1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet with 6,700 miles

These ultra-low mileage cars always intrigue me in more ways than one. How have they held up after so many years of just sitting? How has the maintenance been handled despite only having a handful of miles a year? But this biggest thing I wonder is was it worth it, literally, to let the car sit and preserve its pristine condition. Today’s car, a 1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet that checks in with a little over 6,700 miles, isn’t your typical used car to begin with. I’ve covered the C124 pretty extensively and we’ve even featured some really nice examples here for sale. But for this 1994 for sale in New York, is it worth the giant price tag for the so little miles?

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1983 BMW 528e

My recent coverage of the 5-series BMWs seems timely. Just last week, I looked at a 1982 BMW 528e. Since it’s been so short a time, I won’t reiterate the major highlights of the model again – click HERE if you’d like to read those details. So why look at what many consider the least excited E28 so quickly again?

Well, in part it’s because of what occurred this past weekend. If you weren’t paying attention, a stellar 1988 BMW 535i came up on Bring a Trailer. It was probably the most impressive older 5-series I’ve seen in a long time. So it was expected to bring pretty big numbers when the auction closed, and like looking through the picture gallery, it didn’t fail to disappoint. The final bid was $50,000 – unfathomable to this point for most of the E28 lineup.

Admittedly, the example I have today isn’t as nice. But it shares many things in common. First, it’s not a top-flight model, though again the Eta motor isn’t what many would prefer. So what does it have going for it?

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE

Last week I check out a CLK55 AMG and felt like it was missing something. Not only was it missing something but it had a different feel from Mercedes coupes of the past. I understand it though, it was a transition from an era of analog to a launch of much more modern renditions. From the W124 to W210, the W140 to W220 and even the W202 to W203. All those cars looked and felt significantly different. You saw the line in the sand when everything changed. But I can’t blame them nor should anyone else. Evolution is a thing with cars and if you don’t, you’ll be eaten alive by competitors. Suddenly your legacy buyers who have owned your cars for 25 years have jumped shipped for Lexus.

But the good thing is that you can always go home. And for a lot of people, the W124 is home. It was the perfect mix of old school Mercedes but you still got modern features. For some, the W124 coupe is that perfect home feeling.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE on Hemmings

Model: 300CE
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 184,000 mi
Price: $6,500 or Best Offer

This 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300CE has 184k miles and is powered by a 3.0L 6 cylinder engine with automatic transmission. The W124-based coupe is mechanically sound and ready for a cross-country trip, with no rust. Recent maintenance includes a 4-wheel alignment, new front brakes, new front window switch, new full exhaust and oil change. The car was purchased new in California and is on owner 4. The car has a detailed mileage history and has been well kept over its lifetime.

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The 300CE coupe was based on the W124 E-Class and has a slightly shorter wheelbase than its sedan sibling. This car’s Dark Gray exterior paint is set off by its light gray body cladding that was recently repainted to factory spec for over $4k. The car’s window tint was a factory option. There is no rust.

The original windshield is free of chips, cracks or scratches. The tires are Yokohama with about 2K miles on them and 80% tread remaining. This car has the correct 15-hole 6.5” x 15” wheels, with the correct offset which are in factory condition. One small crack in the front bumper is shown in the photos and the sunroof needs new rails quoted at $650. Personal inspection of this car is welcome and encouraged by the seller.

All exterior lighting, including headlights, turn signals, parking lights and taillights reportedly work as they should. The car starts easily, runs well and the transmission operates smoothly. The four-wheel disc brakes are in good condition and the car stops well and straight. The struts and shocks were recently replaced in full and are ready to be driven. Mercedes four-speed automatics of this era start out in second gear when the selector is in “Drive,” first gear when the selector is in “3.”

The gray leather upholstery is in good condition, including the floor carpeting. The leather seats show some wear, but there are no holes, tears or split seams. The telescoping steering column works properly, along with all interior lighting and instruments; all latches and locks operate as they should, including the power door locks and headlight wipers.

The dash is free of cracks and the console wood is in good condition, adding that the door panels and headliner are clean and the tilt up/sliding power sunroof and its air deflector need new rails which is quoted at $650 to replace. The front and rear seatbelts work. In the area where the seat belts retract, the triangle-shaped trim pieces are in good condition. All weatherstripping is intact. The A/C currently blows cold and heats hot. No issues at all.

The odometer reads 183,798 miles and is well documented and correct; the service records support the mileage. The speedo goes up to 160 mph, but the rated top speed is 140 mph. The third brake light housing is fully functioning. The original Becker headunit comes with 10-disc trunk mounted Sony CD Player – fully functioning, a great throwback feature. The stereo sounds nice and the power antenna works as it should. The rear headrests have a feature that flops them back for better rear visibility; the vacuum-operated control switch reportedly works. Automatic temperature controls work for heat; high, auto and low fan speeds work.

