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.

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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

1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D

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Update 1/24/2018 – nearly a year and a half later, this car is still for sale at a slightly reduced price of $6,999 – getting closer to our valuation.

Another week, another diesel Mercedes-Benz. This one has a little more rarity thanks to fewer features than what we normally see. Manual transmission, manual windows, non-turbo diesel engine, cloth seat inserts but what you do get is European lights and bumpers finished over the wonderfully period-correct Thistle Green. So if you are looking for a bare-bones W123 diesel with a little bit of European flare, then this 300D north of Philadelphia might fit the bill.

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Classic Benz Style? The 30K Decision: 1984 280SL 5-speed v. 1964 220SEB 4-Speed

While for a few generations it’s been fairly predictable that newer used Mercedes-Benz models are cheaper than the older, well kept models, there’s been an interesting turn in the market over the past 6 months. We are witnessing a trend of ever increasing prices on all the 1980s iron, but really specifically in the Mercedes-Benz world the R107 is on the rise fastest of all. In a 5 month period, Hagerty has re-assessed its evaluation of the model’s worth, with most models doubling or tripling in value seemingly overnight. What was, in 2014, a $10,000 – $15,000 example will be on the market for double that today, or more. Is the R107 the next E30, or is this simply a demand spike that recognizes some of the best built and engineered Benz models produced? Well, it certainly does beg the question – if you were going to spend $30,000 on a R107, what other classic Mercedes-Benz models would fall into that range. For comparison, I lined up a lovely W111 coupe to consider – nearly the same miles, condition and asking price, and both are Euro-spec manuals. Which would be your choice?

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1977 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Euro-Spec- REVISIT

After failing to sell in 2014, the Euro-spec manual 280SE with some AMG bits that appeared here twice last year is back up for sale with a lower price but from the same seller. This car appears to be really unique and well presented and would certainly turn heads at any show. I especially love the over the top AMG-spec wheels and Euro-goodies that slim down and beef up the S-Class just a bit. At $9,999, this seems like a good deal for a great vintage Benz:

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The below post originally appeared on our site July 26, 2014 and September 6, 2014:

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1977 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC 4-speed Euro-Spec – REVISIT

After several relistings since I initially wrote it up back in May, this 350SLC is back up on the auction block. There was an claim that some of the 350SLC cars came badged as 450SLCs, making this car appear original, though I can’t find any proof of that – does anyone know better? Miles are very low, condition appears good and this would certainly be a fun package that would last – but the asking price is fairly steep at $19,000. What do you think this car is worth?

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1977 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Euro-Spec – REVISIT

The awesome looking 4-speed 280SE from 1977 that I wrote up in late July has reappeared on the marketplace, having not sold the first time around. This car appears to be really unique and well presented and would certainly turn heads at any show. I especially love the AMG-spec wheels and Euro-goodies that slim down and beef up the S-Class just a bit. At $12,000, this seems like a good deal for a great vintage Benz:

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The below post originally appeared on our site July 26, 2014:

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1977 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC 4-speed with 24,500 miles

A few weeks ago I wrote up a Euro-spec 1979 Mercedes-Benz 350SE; often overlooked in favor of their larger capacity brothers. That’s unfortunate for the reputation of the smaller V8, but it means for enthusiasts you can grab a great deal if you’re willing to take the lesser car. Today there’s an even more appealing version on Ebay – a 1977 350SLC with low miles, but more importantly a manual transmission!

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1980 Mercedes-Benz 350SL 4-speed manual

The offbeat Mercedes-Benzes are coming out of the woodwork this week. Following the 4-speed manual 280SLC we featured on Wednesday, here is a rare, V8 engined, 4-speed manual R107 SL. This 1980 350SL represents the last year for the 3.5 liter V8 before the switch to the 380SL with it’s 3.8 liter V8 engine known for timing chain reliability issues early on in the production run. The 3.5 liter V8 has 200 horsepower and a slightly higher compression ratio than the larger 4.5 liter V8 offered solely in the US. This 350SL for sale in Oregon is in amazing original condition and looks sumptuous in gold metallic over a very period brown interior.

1980 Mercedes-Benz 350SL 4-speed manual on eBay

1980 Mercedes 350SL. Rare in the US. 3.5L V8, 4 speed manual. Original paint, 54K original miles.

Up for bids is this rare Euro version of the venerable R107 Series – a 1980 350SL that was imported to US in 1984. Quite a bit of paperwork was involved to bring the car into the US, one obvious reason for all that work is the 4 speed transmission that this car features. When Mercedes transitioned from the W113 model to the new R107 they left US customers without the option of a manual gearbox. The manual transmission adds a simplicity to this model that hearkens back to the W113 cars, yet the car offers the modern safety features that defined the R107 series – kind of the best of both worlds. The European market cars also enjoyed livelier motors, more svelte bumpers, and of course the integrated one piece headlights that these cars wear so well.

