1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

I love a good build. Probably because it is someone else’s money, but mostly because it is a vision that someone has that is played out in car form. Sometimes they go really wild with stuff from everywhere, but a lot of things these builds are playing with the cards that the factory dealt. Restorations are nice and all, but my favorite is taking all the good stuff the factory has to offer and loading the car up that way. What we have today with this 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD is one of those cases. An extremely rare diesel wagon that was available in the US one year only in 1987, transformed into what the best the W124 has to offer.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD on Raleigh, NC Craigslist

Year: 1987
Model: 300TD
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-6 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 147,920 mi
Price: $14,500

 

1987 Mercedes 300TD Turbo diesel Wagon – Sometime known as the 300TDT

If you are reading this you probably already know what a rare car it is. Only about 1,500 1987 300TD wagons were imported to the States in the w124 style with the 6cly 3.0L turbo diesel engine. This diesel wagon was a one year car in the U.S. and the last ones imported to the US. In my opinion, this is one of the nicest 1987 w124 diesel wagons in the country! There are likely only half of the 1500 still on the roads.

This car sold for right at $45,000 in 1987. It was a top of the line car and best diesel engine Mercedes had come out with. It runs well, shifts smooth and is fast with only 147,9xx miles

I brought this car about 7 years ago from the original owner who was in his 70’s with the intention to just clean it up and maybe convert it to a vegi wagon.

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300GD

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300GD

Earlier this week I looked at a ex-military Mercedes G-Wagen in a 1987 240GD. Today is another 1987 ex-military G-Wagen but this one is setup to be a little more livable — at least for what it is. Unlike Monday’s truck, this one has a roof, a radio and is even capable of keeping up with traffic. But let’s not get carried away, you are still a long way away from cruising to the mall while taking photos for Instagram with your Starbucks cup leaning against the steering wheel. So let’s take a look at this Dutch 300GD.

CLICK FOR DETAILS:  1987 Mercedes-Benz 300GD on eBay

Year: 1987
Model: 300GD
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 71,606 km (44,493 mi)
Price: Buy It Now $25,995

Ebay does not reconise European Vinnumbers: WDB46131017053012

G-zuna is very pleased to offer this nice G Wagon with Low Milage and in a unique shape
Very Rare Unique Overlander/Expedition
G Class with a Rebuild OM 603 Turbodiesel (Engine is redone)
Stick 5 and lots of features like the sandplates with hidden storageboxes, special sparewheel holder.
Two difflocker
High and low gear
Powerstearing
Tembo Roofrack
Warrior whinch with Plasmastrand and a very nice whinchbumper and together with the black Brushguard it looks really impressive.
Runningboards and Alloy in black. High-Jack in the storage box and lots of light on the car as you can see on the pictures.

Don’t get me wrong, this is still very much a bare bones G-Wagen where comfort is an afterthought. This truck was setup to work judging by all it’s accessories and specifically the built in storage boxes that fold open. That is something I rarely see even on the ex-military trucks. The engine is the OM603 3.5 liter diesel that was notorious for cracked heads and bent rods but according to the seller it was rebuilt so I’d assume a new head was fitted to fix this.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300GD

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300GD

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I’ve always thought the early W463 Mercedes-Benz was the pinnacle of all the G-Wagens that made it to production. It has enough creature comforts to make you feel like you aren’t a member of the Slovak Republic Armed Forces on a counter-terrorism mission (seriously, 43 military organizations around the world use a G-Wagen) but not so many modern toys that everything is already broken inside it or at least on the verge of being. It has comfortable seats, a modern HVAC system, a nice stereo system and some real wood trim. You still got your choice of gas engines as well as a diesel that didn’t have 84 horsepower. Mercedes also gave you a choice of a five-door or a three-door and, perhaps most surprising, a three-door Cabriolet. Today is one of those convertibles for sale in Italy and since it’s a 1992, it’s only one month short of being eligible to be imported to the United States under the 25-year importation rule.

 CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300GD on eBay

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Euro-Spec Manual

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Euro-Spec Manual

1We’ve posted a few W124 tourings recently, noting the high esteem in which these old wagons are held. A functional and solid mode of transportation for well-to-do families of yesteryear, plenty of these cars have been kept by their original owners well into old age (or passed down to their kids), because people often just can’t bear to part with them. No surprise: like all Mercedes cars from the era, these were built to last forever. This particular example is a 1991 Euro-spec diesel sourced from France. Not only does that make it quite rare  – 300TDs were only ever offered in the US for one year, in 1987 – it also comes equipped with some features not usually seen on US-market cars. And the good news: it’s already here, for sale in Florida.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TD on eBay

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SDL

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SDL

The other day I wrote about how I was getting the itch to swap out my daily driver, an E34 525i, for an older Benz. One contender for the car’s replacement is a W124. But I’m also very tempted by the W126. There’s something irresistible about these timelessly classy and stately cars. A 560SEL would be my first choice, but I have a long commute and a V8 is therefore out of the question. So if I were to take the plunge on an old S-class for daily duties, it would have to be diesel model. From what I’ve read online, the six cylinder diesel engine in the 300SDL gets pretty similar gas mileage to my 525i – around 27-28MPG on the highway – which is pretty remarkable given the size of these things.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300SDL on eBay