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It was Motor Trend's 1996 Import Car of the Year and now one example has been turned into a pickup/ute Binz. This 2000 model year second-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class is up for sale right now with a current bid of $17,000 on Bring a Trailer. The conversion, which included extending the wheelbase by 29 inches, was done prior to delivery. This wasn't some simple slice and re-patch together type of job, but rather one done to the highest quality. For example, Binz, the official contract partner of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz cars, added diamond-plate floors and tubular stainless steel bed rails.
Originally ordered by an Atlanta-area Mercedes-Benz dealership, this old E320 has been with one owner for the past 15 years who has meticulously maintained it.
Power comes from a 3.0-liter V6 with 221 hp and 232 lb-ft of torque paired to a five-speed automatic transmission. It is also rear-wheel-drive. Along with the wheelbase extension, there are AMG Monoblock wheels, individual rear seats, and a total of just 21,000 miles. Not bad considering its age.
The seller also notes that the bed rails feature LED lighting and the bed itself has a spray-in bedliner in addition to that diamond plate floor. The rear window is hinged and can be opened as well. The interior also looks to be in excellent shape and is even equipped with a Bluetooth, automatic climate control, and all-weather floor mats, among other things.
The rear seats are even pre-programmed with a loading function enabling them to fold flat. The sale also comes with copies of the original Binz build sheet showing the conversion work ordered by the dealer. Speaking of which, that custom work cost an additional $50,000 over the car's original sticker price. There isn't much time left to bid, but we're not sure whether the seller will even accept $17k.
Aside from conversions like this one, the German company also builds custom hearses and public vehicles like police wagons. But whoever ends up owning this insanely cool Mercedes E-Class pickup will be driving around a rare, if not one-of-a-kind vehicle - and they may just get it at a fantastic price.