Tuesday, January 13, 2015

5k: Rescue Me: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 250C W114

Another day, another clean and nice car donated to a charity and sold via eBay...seriously, who looks at a car this nice and says "it is worth nothing to me other than a tax write-off."  The write-offs aren't even that good anymore, since they closed the loop hole where you could declare anything you'd like -- now the actual auction results are used and even if you are millionaire you save 1/3 of the final bidding price?  I don't get it....but I'd like to get this 1971 Mercedes-Benz 250C currently bidding here on eBay for $2,656 with a few hours to go.

Sure, it might have some engine issues (more on that later) but this car looks way too nice to just donate.  The paint, Paul Bracq designed body, and brightwork is intact (for the most part), registration is good through November of 2015 (meaning it was just paid two months ago), tires are good, interior hasn't been firebombed, and is stock with the exception of the aftermarket radio (but a working Becker Mexico push button radio can't be hard to find at a So Cal junkyard).

This W114 C-class is powered by a 2.8 liter version of Mercedes M130 inline-6 that puts out 143 horsepower and 173 ft-lbs of torque (SAE gross).  Unfortunately for this car, the engine has an issue the seller describes as " a loud knocking noise," which is probably a spinning part trying to find its way free from rotational constraints.  You could budget for a rebuild, or perhaps just save up for this this 2006 Mercedes W220 S65 AMG V12 bi turbo engine offered for $4,999 buy-it-now.

Even the interior screams -- SAVE ME, PLEASE DON'T PART ME OUT.  This is one of those "if I had the space" cars for many folks, but don't be surprised if it shows back up on eBay with a valve adjustment and for 4 times the asking price.

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  1. Hummmmm. My grandfather had this car felt in green sitting in the garage under his house until the mid nineties. My grand mother got in a fender bender with it in the mid 70's and he parked it in the garage. It was a clean car besides needing a fender and grill/ headlight. The thing sold to a guy who just wanted a good old Benz to fix up and drive. Two years later the guy brought the car back looking brand new and painted in this color. Its a much nicer color than the green it kinda updates the look of it.
    As for this car I think I would find a newer blutec diesel drive train and make this into a Dailey turismo. Or there is a 2.8 VM engine out of a jeep liberty for sale for cheap maybe that would be a neat swap.

  2. To my point of view, there is no need to be looking for a substitute engine

    As long as the rebellious part has not yet created an escape tunnel, a rebuild should not be a big deal. Old-school engines really are not complicated, if you are meticulous and own a few measuring tools. Machine shops still exist to execute the required machining, after you have figured out what is required.

    In my world, an engine rebuild would be a pleasant project, whereas a swap would by littered with compromises.

    In either case, to me a clean, rust-free body like this one is much more important. Too bad California is still located so far away. I keep lobbying to get it moved closer to me, but no one listens.

  3. I was never particularly fond of the smaller Merc coupes, they got better for a few years 'round the W124 and then fell in the crapper again after the W210. Much prefer the sedans.

    That said, this is certainly not a bad buy no matter what the 'LOUD KNOCKING NOISE' proves to be.

  4. I like this one the gas version should be easy fix compared to an oil burner !

  5. Fleetwood T. BroughamJanuary 13, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    I love knock-off Chinese tire names. "Champiro VP1". Lulz.

  6. Some folks actually want to help the charity.

    1. Haha! Yes, that is an excellent point. Some folks are also not comfortable with selling a used car to a private party (seniors living alone, for instance) and others are too busy to deal with craigslist flakes.

  7. Very skeptical ... given the fact that description of the vehicle includes the wrong color for the interior and exterior both. I went so far as to read a few ebay reviews of the seller. As always - buyer beware.

  8. God that is a beautiful little thing. Sadly, I do not recall any engine that could easily bolt on to this thing or be swapped without significant cutting.


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