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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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Year: 1984
Model: 300SD
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 74,954 mi
Price: But It Now $9,900

1984 300SD – ID WDBCB20AOE074787 – 932 Lapis Blue/Grey leather 74k original miles.

2 owner CA car purchased new from European Motors in San Francisco on 7-16-84.

California car from new – No accidents. Factory sunroof – Tools – Handbooks – Original safety kit.

No fender/door/deck lid bolts disturbed – Cold AC. Excellent original leather/carpets – Excellent headliner.

Spotless engine bay. Spotless undercarriage – Just serviced and safety inspected – New Battery.

New front shocks – Recent lower ball joints and Idler arm kit – Excellent shift quality.

Excellent power – Perfect idle – Clock and Cruise Control do not function.

In dash CD/stereo – Original radio included – Restored alloy wheels – Clean bumper covers.

New pin stripe – Nice paint depth and gloss. Some minor chips/scratches.

A clean and attractive very low mileage California 300SD. Roy Spencer 650-343-7980.

This SD can be inspected in Burlingame, CA – 5 minutes south of SFO.

Global shipping gladly arranged.

This car would be high on my list if I personally was looking for a daily driver under $10,000. It’s far from a perfect W126 as it has some stone chips on the nose of the car, growing cracks in the dashboard and some wear on the drive side seat. But honestly, that is about it for the negatives. Everything on this car looks really good including the underside shots. Everything looks factory fresh and it looks to a leak-free OM617 which is a feat in itself. What is interesting to me is that it looks like the beltline and ashtray wood trim was refinished but the shifter surround wood is original and therefore not in the best of shape. It’s not a big deal at all, but just something I noticed.

At $9,900, this is a fair price. For a hair under 75,000 miles and it being a California car this clean you’d be tough to find a better deal if you looked. Maybe once or twice a year a car like this will pop up for sale but all of these have their own issues and things to deal with when talking about cars over 30 years-old. For a daily drive in the city, the W126 is just a tad big for my tastes given I have to parallel park in tight spots a couple of times a week and squeeze into tight spaces, but for a highway cruiser I’d be all for this car. This car is a great example that is already really nice and won’t take too much effort to keep it looking this nice for years to come. Values are staying strong so I don’t think you’d ever lose too much money on a car like this, so if you are looking for a great W126, this one might be it.

– Andrew


  1. MARIO
    MARIO November 14, 2017

    Update on that pristine 560SL: It sold recently for the asking price of $21,500. 🙂

  2. Kevin
    Kevin November 16, 2017

    Had one of these (exact car, California model, 1984, grey – sold it with 270,000 miles).

    Sold it in 1995 or so for $ 10,500 or so. Amazing I could get about 1/3 of the brand new price – but for a car with over a quarter of a million miles. 🙂

    If I was in the market – would be very interested.
    Around town – a read dog. But the ultimate cruiser- just keeps on going….

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