1974 Mercedes-Benz 240D

A few weeks ago I looked at a nice 1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D that sold for a really fair $7,500. I confessed my admiration for the W123 and all that it can do, as well as what it can’t. Today, I came across a very interesting W115 240D up for bid in Portland, Oregon that deserved a closer look. I think the W115 in general gets overlooked at times because it isn’t the W123 but that doesn’t it isn’t a great car on its own. At first glance on this 1974, everything looked great with major recondition on both the exterior and interior. It wasn’t until I saw the photos under the hood and read the description of this car to see that this really wasn’t a 240D. At least not anymore. Let me explain.

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1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D

Update 9/26/18: This 240D sold for $7,000.

The W123 Mercedes-Benz 240D is a car that does everything for me. I rotate my 1983 4-speed manual car as one of my daily drivers and despite its many flaws, I appreciate how satisfying it is. When I am driving home from work at night alone on the highway, it is true bliss. Everything is in the right spot, nothing is rattling or shaking, everything fits perfectly, it returns just over 30 mpg and all of that makes you realize why it is considered one of the best cars ever produced. It isn’t all gravy though, because on days when I’m heading to work in traffic and it’s 86 degrees outside, I’m driving it like a maniac just to not get ran over by a tractor tailor because I don’t have enough power to merge on the highway. Then when I do arrive at work, all my coworkers ask me why I look like I just wrestled a bear. Nope, just driving my 240D. I suppose it is not the cars fault because you do need to be a certain kind of crazy to still be daily driving one of these. The newest 240D is now 35 years-old and is well into classic territory and should be treated as such. But no, not me, I’ll suffer for the sake of good ergonomics and forgoing something called a ”car payment.”

This of course leads me to today’s car, a 1982 240D up for bid in Annapolis, Maryland. This car is painted in the rare Mango Green and checks with a just under 62,000 miles which is pretty unheard of when it comes to 240Ds. As you might have guessed, it is extremely clean and shows very little wear at all. What kind of price might it bring? I’m curious to find out.

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1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D

Every time the Mercedes-Benz W114 and W115 come up, basically the same thing is said over and over again: oft overlooked and somewhat forgotten. Not because these were bad cars or anything, but mostly because they predated one of the most legendary cars of all time in the W123. To me, these cars felt like sort of a dry-run for Mercedes when engineering the W123. Some things worked and were carried over to the W123, while other things were left in the past. One of the biggest things to make the jump to the new generation was the OM616 and OM617 diesel engines. Slight tweaks were needed, but the core of the engine was basically the same. They brought unparalleled reliability and toughness, but that came as a cost of being dreadfully slow. Still, it’s tough to complain about that when even now, some 40 years later, these engines are still kicking as well as the day they left the factory. This 1975 240D up for sale in Ohio painted in the lovely Cayenne Orange looks to be a real winner at first glance. But for as much as I wanted to love this car, some red flags have me thinking again about this one.

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 240TD

I’ve been using my 1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D with a 4-speed manual as my primary driver for over year now and really enjoy almost every aspect of it except for one big thing: It is ungodly slow. The North American spec 240Ds were blessed with a conservative 67 horsepower and 97 lb⋅ft of torque when new and after 35 years I’m going to guess it lost a few precious ponies. This results in me using the accelerator pedal as an on-off switch the majority of the time. Don’t get me wrong, around town the car is totally fine. On the highway? I’m traffic’s worst nightmare. If I am at the front of the line at a stoplight and the speed limit on the road is 55 mph, I might as well be hauling a car full of puppies to the pound because that is how people look at me. It takes somewhere in the 15-20 second range to accelerate to 60 mph depending on the grade of the road and Peggy in her minivan on her way to soccer practice has no patience for me.  Other than that, everyone loves the car. But what if the 240D was even slower? Say hello to the 240TD.

This German-import 1985 240TD up for bid in Arizona is equipped with everything my 240D has, including the same 4-speed manual gearbox, but with the extra weight of the wagon. You can see where I am going with this. Thankfully, this W123 estate is actually nice enough where you can pick and choose your 0-60 mph battles and not feel bad if you hold someone up for an extra second. Although at the current price, is it worth it?

