With my SL back in service, and the costs mounting associated with starting my own business, I've reluctantly decided to pass along the C36 to someone else. I know me being reluctant sounds silly considering how many other MBs I've had, but when you read the description of this car you'll know why. Its the nicest condition MB I have ever owned.
I purchased this C36 from a big enthusiast in Memphis. He had recently purchased a gray market G-wagon and needed the cash/garage space to finish his project. To make extra money in his younger years, he would detail cars. The fastidiousness showed when I first came to pick it up. Every nook and cranny was spotless, and it was a shame having to drive it 8 hours home in the rain. He was owner number 3; he acquired the car from his brother who took it in on trade at his dealer. John claimed the original owner was the owner of the local Mercedes dealership, and kept it for many years.
Unfortunately the PO of my car inherited alot of deferred maintenance, and during his 5 years of ownership put will over $10,000 in the car. I don't have the detailed service receipts for all the little items, but the biggies will be attached in a PDF.
Complete Head Rebuild
New Timing Chain
Chain Rails and Tensioner
Engine Wiring Harness
Front brake rotors and pads all around
There were many other little items done to the car such as a power seat motor replacement, AC service, Transmission and various fluid changes, that the PO didn't have on hand. Obviously he didn't skimp on anything, as most would have just put a new head gasket in and called it a day. He also added some cosmetic touches such as an avantgarde grill, clear corners, and replaced the hood star with a flat badge.
During my ownership, I have also done some work to it. The car had quite a bit of road chips on the front bumper, so I chose to have it repainted. It was also was not tracking straight upon purchase, the culprit being a ruptured ball joint. Within the last 300 miles, I've had the vehicle serviced and a complete inspection done by my indy.
As you can see, with the bumper resprayed the car looks as close to new as I've ever had with a MB. There are no paint or body issues with this car, and clearly its been garaged its whole life. There are still a few road chips on the hood and side mirrors, but the paint is in astounding condition overall. The last thing I planned to do to this car was have the curb rash on the wheels cleaned up. I was quoted $300 to do all 4 by the same company that redid my vintage AMG pentas, which I would be happy have done at the next owner's expense.
The interior in this car is incredible. The leather is soft and perfectly worn in, and the new black headliner makes the rest of the interior pop. There are just a few hairline cracks in the veneer of the wood, and some light wear on gray part of the shifter.
Currently the car has 133,000 miles on it. I don't think there's a nicer C36 on the market right now, and normally when a car like this comes for sale its priced to the moon. I will part with it for $6950. This is one of those cars I'd really like to see go to a forum member and hear updates on.