Wednesday Wheels Roundup

Welcome back to Wednesday Wheel Roundup. Today, I wanted to check out a few sets of wheels that differ quite a lot in size and taste. First up are a set of 19” Mercedes-Benz Monoblock wheels. They are a 19×8.5 and 19x.9.5 that let you run some really wide tires if that is the look you are going for. These are seen as the ultimate wheels for the W140 or the R129. Next are another set of 19″ wheels but this time from Brabus, followed by a hard-to-find set of BMW Style 38s. These 3-spokes are now back in style thanks to the resurgence of everything 80s and 90s now. Speaking of, Carter tracked down a few sets of DP Motorsports wheels following up on yesterday’s DP935. Carter also threw in one of his favorite 911 wheel designs – the Speedlines from the 993 Targa. The last two sets are great options for the cars who want to upgrade from their stock 14″ wheels into a 15” set, but keep the OEM look. A very clean set of ATS wheels that look identical to the factory 14” Bundts open up an entirely new world of tire choices and if you want to keep your hubcaps, a set of 15″ steelies with the ultra-rare 15″ hubcaps that were on the W100 600 and some ambulances in Europe.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Mercedes-Benz 19″ Monoblock Wheels on eBay

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2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

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Truth be told, I’ve never really liked the look of the W210 E-class all that much. The design has always struck me as bloated and unflattering, the automotive equivalent of a blancmange. But all is forgiven in the case of the E55 AMG. With the addition of a subtle bodykit, 18″ monoblock alloys, lower-profile tires and a dual exhaust, the wobbly W210 is transformed into something else altogether. Squat and purposeful, the car suddenly takes on the character of refined menace, like a nightclub bouncer in a tuxedo. Performing its everyday duties, the E55 will ferry you and your passengers vast distances in quiet and spacious comfort with surprisingly little fuss. But mash the peddle and you’ll find a generous reserve of power on call to propel you quickly into license-losing territory.

This car for sale in Florida has nearly 95k miles on the odometer and, being a Designo model, presents in an unusual and attractive color combination.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG on Ebay

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Tuner Tuesday Pre-Merger Madness: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300E AMG 3.2 and 1990 Mercedes-Benz 500SL AMG 6.0

Such is the pedestal AMG products are placed upon, perhaps it’s only Ruf that is better regarded as the leading tuning firm from Germany in the 1980s. Combining revised suspension, special exhaust and warmed over motors, AMG managed to straddle the line between outrageous and tasteful in the 1980s perfectly with wild body modifications that somehow worked just perfectly. Inside, they were the most opulent German cars you could buy with power seats and all the luxury items you’d expect from a top-tier luxury manufacturers. But the bad boys from Affalterbach, like the Ruf cars, managed to be more than the sum of their parts – a total package that is still stunning today. They didn’t just bolt on a bunch of bits to make a go-faster car. AMG redefined the packages of the car, bringing them to another level. Today we have two examples to consider from the end of AMG’s independence – which is the perfect creation from the 1980s for you?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300E AMG 3.2 on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC AMG Widebody

If you want a recession-proof 1980s investment automobile, you want an E30 M3 or any original 911, right? Well, while that might be a smart idea, there’s consistently been one car that’s been worth even more than those market stars; make that the 3-pointed star. When I was a young man in 1987, Road & Track ran a top speed competition between some poster pinups. At that time, I was a super fan of the Porsche 959 in particular, and I was pretty confident before opening the magazine that the technological wonder from Stuttgart would thoroughly outperform the competition, which included a Lamborghini Countach, a Ferrari Testarossa and twin-turbo GTO, a few modified 911s and…a Mercedes-Benz sedan? Yes, it was that test in that magazine that cemented two names into my brain; one was the stunning and surprise winner of the competition, the illustrious “Yellowbird” Ruf CTR which bested Porsche’s own supercar by an amazing 13 miles an hour, and the boxy E-class from Affalterbach – faster than the pinup Lamborghini Countach and million-dollar GTO and just bested by the Miami-Vice superstar Testarossa. Though I don’t know for sure, I’d wager that single test did more for the reputations of Ruf and AMG than any other single article or event. Since that time, the AMG products from Affalterbach have enjoyed a near-legendary status amongst German car fans, but even amongst them there are special models – the 6.0 “Hammers” and the W124 and W126 Widebody models:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SEC AMG on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL AMG 6.0

