5-Speed Longroof: 1992 Mercedes 300TE – Sold?

Nov 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

December 1st Update – We just confirmed the Craigslist ad for this ride expired and with no replacement listing found, we’re assuming this car sold.  This one may have got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330. Jalopnik.com’s “Nice Price or No Dice” column also featured this Mercedes, so we’re fairly certain that unplanned exposure helped sell the car.

The Mercedes-Benz 300TE is one of the more ideal choices for a vintage car you can drive daily, while having plenty of room inside to make it a practical one, too. This is a European-market example that was first listed in October 2020 on Craigslist near Union City, New Jersey with the rare manual transmission and under 100,000 miles from new for $19,995.  Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool raises some questions as to how much value can be placed on its gray market features, as a “Concours” specimen is valued at $19,900, with an “Excellent” model priced more reasonable at $12,800.

The W124 era of Mercedes-Benz products represented perhaps the high water mark for the company’s bread-and-butter sedan. Not the biggest – that honor went to the S-Class – and not as athletic as the smaller W201. But it absolutely combined some of the best qualities of both of those platforms, from glass-smooth ride qualities to respectable road manners. The silky inline-six was far from the most powerful engine in its class, but it still allowed the mid-size luxury sedan to maintain triple-digit speed on your local interstate without breaking a sweat. The wagon model was an instant favorite among upper-crust families looking to transport the kids and the dog in the most dignified long-roof you could buy at the time, and they remain coveted today in sound condition.

This example goes quite a bit further in terms of features and specs that might catch an enthusiast’s eye. Obviously, it’s a nicely preserved W124 wagon, but it sports the rare five-speed manual. You could spec a sedan with three pedals, but an exceedingly small number of owners checked that box – and you couldn’t get a wagon in the states with the row-it-yourself option. This example also has some OEM-plus touches, including an AMG-style aero kit and refinished AMG monoblock wheels. The black cloth interior is typical for a European-market example, as are the rotary-style HVAC controls. While it sports a new paint job, it came at the cost of an awesome original color known as “Bornite.” Overall, there’s a lot to like here, but the asking price may be out of reach for all but the most wagon-crazed Mercedes enthusiasts. Good luck adding this rare Mercedes to your fleet if a wagon with a stick was on your shortlist!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“This is a beautiful European delivery 1992 Mercedes 300TE with factory optioned 5-speed transmission (717.433) and just under 149,000km (92,500miles) from new. The car is currently painted in beautifully presented Pearl Blue Metallic (Originally Bornite) with a European-spec Black cloth interior. Mechanically, the car is in excellent condition, no major mechanical issues or flaws. It is also fitted with an AMG style aero kit all around, and newly refinished genuine AMG Monoblock wheels wearing Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tires with excellent tread life remaining. Seven seater with additional third row pop up seating in the trunk area.

Additional can be viewed in the following link, if you have any trouble viewing or require additional photos or information, please feel free to reach out to me directly.”

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