Things are a bit slow on the car-hunting front here at Moto Roster because we're working on some techy-stuff that we're excited to share soon. Until then, we're still out there scouring for interesting cars and a couple over very different Mercedes from the 60's caught our eyes. One is a luxury car with a big V8, the other is a truck beast of a 404 with a "little" gas V6.
First up is 1966 250SE on offer on eBay for $11,900. The ad is short on details, but what jumps out to us is the condition of the interior, and the fact that it has apparently received a motor upgrade in the form of a 4.5L V8 from a later 200.
The car looks very nice, and the floor mounted shifter, and mention of "the injections" makes us think that the V8 came out of a much newer car. The oddly written ad makes no note of the swapped motor, but does point out the heavy duty floor mats and their Mercedes emblems.
The interior looks ridiculously clean, though the shots are from very odd angles and we never get a clear view of the full upholstery. The seller notes that some instrument cluster bulbs need to be changed, and that a new steering gearbox (included) needs to be installed. That sort of covers the waterfront in terms of needs, but it fits in with the rest of the quirky ad.
Next up is a one of our favorite automotive genres: ex-municipal service vehicles from Germany. This time we have a 1964 Unimog / 404 that can be yours for only $12,500, some elbow grease, and probably a CDL.
The seller is upfront with some scary details including: ".. a problem yet diagnosed with the air breaks (sic) and the rear breaks (sic) seem to be at a sticking point." On top of that, there are some non functional lights and windshield wipers so you can work on your choice of electrical or pneumatic issues. On the positive, it has a PTO pump that can shoot water 150 feet.
There is some peeling paint but we would imagine that the fire truck body on this thing is galvanized so we're not too concerned.
In addition to the PTO pump, there looks to be a few thousand dollars worth of metric fire hose and nozzles still on board. If you strip out the pump and open up the rear, we think you'd have a great start on a go anywhere (slowly) camper, or the makings of the world's most bad-ass food truck.
Airbrakes notwithstanding, the low price and "Best Offer" field on this one make us think we need a little Unimog in our life.
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