1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D with 1,356 miles

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen someone advertise the car they were selling as “low mileage”, I’d be a very rich man. I’d guess 99% of the time it’s some sort of crazy formula used to justify an older car with still a bunch of miles on it. Usually it’s the “only averaged 7,100 miles a year!” line or something of that sort. Well, if the car is 29 years old, that’s still over 200,000 miles and the whole low mileage thing goes right out the window. But no one else said you had to be rational (or honest) to sell a used car on the internet, that’s for sure.

But today’s car actually lives up to the term “low mileage”. Heck, that is probably an insult to how few miles this 1983 240D has on it, or at the very least extreme understatement. If you can believe it, which I think I do, this W123 for sale in California has a mere 1,356 miles on it. That’s it – 1,356. It’s the story of the owner bought it, got sick and it sat in a garage buried under a pile of rubbish for the last 35 years. Of course in typical Mercedes diesel fashion, it had a splash of fresh fuel along with a new a battery and it fired right up. Now that I can say I’ve probably found one of the lowest mile (or maybe the lowest period) W123s left out there, I had to take a closer look.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D on Hemmings

Year: 1982
Model: 240D
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 1,356 mi
Price: $18,000

1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D, The original owner drove the car from San Diego to Vegas and back then parked it in his garage. He got ill and it stayed, covered in bags and boxes, until I was hired to clean and remodel the house for his estate. We put on new tires, a battery, changed the fuel and with one crank it started up and runs perfect….NO SMOKE. It had 1296 miles when I bought it and I have put on about 150 miles until I parked it covered in my garage where it is today. This car is MINT and needs to be in someone’s collection. I am not a collector and don’t want to drive it for fear that it may get nicked. It still has the dealers temporary registration on the front window.

The seller is massively underselling this car. Poor photos from random angles and no shots of the interior or engine don’t do the condition favors or represent it well. I’m very curious to see what the wood looks like since it hasn’t be exposed to any sunlight but is still 35 years old. The seller also makes no mention of any work needed to the brakes because I don’t think I’d trust 35 year old pads and rotors. The good thing about this W123 is that it’s the rare China Blue which is a highly desirable color on any Mercedes. I must admit this does look like a brand new W123 from what I can see, but sitting under a pile of junk for that long still gives me pause at some aspects of the car. I’d like all the fluids to be swapped out but the seller doesn’t mention any of that.

The asking price for this 240D is $18,000 and I have no doubt in my mind that someone is going to pay that. This is someone’s second chance at one of these that they missed buying 35 years ago or had one then sold it and now they want another go round. It wouldn’t surprise me either if a private collector bought it to stash away in a collection. I’ve seen 240Ds and 300Ds sell for much money with obviously many more miles so whoever ends up with this car probably isn’t going to make a bad purchase — if you can justify spending $18,000 on a 240D in the first place.

– Andrew

1985 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbo – REVISIT

As Paul said, “It’s back!” The awesome BBS and Callaway modded GTi is back just in time to fulfill your Christmas wishes! I know I’d certainly love to have it under my tree. Bidding reached into the $20,000 range with the reserve still on last time around, failing to sell. It’s already hit $10,000 this time with 4 days to go. What will it take to buy this incredible Mk.2?

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a turbocharged night!

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1985 Volkswagen GTi Callaway Turbo on eBay

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Feature Listing: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC with 37,000 Miles

Having now written up my fair share of cars on this site, I’m asked from time to time “what’s the next E30 M3?” Certainly the trend that created demand on the M3 would have been hard to predict; while it’s a desirable package for certain and has an illustrious race career, I’ve also outlined how very similar cars haven’t achieved such notoriety. The Audi Quattro and 190E 2.3-16V, for example, though noted for their importance and with strong fan followings just don’t command the premiums of the M3. The Volkswagen world has been similarly fickle; the original GTi has certainly taken off in value, with prime examples now pushing well past $10,000 in today’s market, while other models that are arguably better cars don’t command the values of the GTi. Perhaps part of that appeal lies in the few that remain in good, original condition – especially with lower miles. But if you ask me what I think the next big thing in the Volkswagen market will be, I’d have to answer that the Corrado SLC has to be up there. A popular car to modify, there aren’t many that are left with low miles in pristine original shape. Couple the dwindling good examples with what is acknowledged as one of the best driving platforms Volkswagen has made and good looks, and the Corrado is sure to be a hot item for years to come. They don’t get much hotter than this example, either – with perhaps the lowest mileage Corrado we’ve seen on the market in the past few years, this Flash Red example is stunning:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC on GCFSB

