The W116 chassis Sonderklasse (S-Class) is known for its low buy-in price, incredibly durable interior materials, tank-like build quality, and stately appearance. We old school car nuts will laud the durability of the aging Benz, but even I don’t believe that a 43-year-old German car will be as trouble free as a few year old used Kia. However, this next car is a Euro import, which means it has all of the plusses of the US Market S-Class, but with smaller DEATH-TO-ALL bumpers and sealed beam DEATH-TO-ALL headlights. And probably a non US-Emissions compliant DEATH-TO-ALL inline-6. At least this car is over 25 years old, so US Dept of Homeland Security will no longer stop you from buying/owning/driving this literal rolling tomb on the street. Enjoy your premature death! Find this 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280S W116 offered for $5,200 in Worthington, OH via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
I’m very familiar with this next car…well not exactly this car, but the W123 240D/300D chassis in general. I’ve owned and driven quite a few of these old oil burners and I can say with some degree of certainty that they are not reliable like a 2005 Honda that’ll just chug down the miles, but they are rugged like a tank. There will always be something wrong with the car (probably related to the vacuum system that controls the door locks and other ancillary features, like shutting down the engine when you key off) but it won’t stop you from reaching your destination. I once had a 300D that experienced what can only be described as total electrical failure – no lights, no horn, no gauges, but the engine kept running and the wheel steered the car, so I drove home before it got too dark. Anyway, enough reminiscing, on to the subject car — what is that color? Wet cardboard? Duchess Kate’s hair? Any thoughts Kaibeezy? Find this 1980 Mercedes-Benz 240D diesel offered for $2950 in Sacramento, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
I know this next car is just a headache waiting for a new head. It cost more than $70k from the factory, was the fastest Mercedes-Benz ever sold in America when new, and will drain your bank account with repairs on complex suspension components, high-strung V8, and pricey electronic gizmos. But somehow, despite all that, I can’t help but want to drive a classic AMG with prices as low as they are. Am I the idiot here? Find this 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG offered for $8950 in Scottsdale, AZ via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
I’m not a Luddite…well…not a complete Luddite, but I’m not as keen on hopping on the latest app based bandwagon as the next guy for sure. But I’ve got a young neighbor who I saw selling a used frying pan to another millennial via a service called offerup. A used frying pan. Well…who am I to get in the way of progress, so I Find this 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC Coupe offered for $5500 in Los Angeles, CA via offerup.
I was watching a classic Doris Day & Rock Hudson movie the other day (Pillow Talk, 1959) and one of the antagonists tries to give Doris Day’s character a 1957 Mercedes SL Roadster (to which she declines the offer as “immodest” or something). Anyway, aside from being stupefied by the glory of a SL Roadster I was also struck by the fact that there was a time (late 60s, early 70s) when you could have picked up an original SL Roadster for what is considered pocket-change today. Which brings me to this next car…which is the natural successor to the SL and a surprising good deal, but it might not always be the case. Find this 1984 Mercedes-Benz 380SL W107 offered for $9,400 buy-it-now or make-offer from Houston, TX.
RM Auctions is a Canadian brick and mortar classic car auction house along the lines of Barrett-Jackson and Mecum that started auctioning cars in 1991. In 2015, Sotheby’s (a British auction company founded in 1744, run by a dude named Lord Dalmeny, owned largely by a Chinese life insurance company called…can’t make this up…Taiking Life) […]
This next car has me tempted to violate my “no white car” rule. Trucks / vans / teeth / sneakers all look great in white, but cars should be a color…green, blue, red, orange, whatever. But this next car left the Sindelfingen factory in 2007 with a 388 horsepower V8 and a $90k MSRP before adding options, and I’m not as offended by the white paint as I should be. Today, it is offered for 1/9th of that original factory fresh price and it has at least 1/9th of its life left before it turns into scrap. Find this 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550 W221 offered for $10,995 in Burr Ridge, IL via autotrader. Tip from Jeff.
This next car comes as a tip from Jim H who calls it an “honest ad” with “Hallmark card pricing.” Hallmark greeting cards might be expensive for greeting cards, but they are assuredly cheaper than the average Mercedes-Benz wagon, let’s take a closer look. Find this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300TE Wagon offered for $1499 in Pittsfield, MA via craigslist.
Remarkable cars have an effect on automotive minded people. They make our mouths open in surprise and awe. But sometimes it is more confusion than anything, and here today we have a modified Ford Model A with a Mercedes inline-6 and some serious ’70s styling. You’d have to wear bell bottoms and rock some John Fogerty hair to drive this thing…but it might be worth it. Find this 1929 Ford Model A offered for $9,500 in Cottonwood, AZ via craigslist.
There is a style of late model customized car where you start with a black car, black out every piece of chrome, black out the lights, black out the blinkers, limo tint the windows and end with a vehicle that absorbs more light than it reflects. Kids on the street call it “murdered out”, but I prefer the term “Vadered out” because I’m a Star Wars geek like that. Plus, this next car has tons of miles on the odometer but looks sprightly enough to throw the emperor down a giant shockingly non-OSHA compliant random ventilation shaft located in the throne room. Find this 2003 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG offered for $14,500 in Fresno, CA via craigslist. Tip from Safety Fast.