As we saw with the Dasher Hatchback from last week, just because it’s older and in good shape doesn’t automatically mean it’s worth a lot. If it’s a GTI or a Scirocco, sure – sit back with the popcorn and watch the bids roll in, but that Dasher? It sold for $1,600. Admittedly, it needed at least that amount and probably more in mechanical freshening, but still – you’re looking at a unique classic for well under $5,000 all in.
Today is another such beast, and like the Dasher, it’s a niche car that most will probably pass over for the more exciting metal. But this is one trick little bit of kit as you look a little closer. A1 Jettas are pretty rare to begin with, and this is a claimed rust-free example – always a good place to start. Euro bumpers slim down the look while Corrado Sebrings and a lowered ride height beef it up, but the clean presentation is really highlighted by the rare drivetrain – the CY turbocharged diesel inline-4 mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, good for 68 horsepower and 98 lb.ft of torque. This motor was also briefly available in the first generation Audi 4000. The 10.6 quoted 0-60 time won’t sound particularly exciting, but it was quite a bit quicker than the standard diesel and recorded better fuel economy (Volkswagen claimed it could top 54 mpg!). But the key to this car is the relative obscurity and rarity of the package.
Now that I’ve looked at some cool and not so cool Mercedes from across the pond, I’m back to our regular left-hand drive cars. Fear not for our international readers as I’m not back to the United States just yet. This 1985 300CD from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada gives us the best of what the W123 coupe has to offer. Much like the other prime W123s for sale, this one isn’t coming cheap, but I’d argue that it’s not exactly the worst deal in the world for what you get.
Engine: 3.0 liter 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 91,034 km (56,565 mi)
Price: $14,500 CDN ($11,319 USD)
1985 Mercedes 300CD Turbo Diesel – 91000 KM All Original – Rare Color Combination Dark Grey on Mahogany Leather – Never winter driven – Garage kept – Never rust – Impeccable Kept – Records kept since new – Everything works as new – Nicest one I’ve ever seen – $14,500. Obo
Taking a broad look at this car, this one looks like a real winner. Extremely clean without any issues I can see on the outside, the interior looks even better. The Sienna MB-Tex is relatively rare for any W123 let alone a coupe and I’m glad to see it’s held up great for 56,000 miles. Under the hood, the OM617 looks prime with lots of cadmium plating still fresh. Being a 1985 W123, the last year of the chassis, it benefits greatly from a 2.88 rear differential as opposed to a 3.07. This translates to much better highway miles per gallon figures to the point where owners of prior year W123s seek out 1985 cars to swap in the differential.
At $14,500 CDN ($11,319 USD), it is probably priced on the higher end of the market in general.…
Continuing on my run of custom coachwork-built cars, this one might be one of the most practical and something that is actually has a mass appeal, as opposed to something like a hearse. Today’s vehicle is a 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen, a custom conversion by Binz Karosserie off of the W110 Fintail chassis. Surprisingly, this unique wagon resides in California where it awaits a restoration and a chance at many more miles of utility. Of course, I have to ask, is the time and effort worth it?
Model: 190Dc Kombiwagen
Engine: 2.0 inline-4 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Price: Buy It Now $10,000
1963 Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Binz Coachbuilt Fintail Station Wagon
Binz Karosserie Nr. 2096
And now for something completely different….
Up for offer is a running, driving and solid example of an extremely rare Mercedes-Benz 190Dc Kombiwagen built by German coachbuilder Binz & Co Karosseriefabrik. There are less than 15 surviving examples of the Binz kombiwagen (non-ambulance) version w110 fintail ”heckflosse” known to exist in the world today.
Binz Karosserie in Lorch/Wurttemberg Germany has been working with Mercedes-Benz building custom variants of different models over the past 80 years. These models include ambulances, hearses, taxis, and the rarest of the rare, special ordered kombiwagens (station wagon) models built for private use as seen here. Other coachbuilders of the period included Miesen of Germany and IMA of Belgium, whose “universal” wagons are well known as over two thousand examples were built using several variations of the w110 chassis. Binz Karosserie was known for their quality build and high top roof design. The kombiwagen version seen here is actually the lowest of the different roof configurations offered by Binz for this series.
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This Mercedes 190Dc Binz Kombiwagen has spent most of it’s life in California, so the rust issues are less than normal in the scope of fintails.
Continuing this weeks theme of strange builds from coachwork companies, I present to you none other than a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE. This W116 comes to us from the hills of Italy with the first ever “mayoral guarantee” I’ve seen attached to a description for a car listing. I can only assume a guarantee from a mayor of an Italian village is basically worth as much as the Sistine Chapel itself. Of course, as with any other custom conversion, this hearse has a bunch of odd things about it and me wondering if anyone ever actually buys these things. So let me try to break everything down before my mind wonders to the next crazy creation.
Model: 280SE Hearse
Engine: 3.0 inline-5 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
I am advertising this to the mayor of my village in Italy, where i have a Holiday Home.. The vehicle is in Italy at the moment and if anybody is interested
Can be viewed at location. Sounds daunting however you can get a flight to Pescara from £31, each leg and takes only a little over an hour. I live in Devon, it would take longer and more expensive if one is coming from London. Do the math!
