2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate

When friends of mine ask me for my advice when it comes to vehicles with added utility, I always throw out the possibility of buying an estate car, or station wagon, as they are known here in the United States. Whether it was the holdover of the family car stigma from the 1960s and 1970s or the rising popularity of the sports utility vehicle, I’ve never understood why a vehicle with a hatch on the rear, be it a two or four door car, doesn’t curry much favor stateside. You still have pockets of the country where these cars are still popular, mainly around the Northeast.

Luckily, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz sell a good number of these body variants here in this country and occasionally, we get lucky and see a few hot versions enter the mix. We’ve seen BMW 5 series Tourings with V8 engines and Audi S4 Avants here on our shores, but you have to hand it to Mercedes-Benz for kicking it up a notch with their AMG E Class wagon. First introduced in 2005 and available one year after that, the E55 had a supercharged 5.5 liter V8 which gave way to the 507 horsepower, 6.3 liter V8 in 2007, which had more horsepower but less torque than the E55, which enabled the vehicle to be hooked up to the 7 speed automatic transmission. Very few E63 estates made their way across the pond and they don’t appear a whole lot different from the usual E class estate, save for the large wheel and tire combination and quad exhausts.

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate on Autotrader

This 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG E-Class 6.3L wagon with 507HP could potentially be the vehicle of your dreams! Enjoy an extra level of confidence when purchasing this E63 AMG 6.3L WAGON, it’s a CARFAX One-Owner. Sophistication & understated luxury comes standard on this Mercedes-Benz E63. This E63 has been lightly driven and there is little to no wear and tear on this vehicle. The care taken on this gently used vehicle is reflective of the 25,777 miles put on this Mercedes-Benz. You’ll quickly realize how much you will need a navigation system once you are stopping for directions or looking up addresses on your phone instead of looking at the road. This E63 features a navigation system that will free you of these unnecessary headaches. This Mercedes-Benz includes: standard paint, burl walnet wood trim, leather upholstered seats, premium package 1, Distronic adaptive cruise control.

This was an almost $100,000 vehicle in 2007, so a mere five years on, you have $55,000 worth of depreciation. White isn’t my first color choice for an E class wagon, but one could fly well under the radar with this rig while sacrificing little in driving pleasure or performance. I give Mercedes-Benz their propers for offering this car in the US market. Fast wagons are like an inside joke to most Americans; they just don’t get them.

-Paul

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

The W123 needs no introduction on GCFSB. These were Mercedes-Benz’s bread and butter models between 1977 and 1985 and they combined durability, luxury and style like few cars have been able to do. While these cars are known for their ability to rack up hundreds of thousands of miles with little hassle, you can still find clean, lower mileage examples of coupes and sedans from time to time. The estate versions, however, tend to be the workhorse and good quality examples are a bit more tough to source. This particular TDT is one of the best that I’ve come across in recent memory.

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT on eBay

This might be the lowest mileage 123 series Mercedes wagon in the country. There are only 98k well maintained miles on it since new. This gorgeous Mercedes wagon was sold new in Sacramento, CA in 1983. In 2001, when the original owner passed away his widow sold it to the second owner in Orange County, CA. He sold the car to a gentleman from Maine in 2005 and purchased it back from him in 2007. The car still has the original paint on every panel and it still shines like on the first day. It was finished in Taiga Beige (MB color code 684) with palomino color MB-tex interior.

This car was always parked in a garage and it shows. It has never been in any kind of accident and there are dings or dents on it. The body and the paint are in truly amazing condition for an almost 30 year old car. The interior is very clean as well, as the many pictures will show. The carpets are clean, there are no rips or tears in the seats and even the wood panels are in great condition. This car has been very well maintained and i have the books and receipts to show it.

A new transmission was installed in 2009 with 93k miles. Together with the complete 90k mile service and new drive shaft axles this bill came to $3900. The work was done by Silver Star Motors in Escondido, CA. This car shifts and accelerates like a Mercedes diesel with a very low mileage should. There are no strange noises of any kind. It always starts up right away and it is not slow at all. All the instruments work the way they should.

