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German Cars and Rare Sportbikes, For Sale Round-up

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on other rides for sale that I post elsewhere. Here’s a recap from the past couple weeks.

I hope you enjoyed the summary and thanks for reading!


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Low Miles Mercedes 2.3-16 For Sale: Another Success Story

Matt emailed me tonight to give me the heads up that his Merc 190 2.3-16 was for sale. Naturally I had spotted it on eBay earlier today and had it bookmarked to blog tonight. It seemed like deja vu, and it turns out it was as this car was listed earlier this year on, and he was the high bidder.

To be honest, I’ve clicked back on my own post a number of times thinking to myself, “that was a damn good deal on really good looking car. Why didn’t I buy that?!” Maybe you’ve been thinking that too, and now you have your chance too.

I’ve got his car posted over at one of my new blogs,

Good luck with the sale Matt!


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Mercedes W202 C43 AMG: Hot or Not?

This is a guest post from Blair on the debatable Mercedes W202 C43 AMG:

AMG, three letters that conjure visions of doing stupid speeds while hunkered behind a Valentine 1 avoiding the local boys in blue. Yes, AMG does really stand for Autobahn fury; quite opposite the way M for BMW means running the curves while wearing skinny driving shoes. No Mercedes AMG is all about luxury, power, and dropping the German hammer with straight ribbons of asphalt in-front of the car.

So this evening when I remembered a model I had lusted after a few years back, then watched an episode of Top Gear where they drove the new CLK63 AMG Black Edition, I had to jump on Craigslist.

And there it was, a C43 AMG – less than 100K on the odometer, silver, and apparently enthusiast owned. Perfect right? Well not exactly – it left me wanting. The styling is dull compared to todays AMG models and even the recently introduced C-class makes this look more comfortable heading to Nordstrom’s for the Half Yearly Sale, it doesn’t look all that aggressive – in fact it looks like something my sister might drive. Gah, and she drives an ML.

So here it is a late model German rocket sedan for under $10K and I have no desire to own it. I am trying so hard to find that one car that gets me to dive head first back into a sporting car and everywhere I look I am left wanting…

Is there help out there for me? Or is this a cool car and I’m just crazy?

Mercedes C43 AMG For Sale in PortlandMercedes C43 AMG For Sale Leather InteriorMercedes C43 AMG For Sale

A Best Motoring Clip of the C43 in action sideways:

Post a comment with your reaction and feedback! Thanks for your post Blair!

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1993 Mercedes 500E For Sale in Portland, Oregon

Update 6.19.08Still for sale, price down to $21850.

Blair recently posted one of these while I was on vacation, and this model has been on my mind ever since — Especially if in the market for a modern classic German tourer, I don’t see how you could look past a good example of a Mercedes w124 500E. I suspect maintenance and parts are just as expensive as that of the S4, otherwise known as the price of admission. But the presence of this car is still really striking in person, not to mention the pedigree of these cars speak for themselves.

1993 Mercedes Benz 500E in Portland, Oregon on Craigslist for $22850

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1993 Mercedes/ Porsche 500E *Very Rare/ Numbered!
Only 72k miles.
All service history.. Clean title, clean carfax, no wrecks. Babied & garaged.. the nicest 500E you will ever find!
18″ Chrome AMG wheels etc…

The 500E was a limited edition sports 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. It was produced between 1992-94 in which time approximately 7200 cars were built, with only 1505 total cars imported to the U.S.

Besides a totally new engine, the 500E was also equipped with a hydraulic self-leveling suspension, 11.8 inch vented discs in the front and 10.9 inchers in the back, wider wheels and tires and shorter and stiffer springs which lowered the 500E nearly an inch over the 300E. While the resulting slalom time is nothing to boast about (61 mph), the 500E still manages a healthy 0.84g on the skidpad and a sports-car-like 116 ft stopping distance. The engine was the same unit used in the 500SL but with a Bosch LH Jetronic fuel injection replacing the KE Jetronic and a redesigned intake manifold with longer runners that resulted in an additional 22 lb-ft of torque over that powerplant.

With 322HP and 354 lb-ft of torque on tap combined with 2.82 gearing caused 60 to come in less than 6 seconds and the car was electronically limited to 155. The W124 chassis was fortified with Porsche’s help to ensure this car performed flawlessly in all aspects. Adaptive rear shocks and subtly flared fenders conceal the 225/55/16 Z-rated rubber on newly added 18″ AMG wheels. Virtually every possible option available on a W124 is standard. Four bolstered sport seats replace the conventional 2 front 3 rear configuration of other E-class cars. This is perhaps the most desirable and collectable Mercedes of the last 20 years.

I quoted the entire ad because the seller does a good job of describing what makes the 500E special. And I think he may be right that the 500E could be the most desirable and collectable car of the last 20 years — in the United States. In the world, I think you’d have to consider the 190E 2.3-16 Evolution models and other homogolation specials.

$23k probably sounds like a lot for a car of this vintage. Actually, check that, it is a lot. But I’ve seen examples even higher than this. If it’s as nice as he describes, has full documentation, serviced air ride suspension and had the wiring harness replaced… It’s probably worth it for someone who’s been looking for a good one.


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1987 Mercedes-Benz 190e 2.3-16 For Sale in San Diego

As regular readers know, I’m a fan of the 2.3-16. Usually I don’t post high mileage examples, but this car looks tight and well maintained. And it’s no reserve:

1987 Mercedes-Benz 190-Series 190e 2.3-16 on eBayMotors (156k miles, California)

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quote from eBay listing:

153,400 Miles
Registration good till Jan of 09
Completly Stock
Original Everything
Complete Everything
I just completed the 60K service at Hoehn Mercedes here in San diego since I was nearing 160K Miles. I asked them to go through the whole car and replace anything that needs replacing.
I had them replace any and all fluids in the car. Coolant, rear diff, trans, engine, brake, clutch, sls, etc…
They also replaced the rear SLS system with new parts.
After the work they gave the car a thumbs up for sale. I am going to miss this car, while it was at Hoehn the service tech told me they had a Mclaren in for service and many people were more interested in my car due to the rarity and condition of it. Made me smile.
I do have a copy of the Vehicle Master Inquiry too as well as the service paper work I just did.

Not my favorite color, but this car could be a great value if it checks out. I’ll update when the auction ends.