The car comes with a complete set of EPA, DOT and Customs paperwork detailing the importation process, right down to the bill of lading from the Wallenius Lines ship, “Tosca.” The car was imported with 66,160 kilometers, or 41,109 miles. Once in the US, the car was brought in to Fairway Engineering to complete the legal conversion, including installing a MPH speedometer, which was specifically set at 41,109 to reflect the actual mileage. I have dated DMV paperwork that verifies this, as well as all of the car’s owner history, back to the first owner in Velbert, Germany. The car has had 3 owners, included are copies of the Bills of Sale each time the car was sold, a copy of the original German title, and a clear Oregon title at present. Always garaged, this car has been in the hands of dedicated enthusiasts from new.

The car is painted in rare “Champagne Metallic” code 473H. The paint is all original and still looking fantastic. Aside from a few minor scratches and door dings, the paint finish is glass smooth and the body arrow straight. The car shows no rust issues anywhere, no areas of past problems, the good thing about cars with original paint is that they’re an open book. Tires are Kumhos with good tread.

The bumpers add a look to this car that is just simply missing from the US market cars with their ungainly 5mph bumpers, this is the way these cars were designed to look. The bumpers are in good shape front and back with excellent chrome and no damage to the rubber moldings. All lights and lenses are in excellent shape on this car, clean and clear with no fading. The grill assembly is excellent as well, with no damage or broken fins. In addition, the lower valance and grills below the bumper are straight and true, these are prone to getting tweaked by careless drivers, not the case with this car. This SL has excellent panel gaps throughout, the doors close with a vault-like feel.

The car has some of the typical scratches you find around the perimeter of where the hardtop mounts, not very visible in the photos. The biggest flaw on the car is a scratch above the passenger side rear wheel arch. The windshield is original and is in good shape. The hardtop is in terrific condition, it transforms this car into a true all season vehicle. The 3rd photo shows the bottom of the hardtop, this is a common area to find rust, but not in this case. The soft top is original and still looking good. The OE “Wopavin” back window is clear and pliable, the top opens and closes with ease. All weatherstripping on both the hard top and soft top is in good, original condition.

The storage well for the top is clean and rust free. The perimeter weatherstipping is original and fantastic, with none of the wear or fraying normally found on the forward sections. The trunk contains the factory jacking equipment, tool kit, and safety triangle. Another spot to check on these cars is beneath the carpet on the right side of the trunk – no problems here. The interior continues the theme of low mileage survivor, it’s in excellent condition throughout and again, all original. The driver’s seat has the optional orthopedic adjustment. The aftermarket rear seat is useful for children, or adults skilled at yoga. Both sills are crisp and clean, along with the carpet, seatbelts and seat hardware.

All gauges work correctly including the clock, whick keeps good time. The radio does not seem to be getting power. The heater, fan and plenums all operate correctly – the car’s heater is very effective and makes top down motoring possible even at this time of year, at least here in Portland. The wood trim in the interior is terrific, entirely free of cracks or hazing. The fragile integrated speaker grills are both in great shape. The dash pad has no cracks or splits.

You’ll definitely like the way this car drives. The car starts easily and runs strongly with no smoke, leaks, or issues. The 3.5L V8 provides plenty of power, and delivers it in a more lithe and efficient manner than the detuned US market 4.5L V8’s. Please note that this is the last year of the 350SL, not to be confused with the 380SL, which was known for having timing chain issues. The car’s ride quality is very nice, steering and suspension are tight with no slop, this car handles very well. The car shifts flawlessly, with smooth and positive engagement. The car runs cool, shows good oil pressure, tracks straight, brakes well – it basically behaves as you would expect of a Mercedes.

The car comes with an owner’s manual in German, as well as an abundance of paperwork detailing its importation and owner history. The undercarriage shows no sign of rust and all 4 jack ports are perfect. No signs of accidents or past repair. The car has had recent exhaust and brake work, the oil is fresh and all fluids have been checked and filled – the car is ready for the road.

An original, low mileage US market 450SL of similar vintage might bring $15,000 to $20,000 at the high end. With the higher compression, smaller capacity engine and the manual transmission, this represents a bit more of a lively drive than the more relaxed 450SL. That could be a plus for some and a detriment for others. Personally, I’m a big fan of this car and love the idea of the manual transmission mated to the V8 engine, as most manual transmission R107s you see have the six cylinder engines. I’d suspect somewhere around $15,000 would represent a reasonable value.

-Paul