All the windows, the door locks and even the original radio with the power antenna still function well. This car would be perfect for a collector. There are just not that many 123 series wagons with less than 100k miles around anymore. They are often on Ebay with 300k-400k miles and still running well. This wagon would also be a perfect family car for somebody who wants to drive it every day. If you keep maintaining this car like it has been maintained, you should be good for the next 30 years. It would also be a perfect candidate for Bio diesel conversion. This way you could drive it on vegetable oil or even free waste oil from restaurants. I have never tried it, but with gasoline prices where they are today, it sounds like a good idea.

I would prefer to sell this car to somebody local who could actually come out and see it/inspect it BEFORE the auction ends. But I would also try to be helpful with shipping or a airport pick up. All shipping charges would have to be paid by the buyer. This is a wonderful, gorgeous, well maintained and original 30 year old car and it will be sold as is, where is and without a warranty.

The buy it now price of almost $17,000 is serious money for a 30 year old estate with almost 100,000 miles. If it were any other brand of vehicle, it would seem ludicrous. However, like a fine timepiece, with regular maintenance and care, these are cars for a lifetime. Still, it’s a few thousand dollars more than I’d be willing to pay. I’ve seen these sell for more, though, so I’m sure it will find a new home in short order.

-Paul

Rare 1968 Mercedes IMA Universal 200D Heckflosse Wagon

An uncommon buying opportunity for the vintage wagon lover. This Mercedes isn’t the most visually stimulating car for the untrained eye with the relatively plain front end looks of a W110 chassis Benz and beige paint. The knowledgeable Benz aficionado will immediately recognize the rarity of the vehicle. Mercedes now has a great tradition of building wagons that have grown to cult following status. The W110 chassis fintails converted by Belgian firm IMA were some of the very first.

Update 12.11.2011 – Unfortunately this listing has been ended before we could finish authoring this post. -dc

This two owner car has covered 107,000 miles and is fairly original condition. It was repainted in the 1980s in a slightly different shade than the original. If the car still had its original paint I bet we could’ve seen the price on this go sky high. Even with the repaint though the rest of the car shows great originality and has good service records, and even a Mercedes Universal parts catalog.

I’ve seen some varying figures on the production numbers of the Universal wagons. The seller is claiming this is one of two from 1968, the other being in the Mercedes museum in Stuttgart. The seller states that less than 30 Universals survive  of 300 built in 1966-1967, which definitely needs the old “citation needed” attached to it. I’ve seen numbers given higher than that and most certainly higher if you consider models built in 1965 as well. Regardless of what the actual number is, this is a rare car.

The conversion is not some hack job. These were well thought out and produced. The new design took into consideration the fintail profile and made sure not to lose that identifying feature.  The wood load floor in the back with cargo sliders significantly upped the practicality of owning a Benz sedan. The slick split fold flat seats with a third row bench are the type of features that you see advertised today in SUV and minivan ads like they are new inventions.

The car shows use and expected wear, just the right amount. A new owner could restore it to trailer queen status with an all the way re -freshening or leave it as is. If it had original paint the choice would obviously be leave it alone.

Mechanically things seem to all be in order. The 2 liter diesel has legendary reliability status and if something does need fixing it would not be a huge challenge. A four speed automatic should also provide trouble free stately transportation.

The auction has no reserve so we are going to be able to see what the market says about price. The auction is already heading towards $11,000 with plenty of bidding. Seeing twice that will not surprise me at all. If the Von Trapp family were 30 years younger I can easily see them picnicking in the Alps with this ride.

1968 Mercedes I200D Heckflosse Wagon on eBay

~Evan

2000 BMW 528i Touring

The E39 BMW 5 series has rather a large fan base at GCFSB. Also, continuing with the theme of estates from our last post, this body style is quite popular amongst European car enthusiasts. The E39 Touring wasn’t the most popular vehicle in the BMW lineup ten years ago, a fact that is abundantly clear today, as an estate variant of the current F10 5 series is not offered for sale in the United States.

