standstill in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 175 mph. This was more than enough power to scare certain high end sports cars of the day off the line. Only 126 of these super saloons were ever made and there are even reports that AMG produced a handful of E500 and E60 estates. What I wouldn’t give to get my hands on one of those fast haulers…

This Brilliant Silver E60 AMG is on offer about 60 miles southwest of Hanover, Germany.

Year: 1994
Model: E60 AMG
Engine: 6.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 90,409 mi
Price: $62,966

1994 Mercedes-Benz E60 AMG on Classic Driver

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Exterior color: Brilliant Silver Metallic 744
Interior color: Black Leather 271

Amenities: Left seat electrically adjustable with memory, driver seat right electrically adjustable with memory, AMG technology package, automatic dimming rear-view mirror, electric blind for rear window, electric sunroof, adjustable steering column, adjustable front folding armrest, automatic climate control, sound system, locking system with remote control, heated seats. Very well maintained vehicle, serviced recently with extensive replacement of all oils and filters, as well as new tires and muffler. All calculations based in Germany accounted for.

Currently, an E500 in good shape with less than 75,000 miles will range somewhere in the low $20,000 range to just above $30,000. I was shocked to see how much the seller was asking for this car, even when considering how rare these cars are. Closing in on almost 100,000 miles, I thought the asking price was steep, but then I stumbled across a limited edition E60 AMG, one of 12 ever made. This was on offer $15,000 higher than our feature car. While it may seem crazy for some to spend that kind of money for a W124 of any kind, I’m sure there are collectors and enthusiasts who appreciate these cars for the goal the manufacturer and tuner had in mind: to be the fastest thing with four doors on the Autobahn.

-Paul

2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

AMG cars have always been among the best performing German machines available, often with naturally aspirated engines tuned within an inch of their lives or huge V8s in a small chassis a’la the Hammer. AMG used the basic principal of big power + light car = hang on tight. In the late ’90s things at AMG went from crazy, to just plain insanity, as they started tinkering with supercharging on their AMG models.

One of the first recipients of the insanity was the W210 chassis in the form of the E55 AMG sedan. The 5.4 liter M113 AMG engine put down a laundry list of staggering performance numbers. With 349 bhp and 391 lb/ft of torque and mated to the 5-speed Touchshift automatic transmission, the E55 recorded 0-60 times as fast as 4.8 seconds, and 1/4 mile times in the low 13 second range. This amazingly kept 2001 E55 for sale in Fairfax, Virginia is a great opportunity to own an Autobahn burner.

2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG on eBay
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For Sale is a 2001 E55 AMG in mint condition.  This car runs and drives great.

New Continental DWS tires front(245/40R18) and rear(275/35R18)
Denison ipod connection that has taken place of the CD changer
5,000 mile oil changes
Transmission Service performed less than 5,000 miles ago
Brake Flush done within the past year
New serpentine belt with less than 8,000 miles
K&N air filters installed
Black Grille painted with plasti-dip (can be peeled off)
All windows have been tinted 35% except the windshield
Engine and transmission mounts replaced about 10,000 miles ago
There are a couple scratches that were there when I originally bought it, two on the left rear door and one on the left rear quarter panel.  I do have pictures but don’t want to pay extra to load them on ebay.
Extras:
Complete soft cloth car cover
E55 Carpet floor mats
2 brand new Mann oil filters and enough Mobil 1 5w-40 oil for 2 oil changes!
All reasonable offers will be considered!!!
This E55 was clearly someone’s baby. Garage kept, well maintained and traveling a mere 3,300 miles per year, this car is practically brand new. Finished in silver over black leather, this car has the iconic Mercedes-Benz look. Prices on E55s in this condition range anywhere from $16,500 to $19,000. This car is priced well within the realm of reality at $17,000.
-Brian

One-owner 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E – REVISIT

The monotone black 500E we featured last month is back up for sale on eBay for the same $22,900 Buy it Now price. This is the third time we’re aware of this car being listed. Will this time around be a charm, then?