I have seen the car once when a local neighbour died and it looks very posh and the Mayor guarantee in perfect working order. I would vouch for his word because he is a honest respectable person, who supported me 100% when I bought my farm there and I trust he as my neighbour would never stir me wrong.
As to delivery or pick up. I imagine who view the car would want to drive it back but if one don’t have the time, I offer the service for delivery, providing travel expenses are met.
Recently, I went on a train ride with my son to the local airshow at Quonset Point in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. The location also is the port which brings in a fair chunk of the Audi and Volkswagen products destined for New England. And, more recently, it’s also become a graveyard.
As the train rounded the corner onto the siding heading towards the port, what used to be an abandoned rail yard of a forgone era – a reminder of when the Navy had a major presence and money in Rhode Island – has been filled to the brim with a new activity. Yet it’s equally as sad as the dusty boarded up military buildings which once lined what has become an industrial park. That’s because it’s the home of all of the local “Dieselgate” buybacks of Volkswagen TDis.
Row after row of (to me) effectively brand new or lightly used TDis greeted us as the train shook on the decrepit rails. So bad is the condition of the track in that area that the train is limited to nearly walking speed; fitting, as it made the procession by the flocks of abandoned Volkswagens all the more painful to witness. We couldn’t just buzz past quickly; it was as if the antiquated rail system was offering a commentary on the VW scandal.
It brought me back to a little over a decade prior when Volkswagen came roaring back to the U.S. with its promise of “Clean Diesel”. A fan of the brand, I – like so many others – felt genuine enthusiasm as the products which dominated Europe were finally coming to the U.S.! Real world mileage was met with manual 6-speed transmissions and even a wagon – and more people than ever were flocking to the brand, happy to identify themselves as budding environmentalists because of their discerning automotive choice.…
The Type 21/28 Lasten Transporter doesn’t get much press on this site mostly because the LT series of Transporters from Volkswagen was never offered here. Introduced in the mid-1970s as a larger work vehicle than the T2, in brought water-cooled motors and a more traditional front-engine, rear-drive layout to Volkswagen’s van recipe. Well, I say “front-engine”, but technically this was a mid-engine van since the layout placed the engine above the front axle.
The LT was a work van first and foremost, so they were not luxurious in nature. Often snapped up by delivery companies and municipalities, they lived hard lives and it has become even more unusual to see them today as the newest is new some 22 years old. They were available in many different configurations with different engines, from the 2.8 ton LT28 through the mega-duty LT55. Both gasoline and diesel (along with a turbocharger in some cases) were available, and Volkswagen even briefly offered a Westfalia camper version of the larger T4.
This particular example is from mid-run. A LT35D, it features the Volkswagen D24 DW 2.4 liter inline-6 normally aspirated diesel. With a 23.5:1 compression ratio these motors sound impressive but didn’t return much in terms of power; sans turbo (and as seen in Volvos, too!), they made 74 horsepower at 4,000 rpms and all of 114 lb.ft of torque. It has has an interesting history, having lived its working life as a fire truck at Zahnradfabrik Passau in Bavaria on the Austrian border; a production plant for the company you known much better as simply “ZF”:
Before the W124 bowed out in 1995, the last oil-burning version you could buy was the E300 Diesel. It received the exterior tweaks associated with post-facelift cars of the late W124 era, including a rounder front grille, updated glass headlights and smoked taillights. It also got the OM606 engine under the hood, a 3.0 liter inline six cylinder diesel unit making about 135 hp. Unlike earlier W124 diesels, there was no turbo. But fret not. These were still fast enough (for a diesel), and the OM606 is one of the most rugged engines Mercedes ever made. These cars will cruise effortlessly on the highway while returning 30+ MPG. Perfect for the commuter looking for tank-like build quality, reasonable running costs and a bit of class.
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.
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.
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.
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 1,356 mi
1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D, The original owner drove the car from San Diego to Vegas and back then parked it in his garage.
The W211 E320 CDI has quickly become one of the most desirable cars Mercedes-Benz has produced in the last 15 years or so. These are being dubbed as the modern replacement for all the Mercedes diesel lovers who have had enough of working on their W123 or W126 chassis and want modern technology like active seats, Xenon headlights and things like oh, you know, working air conditioning. What these cars boil down to is an inline-6 turbo diesel engine that doesn’t need DEF and will return you a consistent 35 mpg (or more) with any major issues. It’s paired up to the stout 722.6 gearbox like everything else from this era and is a transmission that is well worth owning. Unfortunately, these CDIs were only available in America for the model years 2005 and 2006 before moving to a V6 Bluetec in 2007 and beyond. Now over 10 years later we know we’ve seen the last of diesel engines that are easy enough to service at home and return great performance, values have remained strong compared to the gas models from the same years. So when this 2005 popped up for sale in New York, I thought I’d take a closer look.
Model: E320 CDI
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 210,056 mi
Price: $7,500 Buy It Now
Our 2005 Mercedes Benz E320 CDI diesel – flint gray over cubanite. One owner from new – religiously maintained with an open checkbook primarily at Mercedes Benz and a private MB diesel technician. Recent Michelin tires and full suspension refresh with four wheel alignment. Everything including water pump, thermostat, fuel filter, glow plugs, transmission and differential fluid flush, SBC pump done. Over $20k in receipts from MB.