Here is an E39 Touring for sale with just under 80,000 miles and the desirable sport package for sale in Philadelphia.

2000 BMW 528i Touring on eBay

LOW MILES! Sport Package! Wagon! Classic silver/gray color combination! CD CHANGER! The Car has been inspected by our mechanic!

You are looking at a well kept, great looking sporty luxury wagon. The vehicle has been made and assembled entirely in Germany, and consists only of Germany made parts! This wagon is renowned in the world for its unique combination of luxury and superior performance thanks to its award winning I6 engine and almost 50/50 weight ratio, it has great performance to it – it handles and performs as you would expect such a highly acclaimed luxury vehicle! The metallic gray exterior combined gray leather interior gives the car a certain kind of unique classy appeal. It’s a never smoked in great sporty looking wagon. The car comes with 2 stage front airbags and 2 side airbags for you and your passenger’s maximum protection.

The engine is an exceptional I6 – one of the most powerful in the segment – runs strong and smooth provides the power you have come to expect from a BMW. The transmission has the BMW mark on it as well and shifts like on a new car, no skips or slips on shifts – actually it does it so smoothly that you can’t feel it shifting. The car runs great! The engine compartment is clean, and free of any leaks.

The vehicle also features DSC or Dynamic Stability Control, which is a lateral skid control system preventing the driver from skidding off the road in sharp turns and generally keeping the vehicles traction at its best. The A/C works well and blows cold air! We had our mechanic check the car and no problems were found with it. As you can judge for yourself from the pictures – the interior is clean while the seats show almost no wear! No electrical problems were found. The check light of the diagnostic computer reads ok. The engine compartment is clean, and free of any leaks.

This BMW is equipped with a dual-zone climate control system. The power locks, windows, seats and moon roof all work and are in excellent condition. It also features dual heated seats. All the power controls and buttons work a 100%. Rims are in great condition. The car also comes all season tires. The tires have been rotated, balanced. This is a very nice looking vehicle. It’s obviously been garage kept, and is in good condition.

Other than the fact this Touring is lacking a 5 speed manual, I have two small issues right off the bat with this car. First, the BMW badge is missing it’s enamel on the tailgate. These are a quick and inexpensive fix that simply finishes the look. Second, the headlights are suffering from the typical hazing. Fortunately, there are fix it kits out there for this problem. Other than that, the Anthracite Metallic over gray leather looks great and I’ve always been a fan of these deep inset BBS style rims. If ever I needed a family hauler, the E39 528 Touring will always been high up on the list.

-Paul

1999 Volkswagen Polo 1.9 SDI Estate

Here’s another one of those “I wonder how it got here, who knows if it is legal” cars. The Volkswagen Polo was introduced in 1974 as a smaller alternative to the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta. Throughout the years it increased in size, however, even in the late 1990s, as we see with this example, it is a good bit smaller than the average Jetta/Bora estate. Also, with 64 horsepower, it is well off on the horsepower stats as well. Still, it is a neat and fuel efficient subcompact rarely seen here on these shores.

1999 Volkswagen Polo SDI Estate on eBay

Only Polo SDI Wagon in the US. Super low miles, euro car, clean and clear title. 1.9 Diesel engine, 5 speed manual transmission. Winter package, like a Golf TDI but is a wagon. Car achieves 60 mpg on the highway. Blaupunkt stereo, very cool car with a very cool history. More reliable and much more efficient than new TDIs. Will not last, being sold on a first come, first served basis.

We’ve seen that some states in this country that will accept non-US VIN numbers for titling purposes, such as the Audi S3 recently seen for sale in Colorado on Quattroworld. However, the S3 is similar enough to the S4 that it might have given regulators an excuse to turn a blind eye. The Polo…well, there was no related Volkswagen model sold here. If someone is able to work around the DMV and live in a state where laws are rather lax, salut. Your unique, German engineered gas miser awaits.

