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These Are the Best-Preserved 1990s Mercedes-Benz Models for Sale on Autotrader

Although many people buy their cars to drive and use — even expensive luxury cars — some people save them for special occasions and use them only sparingly. These five Mercedes-Benz models are an excellent example of that, as all five of these 1990s Mercedes models are beautifully preserved in a way you wouldn’t expect for a vehicle that’s over 20 years old. If you’re looking for a pristine 1990s Mercedes, this list is for you.

1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC - $14,995

1993 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC – $14,995

Before Mercedes-Benz had the CL-Class or the latest S-Class Coupe, there was this: the “SEC” model, which was essentially a coupe version of the 500SE sedan — hence the “C” at the end. This body style was offered from 1992 to 1999, and early examples are tremendously hard to find in nice shape. This particular example is an especially unusual color combination, as it’s finished in two-tone blue with what appears to be a dark blue interior. It’s offered by Mira Auto Sales in Cincinnati with just 56,800 miles for $14,995.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet - $39,000

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet – $39,000

The 1990s Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet is starting to gain in value, so low-mileage examples are starting to come up for sale as owners and dealers are noticing the rise in market prices. This 1994 E320 Cabriolet is especially handsome, finished in black with a gray leather interior and just 22,000 miles. It’s offered by The Last Detail in the Chicago area for $39,000, which reflects the rising market values (and interest) in these cars.

1995 Mercedes-Benz SL600 - $35,900

1995 Mercedes-Benz SL600 – $35,900

The 1990s Mercedes-Benz SL remains a legend, as it boasts a solid feel and a classic look that makes it highly desirable even today. This particular example is really noteworthy, because it’s traveled just 8,900 miles from new — and because it features a 6.0-liter V12 powertrain that makes it more special than a regular V8-powered SL500. It’s offered by Isringhausen Imports in Springfield, Illinois, for $35,900.

1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 - $11,885

1999 Mercedes-Benz SLK230 – $11,885

The SLK was Mercedes-Benz’s attempt at a small roadster, rivaling the then-new Porsche Boxster and the BMW Z3. Sold from 1998 to 2004, the original SLK was offered with two engine options: a V6, or a supercharged 4-cylinder like this one. This SLK has been perfectly preserved, as it touts just 24,700 miles. It’s currently offered by Private Collection Motors in Orange County, California, for $11,885.

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    • You can always ship it! Just remember that Mercedes is a high maintenance brand that WILL break on you leaving you with a big repair bill! Go aftermarket on replacement parts since they are generally higher quality.
      Germans engineer luxury cars to fail! It’s like they have a timer that self-destructs the car when warranty expires!
  1. That 1993 500 SEC has the ecologically friendly electrical wiring throughout the car.  It was horrible move as the insulation cracks with age and the process is accelerated by engine heat. Between the hydraulic suspension maintenance and the engine bay wiring harness failure these are a hard pass at any price.

    • They fixed that problem circa 1996-97, so my 1998 CL500 has been totally trouble free! And the suspension problems pale in comparison to the ABC issues on the W220

    • Is that the same wire that the early Cayennes have?  Tyler Hoover was talking about how those vehicles with the decomposing wires are going to be essentially worthless in a couple years once the wires really start breaking down.  What an idiotic thing to occur in a premium vehicle.

  2. All of these are impeccably well built. (Ok the SLK is a touch chintzy and sounds like a rock tumbler). Benz was at the top of their game thru the 90’s.

    If you swung a sledgehammer at the gorgeous wood trim or dashboard, you’d be left with a busted sledgehammer. 
  3. I’d consider the SLK, as I always rather liked the style.  Same goes for the E320, save for the eye-watering price tag.  The SL is indeed timeless.  As for the SEC, was never a big fan of this generation S-klasse.  It just looked way too portly.

    • Agree about the S class.  That was one of the less attractive gens and just does not appeal to me.  Now that E320 convertible is aging really well in my opinion.  Still looks stately I think.

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