The 3.0L DOHC fuel-injected inline six-cylinder M103 engine is rated at 179 hp @5700 rpm and torque of 188 ft•lbf @4400 rpm; the curb weight is listed at 3,594 lbs. The engine is original and is in great condition.

The underside is rust-free, with no evidence of rust repairs. The suspension has coil springs and telescopic shocks in front and five-link independent suspension in the rear. All components on this car are said to operate as they should, as do the 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS. The exhaust system was recently replaced with original Mercedes-Benz exhaust from another W124 by my mechanic, but it’s tight and sounds stock. Much better than before!

The original owners manual, maintenance booklet and owner’s recent service’s are included, as are the jack and Mercedes tool kit. Two keys are included. Along with the factory spare, there is a bike rack, car cover. Receipts for all recent repairs will come with the car. Past and recent receipts show mileage consistently and support the 184,xxx miles shown on the odometer. The seller has put around 10k on it and wouldn’t hesitate driving it across the country, and says that a new buyer could drive it home. This car had a $54,880 MSRP when new and was one of 2,318 imported to the U.S. that year. This one is sold with a clear California title.

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Details
– A/C works well and blows cold, heat is hot
– All power windows and power etc all work
– Interior is in good condition and has been well cared for over 27 years
– $4k Paint Job in Original Mercedes Color done 1.5 years ago
– Rust-free California car
– Straight frame, no issues
– Exterior has no dents or dings, there is a small crack on the lower side of the left bumper (shown in photos)
– No accidents
– Best 2-tone color around!
– Very cool cruiser
– Recently replaced all shocks, struts
– Front brake pads just redo
– All services records from my ownership come with
– 2 keys and owners manual
– car cover included
– bike rack included
– 10 disc CD changer in trunk
– Original Becker Headunit
– Chrome wheels like new
– Tires in great condition
Notes
– Sunroof needs new rails – $650

Mileage: 184k
Current Uses: Weekend Cruiser, Covered in Secure Parking Garage
No Accidents, 4 Owners, California Car

Many have said that this CE-Class of cars represents the last old-guard, engineers-in-charge, cost-no-object Benzes, and I won’t disagree. I have driven and taken care of this car with the ultimate care and I am looking to pass it on to the next person with the same thought.

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Price: $6,500 negotiable

The seller does a great job of explaining everything to you on this 1990 300CE. It’s well maintained and ready for a new owner without too much fuss. The miles are a little on the higher side but that is nothing to scare you away with the tried and true M104. This is a great color combination and the chrome wheels are a nice touch. At $6,500, you probably aren’t going to lose any more in long-term with this car. In my opinion, clean C124s starting to become desirable and it is pretty clear these aren’t going to get any cheaper. This is a car you can enjoy on an everyday basis without too much worry and have that older Mercedes feeling but still cruise with piece of mind that you’ll be comfortable.

– Andrew

Eye of the Survivor: 1983 BMW 528e

It’s funny how priorities change. A decade ago, I would not have given a second look to a 528e. Growing up with a E28 M5 in the garage created both an appreciation for the E28 and the dichotomous dismissal of lower range vehicles. Sure, the M5-look 535is was cool, and alongside the M5 we even had a very nice ’85 535i that was a pretty good driver. But below that? No, I seldom gave the 533i, 528e or even 524td a second look on the road. Today, though? Even if it’s not a performance car by most standards, a survivor 528e is certainly worth a second look:

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2009 BMW 135i M-Sport

In my search for an E46 M3, there was a nagging voice in the back of my head. As I looked at high prices of nicer examples of the M3, the voice kept saying “what about the E82?” So, what about the E82? In 135i guise, you got some of the styling from the M3 in a smaller chassis even though, generally speaking, it makes the E46 look pretty huge. In overall length, the E82 shorter than even the E30 as amazing as that sounds. But the standard roof height meant that visually the 1 series looked slightly out of proportion. Dynamically, though, that S54 must be a massive trump card, right? Well, again, not so fast, as the N54 twin-turbocharged inline-6 lay under the hood. Sure, it was at a slight horsepower disadvantage, but it makes up for that 33 horsepower deficit with 38 lb.ft more torque – and unlike the S54, that torque is available from under 2,000 RPMs. The result is that at least on paper, the 135i can run step in step with the E46 M3 acceleration to 60, 1/4 mile and 100 are all within a few tenths of each other – certainly enough that the driver could make a difference. And properly equipped, the E82 is a pretty neat looking car, like this 2009 M-Sport package:

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1993 BMW 325ic

 

The majority of the E30 convertibles that I come across suffer from two common issues: they’re usually in very rough condition and they have an automatic transmission. The former is due to the neglect of owners who never thought they’d become a sought after classic and the latter is a symptom of the non-enthusaist buyers who took these things home by the boatload. There is no vehicle that reminds me more of smarmy, yuppie folks than the E30 ‘vert. At launch, this was the official car of the abundant 80s nouveau riche, perfect for whisking guys with names like Barry, Gordon, or Donald away from the office, and out to where ever they were summering.