-Paul

2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 Estate

I give a lot of credit to Mercedes-Benz for their willingness to let a select group of US buyers special order the last generation E class AMG wagon. The E55, introduced in 2005, featured the 5.5 supercharged AMG V8 that cranked out 469 horsepower. With the phasing out of the 5.5 liter supercharged engine, it made way for the E63, which brought us a family estate with over 500 horsepower.

These are rather unique cars, as only a few hundred were sold new. This 2009 E63 represents the last year for the W211 AMG estate.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate on AutoTrader

CARFAX Certified one owner. The most rare car on the road, only two for sale in the whole United States for 2009. 507 HP, black on black, leather seats. Third row seating. Low miles. Navigation, Harman-Kardan Sound System, Xenon lights, all service completed. This E63 is immaculate. It is powered by a 6.2L 507 HP engine. No dents, scratches, non-smoker.

Multi-Zone A/C, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Heated Driver Seat, Heated Passenger Seat, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror, Adjustable Lumbar Support, Power Door Locks, Heated Power Mirrors, Variable, Rain and Speed Sensing Wipers.

The seller’s description in this ad was so bad that I had to massively edit it for the site. If it’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s dealers that try and sell unique cars like this and try and pass them off as your usual ex-rental Corolla. Also, I’d like to know how the Mercedes emblem on the tailgate was broken (there’s no ring around the three pointed star). All in all, a car of this stature deserves of a better presentation. With issues like these, it makes me wonder what else could have happened in this car’s past. When you spend this kind of money for a used car, you’ve just got to get it right.

-Paul

1986 VW Quantum Syncro for sale

It’s time to kick it old school a bit, going back to my VW roots with a clean, daily-driven Quantum Syncro. Much rarer than the ubiquitous Jettas and Rabbit/Golfs of the era, the Quantum has always perked up my wagon-ears by extending lines of the aforementioned VW staples and being offered with Syncro. 80s 4-wheel drive systems, pre-computerized limited-slip auto-braking nannies, have always intrigued me, especially with VW’s being merely a renamed version of the original, world-changing Quattro. The Audiness doesn’t stop there, with the 4 rings of the Auto Union stamped on the 2.2L five-cylinder. The example coming to us today from the Samba is cleaner than its 176k miles would suggest, and looks inside and out like it could continue being an awesome and capable daily driver.

1986 VW Quantum Syncro Wagon for sale on the Samba


A good rundown from the seller:

Details:
1986 Vw Quantum Syncro Wagon
White exterior
Grey / Brown interior ( Maybe its black )
5 speed
A/c converted to r134a ( needs charged )
178,000 + still going ( its my daily )
Stock motor – 5 cylinder 2.2
CIS –
Runs great, get in start, drive and go.

Manual windows – all of them work
No sunroof
No cruise control

Very clean – rust free body
Interior is also in very good shape
Rear area – has the speaker pods instead of the cargo cover.
I installed 4×6′ Polk in the front doors
New Alpine cd / XM ready head unit
Old School PUNCH 80 in the glove box with a single sub speaker wire ran over through the headliner to the back for a sub ( not included ) I havent found one yet i like, i have a BIG box 12″ Sony that if you really want it, i can include it.
Rear speaker pods also have NEW polk 4×6’s installed ( i also have a spare set of rear speaker pods )

Original 14″ snowflakes with OK tires –
I also have 4×100 14″ Steel wheels with SNOW TIRES – that could be included.

The rear cover that covers the spare tire in the back, just cracked this weekend – i was so mad – i had camera bag and light stand in the back and took a corner too fast i guess and it hit and cracked the cover – other than that interior is FABULOUS

I didnt really get much maintenance history with the car – it doesnt seem to need anything – starts everytime, goes and stops. I have drove it on a few 1 hour each way road trips.

