The last of the over-engineered Mercedes cars, and surely one of Bruno Sacco’s finest designs, the C140 is the king of the S-Class coupes. There are never more than a handful of these for sale at any one time, owing to the C140s very low production numbers (and particularly low sales numbers in Australia, having a price tag of nearly $300,000 when new).
This CL500 was built in June 1997 and is finished in Smoke Silver, with Mushroom Nappa leather interior. The car has been well looked after, and has low k’s for its age. This example is particularly special because it has the very rare “Leather Exclusive” factory option (Code 515 on the data plate). This option provides for two tone mushroom leather trim, a leather trimmed dashboard, door card and rear card arm rests, console and sun visors, with suede headliner. The Leather Exclusive option is usually applied to selected V12 coupes, and is rarely specified on the 500 models.
Being a later series “CL” badged car, it features several specifications not present on the 1995 and earlier C140 vehicles, including the upgraded (non-biodegradable) wiring harness, 5-speed transmission, side airbags, front and rear “Parktronic” parking sensors and updated tail lights (just to name a few).
The original Smoke Silver paint is in great condition for the car’s age, and all panels on the car are straight, with no rust anywhere to be seen. The seller is only the third owner, and its condition suggests that it has been kept undercover its whole life. Inside, the leather is in good condition throughout. Importantly, the driver’s seat bolsters are in great shape, and there are no serious tears / cuts anywhere in the leather fabric. The timber trim accents (which appear to be the “Chestnut” option), are all immaculate and stand out nicely against the mushroom trim.
Mechanically the car is excellent, runs very smoothly with no oil leaks or problem known of. It has won multiple awards at concourse events over the years, and the current owner has retained all of those records as part of the car’s file. The car comes with its two original keys, plus the original “Swiss Card Key” which was issued to owners when these were new.
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This rare Australian delivered 560SEC was advertised on carsales Australia in May 2020. A fair bit of work needed to get it back to its former glory, but compared to some of the prices being asked for these AU delivered 560s now, this is somewhat of a bargain at 18K. There are some immaculate examples asking over 50, which may be a bit premature, although we expect that to be the norm in the coming decade.
This C126 was advertised on Ebay Australia in May 2020. High Ks but asking bit money with a $45,000 starting bid. A sign of things to come perhaps, as there's anoyther on Ebay Australia asking 60K. The 560 is relatively scarce in Australia, less so in the USA, but prices have really started going mad for old Mercs in Aus. This seems to be a very well looked after car, and a true modern classic.
A solid example of the Daytona, thought I'd add this one to the register, spotted on classiccars.com, and offered for sale by Silverstone Motorcars - see their original listing here: https://www.silverstonemotorcars.com/vehicles/553/1964-studebaker-daytona - looks to have a very reasonable price on it too.
Up for sale is a well looked after example of the 124 series cabriolet, with only 111,000 miles on the clock from new. With the exception of the AMG models, this is the highest specification cabriolet model sold in the 124 series. These cars are becoming very collectable globally, with less than 4,000 sold in the US market for the 1995 year.
This particular car is located in South Carolina, and the current owner has fitted new brakes, battery and has recently re-covered the fronts seats. The car retains its original Smoke Silver paint, mushroom leather interior trim and has its factory chocolate soft top which is in excellent condition.
As you’d expect for a 124 Mercedes, everything still works well. The car has power everything, including the chocolate soft top, power antenna and satellite radio. The chromed 16 inch wheels were a factory option and look fantastic on the cabriolet. This car is a must-see for the classic Mercedes enthusiast, and represents the end of an era in Mercedes over-engineering.
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I've treated this baby like my child! She's tan, or "Smoke Silver" as Mercedes calls it, with tan leather interior, chocolate brown top. She has 111,000 miles on her, new brakes and battery, recently recovered front leather seats. Power everything, including top. Satellite radio, chromed wheels, power antenna. Beautiful car!