1985 Mercedes-Benz 300SD

I’ve been featuring a lot of really pristine cars of late almost entirely thanks to their low mileage. The reality is these cars are actually pretty few and far between. The overwhelming majority of cars, even German ones that hold a special place in our hearts, are used on a daily basis to rack up the miles and in turn, the wear and tear. But today’s car, a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300SD up for bid in California, managed to defy the norm and not only rack up a bunch of miles, but stay almost perfect in the process of doing so. How so? Well, it probably took the perfect storm.

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1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

It is amazing what a color can do to a car. You could have identical cars, one with a really desirable color and another with a not-so popular color, and have their values be dramatically different. Today’s car, a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD for sale in California, is a perfect example of that. Regardless of color, the W123 300TD is no slouch in terms of desirability and people willing to do anything to keep them on the road. But paint it in a color that everyone loves and suddenly you’ll be a little shocked to see what kind of money these can bring on the open market. This 1983 painted in Labrador Blue isn’t a perfect example by any means but that is the appeal of an example like this. You can enjoy it without obsessing over every single thing that might happen to it. But seeing as this is a 300TD and it is in Labrador Blue, how high could the price be?

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 300SD

I love a really well-kept Mercedes-Benz W116. Maybe because I own one, but I can’t be alone in feeling this way. These cars feel as solid as anything when everything is sorted and won’t cost you a ton of money to buy and maintain one. All the gas-powered W116s are fine cars and the first ever production turbo diesel car to go on sale in the United States in 1978, the 300SD, was a gem as well. I have a hard time justifying ever selling my 300SD because for the money, nothing can replace it equally and frankly, there is nothing wrong it. So when I see these W116 300SDs come up for sale now and then I always take a closer look to see how other owners treat theirs. Today’s 1979 model for sale in Oregon has me envious and jealous thanks to a few OEM upgrades.

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1984 Mercedes-Benz 300SD


The last few W126 Mercedes-Benz I looked have fell more towards the collector car status in this 1987 300SDL with an outstanding interior and this nearly perfect 1987 560SEL. Today’s W126, a 1984 300SD for sale in California, isn’t one of those cream puff cars but it is far from a beaten up example either. This OM617 S-Class has just enough miles where you don’t feel bad about piling on some more but not too many where you feel like an engine overhaul is around the corner. Finished in Lapis Blue with gray leather this 300SD could be the perfect daily driver. What do you think?

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D

It has been a little while since I’ve featured a W123 so today is as good a day as ever. Today we have a 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D up for sale in Seattle, Washington. It sports the great color combo of Pastel Blue (with the matching hubcaps) and blue MB-Tex interior. I’m partial to all things W123 (I own one) and I love to see them when they’ve been cared for extensively. Luckily for everyone, this nice W123 looks to be so.   

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

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.

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Year: 1985
Model: 300CD
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. But being in a snowy Canadian city where these cars are pretty rare in this condition, I don’t blame the seller for asking this price. If you want close to the best, you are going to have to pay for it and that is the case with this one. I doubt this one will sell quickly, but I’d imagine if the buyer softened the price up a little, it will make a new owner very happy.

Thanks to reader Chris for sending this in! 

– Andrew

 

1984 Mercedes-Benz 300SD with 11,300 miles

File this one under another great Mercedes-Benz that you usually see with hundreds of thousands of miles on but for whatever reason has almost none. This 1984 300SD shows a crazy 11,300 miles and looks every bit the part. You can totally see why people plunked down almost $40,000 (over $93,000 in 2017 dollars) for these when they are new. It’s frugal, handsome, secure, has enough to power to get out of its own way and all this won’t cost you a fortune to keep going. Except this car, as you might have guessed, will need a small fortune to take home with you.

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Year: 1984
Model: 300SD
Engine: 3.0 liter 5 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 11,300 miles
Price: $35,000

Single owner SD through 2015.
Rare 904 Midnight Blue with Creme leather.
Spectacular preservation from new.
Spotless engine bay.
Full handbooks.
Runs and drives beautifully.

