Market Finds: Would You Buy A Classic Car Directly From Mercedes-Benz?

Would You Buy A Classic Car Directly From Mercedes-Benz?

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
November 11, 2015
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Photography Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

The ideal classic car owner is probably someone with impeccable taste, who takes meticulous care of vehicles over a long period of time, and who has a habit of severely undervaluing anything that they decide to sell.

Of course, few enthusiasts will ever offer their vehicles for less than they’re worth…but if the vehicle is well-presented and maintained, paying a premium isn’t such a bad thing.

But as automakers seek to rediscover their histories and open up new ways of making money, offering well-preserved vehicles from the Mercedes-Benz collection is the latest business to take flight. Essentially, a small team at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany will sell you a used car.

It’s not all high-dollar stuff, either, but with an extensive inspection and the guarantee of a company like Mercedes-Benz, prices aren’t inexpensive. An astral silver 450 SEL 6.9 is listed at €70,000, while a “reconstructed” 630 Kompressor is listed at €850,000.

Some extremely expensive cars don’t have prices listed—like the first CLK-LM built in 1998—but to cut a deal you’ll have to visit the museum anyway. My pick? The €189,000 E60 AMG from 1995, one of only 12 made.

Pricey, sure, but this is a ~380 horsepower Porsche-built and AMG-modified super sedan we’re talking about here. Which of Mercedes-Benz’ classics would you take home?

H/T to jalopnik.com

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piero quercia
piero quercia

I want to Sell a 4500 se Mercedes 1970 good conditions for 3500eu

Dan
Dan

As close as I could get to a virgin W123 300TD. Bare none, my favorite car. I’d kill to have one that’s been loved nonstop from day one until now.

Bearnupe
Bearnupe

I would want a 1991 560 sec loaded. I had this car for years and it was amazing.

Ben Ripley
Ben Ripley

560 SEC for me. Silver with the original alloys. Pure calls.-

christian mortinger
christian mortinger

MB has been doing this for many years quietly out of centers in Stuttgart and Irvine. Their maintenance and restoration work is on another level (and so are their prices).

RR Mike
RR Mike

I don’t usually like ’70s mustard yellow / puke green colors, but for that 280SE I’d make an exception. It’s beautiful, and it looks a lot better than the US-spec models with the quad round headlights. Now I just need to find a spare €100,000 or so and some extra garage space for a car I absolutely don’t need, but want anyway.

Celio Parcera
Celio Parcera

Any Mercedes as long as it is an AMG.

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

I n answer to the question … which would I pick ? My heart says a Pagoda SL .. but my head [ and back .. not to mention the weather and my surroundings ] say one of the classic 2dr i6 G- Class 4WD blasts from the past But in all honesty the real question should be is this service really worth the premium price and effort needed ? Somehow … what with the Retro Trend rapidly running out of track .. ” Casey Jones ” at the helm and destined to derail … most likely sooner than later… Read more »