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

1988 Mercedes Benz 300TE AMG “Mallet” Wagon – REVISIT

1988 Mercedes Benz 300TE AMG Mallet Wagon – REVISIT

Another revisit for us. This happens with really conspicuous cars, particularly ones that just don’t seem to find owners who want to hold on to a car for the long haul. We first posted about this car back in 2008 and it is now up on eBay again for sale by We Be Autos.

The car didn’t sell at $48k and then again at $38k, garnering bids only up to $20k back then. It is now up with a buy-it-now price of $29,995.

The car has 77,800 miles on it and has taken on the Mallet moniker in homage to the AMG Hammer name. The seller says there is $40,000 in receipts, which are worth checking out to see how recent the “mechanical restoration” work was done.

Very cool car, that would have been one of the most awesome things on the road when new. I appreciate all the photos of the car, but wish they weren’t all taken in a dimly lit Mad Max style warehouse.

1988 Mercedes Benz 300TE AMG Mallet Wagon – REVISIT

The seller has posted a video of the car:

The below post originally appeared on our site July 29, 2008:

Bring a Trailer has been on fire recently with their finds, but this one really rang my bell. A W124 wagon project car done up like an AMG Hammer of the period.

1988 W124 AMG Wagon For Sale1988 W124 AMG Wagon For Sale

I love everything about this car. A monster 6L motor, all black on black color scheme, classic late 80’s styling with AMG monoblocks, light colored wood interior, etc, etc… It’s a cherry ride. But honestly, unless this car is a documented AMG one-off, I’d be very curious to see who’d justify the $48k buy-it-now. It’s an incredible car, but c’mon… I hope the seller and community rise to the occasion to prove it authenticity because it’s a fantastic car.

dc

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

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

Following on to the E320 Estate we featured not long ago, here’s that car’s open roofed sibling, the E320 Cabriolet. With exception of the 500E/E500 which was sold from 1992-1994 in the US, this particular W124 variant is the Mercedes that holds its value best of that mid 1990s era. Even comparable SLs have a hard time bringing the same kind of numbers. This particular car for sale in Georgia is unreal. It appears to have been stashed away in a collection, racking up just under 6,000 miles. While it’s fairly easy to find these cars with around 20,000 to 30,000 miles, I’ve seen very few under the 10,000 mark. This, then, is quite the unique opportunity.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet on eBay

A 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet with only 5k miles. This beautiful E320 is Imperial Red over Parchment hides. This hand crafted W124 Mercedes is in museum collector condition. The paint is perfect, no chips or scratches and all original. The wheels are perfect and have never been repaired or painted. The interior is flawless with no wear. The tires are completely brand new including the spare. The spare was replaced with a new tire as well due to time. All the service is up to date including a brand new battery. This stunning cabriolet is a one owner vehicle and was purchased new on September 6, 1995 by the original owner and then later transferred ownership to his spouse. All paperwork including original MSO from 1995 comes with the vehicle. It is mechanically sound and would be great for a collection or daily driver. This E320 is the finest example of all original E320 we have ever seen.

This car transports me right back to 1995. The engine bay is spotless, there is no visible wear on the seats or leather wrapped steering wheel and the paint has such depth it looks like you could dive right in. While nothing substitutes for inspecting a car in person, this E320 appears to be the nicest example I’ve seen since I was back in high school and these things were still rolling out of the factory. The price, however, almost made me shed a tear. The best E320 Cabriolet these days may sell in the low $30,000 territory. Cresting $40,000 is pushing the envelope. Or is it? Personally, if I was in the position to do so and could grab this car for around $35,000, I’d pull the trigger. Why? Consider the current E Class Cabriolet. While it may come with a warranty and be more advanced technically speaking, it starts at over $57,000. And honestly, for that money, it can’t match the timelessness and old school quality of the 1995 model.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate

My cousin touched base with me yesterday and wanted my advice on mid-sized SUVs with a 3rd row seat. While I’m a car enthusiast, I’ll admit, SUVs are never on the radar for me. I’m a sports car person. I’m not really sure what that Overland trim package on your Jeep nets you over the regular version for the proletariat. Nor do I really care. Interestingly enough, we both agreed that the Volvo XC90 is probably the best of the lot, but for me, it’s akin to choosing which communicable disease I’d prefer.