What is there to say about this car? I overwhelmingly prefer the gen 1 (1981-1985) W126s over the later ones even though they do look a little more dated, but I think that’s the beauty of them. Give me a clean set of 14 inch Bundts with a OM617 and I’m as satisfied as I can possibly be in owning a car. This is a great color combination with the Midnight Blue and tan interior even with those terrible North America spec headlights.

Like I said, all this is going to cost you. $35,000 is a ton of money for any W126 but it’s tough to fault the seller for asking it. The market for clean golden-era Mercedes diesels isn’t slowing down but I wouldn’t bet on this car gaining anymore value once you start driving it. As I’ve said before, miles don’t scare me one bit so I’m really not the guy that this car appeals to. Cars like these are always fun to see in their original glory, but I’ll gladly take home one of these for less than a third of the price and still enjoy it just as much.

– Andrew

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Hearse

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.

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Year: 1972
Model: 280SE Hearse
Engine: 3.0 inline-5 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: Unknown
Price: Auction

 

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.

I personally vouch for the integrity of the car and if one buy’s and feel it does not meet the expected stander, it doesn’t have to take it. But I am sure it would meet your needs for whatever purpose.

Also arriving in Pescara Airport, you can get a train to Vasto in less then an hour where pick up can be arranged. There is a local B&B for 20 Euro’s per night.

I hope this clarifies better and please do not hesitate to contact me for further questions.

Thanks for considering.

I’m really surprised to see this is a very early 1972, the first year for the W116, that was probably taken straight to the coach builder for the conversion. It’s as bare-bones a model as I’ve ever seen, with manual everything along with no radio and no air conditioning. What is even more surprising is that if you are wondering why the straight-six M110 engine looks a little odd it’s because it has been tossed away for none other than the legendary OM617. This looks to be the OM617.910 or OM617.912 because it is the non-turbo model from probably a W115 or W123 300D. It isn’t getting you or the deceased anywhere fast but of course it is robust as granite. This is a little odd in my eyes, but I guess they didn’t mind a little soot on the coffin every now and then. Also, I should mention that this W116 has the wheels from the W126 which I’m not a huge fan of as I much prefer a clean set of the 14 inch Bundts.

I honestly don’t know who buys cars like these. I guess if you wanted a wagon you could strip out all the cabin rollers and giant a bit of storage space but a W123 wagon would serve you just as well. The car looks presentable on the outside but the interior has seen better days with heavy wear in some spots. I don’t know if  anyone is lining up to bid on this W116 for 5,000 GBP ($6,435), but who knows how much that mayoral tax guarantee is worth, maybe it could be worth someone’s while.

– Andrew

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300CD Cabriolet

Back in the 1980s when the world was running rampant with small tuning and coach building companies, we were subject to creations like today’s car. This a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300CD … cabriolet. Yes, someone took a perfectly fine 300CD and chopped the roof off to fully expose you to the wonderful feel and aroma of diesel exhaust. But it was the 1980s and the money was never-ending, so doing things like this made sense at the time. Now that reality has hit us square in the face in 2017 and keeps on punching, we are still left to live with creations like this. Of course with something like this oddity, I have so many questions I can only try my best to explain – poorly.

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Year: 1982
Model: 300CD Cabriolet
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-5
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 80,235 mi
Price: $80,000

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Cabrio, RARE RARE (One of Five produced) I am 2nd owner / all Books/Records / Boca/Palm Beach (35 year History), Full Navy Leather w/Power top & COLD A/C / 35 mpg / $80k obo/trade. John, 561-818-1900, FL; biondo-palmbeach.com

The condition of the 300CD is actually pretty nice. Looks to be well looked after with no major visible flaws. Sure, it maybe or maybe not has a Nardi steering wheel and maybe that shift knob is a quality piece and not an eBay special. But I’ve seen stuff like this many times over. The white wall tires look odd even with the matching white paint as I’m a firm believer that white walls only belong on the W100 600 and even then I’m iffy on them. I just can’t get over the canvas top and what went into making this happen. A bunch of coachwork houses have done these conversions but none have really stood the test of time or functioned all that well and I’d bet this one is another one of those examples.