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay – REVISIT

The below post originally appeared on our site November 16, 2012:

It can be hard to think back very far in Mercedes history over the deafening roar of the AMG engines made over the past few years. Those in the know realize that one special Benz from the early 90s demands respect and deference. The ultimate fist-in-a-velvet-glove, the 500E came from a time when Porsche was farming out their expertise, helping other German companies take their cars to a whole new level. The fact that the 500E was produced alongside the Audi RS2 is enough street-cred that I should shut up and let this car speak for itself.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500E for sale on eBay


This beautiful 1992 Mercedes 500E sedan is a rare find indeed. It was purchased by it’s only owner here in Indianapolis and has remained in his private car collection until we recently obtained it from him. The car is custom finished in standard 040 black exterior. While most USA cars were finished in pearl black or silver exteriors. The owner had the black metallic finish stripped and professionally refinished in traditional 040 black when the car was only a few weeks old because he only collected solid black cars. It is a beautiful example of a very rare car. Only about 500 cars were sold in the USA per year in the first few years of production. These interesting cars were a collaberative effort between Mercedes and Porsche to build the ultimate sport sedan. Developed in conjunction with Porsche, the Mercedes 500E was based on the popular 300E model which had been released in 1986. Each 500E was transported back and forth between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s Rossle-Bau plant in Zuffenhausen during assembly and hand built, taking a full 18 days to complete each model.

The 500E had a naturally aspirated 5.0L V8 engine derived from the 500SL roadster. Sports car braking performance also came from SL components: front SL500 300 mm disks with 4-piston calipers came installed on the 1992 and early 1993 cars. Rear brakes on all years were 278 mm brakes from the 500SL. In the USA, the 500E came fully loaded, with the only options available to the buyer being a dealer-installed CD changer and an integrated cellular telephone. The 500E was only with four seats in left hand drive, with the four leather seats supplied by Recaro (the fronts heated). Called the “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” by the press,[3][4] performance tests of the day yielded impressive results: 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) times of 5.5 to 6.0 seconds and acceleration through the quarter-mile (0.4 km) in 14.1 seconds at 163 km/h (101 mph). The top speed was redline limited at 6,000 rpm to 260 km/h (~160 mph). It was rated at 16.8 L/100 km (14 mpg) in the city and 13.8 L/100 km (17 mpg) on the highway. With its aggressive stance: 1.5 inches wider track, 0.9 inch lower profile, subtle wider flared fenders, side skirts, front air-dam and wide tires, the 500E is easily distinguished from its lesser brethren. Because of its look, limited numbers, hand-built construction, and unique pedigree, the 500E is already considered a “classic”, even within Mercedes-Benz circles. We have just fully serviced and detailed this one so it is ready to be enjoyed by it’s next owner.

After holding steady for quite a while, 500E prices have gone through the roof in the past year, with perfect examples going for close to $30k. With just under 70k miles and looking very clean inside and out, the Buy-It-Now of $22,900 seems like a very fair price, especially in light of possible appreciation. My one gripe is that I hate chrome wheels and think any beastly Mercedes should be rolling on AMG Monoblocks, but that’s a personal (and easily fixed) gripe. This is a great example of a car that’s not only significant historically, but would still be blast to drive.

-NR

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

Our second Featured Listing last week, the one-owner 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320, has been relisted on eBay with it’s Buy it Now price lowered by $3,000.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

The below post originally appeared on our site December 9, 2012:

After a two decade hiatus, Mercedes-Benz brought back the four place cabriolet in 1992 with the W124. While convertibles in general are often thought of as somewhat flashy and carefree, the E class cabriolet went about its business in a more conservative, dignified manner. Today, the cabriolet is one of the most desired W124 variants, a point that is made abundantly clear by the number of low mileage examples on the market along with high resale values. This final year, one owner E320 comes to us from our reader Rainier in California.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

1995 Mercedes E320 Cabriolet. One owner car, Metallic Black exterior with Tan interior. Great condition, have all records of service, 66,750 miles and runs like new as it was a Sunday driver. This was one of the last cars built in November 1995. Seller has the right to end sale when I like. No warranty or refund after sale is complete. $18,995.00 obo

Mint, low mileage E320s can sometimes glance $30,000, with good quality runners ranging between $15,000 to $25,000. The W124 is a stout car, and the cabriolet is no different. Potential buyers should be aware of issues revolving around the wiring harness, as the material used for insulation can decompose over time. A one owner car like this is always attractive, as it helps to mitigate questions with regards to servicing history. For those in the market for a safe, practical young classic that offers a bit of top down flair, these W124 cabriolets are hard to beat.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E420

All of us here at GCFSB have waxed poetically about the Mercedes-Benz 500E. A super sedan of epic proportions, this collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Porsche is revered by enthusiasts to this day. There is one W124 E class that gets a bit overshadowed by this monster of a luxury car, and that is its more tame sibling, the 400E/E420, powered by a smaller version of the M119 V8.

