Everything is bigger in Texas, including insane price tags for used old-money mobiles. So pop open a Lone Star, get ready to stimulate somebody's economy, and let's go kick some tires.

Our Nice Price or Crack Pipe subject for today is a 1984 Mercedes Benz 500SL, for which the seller is asking $85,000. And no, it is neither gold plated, nor does it grant wishes.

Supplanting the pagoda-roof 280SL, the W107SL was first introduced in 1972, and had an 18-year lifespan which included many engine permutations. The 4973cc, 2-valve per cylinder engine in this example developed 231hp from the factory, which was enough to move its 3,400 lb heft with reasonable alacrity.

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Now, back to that price- $85 grand. Looking at other '84 500SLs for sale, the prices seem to range from about $9,000 to just under $20 grand. While the seller claims that this car received a $50,000 restoration eight years ago, that doesn't seem to justify a price that's four times higher than the best of the competition.

Just to put things into perspective, $85,000 will put you in spitting range of a brand new Dodge Viper. Or about 5 unrestored 500SLs.

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So, this is one option for that eighty five gees burning a hole in your pocket. The question though, is whether this '84 Mercedes Benz boulevarder is asking a Nice Price? Or if this car proves that even the Crack Pipes are bigger in Texas?

You decide!

Dallas Craigslist or go here if the ad disappears.

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