In case you haven’t noticed, the seller is asking $80,000 for this creation. Doing this quick math here, if this car was just the standard 300CD with 80,000 miles on it, I would probably value it around $7,500. Now we subtract $7,500 from the $80,000 asking price which gives us an increased value of $72,500 — for cutting the roof off and adding a canvas top. You can see how this probably doesn’t make a lot of sense. Checking out this sellers website you can see he also has a taste for other fine automobiles such as the Cadillac Allante, Chrysler LeBaron Convertible and of course the legendary Chrysler TC by Maserati. This hacked up W123 must feel right at home with all those other convertibles with poorly fitting canvas tops. I understand this asking price, the seller sees terms like “rare Mercedes”, “one of (whatever)” and “cabriolet” then a bunch of crazy things happen in his brain and out pops the number $80,000. I actually feel kind of bad for the guy in a way because he clearly has no idea what he is doing. Then again, he is living out his golden years in Florida with a picture of him and Jay Leno from 1999 on his website so things probably aren’t all that bad. I just hope the rest of his retirement isn’t tied up in this car.

– Andrew

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300CD

Another week, another crazy low mileage Mercedes-Benz. Today’s example is a 1982 300CD in Light Ivory with the wonderful Sienna MB-Tex interior. This C123 for sale in New Jersey checks in with a little over 18,000 miles and while the seller explains this is basically a showroom car, but a lot of times I don’t always agree with those claims. This car is an example why.

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Year: 1982
Model: 300CD
Engine: 3.0 liter 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 18,488 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

What is presented before you is the grail of all Turbo-Diesels – a 100% all original, 18,000 mile, two owner , Concourse level Mercedes-Benz 300CD !!! This is an unbelievable, unmolested, pristine, like NEW in the wrapper and very rare W123 Coupe !!!
This car is essentially priceless. This is not to say that the car is worth millions of dollars (nor that it will never achieve such a figure in time). I say priceless because there is no way to put a dollar value on a vehicle as rare as this. There is no other comparison that I know of; it is undoubtedly a one-of-a-kind.
A little history of the car from second owner:
The following information was passed on from the daughter of the original owner to the current collector: For propensities sake, before his passing in his 90s, the original owner had instructed his daughter to sell the car only to a collector. He said “the car is much too valuable to go to anyone else”. After her father’s passing, his daughter enlisted the help of a friend who is a licensed dealer in the state of North Carolina and deals only in high-end European cars. The car was sold to the current collector who has driven the automobile less than 80 miles while in his stewardship.
The original owner was a Mercedes-Benz enthusiast. In his middle-aged 50s he went to his local Mercedes-Benz dealership and placed an order to have this fine Mercedes-Benz built and shipped back to the states to his humble little town in Winston Salem, North Carolina. He purchased the car not as a daily driver, but as a pure pleasure vehicle. He was absolutely in love with the Turbo-Diesels and also had a Mercedes-Benz 300TD for his daily driver.
It was said that he would take this car for long drives in the foothills and through the mountains on the North Carolina Blue Ridge Parkway. These were some of his favorite weekend countryside drives. (Original period correct maps included.) While prepping this car for auction I found myself chuckling and picturing the old man with the windows down, cruising in the crisp cool air through the foothills of North Carolina; what a pleasure it must have been.
He, like most Mercedes-Benz owners, was in love with his car. He took the upmost care and precautions to preserve the integrity and fine workmanship of the automobile. When not in use, the vehicle was stored in his garage with cover. His daughter conveyed that he was so meticulous about the vehicle that when he took it out he would put a red matching towel on the rear of the dash as to not risk any type of sun fading since it was a “hotspot”. (Original red towel included). I always find that Mercedes-Benz owners are some of the fussiest owners of their automobiles any one person can come across.

