Most people who are looking at this car or an A124 Cab know all about the wiring harness issue. This car is low mileage, so more than likely has never had any engine work done. The issues crop up when the wiring is moved and then the insulation crumbles (replace a 27 year old water pump and thermostat or similar repair). The fact that inspections have been made is irrelevant - this car has a junk harness that will have to be replaced at some point. Figure that into the buy price. The upper harness for this car is NLA so you have to find a used one for sale - and it has to exactly match what this car's harness P/N and spec - especially the ASR option which was not very common for E320's. Replacing the harness is not difficult - finding a correct one may be.
But, what a gorgeous Cab with rare and beautiful colors. This would be one to buy and care for despite the harness and hydraulic cylinders upcoming maintnenance costs.
This engine started as an early M119 engine (I believe M119.960) from a 90-91 R129 500SL. The engine was modified by taking the front timing cover from an M117 560 engine and installing it along with a distributor to the M119 engine to use the EZL and ECU from the 560SEL. It's more complicated than that (lower oil pans had to be swapped), but that is the basics. Maybe someone with more knowledge of the conversion can chime in to correct any errors I may have stated. The early M119 engine used the same KE-Jet fuel system as the M117, making the fuel system easier to interact with the 560SEL electronics. The M117 and early M119.960 blocks were very similar. You get the reliability and extra power (32v engine) of the M119 without some of the challenges of the very rare AMG M117 DOHC 32-valve engines.
Sure would be nice if the Japan market headlights would have been changed to US/ROW market headlights - they are readily available. Looks like from close up views of the 3-piece OZ wheels that 3 of the 4 wheels have at least one crack between the center bore and a lug bolt hole. Seller can confirm.
Odd that the car would have been repainted Silver vs the original 199 Blue Black Metallic - they made a lot of these cars in both colors! Although, silver with a black interior was not as common.
Neat car with lots of AMG mods to the interior. Would be fun to own.
"looks like it has been replaced" - is that a definitive yes or a guess?
Because the weather is perfect 90% of the time in Cali and the roads are good. Weather (snow/ice) sucks in the NE 30% of the year and a goodly amount of rain the other months, the roads are pretty bad (ex-interstates and toll roads) and people don't care about cars in the NE as they do in Cali. Add in very low humidity in Cali and you get what you see - great cars in Cali and crappy cars in the NE.
I travel to NJ 3-4 times/year (Newark, Morristown area) and the side roads are pretty bad. Was in Brooklyn 2 weeks ago for a wedding and the streets were generally horrible. Freezing temps with water = bad for roads. Saline coating for winter = really bad for cars and paint.
This is a beautifully done car with some love it/hate it wood treatment (zebra wood style) done. But the interior and exterior and mechanical work seems very well done (have never seen this car in person, though). No question the car is a clone WB and has never been purported to be an original AMG car. IMO, the biggest misstep in the original build was not adding performance to the package. Lots of eye candy.
@anton28 just have to Google the VIN....
I have a widebody I am also restoring and they are not sleeper cars, for sure - they are in your face cars and coupled with a quad cam M117, they have the bang under the hood to go with the body.
Having said that, the Hammer has an aura of mystique that has accrued over the many years when the first Hammer brought to the US was grandly unveiled to Motorsports Press members. Were there W126 sedans and coupes that first got the AMG quad cam engine? Yes, but those cars (like mine) were quietly built and sold and owned. The cache of the Hammer will never be equaled by a widebody SEC. And I am jealous of that cache. But, I lusted after a widebody and am lucky to have one.
Both AMG models are rare as hens teeth. Real hammers are easily less than 50 - the original Signal Red Hammer brought over from Germany (press car), the 13 made in the US by AMG N America and then a few more made in Germany and Japan. The number of 500/560 SEC widebody cars plus W126 sedan/coupe unmodified body cars (narrow body) a couple hundred or so - who knows? AMG made about 275-ish of the quad cam engines.
This car is very special and should go for lots of $$$. Best of luck to the new owner.
