Okay, below will be the cut/paste from the ad I wrote for public consumption, but here is the reason. I'm going to sell one of my many MBs, and I just decided today that I'm going to keep the 2.3-16v AMG and sell the 500SE instead. The 500 is fantastic, but Doktorno and I are going to buy and sink piles of cash into a vintage racing 6.3. Selling the 500SE (a) makes room in the stable, and (b) gives me cash to sink into a 6.3.
Here's the ad:
1985 Mercedes Benz 500SE Euro
500SE pictures by tetontayton - Photobucket
The original owner of this car was working in Europe when this car was for sale at the local MB store. The salesman bugged him for a long while, and eventually he bought it. When the oil company sent him back home to Oklahoma in 1986, he had the car shipped to his home. He owned the car from 1985 to 2009 (when I bought it). The speedometer is in MPH, but the odometer is in kilometers; this was done to allow the trip computer to continue to function properly. I bought the car on May 8, 2009 when it had 33,056 miles on it – it currently has 43,025 miles on it. I like to drive it to work once a week – 140-mile round trip.
Completely unrestored, everything perfectly original. The original owner was a PSYCHO about perfection – I’ve never met another man like him. The car is in time-warp condition. Garaged every day of its life. I have kept up its condition by keeping it either in my garage or (lately) at a hanger at a local private airport (under a custom car cover).
Heavily optioned car:
o In-dash trip computer – yes it works just fine. LCD will get a little ‘light’ if used for more than an hour straight. Functions correctly and accurately.
o Manual climate control settings – driver and passenger dual function
o Vacuum adjust headlights
o ABS brakes
o Driver side airbag
o Limited slip rear axle
o Dual horns
o Factory fire extinguisher under driver seat
o Dual heated seats
o Rear headrests
o Mercedes mudflaps that were installed in 1985
o Two sets of wheels – the Lorinser LO's (on the car now) are restored and the factory bundts are in perfect condition and in boxes; both sets come with the car. Michelin tires are brand new.
No rust; except for its first year of life, it was always an Oklahoma or a Texas car. Paint is about perfect – a couple of rock chips on that painted metal strip below the headlights. No door dings. No repaint anywhere. No scratches. Chrome trim is perfect.
Interior is perfect. Never smoked in – smells like leather. Wood perfect – no cracks. No dash cracks. Seats perfect. No stains. No wear. Headliner perfect. All interior items (sunroof, windows, locks, etc.) work perfectly zero wear on any of the switches – yes, these are the original factory switches – all of them. No interior items have ever been replaced or "updated".
Drives perfect - smooth and straight. Oil pressure excellent; engine never overheats. Brakes are solid and straight. Doesn’t burn oil.
Repairs since I’ve owned it:
• On May 28, 2009, I had my Mercedes-only mechanic:
o Opened up the front of the engine to check the timing chain and guides. All were in excellent condition, and it was noted that the engine looked brand new inside – nice oil coverage and no sludging of any kind; barely any wear or markings on the camshaft.
o Replaced weeping rear main seal.
o The rear section of the exhaust was aged, so I bought a brand new Mercedes FULL exhaust from Germany and had it installed by him. He also removed the catalytic converters because they were nestled up against the transmission (when federalized), causing undue heat.
o All fluids changed – oil, coolant, transmission, brake, and differential
• On March 5, 2011, the air conditioning lost its charge. The culprit was the hose manifold; since that was a special order from Germany thing, we also replaced the compressor, drier, and expansion valve. Entirely new AC system that is cold as can be. R12 system – I don’t like the R134 in the older Mercedes.
The bad stuff:
• First owner was so anal retentive about privacy, he would never give me his service records. I bought the car anyways, because the condition was so insanely good. He was always a little ‘sketchy’ about me coming to see the car at his house. You'll certainly get all mine.
• The original engine developed a noise in 1991, so the first owner had it taken to Arthur’s Mercedes Service in Dallas, Texas. Arthur discovered a bent rod, but the reason behind the bent rod was never discovered. Arthur used a new short block, but rebuilt the engine with its stock heads and related parts – all set up and rebuilt back to European specs, even with the advanced timing because of the higher compression. The repair cost was around $10,000; no receipt for it, but I did call Arthur in Dallas in 2009 and discussed the incident with him. I documented what he told me. No engine issues since 1991.
• Minor oil leak at the lower timing cover; I haven’t had my guy mess with it yet.
• Rheostat (gauge dimmer) is a little bitchy. If you move the knob, the dash lights go out – if you set it in one place, the gauge lights work fine.
• One rock chip in windshield that was filled in to prevent cracking (happened two weeks ago – I was really pissed about that).
• No other bad stuff; condition is insanely good for any car, much less a 26 year old one.
Clear title in my name; car is located on the west side of Houston, Texas. PM or email me. It'll easily take you across the country with comfort and reliablity.