Since i have bought the car – i replaced the speedo cable with a one piece
Installed the stereo system and wired it up so it turns off when ignition is turned off.

As an extra 10v Turbo motor with lots of extras – its a factory brand new block – with all new internals – Ac compressor and other goodies still attached. Have spare CIS stuff from Turbo Audi 5000, turbo manifold, bad turbo and downpipe – valve cover, head without cams rebuilt – lots of stuff…

I hunted for a very long time for a clean QSW – this is it… even at my starting price of $4000 i am losing money due to shipping this car from PNW to Nebraska.
I have another $600+ in all my spare stuff.

Considering the condition of the car and care of the seller, not to mention the extra parts coming along with it (I’d want to learn more about the extra motor?!), it seems deserving of its $4k price tag. If you’ve got the 80s bug like me and are looking to offload an A4 wagon, maybe you could work out a great deal. Regardless, I have a feeling this seller is going to find a good home for this Quantum.

-NR

2000 BMW M3 Touring Wagon Sleeper

Two years ago I would have come across the listing as I had been in the market for a performance German estate car and was following the online offerings. I was looking for something that gave the sporty German car feel, but also had room for things like my hockey gear or for a trip down to the home improvement store. This car, however was spotted and sent in to us by reader Wes.

The high performance offerings from the German car makers should convince you that estates are great, just don’t call them station wagons. Cars like the Audi RS6 Avant, BMW M5 Touring, and Mercedes E63 Estate, really shouldn’t be associated with a term that conjures up visions of the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. These cars offer nearly equal performance to their sedan brethren, but with added utility of spacious cargo or additional seating area.

Plus their limited production numbers and shape make them super stealthy. If the production offerings are still too common for you then a custom built wagon like the one featured here might be for you.

BMW didn’t offer an E46 M3 touring, but that didn’t stop many people from wishing it existed. It is only natural that some of those wagon fanatics, who had some ingenuity and/or some spare cash, bolted up a few one offs.

This car started life out as a typical 323i T, but the old driveline has been pulled and the running gear from an M3 was put in place. The chassis has 160,000 miles, but the engine has 68,000. 17,000 miles have been put on since the conversion so we can say it has been well shaken down at this point. Besides the engine and 6 speed he donor 2004 M3 also gave its suspension, brakes, exhaust, rearend, ECU, and gauge cluster. The car also has newer hood, fender, and headlights and a non-OE M3 look bumper.

This car looks well put together and the seller provides a nice description about what has been done and what still needs work. The rear fenders for instance need to be rolled to prevent rubbing on the 19″ rims with weight in the back. Since the point of a wagon is to be able to load up the back a new owner is going to want to do this or step down to 18″s. The intake could use some work as well to tidy up the under hood appearance, which will likely get shown off a lot at local cars and coffee events.

The stance of the car and traditional BMW M quad pipe exhaust hints at what lies beneath, but with the 323i badge still firmly in place this car would surprise a few folks out on the street.

Bidding is currently at $13,000, with no reserve. We’ve seen some German wagons sell for big dollars, as this type of car has a cult following. Combine the wagon aficionados with those who like unique custom German iron and we could see bidding on this run up past $20,000.

 2000 BMW M3 Touring Wagon Sleeper on eBay

~Evan

 

US-Federalized E30 Touring for sale!

We’ve featured some awesome E30 wagons here before, but they’re usually in Canada. So close, yet so far away. Well, no such tease today with this 325iT located in southern Washington. It was imported just before the millennium and then converted from 1.8 to 2.5L. Now it’s a Euro unicorn in the flesh on American soil. But as you might assume, trapping unicorns is not child’s play, and this 325 Touring’s price is approaching E30 M3 territory.

