1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

Several Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16s have been featured here on our site before, so the qualities of this pre AMG sport sedan from Stuttgart need not be poured over. Low mileage examples are getting harder to find these days, however, this clean and well documented example grabbed my attention late last week on eBay.

The seller states:

The 2.3-16 was sold in the US market for model years 1985-86 and a total of only 2,229 were produced for this market. The car presented here is the 229th “16 valve” brought into the US and was produced in October of 1985. The car was shipped to the US and on January 2nd, 1986 the car was sold to its first owner, a doctor in Yuma, Arizona. This owner kept the car for 10 years and covered 53,307 miles before selling it. The second owner, a geologist from San Jose, CA, drove the car for an additional 10 years and in July of 2006 I bought the car with 153,660 miles on it. Currently the car shows 171,469 miles. Below is all the factory information on this car including the option codes. This information was taken directly from the data card and all of the equipment, as well as the numbers on the car match.

VIN: WDBDA34D7GF160993
Chassis #: 201.034-1F-160993
Motor #: 102.983-10-008984
Model Year: 1986
Paint: DB 702- Smoke Silver Metallic
Interior: Code 271- Black Leather

222- right front seat, electrically adjustable
240- outside temperature indicator
241- left front seat electrically adjustable with memory feature
410- electric sliding roof
444- tempo-mat cruise control and airbag
467- central locking system and instruments with english lettering
494- California version
506- outside rearview mirror, left and right (electrically adjusted on the right)
519- Becker radio Grand Prix electronic cassette- USA
531- automatic antenna
543- sun visor with vanity mirror, illuminated, left and right
551- anti-theft warning system
586- Behr air conditioning system and electric window lifters (front and rear doors)
593- heat insulating glass all around, heated rear window pane (single sheet safety glass), band filter
639- elimination of first aid kit and warning triangle
876- rear door contacts and lamp above rear

As you can see from this option code list this car was fully loaded directly from the factory. Only two other options were available for the 2.3-16 and that was heated front seats and rear head restraints. A third option of an automatic transmission was available …. but why would you want that! All told this car was approx. $39,000 new in 1986 making it a very expensive model.

Current condition:

This car has been very well maintained over the last 24 years. I am a Mercedes-Benz service technician by day and have done all of the work on this car myself, to factory specifications, using only genuine Mercedes-Benz spare parts. Here is a list of the work that has been done since I purchased the car.

Replaced:
All four wheels and tires (correct size wheels are unique to the 2.3-16) Tires are Bridgestone Potenza’s
Entire grill assembly
New european headlamps
Windshield
Water pump
Thermostat
Radiator cap
Alternator
Poly V-belt
Oxygen sensor
Fuel injectors
Both rear nitrogen cells (yes the hydro-pneumatic suspension works)
All four brake rotors and pads
All four brake hoses
Front wheel bearings
Front lower ball joints
Valve cover gasket
Spark plugs
Spark plug wires
Cap and rotor
Clutch slave cylinder and clutch master cylinder
Hood pad/ insulation
LCD lap timer/ stop watch
Battery
Power steering filter and fluid
Air filter
Oil changes every 5,000 miles
Wiper blades

Prior to me buying the car the previous owner did the following:

Replaced:
Rear wheel bearings
Motor mounts
Radiator
Fan switch and relay
Timing chain
Timing chain tensioner
Steering dampner
Both tie rods
Center steering link
Rear muffler
Transmission mount
AC Compressor
AC Expansion valve
AC Switches

Overall the condition of the car is quite good with the interior being a 9 out of 10 while the exterior is an 8 out of 10. This car has been in daily use for the last three years and has some small dings and dents on the exterior as well as some minor paint issues and blemishes. These include a mark on the left and right side doors and fender above the belt moulding where the previous owner put a moulding strip onto the side. When this was removed a indication of paint work to the upper door sections could be seen. In addition to this there is a small crack in the rear wing. Some panels have been repainted over the years prior to me owning it however the color match is very good. As stated above the wheels are brand new correct MB wheels in the extra 1/2 inch wide size that the 2.3-16 used.

The leather is in excellent condition with no rips or tears, rather only some slight loss of color in the high wear areas of the left drivers seat. Carpets are clean, dash isn’t cracked, door panels are excellent. Under the hood is clean with no oil leaks and unmodified. The underside of the car is very nice with no rust issues of any kind and no signs of corrosion or salt. Remember that this car has been in the dry west coast area its entire life.

