1985-1 FAMILY OWNER! ONLY 113,000 MILES! RARE EURO SPEC VERSION! $99 NO RESERVE!
- Condition: Used
- Make: Mercedes-Benz
- Model: 500-Series
- SubModel: S CLASS - 380SEL - 380 SEL
- Type: Sedan
- Trim: Premium / Luxury
- Year: 1985
- Mileage: 113,000
- VIN: 00000000000000000
- Color: Black Pearl
- Engine size: V8 Engine
- Number of cylinders: 8
- Fuel: Gasoline
- Transmission: Automatic
- Drive type: RWD
- Interior color: Gray
- Vehicle Title: Clear Want to buy? Contact seller!
1985 Mercedes-Benz 500-Series S CLASS - 380SEL - 380 SELTHE CAR MAN COMPANY
7221 W. Broad St.
Richmond, A 23294
1985 MERCEDES BENZ 380SEL V8
LONG WHEEL BASE
EUROPEAN SPEC VERSION
NO RESERVE! - ABSOLUTE SALE! - BID TO WIN!
- Only ONE FAMILY OWNERSHIP Since New In 1985!!
- Yes, he Same Owner For The Past 20 Years!!
- Only 113,578 Original Miles Since New!!
- An Average Of Just 3,785 Miles Per Year!!
- Never Smoked In!!
- Original Spare & Jack Never Down!!
- Original Owners Books, ase, amp; 1 Key!!
- A Very Interesting Mercedes Benz!!
- Automatic Transmission
- 3.8 Liter V8 Engine
- Long Wheel Base Version
- ABS Brakes
- Special Order MB Velour Cloth Interior (This was a $1,400 option in 1985)
- Special Order MB 4 Seater Package (This was a $4,500 option in 1985)
- Power Front Bucket “SEC” Seats
- Power Rear Bucket “SEC” Seats
- Dark Burl Wood Interior Trim
- Custom Full Leather INTERAD Italian Steering Wheel
- Power Sunroof
- Power Windows
- Power Door Locks
- Power Mirror
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Air Conditioning
- Dual Tone Horn (High & Low Pitches)
- Original Becker Stereo/Tape
- Cruise Control
- Rear Defrost
- Fog Lights
- Original European Spec Headlights
- Original European Spec Bumpers
- Alloy Wheels
- Tinted Glass
- & More!
This unusual 1985 Mercedes Benz 380SEL is a very rare European specification version. Like most European versions in the country this one was imported into the USA back when it was new. This model is particularly interesting because in the USA we only had a 380SE & a 380SL in 1985. For the top of the line model in the USA we had the 500 Series vehicles. So here you have the more fuel efficient V8, ut in a long base version! It has been owned by the same family since new in 1985. The original owner who was the grandfather of the family kept it from 1985-1995 (approx. 10 years). He gave it to his adult son in 1995 and he & his wife have owned it from 1995 until now (approx. 20 years). However it has barely been driven over the last 6 or 7 years. Though it is a pretty nice car overall it is just over 30 years old so it is not new or perfect, eep reading for more details.
This 1985 380SEL is finished in Black Pearl with a matching Light Grey Velour Cloth Interior. We have tested all of the power features and most everything is in good working order. Yes, he power windows, ower locks, ower sunroof, ll 4 power seats, ower mirror, ower steering, ower brakes, ice cold” air conditioning, ruise control, ights, ipers, tone horn, tc. all work well. (Here is what does not work: 1) The left rear power window does not work. 2) The radio does not turn on.) We have also road tested this Mercedes briefly. Overall it appears to do everything just fine, he motor sounds strong, he transmission shifts just fine, tc. It is cold natured and takes about 10 minutes or so before it seems to warm up. Also when driving it doesn’t want to take the gas so it hesitates when accelerating. I have noticed the longer the car is on, he better it gets. I drove it myself about 15 miles and once going it seems to do ok. But since it has barley been driven since 2008 I would recommend some service & repairs before attempting a long road trip. So in closing if you live locally here in Richmond you will be fine to drive it home. If you want to go to Florida or California I would plan on bringing a trailer or shipping the car home.
The exterior is in average overall condition. This is what I like to call a “20 footer”. From 20 feet away it makes a nice appearance. However there are a number of small dings on the top surfaces (I guess from hail at some point over the last 30 years). The paint on the front fenders & trunk lid are badly worn (as pictured). I’d like to think the wear on the paint gives this Mercedes the patina a vintage automobile has earned over the decades. But if you want perfection then you should plan on painting the car. There are no large dents or anything like that and the body is pretty nice looking for a 1985 model. The bumpers, enses, oldings, lass, tc. all look quite nice actually. (Heck, f you needed to buy the front & rear Euro type bumpers and Euro headlight lenses you would spend about $2,000 used for it all if you could even find them!) The factory original 14” Bundt style alloy wheels are still present and the original “never used” spare with its original Michelin is still in the trunk!