By 1993 things had changed, Barry Gordon, and Donald were either broke, working the Asian markets, or quietly cruising along in a legitimate line of work. The the E30 sedan and coupe had died off in ’91, giving way to the larger, softer E36 body style. The convertible however, it clung to the 80s for dear life, soldiering on until 1993. This example is advertised as having had only one owner, I’d love to get their story on why they chose this car, and more importantly why they opted for the manual transmission. It’s very rare to see a a drop top BMW with a 3rd pedal, let alone a one owner car that appears to be in great condition, so you

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1986 Mercedes Benz 300E

It seems like just yesterday I was handing over the keys to my Audi S4 Avant to a happy buyer, thus setting me off on my journey to find my next vehicle. In reality, yesterday was actually late April. Here we are in the dog days of summer and I’ve yet to pull the trigger on a new ride, but not for lack of trying. I’ve driven a number of cars over the past couple of months, some new, some used, and I still have yet to feel that magic connection that I’m looking for. I’ve crossed cars off my list that I’ve long lusted after, E46 BMW M3/E36 M3, and some that I wasn’t a fan of until recently, 540i/6, E30 325i. Though I was rather dead set on getting my first BMW, I’ve been seriously considering a Mercedes lately. On the upside they’re more affordable in this current market, on the downside it’s really hard to find a desirable model with a manual transmission. So, when I came across this 1986 300E with a 5 speed manual the other day, I was immediately intrigued. When I saw that it was just 45 minutes away from me, I picked up the phone and got in touch with the seller. He told me that he had a buyer coming to check it out but if the sale fell through he would let me know. It was a long shot, but wouldn’t you know it, the car remained available and I went to check it out yesterday.

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1988 BMW M5

It’s been awhile since I’ve given any consideration to the E28 BMW M5. Not because they’re aren’t super cool either, they most definitely are, and will be fore the foreseeable future. For that reason I’ve been passing over M5 listings frequently, they’re too in style at the moment. The bubble in which they currently sit isn’t as bad as the 911 or the M3, but I think it’s fair to say that the M5 is over valued. People are snatching these things up left and right, adding them to their collections, and waiting for them reach retirement fund status. That’s a shame because not only does it screw with the market, it means these cars likely aren’t being driven as intended. That was most likely not the case with this example given that it has 190k on the clock. Whereas a potential buyer would hope that the majority of those miles were from easy highway driving, I hope they were were accrued on winding back roads.

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Tuner Tuesday: 1979 BMW M1 AHG Studie

While it’s safe to say that all of the legendary BMW M1s have an interesting history, some are a bit more traveled than others. It would be simple to suggest that modifying one of the few M1s produced would be sacrilegious, but in the 1980s anything was fair game in the tuning scene, and let’s not forget that the M1 was a bit of a flop originally. In fact, until very recently the M1 was generally overlooked as a future collectable; prices were higher considering the rarity and provenance of the original M car, but like the Audi Sport Quattro they enjoyed relative obscurity in the general public. So, it’s not much of a surprise that some were modified in period, and AHG was the most famous of the tuners of the M1. Taking the base car to the next level, they customized the interiors and upped the power nearly 30%, along with fitting aero tweaks that were a reminder that the M1 was intended for the track. Looking much like a street worthy Procar, the only thing that was missing were the celebrity race drivers and crashes. Not missing was the high price tag, something that’s back today:

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1985 Bitter SC 3.9

If you drew an imaginary line between the family trees of the C107 Mercedes-Benz SLC and the E31 BMW 8 Series, therein would lie the somewhat odd but quite interesting Bitter SC. Open the door, and it’s obvious that the Bitter was also the envy of the 1980s Maserati interiors which resulted in the perhaps even more ill-conceived TC by Maserati. But the level of luxury found in the Bitter speaks to a period when personal luxury coupes were all the rage, and most of them were equipped like the SC – full of wood trim, luxurious leather and electronic features, motivated just enough to pass the plebeian Golfs and Mercedes diesels that litter the Autobahn. Of course, in such a luxurious coupe you wouldn’t want to do anything as pedestrian as change your own gear – you’d have people who would do that for you, and Bitter was happy to oblige with it’s Opel (nee GM) derived drivetrain. History has treated these personal luxury coupes fairly poorly; the L6, the SLC and the Bitter SC all have languished in value while their higher-performance or topless cousins have accelerated away into the auction blocks. Perhaps that’s an unfitting tribute for what was a top-flight luxury coupe from the 1980s, one man’s attempt to match the mystique of legendary brands like Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz. It was a noble attempt, but as they say, it’s often lonely at the top:

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