My father purchased a used 1992 400E when I was in college. He bought that car after his beloved 190E 2.6 from the same model year was totaled in an unfortunate accident. I preferred the 190E to the 400E, but that V8 sedan was a great cruiser and the power delivery of the engine was intoxicating. In silver, it was an unassuming sedan, but could surprise a few people off the line at a stoplight. This Smoke Silver E420 for sale in Florida won’t turn a lot of heads on the street, but its understated elegance is charming.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E420 on eBay

1994 Mercedes-Benz E420. 84,962 original miles. Smoke Silver exterior – factory paint color code 702. Tan leather, clean Carfax, no accidents at all. I believe the paint to be 100% factory original. No repaint anywhere on the entire car. Strong and cold air conditioning. The tires are closer to new than to replacement. All four factory original alloy wheels are in perfect condition.

I’m told that the car is a one owner. That the original owner lived in Atlanta, Georgia and then moved here to Sarasota, Florida in mid 2005. The owner then had to re-title the car in Florida…hence there is a “vehicle purchase reported” on Carfax. I cannot guarantee this information, I’m just told it is a one owner.

No blemishes in the interior. No cracks in the dash top, no cracks in the wood anywhere. No wear in the driver’s seat bolster. No tears or blemishes in the leather or any part of the interior. Perfect paint and body, absolutely no rust anywhere. No deep scratches. No major dings, body gaps are perfect all over the car, bumpers never hit. The car drivers perfectly, no pull to one side of the other. The steering wheel is perfectly straight when the car is going perfectly straight. No rattles or strange noises of any kind.

Excellent brakes, the car comes to a perfect even stop as the brakes are applied. Superb condition throughout the entire car. Engine runs smooth and strong, transmission shifts perfect, everything works. Please call me if you have any questions. My name is Tom and I can be reached at 941-323-7670.

There’s always a ever present glut of E320 cabriolets on the market; these along with the 500E/E500 are the priciest of the W124 family these days. The sedans, including the 400E/E420 are more affordable, but harder to find in good condition. As it stands, this E420 is worth somewhere in the $5,000 to $7,000 range. Speaking from experience, these are stout cars with exceptional build quality. My only gripe is that these cars came with 205/65-15 tires, which isn’t quite enough to handle this car’s power in certain conditions. That aside, as long as the fuel costs don’t put you off, these V8 W124s represent a lot of car for the money.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

If someone told me that I could have any car made in the last 30 years in factory fresh condition, a W124 Mercedes-Benz would be high on my list. When I was younger, my father had a 1992 400E and I remember the car fondly. Not only was it built like a bank vault, but this was the first year for the 4.2 liter V8. The car was quite the Q-ship and spanked quite a few people off the line at lights. While it wasn’t the bahn stormer 500E/E500, the 400E proved to be a very capable cruiser. I might have made a few modifications, however, and those would have included wider tires to help put the power down a bit better along with uprated brakes.

Another W124 favorite of mine was the coupe. Sold in small numbers from 1988 through 1995, these were offered in the US solely with inline six cylinder power. With Mercedes’ classic pillarless coupe design, these were a go to car for those who wanted personal luxury that was a bit more subdued than what BMW or Porsche had on offer at the time. This E320 Coupe for sale in Massachusetts has a tick over 18,000 miles on the clock and does its best to blend in with the Smoke Silver paintwork.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 on eBay

1994 Mercedes Benz 124 chassis E320 coupe, 702 Smoke Silver with cream beige leather upholstery, only 18,500 miles, 3.2 litre 217hp in-line 6 cylinder engine, automatic transmission, anti-lock brakes, climate control, “all” power convenience options, factory sunroof, optional ASR traction control, heated front seats, original Becker radio, original owner’s manuals and spare keys, one of 825 E320 coupes imported in 1994. Nationwide and international delivery arranged from our suburban Boston showroom. We reserve the right to end the auction early if the reserve has not been met.

This car is being offered by a prominent classic car dealer outside of Boston that I am familiar with. It has been for sale for a few months and the price was recently been dropped by over $6,000. In fact, they have two other low mileage W124s for sale, a 1995 E420 and a 1995 E320 estate. Both were reduced in price as well. While all three of these W124s are fantastic machines, I probably wouldn’t spend over $15,000 for any of them, even if they are as close to new as you can get. Chalk it up to market reality and the fact that I don’t have money to burn.

-Paul

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Sportline

Before the integration of AMG engineering firm became fully owned by what has now become Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz began offered the Sportline option on a few of their models, including this car, a 1993 300CE coupe. This option provided buyers with features such as a quicker steering ratio and uprated suspension bits consisting of more aggressive struts, springs, larger anti-roll bars and firmer bushings. Also included in the package were alloy wheels that were a half inch wider and badging on the front fenders and shift knob. This 300CE for sale in Massachusetts is one of the niceset, lowest mileage Sportline car I’ve seen for sale in several years.