Earlier this year, I struck a few chords with my AMG 500SEC post. The questions of AMG authenticity were once again brought up, reminding us that pre-merger there is still some fuzzy areas regarding these AMGS. As with that SEC, the full documentation of production and maintenance records were key to the value of these boutique cars, and enthusiasts are willing to pay for the right one. Also like that SEC, this later run 1990 560 SEL is fully documented from Japan – but unlike that earlier car, this SEL has the full-fat 6.0 V8 fitted:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 560SEL AMG 6.0 on Benzworld.com

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2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

AMG models underwent an interesting adolescence when they were absorbed into Mercedes-Benz properly. At their birth they were the wild child, making bad boys out of unassuming Benzs by adorning them with spoilers, giant wheels and larger than life motors. But then there was a calming period when Mercedes started offering AMG wheels and body styling on basically every model, making the late 1990s and into 2000s hard to identify a true AMG from the run of the mill cars with big wheels. Since then, AMG has truly blossomed into a full-blown psychopathic anti-social Prius killing Frankenstein maker, but the cars of the early 2000s were more subtle and fly much lower on the radar. One of the best examples of this is the original E55 – a car outshone by both it’s father 500E/E500 and the ubiquitous M5. Consequently, a smart buyer can pick up one of these Autobahn masters for not much money. Today’s example is a perfect case in point:

Year: 2000
Model: E55 AMG
Engine: 5.4 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 85,222 mi
Price: $10,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG on eBay

I spent almost a year looking for the best, low mileage W210 E55 AMG I could find. And found it a few months ago, but sadly a house purchase required far more cash then I expected. So after selling an Alfa, a GTI, I now have to sell my AMG. The car is amazingly clean, and looks as good in person as it does in the photos. Underneath, inside and under the hood all are clean and show how well maintained and pampered this vehicle has been. The exterior and interior of this car are very impressive.

I bought the car from the second owner. The car fax is a little confusing since he leased it as a used vehicle in 2000 then bought it off lease. The paper work that comes with the vehicle will verify that the second owner started ownership in 2000 when the car had around 15k on it. The car has a clean car fax (which I can email to you if you are interested). There are no accidents or issues. I have most of the service records for the vehicle which show that it was usually maintained at the Mercedes Benz dealer. I had Mercedes Benz do a pre-purchase inspection and they found no problems. The brakes are at 50%, the tires are Michelin Pilot Sports all around with good tread. The car does not use any fluids. All the gadgets, buttons, windows, power sunshades, headlight washers, AC and etc all work. The only fault is I only have the one key, and it sometimes says there is a bulb out even though all the lights work. This car was always garaged (and still is), and has never been driven in winter. The wheels have no curb rash. You can tell this car has always been loved.

I do have the car for sale locally and recently had an interested buyer do a thorough inspection of the car. He found a few issues that initially raised some concern on my part. The passenger side valve cover gasket has some very slight oil residue on the front, and when he read the car’s OBD outlet he found the code for a possible oxygen sensor code. I called the Mercedes Benz dealer that did the pre-purchase inspection and voiced my concern about these issues. They expressed that all E55 AMGs of this vintage have some oil residue on the valve cover gaskets and that they were not concerned. As for the oxygen sensor they were not concerned since the car passed emissions with no problems and runs and drives with no issues. I am disclosing everything I know about this vehicle. It looks beautiful, is solid and tight with no rattles, shakes, or noises of any sort. Like everyone says “I would not hesitate to drive this car across the country” and in this case it would be the perfect ride! I am driving the car a few times a week so the miles are going up. If you have a zero rating please contact me before you bid. Please do not hesitate to call or email me with questions or concerns.

On Nov-08-13 at 06:54:47 PST, seller added the following information:

I forgot to ad that the transmission service was just done. There were no issues with the transmission, it shifted smoothly and has no problems. But since I planned on keeping this car for a long time the service was done. Mercedes Benz fluid was used, all the fluid from the pan and converter was drained, new filter, upgraded electrical plug, and filled perfectly using optical thermometer. The oil was just changed at the Mercedes Dealer when they did the pre-purchase inspection.

The other item to clear up is that is says four owners on the car fax when it is only three. The second and third owners are the same person since he leased the vehicle then bought it out at the end of the lease. Then I purchased the car from him.

The car is currently inspected and insured so if you would like to come take a drive please contact me.
Thanks

$11,000 is well shy of what the equivalent M5 would bring, and even in some cases less than E34 M5s. Heck, we’ve even seen original S4s and 200 quattros start to bring this sort of money. With lower miles in the classic and signature silver over black, the seller has been seemingly very up front about the condition of the car and needs – of which it has few. The car looks in very impressive condition and much nicer than the last E55 I found for V8 week a few months back. If you’re looking for a fast executive sedan that you can generally hide pretty well in and afford to keep, this might just be a great option for you.

-Carter