Posts Tagged ‘mercedes’

More Grey-Market – 1983 Mercedes 230E

July 12, 2016

So, let’s start off with an apology to readers in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania, because you’re looking at what was until recently an ordinary used car. To make up for it, the next feature will have to be a North American-market car with oversized impact bumpers, a nose-high stance, rectangular sealed beam headlights, and, uh, an 85mph speedometer. With that out of the way, on to the feature car – Mercedes’ W123 is one of the pillars upon which the company’s reputation was built, and depending on your experiences, you could say the one upon which they are now resting. While the diesel-powered cars dominated sales in North America, the gasoline-powered cars were a little more lively, the 136hp M102 four-cylinder giving 136hp and 148 lb.-ft. of torque. Let’s take a look at this 1983 Mercedes 230E for sale for $1300 in Veneta, OR.

1983 Mercedes 230E left front

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Holier Than Thine – 1968 Mercedes 250S

July 1, 2016

Mercedes’ line of W108/W109 sedans (the different chassis codes were used to indicate coil or air suspension with a few early exceptions) truly embody the classic experience upon which they built their reputation for heirloom-quality cars. Classic sixties styling – itself an evolution of Mercedes’ 1950s design – a raspy exhaust note on the six cylinder cars, and low prices, makes these compelling values for the budget classic car enthusiast. Yes, you’ll have to swallow some high parts prices, but maintaining an old Mercedes at reasonable cost is a well-trodden path. To keep that cost down, some authorities will recommend sticking to the lower-specification cars so you don’t have to deal with 50-year-old “modern” conveniences. In that spirit, let’s take a look at this 1968 Mercedes 250S for sale for $2500 in Portland, OR.

1968 Mercedes 250S right front

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Go to Heckflosse – 1963 Mercedes 220 Sb

June 2, 2016

If you’re looking for a classic that could make a solid daily driver, with good durability and reliability, but the usual Volvo/Toyota/American classics are not your thing, you could do worse than looking at the postwar Mercedes lineup. These were the years during which Mercedes built up their reputation for elegant, conservative, and cost-no-object engineered cars that would, with thoughtful maintenance, go far further into the six-figure mileage numbers than any of their contemporaries. That said, many of those cars involve a performance sacrifice, being equipped with not-so-powerful four cylinder diesel or gasoline engines, sometimes paired with automatic transmissions, so it’s nice to see an affordable old fintail with a six. Check out this 1963 Mercedes 220 for sale for $3250 in Portland, OR.

1963 Mercedes 220 right rear

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