While 170k miles may seem high for a high performance Benz, I wouldn’t be deterred by that factor. My family has owned a good number of Mercedes and I can say that buying on condition, not mileage, is quite important for most models, including this one. For instance, I have a good friend that just purchased a 1988 560SL with 177,000 miles. The car was a two owner vehicle that was well cared for and it shows. The SL shifts smoothly, runs strong and is cosmetically mint. Like fine watches, if you keep them in tune and adhere to regular maintenance, these older Mercedes models will treat you well.

-Paul

1980 Mercedes-Benz 300SD

Every morning on my way to work I am confronted by the ubiquitous Toyota Prius screwing around in the left lane and holding up traffic. Now, I’m all for more efficient vehicles, but driving a penalty box like this on a daily basis might lead me to mental instability. While this vintage S class isn’t faster than a Prius, it will certainly get you there in style and last a whole lot longer.

The seller states:

This is an exceptionally clean, well cared for, smoke-free Mercedes. Accordingly here is a list of the good and also things needing attention: All the glass is in great shape. The car idles, runs and drives out as I feel it should – strong oil pressure, strong battery and charging system, no overheating, no brake pull or alignment issues! The factory original color gold metallic paint is in great overall condition and still holds quite a shine. I find NO rust spots on the body or door panels. Absolutely superior chrome and exterior trim all around, too! The front fenders, doors, rear quarters and floor pans are all solid; in fact the entire undercarriage is in great condition for a 30 year-old car! The factory wheels are straight and true. They’re wrapped with 205/70R14 radials with at least 80% life remaining.

The upholstery is all-original with the pictures giving a very accurate view of its clean, solid, superb condition. Often, you’ll find worn springs and disintegrating cushion material on these cars. This is NOT the case here. Hop in and feel comfortable sitting on these firm seats for hours. About the only flaw is a worn spot on the driver’s backrest that doesn’t warrant much attention for now, you’ll see it in the pics. The heater and A/C system work, but could use a refrigerant recharge. There’s no evidence of any water leakage on the perfect headliner. All the gauges and exterior lights are bright and true. The former owner switched out the original factory AM-FM Becker stereo for a nice Blaupunkt many years ago. It works great and the low-key appearance keeps the classic vibe in place. The jack, spare and tools are in the trunk.

The W116 S class has never been the most desirable Mercedes out there. This final year W116 with its impeccable condition should bring top value to the right buyer, whether they are a Mercedes-Benz fan or they are looking to avoid the stigma that comes with driving a green vehicle. One thing is certain: whereas the Prius needs a new battery every so often, this S class will surpass the hybrid’s durability and cachet, while the owner can take heart in knowing he’s helping the environment by keeping an old car running, thus saving energy that is exerted during the manufacturing process. You also have to love the fact that the front bumper on this Mercedes probably weighs as much as a Prius!

-Paul

Sleeper Renntech SL74 for sale

After 3 of these monster R129 Mercedes showed up this past summer, we got a tip for another one on eBay from Portland, Oregon. It’s a short list of cars that have over 7 liters of displacement, and pretty extreme for Renntech to punch out the normal 6.0 liter V12 in the SL an extra 1.4 liters. A couple things always seem come up with these cars: time/space-bending power in a dated chassis, and massive depreciation. I’ve always fantasized about having a Benz that could light up the rears on the highway, so maybe this is the most financially feasible way to achieve that goal.

The seller’s 2 cents:

This is an extremely rare Mercedes SL600. It was converted to a RENNtech in 1999, and has a 7.4 liter 575 HP engine with camshafts and ported and polished heads. It also carries a RENNtech resonator by pass, RENNtech rear muffler, oil cooler, CF air intake, transmission upgrade, ASR delete switch, larger front and rear sway bar, Alcon 14″ front brakes and AMG 18 inch Aero wheels all verified through RENNtech. The Customer spent $73,681.00 to do this RENNtech conversion. The car is in spectacular shape, with books and all four Keys.

