eBay Challenge: What's The Best Mercedes For Less Than $15,000?

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If there's any auto manufacturer that exemplifies all the amazing attributes of depreciation, it's Mercedes-Benz. This week's challenge is to find the best examples of the German brand, for less than the price of your average base model domestic econobox, or $15,000. This should be good.


Here are the rules:

  • Selections aren't limited to simply 'cars' (kit cars, trucks, and military/commercial vehicles included)
  • Cars must have a realistic selling price under $15,000.
  • Cars must be operable/easily restored to running condition.
  • Completed and sold listings can be included.
  • You can add modifications, as long as it doesn't go over the total budget.
  • Write a short reason why your car is the best Mercedes for under $15k.

Now go find a car as decadent as Filet Mignon, for the price of a can of Spam..

I'll arrange the best selections afterwards. You have until the end of the weekend.


sm70- why not Duesenberg?

Alright, I'm breaking the rules. It's on Autotrader, not eBay, and it's $900 over budget, so sue me. But hear me out, because this 1977 W116 450SEL 6.9 is everything a Mercedes should be. Big, safe, fast, high tech, luxurious, understated, cooler than hell, and black. You can't not look awesome . My god this car is perfect. Oh, and it's a European grey-market car, so no awful 5mph bumpers. And it has 32k original miles. This is my idea of heaven.