This is an insanely important car. Wish I had $500k lying around.... Real Hammer, Coupe body style, amazing condition, low miles and so forth. I bet less than 5 real Hammer coupes ever made. I know of 3 including this one.
Another Japan market car with what looks like right hand drive (RHD), left hand traffic (LHT) headlights. From a super close up look at the Passenger side headlight (pic 35), it appears the little arrow is pointing to the left - Seller please verify if I am seeing this correctly. 500E/E500 headlights are unique to these cars vs standard W124 headlights. These are non-US headlights on this car and (if my assumption is correct) they are for Japan/UK/Australia market. The reflectors and the lenses are specific for RHD/LHT and if used in the US or ROW, the headlights will direct light the wrong direction and into oncoming cars/eyes at night.
500E/E500 headlights are NLA and nearly impossible to find new or used. If a set is found, the price for a NOS set for this car will be $5,000 or so. Sellers who import cars from Japan rarely, if ever, take the time and expense to convert or provide proper LHD/RHT headlights for the US/ROW. Buyer beware, or don't drive the car at night.
If I am incorrect, Seller can provide additional pics of the little arrows for each headlight (especially the Passenger side) and I will graciously retract my comment.
Beautiful 124.036 and I especially like the plaid interior.
I see the roll-top console box in the trunk of one of the pictures, belay that question.
Does the original steering wheel and the roll-top center console (that has been replaced with the cup holder) come with the car?
Nice looking SEC
Hard to say how much time was spent on this car, except for applying Duraflex panels and paint. The rear window seal is not even an MB seal and there are no aluminum strips installed in the seal (can't because it isn't an MB seal - check out the walk around video at 1.45 and you will see what I mean). Seller should point out any major maintenance work - engine maintenance (timing chain, rails, tensioner), suspension work (ball joints, SLS, etc.), or other major areas. These cars can be expensive to catch up on deferred maintenance.
Would also like to know if there are any pics of the panel work done when the Duraflex flares were applied to the car - did the body shop stiffen the panels/flares to provide needed structural rigidity? What adhesive was used to affix the panels? Any rust found under the rear glass?
Seller, from the walk around video, the rear glass should have an aluminum trim insert into the rubber seal that frames the rear glass. This aluminum trim seems missing from the video. Please advise if my eyes are playing tricks!
Beautiful example in classic colors for the A124. My brother has this exact car with 54k miles on it and I have done a good bit of work on his. All the big questions have been asked and answered, so the new owner will have several items to address - upper wiring harness (mandatory), lower wiring harness, Electronic Throttle Actuator (same eco junk wiring - mandatory), hydraulic cylinders (mandatory), head gasket and front timing chain seal (mandatory at some time in the future). The wiring harness is NLA but can be bought off eBay as an updated used harness - just make sure the F.D. date is post 1990's and the harness was removed carefully. The lower harness is not as critical as the upper harness is - also NLA. The ETA is the throttle body and has the crap wiring. Don Roder in Alabama is THE guy to source one from. The hydraulic cylinders are a guarantee failure point and they will all have to be replaced - this is a proactive item so you don't get stuck with a soft top that won't open and won't get stuck with a puddle of hydraulic fluid somewhere. Top Hydraulics is a great choice for the rebuilt cylinders. I would also recommend the new owner buy and replace the 3rd brake light assembly (the whole thing not just the lens) as the rubber seal around the lens fails and water gets into the trunk. Buy two and save one for later. These aren't minor maintenance items - figure $8-$12k. When all done, this Cab will be a wonderful and classy car.
Spirited auction. Well bought.
Unicorn color and as new interior in stunning condition.
Would make a great parts car for a special 500E/E500 with mushroom interior. Just sayin...
JK, great car!
Yes, that is my car - 1984 500SEL AMG, 5.4L SOHC, with the amazing Clarion G-80 rack stereo.
Upper/Lower wiring harnesses replaced and also the EHA wiring rebuilt? Gorgeous car and the interior mushroom/beige is as good as I have seen, and mushroom leather is hard to keep nice. Well preserved car.
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