Posts Tagged ‘w114’

That In-Between Phase – 1969 Mercedes 230

March 13, 2015

Most people, even people who like cars, would be surprised to know that Mercedes Benz has not only associated itself with one, but two third-rank American automobile manufacturers. From 1957 to 1963, Mercedes cars (including the legendary 300SL) were sold and serviced by Studebaker-Packard. Shortly after Mercedes struck out on its own in the US market, Studekard was acquired by AMC. And from 1998 to 2007, Daimler Benz merged with Chrysler, but the expected financial benefits of the merger never materialized. Daimler Benz sold Chrysler to Cerberus, who fumbled around with it for a couple of years before selling to Fiat. What’s the significance of all that? Well, today’s car is from the 35 in-between years. And while it would be funny to call them the awkward in-between years, there’s not much that’s awkward about the handsome, though conservative, W114 series of sedans. Check out this 1969 Mercedes 230 for sale for $2000 in Snoqualmie, WA.

1969 Mercedes 230 left front

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Under-Appreciated – 1969 Mercedes 250

August 18, 2014

The nice thing about living in the bargain basement of the collector car world is that, if you’re willing to accept some imperfections in each of your cars, you can probably afford to have a couple of different cars for different occasions and events. And for occasions and events where you don’t need the tail sliding around corners, or plenty of corner-to-corner poke, an older Mercedes is perfect. Which occasions? Well, how about short around-town errands, or longer freeway trips requiring a car that can cruise comfortably and quietly at 75-80mph? If you prefer a Mercedes that isn’t quite ready to do 80mph, check out this 1969 Mercedes 250 for sale for a mere $1130 in Portland, OR.

1969 Mercedes 250 right front

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Two-Grand Mercs – 1973 Mercedes 280 and 1985 Mercedes 230CE

February 4, 2014

It’s always a neat feeling to think you’re getting something for nothing, or at least very little. And sure, buying a cheap luxury car can be like buying discounted sushi – you pay the initial price of acquisition, but there are some nasty after-effects. However, if you go to the right seller, and try to be selective, you can get a good price and not suffer for it. Anyhow, here’s the first automotive version of cheap sushi – check out this 1973 Mercedes 280, for sale for $2000 in Kelso, WA (near Olympia).

1973 Mercedes 280 left front

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