A Classic Mercedes Is Very Affordable, So Should You Invest In One?


These things look great and work well as daily drivers.

If you are in the market for a classic car that you can still use every day, we would like to point you to the three-pointed star. Old Mercedes-Benz cars from the 1970s and 1980s are very affordable right now and can also be practical daily drivers. Back in the "good old days" Mercedes built incredibly sturdy cars that were over-engineered to last forever. That means that many of the cars built in these decades are still around today in very good condition and for less than you might think. We have compiled a list of four that all cost less than $25,000.

This 1972 280SEL will tote you around in supreme 1970s comfort. The 280SEL also has a M117 4.5-liter V8. This S-Class was built on the W108 chassis and just 8,173 were made. This car's equivalent would cost you more than $100,000 today but this one is now for sale at just $17,450. Even back in 1972 this Mercedes had four wheel disc brakes and set the benchmark for luxury automobiles. This car is roomy even by today's standard and can easily handle your weekly shopping. The SEL looks like a classic but can still handle the daily duties that your Prius used to take care of. The SEL is a must-have daily driver.

This is a 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL. The 450SL was built back in the days when the names of Mercedes' cars actually had something to do with the engine's displacement. The 4.5-liter V8 is good for 225 horsepower. With beautiful signal red paint and a tan leather interior, this thing is stylish. The SL may not be that sporty, but a car like this is made for cruising. In the past cars like this were driven by "those" people who wanted to appear wealthier than they actually were. Now the SL is starting to be recognized for what it was meant to be: a stylish luxury cruiser with supreme comfort and quality. For $19,990, this mint condition example could be in your driveway.

If you want a classic car but our first two cars weren't quite big enough for you, then prepare to behold the 300TD wagon. This 1981 example comes with a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter five-cylinder diesel engine. This engine wheezed out 123 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Yes, it can do 0-60 mph sprint and actually maxes out at a top speed of 103 mph. This example comes with a four-speed manual to help make the experience a little less slow, but again, this car is more about style. You may ask why some diesel-powered station wagon from the 1980s is cool, but if you need to be told then you'll never know. The craze of loving things that are weird has grown to unparalleled proportions and this car is sure to make hipsters swoon.

If you are surprised to see a G-Wagen on this list, let us explain. In the US, the G-Class has been branded as a luxury car (for some reason). Elsewhere in the world the G-Wagen had a pretty Spartan interior. This 1980 example even has a manual transmission. You wont find heated and ventilated seats like you would on a modern G-Class, but the platform is pretty much identical. We never received two door G-Wagens like this one in the US, so this example has clearly been imported from somewhere under the 25-year exemption. The car is being sold in Chicago for $26,888 which is more than our original budget, but we couldn't pass up the chance to put a G-Wagen on this list. This thing has legendary off-road capabilities.

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