Three Years Gone: 1967 Mercedes-Benz W112 250 SE Cabriolet – SOLD ON BaT For $62,500

Nov 2022 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, NEW Award, Topless Thursday

November 19, 2022 Update – After tracking the sale of this over-priced 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE convertible since December 2019, one of our readers alerted us the car was auctioned on Bring a Trailer in November.  The car sold for $62,500, which is quite a drop from the original ask of $145,000 three years ago. 

March 12, 2022 Update – After sitting out yet another winter, the dealer posing as a private seller once again has their ’67 Mercedes 250SE Cabriolet listed on Craigslist.  Despite two years of a no sale with an original ask of $145,000, the seller continues to keep their ask at $95,000, which is $30,000 higher than the #3 “Good” condition car truly is.

February 2, 2022 UpdateWhile this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” unless we come across another listing for it.

December 29, 2021 Update – After a four-month hiatus, the seller of this rare driver quality Mercedes ragtop just posted their latest listing we’ve been tracking for two years now. This car received one of our early “NEW!” awards when the seller was asking $145K for it. Two years later, he’s still trying to get $95,000 for it.

September 16, 2021 Update – While this “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet.  For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, based on the seller’s past history we will keep an eye out for an updated listing.

August 25, 2021 Update – After finally lowering their asking price last month, we just came across a fresh listing that likely indicates the seller continues to ask too much for this vintage Mercedes. The new Craigslist post duplicates the description, pictures, and asking price.

July 14, 2021 Update – The Internet and GuysWithRides Never forget.  After several weeks of not being posted following the latest ad expiring, the seller of this rare vintage Mercedes 250SE finally lowered their asking price below six figures. Their ask is now $95,000 and while it represents a $50,000 decrease from where they started in December 2019, we believe it’s still priced $30-$40K higher than its current condition warrants.

June 2, 2021 Update – After sitting out the month of May following the expiration of their most recent Craigslist ad, the seller of this vintage Mercedes cabriolet just lowered their asking price by another $10,000 to $115,000 in their latest post. While this latest price reflects a $30,000 reduction from what they originally asked last year, that is still too much money for what is at best a #3 “Good” condition car.

May 20, 2021 Update – while this vintage Mercedes Cabriolet “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet.

April 5, 2021 Update – Another six months gone and we came across the latest listing for this still very overpriced ’67 Mercedes. The price remains at the $125K set last fall.

October 20, 2020 Update – No sooner did we get ready to label this Mercedes convertible as “Sold?” due to an expired listing with no update, we came across a fresh Craigslist ad with a revised price of $125,000.

May 7, 2020 Update –  As we mentioned in our original post from December 19th, in addition to this local Asbury Park used car dealer continuing to pose as a private seller, the asking price of this Mercedes Benz continues to shake our heads for two reasons.  First, while they’ve lowered the original asking price of $145,000 by $10,000 down to $135,000, the guides still show this being way beyond any of those estimates.  Second, it’s fascinating to us they would ask such a high price without attending to the badly worn driver’s seat or the water-damaged door cards.

Sometimes you just have to shake your head at the prices sellers think they can ask for their classic car.  A prime example is this 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Cabriolet originally listed in December 2019 and currently relisted here on Craigslist in Asbury Park, New Jersey for $95,000 (the original ask was $145,000) and regularly relisted on Craigslist for $115,000.  A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this dealer had their car priced between the #2 “Excellent” estimate of $102,000 and the #1 “Concours” appraisal of $147,000.  Similarly, the Collector Car Marketplace reveals the dealer has their 250SE priced between this guide’s #2 “Very Good” estimate of $91,000 and its #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $137,000. Finally, checks of Bring A Trailer and the other major Auctions did not return any sold examples anywhere remotely close to this seller’s asking price.  Consequently, we’ve awarded our latest “NEW!” (short for “No Effin Way!”) Award to this dealer posing as a private seller for asking a completely unreasonable price for their rare Mercedes.

Mercedes-Benz produced its W111 chassis in a variety of body styles and often confusing internal names between 1959 and 1971, with the  220SE cabriolet version entering production two years later.  In the fall of 1965, Mercedes replaced the 220SE with the 250SE.  This restyled W112 version featured the new 2,496 cc M129 inline six-cylinder engine that produced 150 horsepower at 5500 rpm. The more powerful engine and provided a higher top speed of 120 miles per hour and a 0-62 miles per hour acceleration time of 12 seconds when equipped with the four-speed manual.  Visible changes include new 14-inch wheel rims, which came with new hub cabs and beauty rings accommodating the larger disk brakes and a new rear axle from the W108 family.

Hagerty Insurance defines Condition #1 “Concours” cars as “the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest Concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and the materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one-word description for #1 vehicles is “Concours.”

While we’re the first to admit based on the pictures provided, the exterior of this 250SE appears to be immaculate, we’d argue the brown over tan combination is likely much more polarizing than say silver over black.  If you scan through the pictures, you’ll see there is plenty of dust and dirt in the engine compartment, interior, and underneath that require weeks before it’s ready for a Concours judging.  What really holds this 250SE back is the interior.  You simply cannot expect Concours money for a car with cracked seats and water-stained door panels.  Note the white Griots bags on the floor of the interior; those are desiccant bags designed to remove musty smells. The water stains plus those bags likely add up to a car not stored properly over the years that were exposed to moisture. While the original patina continues to be sought after, in this example it just doesn’t work if you expect such a price premium.

Finally, the dealer does not even have a story about this Mercedes to share.  If you’re going to ask big money for a rare car, you better have the car’s provenance to back it up.  While we note there are a number of what appear to be receipts sitting between the front seats, given the seller’s limited description, we have to assume those are only from the last few years.  While a rare car, in just the past year we were able to find ten examples that sold for much less, so we recommend being patient and waiting for a better example to come along.

Here’s the seller’s limited description:

“Rare 4 passenger convertible
Rare 4speed Trans
New battery
New calipers
New master cylinder
New clutch slave cylinder
New complete exhaust system
Rebuilt injection pump
Rebuilt radiator
Restored fuel tank
New fuel pump
Sold as is

Do you have a Mercedes W111 story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

  1. caren Tarantino

    I have a beautiful 67 cab, navy blue with red interior and white top. I am the second owner, originally purchased in Germany in 1967 by a couple from Long Island NY. They drove it around Germany for a while and then brought it back to the USA. After he passed his wife put it up for sale. I passed it everyday coming home from work and finally had to buy it. I’ve owned it for 25 years. It’s been in parades , on joy rides and admired by all. It has always been garaged stored. I have all of the documentation on the work done on it. It could use a new paint job, but it’s not bad at all. The interior is in great shape. It’s a 4 speed automatic. 92,000 miles, new tires, new fuel lines, new brakes…..don’t really want to let it go , but I’d rather have someone else enjoy it as much as I have.

    • Guys with Rides

      Oh Wow! We can’t believe BaT would actually agree to the seller’s asking prices, so we’ll see how this one goes!


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