The interior is very good overall condition. Considering this is a 1985 model it is about as nice as any I have seen in a long time on a classic 126 chassis Mercedes S Class. The interior is my favorite part about this 380SEL. Out of the hundreds & hundreds of 126 chassis Mercedes’ we have sold over the years I have never seen another one like this! After some research online I found out that the interior of this car which features four Mercedes SEC Coupe individual bucket seats is known as “The 4 Seater Package” and was a $4,500 option back in 1985! Furthermore the factory “Pinstriped Velour Cloth” interior was an additional $1,400! So if you preferred the bucket style sport seats of a 380SEC or 500SEC in 1985, ut wanted a 4 door car Mercedes had this option available for you! Moving on now… The seats are clean and look just super front to back. Of course the front seats are power operated and move every which way, ut the rear seats are also power operated and can be reclined as well! The dash is clean and has no stress cracks either (amazing after 30 years). The factory burl wood interior trim looks very nice as well. Even the carpets and matching light colored headliner look great too. A very special automobile indeed!
We have all of the original owners books, ase, nd 1 key for this car. The original first aid kit is still in place after all these years. And finally the original spare with its Michelin Tire and the jack are all in place as well. Best Of All We Are Selling This “One Of A Kind 380SEL” At NO RESERVE & STARTING AT JUST $99! Thanks for looking and good luck with the bidding.
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What should I expect when buying a used vehicle? This is a reminder to all bidders. These vehicles are USED vehicles and are not new. Please expect a certain amount of wear, se, nd flaws as is standard on ANY used car. All used cars including this one may have: dings, ents, icks, hips, lass marks, aint fading, aint scratches, revious paintwork, ccident history, nibody damage, ire wear, ust, ndercarriage wear and grime, heel and rim imperfections, r any other issues that are associated with use that is consistent with age and mileage of the vehicle. Obviously a car that is 10+ years old will show more wear and have more flaws than one that is 2 years old. Since these vehicles are used, lease remember that owners manuals, xtra keys, emote entry keys, avigation discs, d cartridges, loor mats, tc...do not always remain with vehicles throughout their life. We will not be responsible for these minor accessories. These items are all replaceable at any local factory dealer, lectronic store, r even on eBay.
What about the vehicle’s history report? We often use these services to check a vehicles background. Carfax and Autocheck are wonderful services, ut they have their limitations. Many times they will show more “owners” than we may state a vehicle has had. This is because they are an information service only. They have never seen the car, wned the car, nd have no other information about the car than what is reported from different agencies. All of this information is originally hand entered into their databases at their source and mistakes and inconsistencies will occur! For example when a dealer such as ourselves purchases a vehicle they may pick it up as a new owner when this is of course not the case as dealers are not end users. Also they often contain mileage errors are inconsistencies that appear to make little sense. Just like any computer generated information report you need to know how to read the report & when to read between the lines. Having seen thousands of these over the years we can help you understand the information listed in these reports, ust ask.
Can you explain your as-is / warranty policy? All vehicles are being sold as-is, here is with no warranty, xpressed or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for correctness of description, uthenticity, enuineness, r defects herein, nd makes no warranty in connection therewith. Any and all descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. Your bid is binding under applicable statute. The buyer assumes all responsibility for all defects known and unknown. The seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs, efects or damages pre-existing or otherwise regardless of any oral or written statements about the vehicle. The buyer has no right of rescission and is not entitled to any compensation for known or unknown, r disclosed, r undisclosed damage or repairs. Do not bid if you are not prepared to conclude your purchase. All information and comments contained within the vehicle listings are deemed reliable, ut are not guaranteed. We try very hard to make sure they are as accurate as possible. If an option or feature is not listed in the ad or you do not see it in the pictures, hen the vehicle most likely does not have that option or feature. We do not want you to be unhappy with your purchase but at the same time you have to understand what "AS-IS" means. It means sold without warranty - no exceptions. Most cars are sold at wholesale prices, any way below book prices. Therefore there is minimum profit at best and as such we can not afford to warranty the vehicle as if you had purchased it off a retail lot at full list price. Remember many of these cars are near a decade old or many have in excess of 100,000 miles so they may be new to you but that doesn’t change the fact that they are used cars and repairs can be needed at any time regardless of how short a time period you have owned the car. While we try to service any known defects it is still possible for used vehicles to need service or repairs the first days or weeks of ownership. All cars are used machines and used machines need general repairs on a regular basis many times without prior warning. This is especially true for name brand highline & exotic vehicles that have more elaborate features and systems. Also repairs are more common on say a 10 year old model car as opposed to a 2 or 3 year old model car since they cost significantly less than a newer car. Obviously the older the car the more possible this is of happening. What you have just read is basically common sense, ut there are some people who don’t understand this so this is why we have spelled it out in plain English.
