Monday, December 29, 2014

5k: Depreciation Special: 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SEC

 In 1992 Mercedes-Benz shoved a 6 liter V12 into the front of the W140 chassis 2-door luxury coupe that tipped the scales at almost 5000 lbs (or 500 lbs MORE than the sedan version).  It was a fast and strange vehicle that cost $150,000 in 1993 dollars, which adjusted for inflation would be $245,000 today.  Unlike a $150k investment bond, Oklahoma ranch house, or Faberge egg collection, the Mercedes is now worth a fraction of its original investment.  Find this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 600SEC currently bidding here on eBay for $3,333 with 2 days to go located in Anaheim, CA.


This 600SEC is being sold from an eBay seller who specializes in reselling cars that have been donated to charity.  The seller notes that the car comes with an extra set of wheels (great news!), needs its spoiler re-attached (okay...) and requires a tune up (run away!!!!!!!!).


The S600 is powered by the M120, a 6.0 liter V12 that pumps out 395 horsepower and 420 ft-lbs of torque.  It will move the massive coupe fairly well while making a nice V12 howl if you open up the exhaust. 

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10 comments:

  1. No doubt a lot of car for the $ and of very high quality. But there is further depreciation.. The depreciation of your wallet when you have to pay for repairs and maint.

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  2. To add insult to injury, this era of Benz still used vacuum hoses for everything that would normally be run by electricity. I don't know if that extends to the range-topping monstrosity that is this beautiful sledgehammer (luxury + v12 = lust, but run) but my 93 W201 190E has central locking....operated by vacuum. Trunk locking...operated by vacuum. Fuel door locking, headlight adjusting, even-idle-annihilating, pump under the rear seat, vacuum everything. Now take out a bunch of space from the engine bay and add 8 cylinders more heat.

    Also god help you if you ever want to change plugs or wires.

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  3. If everyone needs to own a v12 at some point in their lives, this is the perfect one. Buy it, sell the extra wheels for $500, drive it till it won't start then call the seller back and re-donate it. It's a win-win.

    You'll probably get the tax deduction in the same year as the purchase.

    PS- I have been to this lot and walked around. They get a lot of really sweet donated cars from places like Newport Beach and La Jolla. The charity rules force them to not allow test drives or offer much more than pictures in the auctions, but they had a mint 78 trans-am there when I stopped by. So you may be getting grandpa's v12 fresh out of service at Fletcher Jones Mercedes (though the wheels state otherwise).

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    1. Gonna make it a point to go look around this lot next time I'm down there...

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  4. I wonder if a guy could use one of these V12s to create a rat rod. Could you get one of them to run if you took out all of electric, vacuum and quantum-entanglement pieces and replaced them with old-school parts? Custom fabricate a high-riser intake manifold and headers. Put six deuces on top. I am sure you could program an electronic ignition. Install a radiator from an old-timey fire truck. Back it up with a 4-speed from an old milk truck and put the whole thing in a dropped, chopped old patina'd Benz. I am sure you would come upon an impasse somewhere in there with a heat-exchanger or lubrication, or some over-engineered system that I have never heard of yet, but it should work in theory.

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    1. $3333? $4000? Can you get $3500 out of selling the interior, trim, and wheels, then go crapcan racing?

      That'd be tempting...

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    2. Ha ha, it would look awesome going sideways around a dirt track in rural Nebraska on a Saturday night. Probably a better fate than most of these will meet on this side of the Atlantic, too.

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  5. They've been raced in Lemons. There was one on the east coast that was really fast for 2 laps at a time before every single system overheated and they needed to wait for everything to cool down.

    There was another I saw at Pull-A-Part and I still kick myself for not buying the already removed intake manifold. I was dissuaded by V12 intake manifolds not being on the price list.

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    1. Well, you can probably figure they're going to charge you for two six-cylinder manifolds...

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  6. When da pimps hit the hard times whatcha gonna do? take the tax deduction.

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