1991 MB 500 SL Convertible VIN WDBFA66E6MF026505 3,400 original miles $9,500 obo
Original owner, stored in heated &air conditioned garage since new. Never wrecked…not even scratched, etc. Driven most during the first couple of years (1991-1993)…that’s where the most miles were put on the car. Maintained with battery tender and annual inspections & maintenance at local garage its whole life.
Red with tan leather interior, loaded with options as far as I know. Two tops, soft and hardtop (with custom MB rolling storage rack). Original tool kit, and spare tire (never used). V-8 Engine.
Car still has original tires and wheels as from the MB Factory in Germany.
We’ve been thinking of selling this car for a number of years, but never got serious about it. Hard to establish value on a car like this. Book value is pretty low for a $100k+ car (when new) in this pristine barely-used condition.
This summer (2014) it was being driven to the local garage for inspection and service when white smoke started to come out the tailpipe. Fortunately the car was close to the shop, as it’s only a mile or so from the house.
30+ year MB mechanic thinks it’s a “flaw” in the aluminum block casting…you can see the pics, how small this chunk is. But, due to the time that has passed, MB will not warranty the car. A new (reman) engine (complete) from Germany can be installed by the dealer for around $14,000. We’re not willing to invest that kind of money, since there are no plans to use the car more than before. Just makes no sense.
But, it probably “does” make sense for someone who loves these cars to do the necessary engine work and enjoy a basically “new” car that is still in pristine condition. I’d think repairing the original block or a used block reconditioned by a reputable mechanic (or knowledgeable new owner) could do this work for about 1/4 the price we were quoted for a new (reman) engine from MB.
Although the values of a typical used 500SL in excellent condition may be rising above the $12,000 to $17,000 range (we were quoted the $17,000 figure in around 2008 or 2009 by a MB dealer), we’ve always thought the value of this example should demand $20,000 to $25,000, or possibly even higher. Current value guides (2014) put a car in this condition well into the $20,000 to $25,000 range….and such cars likely do not have as low a mileage as this 3,400 mile pristine example! But, obviously, the $25,000 figure doesn’t apply any longer for this fine example due to the engine problem, sadly.
So, we’ve decided to let the car go “as-is” to someone who “hopefully” will repair the engine and enjoy and drive this car as it was intended. With a proper engine “fix” this car should drive and ride like “new” no doubt!
The car remains in its spot in a climate-controlled garage.
See attached pics….the earlier numbered file pics these were taken in around 2007, the later ones (with the engine cover off…in Sept 2014). Obviously, if we had gotten to posting this on ebay or AutoTrader, etc. I would have taken better pics…they really don’t do the car justice!
I may put this car out there on the various automotive internet sites, ebay, etc., but I thought listing it on a MB Forum would be the best place to start.
If you have any other questions, I’ll try and answer them. Please PM me or you can e-mail me at Im4BMW@aol.com
. I have more photos that I can email serious buyers.