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1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D

Last week I checked out a 1982 240D with a mere 1,356 miles and explained that at $18,000, it’s probably going to be snatched up by someone who wants that second chance at a brand new W123. Today’s car, a 1983 240D, will probably offer that same chance at for whoever wants to step up and drop the money for this incredible 240D. Surprisingly (or maybe not), this W123 for sale in California not only has 60,000 more miles than last week’s example, but also is more expensive.

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Year: 1983
Model: 240D
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed maunal
Mileage: 62,866 mi
Price: $22,000 Buy It Now

1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D- ID# WDBAB23A3DB382189 – Single owner Pasadena, CA car

White/Blue MB tex – Power sunroof – 4 spd manual gearbox – Manual windows.
Cruise control – AM/FM Stereo – Power door/trunk/fuel filler locks – Tool roll still in unopened plastic bag.
Original safety kit – Unused original spare tire/wheel – 62k documented miles – Original windshield.
Owner’s handbook – Blue/orange quick reference placards.
VPC inspection sticker still on windshield – PDI sticker still in driver’s door jamb – Last year of US 240D production.

Extraordinary preservation from day one – Fully original paint as per infrared paint depth indicator.
Virtually no paint blemishes – Superb paint depth and gloss – Spotless door jambs and shutfaces.
Unblemished exterior brightwork.

Virtually flawless original interior – Perfect dash pad – Spotless carpets – Perfect headliner and package panel.
Spotless undercarriage – Spotless inner wheel wells – Spotless engine bay aprons.
Perfect grille/chrome bars – Spotless trunk area.

Major service just completed – New tires – All fluids and filters renewed.
New engine mounts/trans mount – Sway bar links – Alignment – Fuel hoses as necessary.

Looks, feels and smells like a new 240D. A potential MBCA National Preservation class winner.
Certainly one of the finest 240Ds in the country.

Call Roy Spencer @650-343-7980 for more details.

This superb 240D can be inspected at my facility in Burlingame, CA – 5 minutes south of SFO. Global shipping gladly arranged.
Golobal references available. Local Pre-purchase inspections available.
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This 240D in Classic White is in remarkable condition even for what would be considered lower mileage on a W123. I always take note of the wheel wells to see if the body color paint is still present or it’s been turned the black over the year and with this car, the while shines through nice and clear. Either someone was great with some degreaser and a brush or there just wasn’t a lot of road debris to that came in contact with this car. Probably a combination of both if I had to guess. Inside, the blue MB-tex and wood shine like a new car and I’m very surprised the blue dash hasn’t cracked in the many years in the California sun. Given the care the rest of the car shows, maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised. Every other part of this car checks out as being almost flawless as well.

This outstanding 240D is priced at $22,000 and you won’t find me arguing that it’s not worth that. It’s a color that is desirable with the matching hubcpas rather than Bundts, has the 4-speed manual that is generally preferred over the automatic and above all is a turn-key car. But for me, it’s not a ton of value for what you are spending. I can go find a handful of nice 240Ds for probably a third of the price of this one and get the same enjoyment out of it. Yes, it probably won’t have 62,000 miles and I couldn’t eat my dinner off the valve cover, but the W123 isn’t garage art. We have W111 coupes and Pagodas to showoff the craftsmanship and beauty of this era at Mercedes-Benz. These are 240Ds; go drive them to 500,000 miles as they were intended. I’m all for caring for these cars and preserving them, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them to the fullest at the same time. The problem is a 240D isn’t giving me — and probably a lot of other people — $22,000 worth of enjoyment.

– Andrew

1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D with 1,356 miles

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen someone advertise the car they were selling as “low mileage”, I’d be a very rich man. I’d guess 99% of the time it’s some sort of crazy formula used to justify an older car with still a bunch of miles on it. Usually it’s the “only averaged 7,100 miles a year!” line or something of that sort. Well, if the car is 29 years old, that’s still over 200,000 miles and the whole low mileage thing goes right out the window. But no one else said you had to be rational (or honest) to sell a used car on the internet, that’s for sure.

But today’s car actually lives up to the term “low mileage”. Heck, that is probably an insult to how few miles this 1983 240D has on it, or at the very least extreme understatement. If you can believe it, which I think I do, this W123 for sale in California has a mere 1,356 miles on it. That’s it – 1,356. It’s the story of the owner bought it, got sick and it sat in a garage buried under a pile of rubbish for the last 35 years. Of course in typical Mercedes diesel fashion, it had a splash of fresh fuel along with a new a battery and it fired right up. Now that I can say I’ve probably found one of the lowest mile (or maybe the lowest period) W123s left out there, I had to take a closer look.

