1999 MERCEDES-BENZ C200

Why did most punters miss out on this Mercedes?

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by Classic Car Weekly Team |

The classic market hasn’t caught onto it yet.

Generally the only C-Class model that comes to a classic sale is the AMG, so this regular model was something of a rarity. Those that do appear are, on the whole, tired and scruffy, but this one was potentially a cut above. While the 190 is highly popular (whether a breadline-model 180 or an RS Sierra-bashing 190E 2.5-16) the C-Class hasn’t yet caught on. Some believe it might never do so as it’s ‘not a proper’ Mercedes, but interest is growing.

You had to look past first appearances.

Here was an example of looking beyond the mildew and dirty front seats to see what was really there. Bodily this ‘C’ was very good. Immediately apparent was an entire lack of corrosion – the front and rear wheelarches, the front wings and door bottoms, which are often holed, were factory solid. All the doors opened and closed with a reassuring solidity, and there was no hinge droop. The paintwork was good too, and while there were a few scratches on the rear bumper corners there was little in terms of stone chips. Punters might have been put off by the mildew around some of the trim, and the door shuts were grubby. But the engine bay was tidy, needing detailing but nothing involving much effort or expense. Even the ‘dustbin lid’ hub caps were in good order.

The history counted in its favour.

The first owner had it until 2019. The 37,000 miles were warranted, and there were eight service stamps in the book, plus MoT test certificates and handbooks. It was said to be driving well, but it had been subject to an insurance claim in 2010.

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