It’s late Sunday night, this COVID19 thing has been going on for far too long, and I’m feeling the need for speed. Speed and danger. Maybe some unnecessary risk needs to be mixed in with the speed and danger…no, keep the mask on Zorro, I’m thinking about a salvage titled AMG Mercedes with a screaming 6.2 liter V8 that pushes 451 horsepower through 8000 rpms into a 7 speed auto box. Zero to 60 takes about 3.9 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph…and it costs less than a new Nissan Versa. Find this 2009 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG W204 offered for $13,999 buy-it-now or make-offer in Palmdale, CA via eBay.
What color is this car? Blue? Baby blue? Robin egg blue? Mercedes-Benz called it paint code 922 pastellblau, but I call it simply amazing. Imagine a new E-Class being covered in a shade of Cherenkov radiation instead of the boring grey/black/white you see on 99% of the new luxury cars on the road. Find this 1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $8500 in Fresno, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
The SL-Class Mercedes-Benz roadster has been a good looking 2-seater since it was launched in 1954. It was (and is) the go-to car for the rich man/woman who wants a balance between performance and style to lean towards style…but the AMG option (first released in 1995) turns the dial back towards the performance end of the spectrum. The R230 generation of the SL (2001-2011) was available in SL55 AMG trim that pushed 493 horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque from a supercharged V8 into a 5-speed automatic gearbox. Find this 2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG offered for $13,000 in Evansville, IN via faceplace marketbook. Tip from Jeff.
This car is an interesting piece of used German metal. And I’ll start by admiting that I had the pleasure of owning and daily driving a used C36 AMG for a few years…and it wasn’t a bad car. The AMG tuned 3.6 liter M104 inline-6 is melodious instrument and it belted out 286 horsepower into a 5 speed slushbox that snapped off shifts like a SIG Sauer. It didn’t have the same steering feedback of an E36 M3 (had one of those too) and it wanted you to drive it more like a muscle car than a sports machine…but it wasn’t a bad vehicle at all, and I would recommend one to someone looking for a cheap future classic from Stuttgart. However…would I recommend one that needs to be towed home because the key was broken and the paint is covered in a vinyl wrap? Only if the price was…wow. That’s cheap. Find this 1996 Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG offered for $1500 in Denver, CO via craigslist.
Guts, cojones, bollocks, che palle, chutzpah, sisu, etc. Every culture/language has it’s own word for when somebody does something that shows a certain sense of disregard for common sense. I don’t judge those folks for not exercising the same caution as the rest of us chickens, because sometimes the end result is land a man on the moon, or discovering the Peep. But this next car is going to take all of the combined guts, wherewithal, and arcane Mercedes-Benz knowledge to make it run again on all 12 cylinders…and my hat is off to the man, women, or eunuch who does it. Find this 1995 Mercedes-Benz S600 offered for $2900 in Litchfield, CT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
We’ve had quite a few features of 90s Mercedes-Benz sedans in the past few weeks…which isn’t a bad thing. Maintenance costs from a dealer are the reason most people won’t drive a ’90s Benz, but if you have a local independent shop you trust and/or are handy with a wrench, these things will provide miles of entertainment for a low buy in today. And this next one has two of my requirements for a 30 year old daily driver — a non-thrashed interior and a manual gearbox. Find this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.6 Sportline bidding for $3,400 reserve-not-met with buy-it-now of $6900 in Olalla, WA on ebay.
It is lazy to post two cars in one craigslist advertisement…or genius? You save on the craigslist fees ($5 is $5…right?) and you get twice the exposure to your cars per click. And if you are trying to thin down your fleet…it isn’t a bad idea, especially if the cars are both the same make/model and ready for the next owners. Find these 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD W123 Wagons offered for $11,000 and $7,000 in Santa Monica, CA via craigslist. Double tip from Rock On & MikeD!
The W124 was arguably last well built and reliable sedan to come from the mad scientists in Stuttgart with classy styling, interiors built to last, and simplicity in function that in future generations was replaced by a dizzying array of electronic gizmos that constantly fail. The styling of the W124 was aged much better that the googly eyed W210 that replaced it, and today’s example has a body kit that makes the car look lower and cooler. It might only have the lowly 2.6 liter M103 inline-6, but it is smoother and it’ll give you less grief to maintain that one of the V8 versions. Find this 1989 Mercedes-Benz 260E offered for $3,500 in Chattanooga, TN via faceplace marketbook. Tip from Chris.
I’m a sucker for many things automotive, but there are a few that really get my motor revving. The first is a red interior — I love ’em. The Draken had a red interior that was to die for but this next car has it beat. Another thing that gets my coil all charged up is a manual gearbox mated to a diesel engine. I know diesels are low on power and manuals require all sorts of effort and concentration…but the combination of a non-turbo diesel engine and 4 or 5 or 18 speed gearbox just makes you feel a man-machine connection that is nothing this side of a jet pack or a neural network. And this next car has both. Find this 1974 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $3900 in Victorville, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
The W123 Mercedes-Benz is known for a number of things; (1) they are extraordinarily slow, (2) last longer than an unopened can of Spam, (3) were sold in the most awesome colors of the un-rainbow, (4) are cheap (unless hipsterfied). This next car is all of those things (no, not the hipster part) and has […]