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Year: 1982
Model: 240D
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 1,356 mi
Price: $18,000

1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D, The original owner drove the car from San Diego to Vegas and back then parked it in his garage. He got ill and it stayed, covered in bags and boxes, until I was hired to clean and remodel the house for his estate. We put on new tires, a battery, changed the fuel and with one crank it started up and runs perfect….NO SMOKE. It had 1296 miles when I bought it and I have put on about 150 miles until I parked it covered in my garage where it is today. This car is MINT and needs to be in someone’s collection. I am not a collector and don’t want to drive it for fear that it may get nicked. It still has the dealers temporary registration on the front window.

The seller is massively underselling this car. Poor photos from random angles and no shots of the interior or engine don’t do the condition favors or represent it well. I’m very curious to see what the wood looks like since it hasn’t be exposed to any sunlight but is still 35 years old. The seller also makes no mention of any work needed to the brakes because I don’t think I’d trust 35 year old pads and rotors. The good thing about this W123 is that it’s the rare China Blue which is a highly desirable color on any Mercedes. I must admit this does look like a brand new W123 from what I can see, but sitting under a pile of junk for that long still gives me pause at some aspects of the car. I’d like all the fluids to be swapped out but the seller doesn’t mention any of that.

The asking price for this 240D is $18,000 and I have no doubt in my mind that someone is going to pay that. This is someone’s second chance at one of these that they missed buying 35 years ago or had one then sold it and now they want another go round. It wouldn’t surprise me either if a private collector bought it to stash away in a collection. I’ve seen 240Ds and 300Ds sell for much money with obviously many more miles so whoever ends up with this car probably isn’t going to make a bad purchase — if you can justify spending $18,000 on a 240D in the first place.

– Andrew

1979 Mercedes-Benz 240D Hearse

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Ever hear the old joke “he’ll be late for his own funeral?” That adage refers to the people who were driven in to their funerals in a Mercedes-Benz 240D hearse – because this thing is so slow, they literally were late to their own funeral. The W123 240D produces 67 horsepower which is slow enough in the standard sedan. Add in a hearse body (as well as a real body inside a heavy casket) and a farm tractor is starting to look like a more expedient option. This 1979 that is heading up for auction in New Mexico is a curious car with some odd things and interesting stories, so let’s try to make sense of this funeral coach.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 240D

When I consider the slew of new cars for 2016, my mind keeps circling around one question: just how long could you keep one of these machines on the road? My guess is not for long, with the plethora of electronic devices that are bound to go wrong as time marches on. In this era of leasing, it seems that new cars are becoming throwaway items, cast off for those wanting the newest and shiniest thing. This 1979 Mercedes-Benz 240D for sale in California is the exact opposite of the disposable vehicle. These cars were built to last and over three decades on still make for a sensible daily driver.

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1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D

We feature a lot of low mileage cars here at GCFSB, but one particular car that comes up in the rotation a lot for which mileage doesn’t seem to matter is the venerable W123 Mercedes-Benz. There’s been a few I’ve seen that have over 200,000 miles yet still appear as if they’ve rolled off the showroom floor. A testament, then, to good engineering and quality materials. This 1982 240D won’t get you there fast, but you could have fooled me that it has covered upwards of 150,000 miles. This particular example is from the southern US, has all its service records and has been regularly garaged.

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432k-mile 1981 Mercedes-Benz 240D

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Last week I wrote up a very clean, well-traveled BMW 524td, and commented that its looks and efficiency might help it supplant the Mercedes-Benz W123 diesels as my stinking and smoking cruiser of choice. While I did like that car, I think I’ll keep my E28s loud and fast and leave the highway trundling to the Benzes, especially when they can cover mileage like this one. Having spent its 33 years with a single owner in Florida, it’s covered an incredible 432k miles. Everything about is a testament to why these are some of the most revered automobiles in the history of the machine. Top Gear may have shown the indestructability of the Toyota Hilux, and I’m of that tribe as well, but holy cow these things are incredible. 80s BMW interiors rarely look like this with a quarter of the miles. With no reserve and a great history, it’s a fun idea to think of DDing this intrepid traveler in pursuit of a million miles.

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