Can I see or inspect the vehicle in person? Prospective bidders are always welcome to come view or arrange on site inspections of the vehicle they are interested in BEFORE the close of the auction; however, e do NOT allow test drives. Once the auction has ended the vehicle is now considered sold and we do not permit any post sales inspections at that point. Of course if you are the winner of the auction you are always welcome to look over the car, est drive it, nd make sure you are happy with it before taking delivery.
Do you end auctions early? We reserve the right to end any auction early should we deem it necessary. However this is quite rare and occurs in less than 2% of all listings. But occasionally we have to end an auction early because we made an error in the vehicles options, escription, arranty, r have a title issue. Also any bid retractions within the last half of the remainder of the auction are subject to be ended early at our discretion. We further reserve the right to refuse the sale of any vehicle to any bidder or buyer at our discretion should we deem it necessary.
What are the technical legal terms? Venue for any legal action such as claims, otions, itigation, ettlements, r any legal action associated with this sale from either the buyer or seller is to take place in the State of Virginia in the Henrico County Courthouse. By bidding on this auction the bidder / buyer agrees that any legal action will be heard in the County of Henrico in the State of Virginia. Buyer agrees to be responsible for all legal costs including but not limited to court costs, xpenses, ttorney fees, ost of process service, nd any other cost associated with the normal course of business. Should debt collection be necessary buyer agrees to pay 1 ½ % interest per month or an annual rate of 18% until the debt is collected and paid in full. Should the vehicle need to be repossessed the buyer will be responsible for all costs associated with recovering the vehicle and the buyer will also be responsible for any damages to the vehicle. By entering into this contract the bidder warrants that they are at least 18 years of age and are financially capable of completing this purchase.
How do I pay for the vehicle? The balance of the purchase price MUST be paid for by cash in person, ashiers check (like you would get from most banks & credit unions), r bank wire transfer. We do not accept personal checks, redit cards, aypal (except for deposits), rafts, scrow services, r any other form of payment that is not expressly listed above. Some services such as E-Loan or HSBC place demands on their loans that we can not meet. For example sometimes they require the borrower to only purchase a vehicle in the state they reside and that of course would make it impossible for most bidders &ourselves to comply. So again, e work very hard to make the process go smoothly & quickly just let us know upfront if you have any special needs so we can help out. Please note that you are welcome to have your loan officer contact us to arrange one of the above payments if they have questions or concerns. We realize that different lending institutions have different needs and we are here to work with you in those instances. If you arrive to pick up your vehicle and do not have an acceptable form of payment you will be denied delivery of the vehicle. This means you will have to go home without the vehicle or stay over in Richmond until acceptable payment is received. Do not let this happen to you, ust follow our simple rules pf payment to ensure a smooth delivery of your new vehicle. These are the only forms of payment that we accept, o if they are not acceptable to you then please do not bid. Final payment must be made within 7 days of the close of the auction. There are no refunds or cancellations once payment has been made as all sales are final on all eBay related transactions.
Are there any other fees? We do not collect any taxes from any buyers. We do charge a small $95 fee to help cover the cost of the Gross Receipt Inventory Business Tax, emporary Tags, amp; Registration that is charged on each car. We charge this fee to help defray the cost of these expenses. International bidders will be subject to an additional $100 fee due to the extra costs associated with completing those sales. Things such as international phone calls, axes, edEx packs, nd wire transfer fees add up quickly for us when doing business outside of the U.S.A. So in summary all you pay to us is the winning bid price + the fee.