Now to describe the condition of the car:
The exterior finish is show quality and is beautifully complimented by bright and clear show quality chrome trim!!!

The anodized aluminum trims around the vehicles glass is in excellent condition!!!

All glass is crystal clear and free of nicks or chips, with the exception of one teeny tiny minuscule chip under the passenger windshield wiper; other than that all of the glass on the car is flawless!!!
The interior is the nicest I have ever seen with zero sun fade!!! Seats, carpeting, the entire interior is impeccable and as close to flawless as you can get, literally factory fresh and new!!!

Zebrano wood inlays have a mirror-like shine and a deep beautiful clear luster; excellent condition!!!

All power options functioning 100%, Becker Radio sounds beautiful and the A/C is ice cold!!!

Engine bay is factory fresh and THE nicest I have ever seen in its class!!!

The under carriage is in exceptionally preserved, like new condition. The Cosmoline looks as if it were applied yesterday, and the under carriage paint and factory coatings are the absolute best I have ever seen!!! This is without a doubt the best under carriage I have every laid eyes on in the vehicle’s class!!! It well represents fair weather usage and in my expert opinion, no rain weather operation!!!

The vehicle still wears (very rare) its original matching factory issued Continental tires including spare which has never been down!!! The tools are still sealed in the wrapper!!!

The vehicle has been completely serviced, all fluids are fresh and a new battery has been installed…

This vehicle is at 100% optimum running order and needs nothing mechanically or cosmetically!!!

In short: ultimately the vehicle looks like it did back in 1982 the day it rolled off the factory line!!!!

This is one of the most well documented Turbo-Diesels on the planet. Everything is complete including hand written dealer service receipts (that’s the way they did it back then). If you demand PERFECTION, this car is as close to perfect as you will ever get!!!

All Books, manuals, dealer brochures, first aid kit and service records are in order.

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Located in Central NJ, 07753

Just to get this out of the way, this is a really nice 300CD. The interior is the selling point of this car and it delivers many times over. Sienna is one of the least common interior options on the W123 and it’s great to see an example that’s been preserved as well as this one has. The Zebrano wood is what dreams are made of in terms of condition and I still can’t get over how well it shines.

But, there are a few odds things about this car. Under the hood, the hose that leads from the coolant overflow tank and vents onto the ground is routed on top of the air box then routes into the hole for the coil spring. This isn’t a big deal as this car probably isn’t overflowing and dumping coolant from that hose but ideally it needs to be routed in its factory location and not on top of the rattling air box that will soon wear it away quickly. Second, the bottom of the spare tire well looks like it was damaged and repaired rather hastily with some sort of black goo. (I attached the photo of this.) Again, not a huge deal but just a little odd. Third and most importantly, it looks like this car still is riding on the original tires from 1983. I don’t need to explain to anyone why this is a very bad idea seeing as it could turn a very nice 300CD into a 300CD that needs body work and paint.

Listings for cars like these make me shake my head when I see them. If you go out on a limb and say “This is an unbelievable, unmolested, pristine, like NEW in the wrapper and very rare W123 Coupe !!!” and then double down with three exclamation points, the car better be that. Unfortunately, in 1983 Mercedes didn’t sell cars with dry rotted tires and strange repairs to the underside of their cars. I have no problem with sellers who say “This is a really nice example and here are things you should be aware of: … ” but to go off the deep end and proclaim this is the best car ever just doesn’t work for me. I literally feature cars just like this almost every week and many more that I pass on because they just aren’t that interesting sometimes.

So where will this one end up? I wouldn’t be shocked to see this one pass $20,000 or more. We are full into spring and summer is just around the corner so the market for a car like this is pretty warm. C123s always pull a premium over sedans and this one shouldn’t be any different. Let’s just hope the buyer leaves money in their budget for a new set of tires.

– Andrew