Ever the helpful relative, I offered up the “what would Paul drive” scenario. And guess what? It’s this car. The Mercedes-Benz W124 E class estate with the third row seat option. OK, so some people might be a bit nervous strapping their kids into a rear-facing seat, but there is no mid-sized SUV these days which can match this car’s durability and sheer class. More than likely, it’s a lot more efficient than most SUVs these days and you could even opt for 4matic all-wheel drive in this model from 1990 to 1993. This example for sale in Southern California is a final year 1995 model with 81,000 miles, which represents a barely broken in car when it comes to the W124.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate on eBay

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320W Wagon. 6 cyl 3.2 liter, automatic transmission, traction control, climate control air cond, power windows, power locks, cruise control, beautiful non-smoker interior, factory sunroof, factory AM/FM stereo cassette and CD changer. Beautiful body and paint, always garaged. This vehicle runs and drives very strong and very smooth. All factory books, factory alloy wheels, roof rack, factory mats. This was grandma and grandpas car and they dont drive anymore. Zero rust one-owner Malibu California car, real buyers know how nice these wagons are. 3rd seat package, loaded.

At almost $11,000, I think this Benz is a bit overvalued. If it has a complete service history available and presents as well as the pictures, $6,000 to $8,000 tops would be more like it. Anything over $10,000 these days should be reserved for near mint examples with under 50,000 miles. Still, there’s not many of these with under 100,000 miles left, as the estate variants are often the ones employed to the greatest degree.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

The W124 Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500 needs no introduction here at GCFSB. These brutes rounded out the German super saloon triumvirate, along with the BMW E34 M5 and Audi C4 S4/S6. They are also the exception to the rule that says Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles hold resale values stronger than sedans. Clean, unmolested examples are highly prized and this example for sale in California strikes a good balance between low mileage garage queen and clapped out, high mileage runner.

1994 Mercedes-Benz on eBay

1994 Mercedes 500E the original Autobahn Stealthwagon. In 1991 Mercedes introduced the high-performance 500E (W124.036) Designed and jointly built with Porsche, each 500E being hand-built by Porsche, and transported between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s factory in Zuffenhausen over and 18 day build cycle. In 1994 the 500E was mildly face-lifted and the brakes were improved and re-badged the E500. Production totaled 10470 cars and concluded in 1995.

The 500E had a naturally aspirated 32 valve 5.0 liter V8 engine producing 322 hp and 354 ft lbs of torque which delivered performance of 5.5 seconds to 60 MPH. This sports car acceleration and its handling and braking prowess so impressed the automotive press they labeled the 500E a “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Because of its wide track and subtle flairs, limited production, hand-built construction, and joint provenance with Porsche; the 500E is already considered a “classic.”

The particular 500E has under 75k miles, and is a local SF Bay Area car from new, no accidents, clean CarFax and never smoked inside. Cosmetics are very nice and the car is all original; no performance or cosmetic enhancements. It has the heated seats. Tires are Michelin Pilot Sports and brakes are quite new. If you are looking for a really nice “classic” that you can drive comfortably daily and that hides its skills in a subtle looks; this is your 500E.

If you can find one with under 50,000 miles on the clock, these 500E/E500 sedans can usually command prices in the $25,000 to $35,000 range. Those cars with around 75,000 to 100,000 miles are still in demand, as these are Mercedes-Benzes that were engineered to a point, not a price. With no reserve, we’ll probably see this car sell anywhere in the $14,000 to $20,000 range; more than likely bringing a figure between $16,000 and $17,000. Smoke silver is a tame color for this fast Benz, but it’s not a hue that offends. That might hold back bidding just a bit.

-Paul