1986 Mercedes-Benz 500-Series
This car has been in the family since it was brand new. It was originally owned by an elderly woman from upstate NY who's husband was CEO of one of the world's largest carpeting companies (she was also my wife's grandmother). I took over the car after she died in 2006. When I got it, it had 33,158 miles on the odometer, and over the past 10 years, I've very gently put on another 15,500 or so. Its garage kept under a cover almost all the time, and beside a couple of flaws that I'll detail, its in amazing condition, and it runs and drives like its brand new. Its a very special car, and I hope whoever buys it will be a collector and not a driver. The extraordinarily low miles should be honored, and I hope they will be by its next owner. Its all-original except for the tires and brakes. The Becker Grand Prix head unit still works, though I don't think the original power antenna works any longer. The clock still keeps perfect time. The temperature gauge stopped working after its last oil change, so I think I must have accidentally disconnected it when I was under the car. The windshield washer fluid reservoir leaks, so I have it disconnected right now. I think the AC needs a recharge, but it did work as of last year (I do keep the car on a tender, but I drove the car yesterday for the first time this year, and it started and ran perfectly as if its driven every day). The interior is almost perfect, the only flaws are one of the wooden panels on the dash became unglued (I kept the panel so it can be regaled) and there is one crack in the top of the dashboard, just left of the instrument pod. I just noticed it for the first time yesterday. As for the body and paint, there is a small bubble forming on the driver's side front fender right where the fender meets the front bumper. I noticed that for the fist time yesterday too. There are two very small chips on the hood that need to be repaired. Each is about the size of a number two pencil eraser. Most of the paint is in great condition, but the a year or two ago, I put the car cover on while the car was wet and the fabric cover froze to the hood and trunk lid. This created a flaw in the paint on both the hood and trunk lid that looks like shadows in the paint. These should both be resprayed. I would have had that done myself, but I wanted the new owner to see exactly what the paint looks like so they didn't have to guess about what was really underneath new paint on the hood and trunk. I took pictures of everything, but I hope the buyer will come and see the car in person before buying it so there are no surprises. This is the real deal. A super low-miles long wheelbase 560 sedan that was owned by a little old lady from upstate NY. This car is a relic from the days when Mercedes Benz made its S class cars to a standard, not to a price. Those were the days when they did it right, no matter how much it cost. The car is like a vault. Everything is what its supposed to be, nothing molested. I've seen a few others with lower miles (I don't think I've seen one offered with mileage as low as mine), and they typically list for $12 or 13K or more. I've priced mine such that for that money or less, the new owner will also be able to pay for the paintwork, the dash repair and whatever else they'd like to do to make it perfect.