EVALUATION : Largely original | A German-market car imported here in 2017 and showing 52,810 kilometers (32,815 miles), which is low but not so low that you’d feel pangs of guilt for driving it. Excellent original brightwork with little age and no scratches. Good but not exquisite recent repaint. Mostly excellent interior with very cool plaid seats, but there are some cracks in the console trim.
Pampered its whole life, finished in very loud (and very 1970s) colors. The 4-speed is rare, although an automatic is arguably more fitting in an old luxury sedan like a W116 Mercedes.
BOTTOM LINE : Condition is important for any classic car’s value; it’s especially important for old Benzes. Plenty of Mercedes with needs sold relatively cheaply in Scottsdale this year, but the best of the best examples, like this one, attracted a lot of attention and a lot of money.