In the same sleeper green as the one Evan found this summer, this one is extra sleepy with standard AMG monoblocks and completely shaved identifying badges. Nice to see another one that’s been driven, having covered 89k miles, but the flipside is that you’ve got a 90k-mile tuner V12. Right. Anyways, while it’s certainly not the best looking R129, that’s kind of the appeal here: scary power in as plain-jane an exterior as Mercedes can do. No bites at $20k yet, we’ll see if even that is too high for a car whose monster in the engine bay is only matched by its monster depreciation.

-NR

1974 Mercedes 280S Custom Crazy Hearse

This car is from down under in more ways then one. It hails from Australia, but there also is quite a lot of under world connections with this beast.

From the description it looks like this started life off as a proper hearse, but a new owner has gone all out with custom work to turn it into a head turner. Fancy mural work all over, neon lighting, big subwoofer, full size casket with skeleton, this thing has some fun possibilities.

With the under hood work being a fairly standard Mercedes 2.8 liter 6 cylinder maintenance to keep it running shouldn’t be too “scary,” despite having covered 128,000 miles.

The ask price is just under $13,000 U.S.

Spooky awesome. Just in time for Halloween!!

1974 Mercedes 280S Custom Crazy Hearse

~Evan

1991 Mercedes 300SL *sigh*

We try to avoid posting utter monstrosities and crimes against nature but sometimes one sneaks in. Perhaps it is my soft spot for Mercedes that slipped this one through.

The seller boldly proclaims “THIS VEHICLE HAS BEEN UPGRADED” and they also claim, “WE HANDPICK ONLY THE FINEST VEHICLES” so I guess its all relative.

I’m not really sure what one would do with a car like this. It isn’t valuable enough to try and return to it’s former glory and the custom work has really limited the potential buyer pool.

The oddly placed aftermarket driving lights and the rainbow fleck paint aren’t what you normally would associate with a Benz, don’t forget the hood scoop(?!) either. The racing stripes shout class in case the gaudy steering wheel cover or Fast and Furious wing didn’t catch your eye.

I see this car parked in a high school parking lot in the near future.

With 123,000 miles the car has a no reserve ask price of $3,600.  Not a bad price, you could part the car out and make that much, but still I’m not sure this is going to see any bidders. The AMG rims are worth at least a quarter of that if they are genuine as the seller states.

Do any of you have a better suggestion as to where car like this will end up next?
Please don’t do this to your Mercedes.

~Evan

1971 Mercedes 250 with 26,000 miles

I’m going to top Aaron’s earlier post of the 1983 GTI with 38k with this sweet low mile cupcake.

You sometimes think of Mercedes and you picture long term reliability and high mileage cars. So how about this gem of a vintage Mercedes sedan that has covered a mere 26,000 miles. Finding a garden variety 250 with such low miles is almost unheard of. These cars were typically used, racking up many trouble free miles. This beauty was spotted prowling the paddock over at Watkins Glen, New York. I’d like to know the story about previous ownership to see where the low mileage comes from. I noted that the car has historic plates on it so it is not likely the current owner’s daily driver. The owner also states it has not seen winters, a plus in central New York.

The cream paint looks fantastic, the interior almost as new. Not even a single of the notorious Mercedes Benz dash cracks. No pitted chrome either. This Benz comes with the column shifted automatic, not quite as desirable or as fun as the floor mounted auto or the manual, but this is a sedate sedan.

Nothing too flashy here, just a chance to have a charmer of a Benz transport you back into a simpler time of premium automotive travel. Perfect for say a New Haven area professor, tweed jacket with suede elbow patches not included.

The owner asks for $10,000, and says call if interested, 607-279-7688.

~Evan

1984 Mercedes 300TD Wagon Looking fresh in blue

Not too much info to give on this one, but it looks super clean. The 300TD isn’t the type of car a general German car enthusiast will pick out of a crowd for ownership, but they do have quite a cult following in the Benz world. Known for their supreme reliability and ruggedness the 5 cylinder Garrett turbocharged diesel provides enough push to get from here to there. So though I don’t know the mileage in this case does it really matter as long as it has been maintained? It looks like the current owner has taken care of this car for instance those look like Cibié lights out front. The car comes with the 3rd row seat, an extra set of alloys with winter tires, and some extra parts. This car also has the load leveling suspension in the rear to keep the front end down with a heavy cargo. This system can be a pain to work with, but shouldn’t be a deal breaker. Parts in general for the W123 and 3.0 liter engine are plentiful.
The seller gives contact info as 607-two-five-seven-5588, the car was seen in Watkins Glen, New York, but that is an Ithaca number. The ask is $8600. There is probably some wiggle room to be had but, it is not an outrageous price by any means for a well maintained rust free version. I didn’t get a chance to really look underneath or inside, but it did look nicely preserved. That baby blue would look great off in a winter wonderland with some skis on the roof. I actually believe that the W123 300TD has held its value better than its successor the W124. Some fan should give this car a good home in the next chapter of its life.