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1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6 with 39,000 Miles

Lightning never strikes twice, it’s like deja-vu all over again, there’s a glitch in the Matrix; choose your phrase. Because if yesterday’s low mileage Corrado G60 didn’t get you excited for some two-door Volkswagen action, perhaps today’s even lower mile later SLC VR6 will. Although it’s much less common to see good examples of the earlier G60 model, the VR6 is equally if not more sought after with it’s great narrow-angle V6 soundtrack, slightly revised looks and spectacularly perfect Speedline wheels. Often seen in popular green, maroon or red, this is a nice departure again with another silver example, this time Satin Silver:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Volkswagen Corrado on eBay

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10k Mile 1988 Porsche 928 For Sale

I have never owned a 928 but I have driven a few.  These are fantastic touring cars, outside a BMW 850 I can’t think of a better vehicle on the open highway.  But these were terribly expensive cars in their day and even more expensive to maintain.

This led to many sharks winding up with owners who were not ready for the full 928 experience.

Low Mile 1988 928:

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From the Seller –

“I am helping my father sell his 1988 928 S4. Only 10,478 original miles since new. The paint is perfect – no dents, dings, or scratches. The interior is near perfect except for some slight carpet fading. No cracks, fading, or damage to the vinyl and leather surfaces. Wheels do not have curb rash and the engine compartment is near spotless. Carfax certified. Automatic, no damage history.

While the car is in phenomenal condition, my father is extremely picky about his cars, so he had the following work done to bring it up to his standards:

New timing belt,
New A/C compressor,
New tires,
Complete maintenance check and tune up.

He also purchased an extended warranty for the car that has 32 month Gold coverage service contract with complete coverage from Auto Source. That item alone cost $3100 and is transferable to the new owner. Yes, the remaining time on the warranty is 32 months.

He is asking $34,500 and will consider all reasonable offers.”

Normally I would advise you to run, not walk from this car. A typical 10k 928 would have rotten tires, worn seals, porous gaskets, and lord knows what else. This shark has had a recent service and comes with the balance of a 32 month warranty. That is just unheard of!

On the other hand, what do you do with this? We talk about this all the time, it’s not like you can just start commuting in this car. Every mile driven only detracts from the cache and value of having such a low mile car. This is a garage queen and it always will be. Sure you will score well in your local PCA event but if you are looking for something fun to drive down the coast you best look elsewhere.

I won’t even get in to the slush box transmission. More sharks have automatic trannies than a manual, they are a grand touring car and I am OK with that. If you absolutely have to have a manual you can wait for the next 10k mile example to surface.

See what I did there?

$34.5k is quite a bit for this car, $30k is more reasonable. At that sum you could park it and drive it at your will, which would be not much but that is OK as you would have this beautiful 928 to fuss over for years to come.

~Aaron.

Ultra Low Mile 1986 Porsche Carrera For Sale

To me, there are few things in this world as pleasing to the eye as a ’85-’89 Porsche Carrera.  I am not alone, these cars sold quite well considering the economics at the time and driven, driven, and driven some more.  Super low mile examples such as this are very hard to find.

1986 Porsche Carrera:

From the seller –

“1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupe, Guards Red/Black, 19k miles, 5 speed manual. Outstanding – always garaged, original paint in as new condition – no accidents. This is an opportunity to get close to a new 3.2 coupe in 2012 – perfect interior, all trim, gaskets, moldings. Factory options – sport seats, front and rear spoilers, cruise control, rear wiper, central locking sysytem, intensive washer system, headlight washers, blaupunkt reno 2 headunit. Added BBS 16×7 and 16×8 period correct 3 piece wheels and momo black shift knob – all else is original. Performs excellent, no leaks of any kind. Original wheels and shift knob no longer with the car, no records, compressor and tool kit.”

A couple of things give me pause, no records, compressor or tool kit.  For goodness sakes, track that down!  For $28k I think those looking for a car like this would want these things.  Or, maybe it’s just me.

The wheels, while period correct, they were ugly in the 80’s.  Now they are just awful.  1986 is also a tweener year for these cars.  You don’t get the G50 transmission but this does not bother me as much as it may trouble others.

On the other hand, this Carrera is pristine.  The interior looks new, the underside is clean, the block is dry.  The price of $28.5k does not seem all that prohibitive.  I have seen low mileage examples such as this being held for a king’s ransom so it is refreshing that the seller has his/her expectations based in reality.

~Aaron.