From the seller:

This is for a very nice 1989 Lachssilber Touring (with BLK Shadowline Trim) that has ALL THE US FEDERALIZATION PAPERWORK in 1999. The car came into the US as a 318iT and in March of 2001 the engine was converted to a 325i (M20) engine at the 81,446 mileage mark. The work was done by LITTLE CAR SHOP in Milwaukee, WI at a price tag of $3045.50. Part of the paperwork included maintenance records. I purchased the car in March of 2008 with 106,072 miles and have loved every minute of it. Current mileage is 115,050. I have decided to sell this car in order to help thin out the herd of cars that I own. Below are the maintenance and additions that I have made to the car since 2008.

Maintenance:
1) Timing Belt, coolant, & parts – 5/2/08 106,231 miles 2) Spark plugs, wires, cap, & rotor – 1/1/10 113,580 miles 3) New Bilstein HD front and rear shocks 4) BMW Battery 2010 5) Front and Rear Brake pads and rotors – 7/10 6) Restored Zender 15×7 Wheels and 205/50R15 Michelin Tires

Upgraded Features:
1) BMW Factory Glass Moonroof 2) BMW M Tech 2 Steering wheel 3) Ellipsoidal Headlights 4) “is” Front spoiler lip/valance 5)Remus Exhaust 6) Blaupunkt Nevada CD Player 7) BMW Sport Seats Cargo Area Full Liner(removable) 9) Indoor Car Cover 10) 3.73 Limited Slip Differential 11) Replacement speakers in the cargo area.

There are very very few of these cars in the USA, especially ones that are legal registered ones. One of the things that I appreciate about this car is that besides cruise control and powerlocks, everything else is manual. Manual windows, no check contol unit, no A/C etc. Simple so that there is less to go wrong. As you will see in the pictures, the car is in very nice shape and is always garaged. The cargo area has the 2 compartments one that consists of the EURO triangle, first aid kit, jack tools. The other side has the factory tool roll. The car drives fantastic and has plenty of M20 power with the 3.73 rear end. Whether you are at a car show, the gas station, or just driving around, this car turns heads and sparks conversations.

This wagon is located in Vancouver, WA (Portland, OR area) and I am open to local pick ups, helping to have the car picked for shipping, etc. I hope to find a good home for this car.

What a sweet, sweet E30. Extremely clean on the inside and out, a nice, lower-mile engine swap, and some subtle and clean upgrades. Condition plus rarity equals pricey, and the Buy-it-Now is $15k. I wish it were cheaper to make the dream more realistic, but I can’t say it’s not worth it. A ton of work has been put into making this E30 clean and American. Someone with some cash is going to have the coolest E30 on the block.

-NR

1977 Mercedes 450SEL Crayford Estate Wagon

This find comes into us from reader Randal. We have seen some pretty solid prices for factory Benz wagons of late, but here is a chance to get your hands on an earlier conversion.

The Crayford wagons are fairly well known cars in the Mercedes estate circles. I came across one in June of 2009 that was seen on GCFSB. While the car didn’t sell the first time, in January of 2010 BringATrailer found it listed again and ran a post on it. It sold for $23,000.

These conversions were tailored to an owner’s specific tastes and were done to a high standard. From the era before the venerable Mercedes TD & TE, they were unlike anything available directly from the factory. Interestingly Crayford cars retained their original Mercedes warranty.

This particular model comes out of the Texas estate (pun intended) of Eddie Chiles. It has 73,000 miles on the clock and has recently been serviced to bring it back into a daily driver level of service.  It features the U.S. quad, headlights, one of the differences from the previously mentioned car.

This car features a really interesting L shaped third row bench seat, the seller says that this feature is unique to this car only.

The car needs someone to give the inside, outside, under the hood, etc. a good cleaning. I’m actually surprised the current seller did the mechanical work on the car, but decided against cleaning up some of the grime. Some relatively simple elbow grease could pretty easily add a $1,000 to the sale price of this car.

This specimen is not as nice as the one that sold for $23,000, but bidding is already up over $16,000. I suspect we’ll see resistance at just under $20k for this one, but with a car of which less than 20 exist it only takes a few people who want one to do strange things to the auction price.  A neat piece.

~Evan