~Evan

1994 Mercedes E500 with 46996 miles

Thanks to reader Peter for spotting this super clean E500 in the brilliant silver paint scheme. Everything about this car looks practically new and well maintained. Unlike a lot of 500Es this one looks totally unmolested down to the original rims. The owner still has the original window sticker, all the manuals, service history, etc.. The buy-it-now price of $26,900 for a 500E in this shape will seem very reasonable in a few years. Right now I’d say it is bit high, with a few less miles it wouldn’t be a surprise to sell at that price though. If you could negotiate it down a bit and this car truly is as clean in person this would be a nice find.

~Evan

1973 Mercedes-Benz 280C

The W114/W115 Mercedes models were the first of a new generation, as this chassis was not based on any model preceding it. While the model itself is over 40 years old, you still see plenty of these cars around the world, some of which are still employed as taxis, even. The coupe version of the W114/W115 was not a well known Mercedes-Benz model, but it has that timeless grace that all Mercedes coupes embody. Here we have a very clean example with an unusual color combination.

The seller states:

Dark Olive(291) with special ordered Green Leather, 53k original as per last 20 years of records, one CA owner through Jan 2010, delivered new on 9/9/1973, handbooks, data card, tools, superb original interior except replacement front seat trim, perfect wood, Cold AC, much recent reconditioning, new blackwall tires/shocks(originals were still on the car!) just installed, fabulous paint depth and gloss, much original paint, flawless original trunk area, a wonderful and respectable entry level classic Mercedes, we’ll be taking care of detail and refinement issues such as bumper alignment etc.

While eBay doesn’t list it, the seller is asking $12,900 over on the Mercedes Heritage website. Barring the slightly dated interior color, this is a masterpiece of an original owner vehicle. While it would be kind of blasphemous, with it’s recent servicing, this car could be pressed into service and last for a good many more years. Remember, this is the predecessor of the infamous W123 Mercedes, and we all know that car was tougher than a $2.00 steak.

-Paul

Early production 1968 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3

The 6.3 is one of those vehicles that changed the makeup of an entire automaker’s lineup for good. Developed by MB engineer Erich Waxenberger and thrust into production in 1968, the S class with the M100 became an instant legend on the road and track. AMG, a small tuning company at the time, even campaigned a few 6.3s, taking second place at 24 Hours of Spa in 1971. Here we have an early production 6.3 that has been well preserved:

The seller states:

A rare opportunity to buy this stunning 1968 Mercedes Benz 300SEL 6.3 sedan. First time ever on ebay. If you are reading this ad then you probably know the signifigance and rarity of these great cars.

Owned in my personal collection for many years. With great regret I am offering my favorite sedan. This is the original super sedan that started the concept of high performance AMG sports sedans. This car is an early US model build #64 from the assembly line. It is a rare Black on Black color combination. Paint code 040.

This car was previously owned by 2 owners and kept in its original condition and stored indoors. There is no rust or prior accident damage. The trunk, rockers and floor pans are excellent. See pics below. Fit and finish of body is excellent. Paint and Chrome are excellent. Car is complete and everything works. The air suspension is excellent and has been sorted out. It has new bellows and air valves. Just replaced the tires and they have about 200 miles or less. All radiator hoses, transmission seals, and various gaskets replaced. New antenna. New suspension cable. New ignition, plugs and cold start valve. New fuel pump. New fuel sending unit. Drain and cleaned fuel tank. New brakes and front calipers. New battery and frequent oil changes.

Leather and carpets are original and in excellent shape. Wood is excellent. All electrical is working properly and factory AC blows cold. Includes original owners manuals and original tool kit. I will also include a reproduction Mercedes brochure for the 300SEL 6.3.

Bidding is low at the moment and of course there is a reserve, but this particular example should have no problem pulling at least $25,000, if not into the $30k range.

-Paul