Do you require a deposit from me? We require that a deposit be made to secure the transaction by the end of the next business day on each vehicle purchased. This means that if you win the auction for any given vehicle at 10PM on a Monday night then the $250 deposit is due by 5PM the following night (Tuesday) . Each vehicle requires a $250 deposit. The deposit is to be made via PayPal only. If you do not have a PayPal account we will be happy work with you depending on each buyers unique situation. Should any buyer fail to make this deposit or to make other arrangements with us by 5PM we reserve the right to offer or sell the vehicle to another bidder or buyer as we deem necessary. Also should the buyer fail to make this deposit or make other arrangements with us by 5PM we reserve the right to cancel the transaction. If a buyer pays the deposit, ut does not complete the transaction for any other reason, hen the deposit is not refundable and becomes the property of The Car Man Company.
Can The Car Man Company arrange financing for me or take my trade in? We do not offer any financing through the dealership. Please have all loan and financing arrangements in place before you bid. Also we do not accept trade ins on our auction sales due to the limitations of the auction process.
Do I need insurance? Once the vehicle is paid for in full insurance is required from the buyer. We do not insure the vehicle after payment is made in full. This is especially important if your vehicle is being transported via car carrier.
How does shipping work? We do NOT arrange shipping for any of our vehicles. Vehicle shipping is the responsibility of the buyer of the vehicle. You are welcome to use any transporter you choose to come pick up the vehicle from our dealership. If you do not have a transporter we may be able to suggest one for you. Also you can do a web search for vehicle transporters for a greater selection. We do not take vehicles to shipping terminals or shipping ports. All vehicles must be picked up at the dealership during regular business hours Monday - Saturday. Pricing and delivery times are between you and your shipper. Average shipping time is 5 - 15 days depending on many different factors. It is recommended that exotic or high dollar vehicles be shipped enclosed (but that is a personal choice). Also vehicles such as, imousines, arge Commercial Trucks & Large Vans, tc. may have extra costs associated with them due to size limitations or may not be able to be shipped at all. All buyers should keep the above information in mind when purchasing a vehicle. PLEASE NOTE: Approx. ½ of our cars are transported, nd these cars can have no more than ¼ tank of fuel to help the weight down on the transport trucks. Because of the fact we do not know which cars will be transported & which will be picked up in person, ll cars will have no more than ¼ tank of fuel at delivery.
What happens after I win the auction? At the close of the auction we will contact you by email and ask for your name and phone number. Melissa (our office manager) will then call you on the phone and go over all of the details with you. After you have paid your deposit, ll we need to do is schedule a time for delivery. Please give us 24 hours notice if possible so we can detail & prepare your vehicle for delivery.
When can I pick up my vehicle? If you are planning to pick up the vehicle in person, hese are the hours we are open for eBay deliveries: Monday - Friday (9am-5pm ET). We are open on Saturdays from 11am-5pm. We are closed on Sundays and all National Holidays. If these hours do not suit your needs, hen please arrange to have your vehicle shipped. These are the only hours we will be delivering vehicles. We will have all required paperwork ready for you upon your arrival for a speedy delivery. Please give us 24 hours notice if possible so we can detail & prepare your vehicle for delivery.
What if I can not come to your dealership to pick up my vehicle & I wish to have it shipped to me? If you are shipping your vehicle, nce we have received full payment we will FedEx all necessary paperwork (including vehicle title, emporary tags, nd registration) to you for required signatures. In addition to the necessary paperwork, e will send you a return receipt envelope for you to send us back all copies of all the documents. Once we have received full payment for the vehicle, ou can arrange shipping for your vehicle or if you have already done so you may let your shipper know that the vehicle has been paid for and is now cleared for pick up. Please try to give us (or have your transporter give us) 24 hours notice before pick up so we can have your vehicle detailed for you before it leaves our dealership. Please note that even though we detail every car before it leaves, ars that have a great distance to travel will usually still get dirty from road debris or unforeseen weather conditions while traveling from state to state.
Will you leave me positive feedback? We are always happy to leave you positive feedback once the transaction is complete. We hope you too will leave us positive feedback and give us a 5 star rating as well.
Anything else I should know? By bidding on the above vehicle or by purchasing the above vehicle, idder / buyer acknowledges all eBay rules and the rules and regulations as stated in this listing by The Car Man Company. By placing your bid you accept all rules as listed above and understand there are no refunds or cancellations, s your bid is a legal and binding agreement, as stated in the eBay User Guidelines).
One more thing, ill buying a vehicle on eBay be easy & fun? We think so, e have sold vehicles to customers in every state and many cities & countries all over the world. If we can do anything to help make your purchase easier just ask and we will do our best to accommodate you. Purchasing a vehicle on eBay is not only a great way to get a great deal it is also a lot of fun and we do everything we can to make it as simple and enjoyable as possible. Don’t forget to see our other vehicles we have up for auction this week! Thank You! Thank You!