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Sportline on eBay

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Sportline Coupe with 31,031 miles. It represents the level of quality that is not meant for just anyone. It’s meant for the person who strives for a classy, comfortable, luxurious, practical and unique car. The very low mileage makes this vehicle incomparable to the other vehicles on the market. Not only the low mileage; originality and amazing cosmetic and mechanical condition set it apart from other offerings even in the higher price range. Any museum would be proud to own and display this car, but it is ready for the road if you choose to buy it as an every day driver. Why not? Over the years this generation of Mercedes cars proved to be reliable and cost efficient to own. These cars are still on the road driven by happy owner to hundreds of thousands of miles. Be sure to prepare yourself to get noticed in this ultra rare 300CE.

This is a 20 year old car that looks and drives like a new Mercedes. It will be an Antique Mercedes Coupe in 5 more years and will certainly increase in value. Should you decide to use it as an every day driver; our Service Department already addressed all potential concerns related to the age (tires, brakes, hoses, belts, fluids and other maintenance items) as well as known required updates – head gasket, seals and engine harness are all brand new. We even saved old parts in case new owner would like to keep original parts that came out of the car. All service work that was done on this car was documented with the records and digital photos.

Yes, this car has original factory paint on all metal body parts of the car. Front and rear bumper covers as well as plastic body cladding on the sides were refinished in black to match the body color. Original color of these parts on the 1993 Model Year Mercedes cars was dark gray metallic. We were told that this was done by the Mercedes dealer that sold the car originally. Interestingly, in 1994 Mercedes factory began to paint bumpers and cladding in the same color as the body of the car.

This car has rare Sportline Package. Mercedes-Benz offered this package in the North American market for the 1992-95 model year. The option package included sport seating, wider wheels (7″ rather than 6.5″) and lower profile tyres (205/60 x 15 rather than 195/65 x 15), quick ratio steering and a smaller diameter steering wheel, “Sportline” badges on the front wing moldings and gear knob, a slightly lowered ride height and a specially tuned suspension including shorter, stiffer springs, struts, anti-roll bars, and bushings.

A clean 300CE will run you somewhere between $6,000 to $12,000 these days. If you add in the low mileage factor along with the rare Sportline option of this car, we might be looking at a high point of $15,000. The asking price, as with many low mileage cars we’ve seen here on GCFSB is much too optimistic, regardless of how nice the car may be. Still, I’m a huge fan of W124s and the black on black combination gives this car a sleek look. They aren’t the sportiest cars, but they do everything rather well and with the Sportline bits, it would make for a nice long distance cruiser.

-Paul

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Cabriolet

After a production hiatus from the early 1970s on, Mercedes-Benz tried its hand once again at a four place convertible with the introduction of the E class cabriolet in 1991. When the 300CE cabriolet arrived in the US, it cost a staggering $76,500 in 1993 money. For this, you got a 24 valve, 217 horsepower inline six cylinder mill mated to a four speed automatic transmission and an innovative roll bar that consisted of two headrests that extended out at .03 seconds in the event of a roll over. There when you need them, hidden when you don’t. This 1993 300CE represents the first year this open top E class went on sale in the US and has a distinctly nautical feel about it in white with a blue canvas convertible top.

1993 Mercedes-Benz 300CE Cabriolet on eBay

1993 Mercedes 300CE with only actual 52800 actual miles. This car has been very well cared for. Everything works as it should. There are no dents or dings. It just finished a 1500 mile trip with no problems whatsoever. These cars are very rare and finding one in this condition is
very hard to do. You can fly into OKC and we will pick you up and you can drive it home. It gets a lot of attention and is very fun to drive.

While some may prefer the later model W124 with its flush mounted grill and updated headlamps, I don’t particularly mind the earlier look of this 1993 model. Present day, these W124 cabriolets bring strong money. You’ll have no trouble finding a good example of a 300CE/E320 with under 50,000 miles in good condition, but be prepared to shell out good money for one. Anywhere between $17,000 to $25,000 will net you a very clean driver with mileage anywhere from 40,000 to 70,000 on average. Anything with under 40,000 miles in museum quality condition may run you close to the $30,000 mark. Asking prices over $30,000 can be considered a bit over the top. This 300CE, then, is priced very nicely for someone to enjoy what was the rebirth of four place open roofed motoring for Mercedes-Benz.

-Paul