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1985 Mercedes-Benz 300CD


The American poet Robert Frost once wrote: “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Frankly, I can’t think of a better tagline for the Mercedes-Benz W123, either. It really does go on. And on. And on. We’re written a lot about these iconic Mercedes sedans, coupes and estates, but these cars have a timeless appeal backed up by frugal engines. This final year 300CD coupe has the 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-5 diesel under the hood. It might not be a terribly fast car, but it blends economy with a level of class you just can’t match in most modern cars. This particular car for sale in Arizona is a one-owner example with a low 64,500 miles on the clock.

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Year: 1985
Model: 300CD
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-5 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 64,500 mi
Price: Reserve auction


1985 300 CD Turbo Diesel Coupe, (One Owner!)

* 64,500 Original Documented Miles
* Clear Title
* Accident free
* Original Paint
* No Dings,Dents,Scratches
* No Cracks on Dash
* Non Smoker
* No Rips,Tears in Interior
* New Tires.
* Runs,Drives,Starts Like New.
* A/C,Heater,Sunroof,Power Windows.
* Four Speed Automatic
* Garaged Kept

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From the pictures, this appears to be an honest, no excuses late model W123 coupe. Red might seem a bit brash for such a dignified machine, but with the Palomino interior, it works. There’s another 300CD that we featured on GCFSB that is still active with two days left in the auction and is closing in on $12,000 with about two days left. This particular 300CD is newer, has less miles and is a one-owner car, so with all those positives, we’re probably looking at a value somewhere around the $14,000 to $16,000 range.



  1. Ry
    Ry January 3, 2014

    Good sleuthing @Bryan. Is it really the same vehicle? The color doesn’t look 100% like a match to the example that poster put pics up of, but it could just be the pics. I guess the mileage and location are both correct. I don’t get why someone wouldn’t even check recent eBay auctions to get a feel for the market when they price their vehicles (honestly, this more frequently would result in a lowered and more realistic price setting, not the rare increase over gut value that this one had).

    Also if you run a carfax or autocheck and see that a car was purchased less than 3 months prior, chances are you’re getting screwed some way or another. And for every Craigslist ad that’s significantly under-valued, there are literally 500 that are crazy people that write in all caps and have no clue that what they think their stuff is worth and are willing to try to foist a brutal shafting on anyone that is game. 😉

  2. KevinR
    KevinR January 3, 2014

    I think someone played with the photo editing a bit too much. In these pictures the car looks more like Signal Red than burgundy.

  3. Poorhouse
    Poorhouse January 4, 2014

    Why would you blame the original owner, who kept this car in beautiful shape, for selling to a flipper? She was duped I’m sure.

    Flippers don’t advertise what they are doing. They lie and say they are going to be great stewards for the car and keep it forever. Then it’s on Ebay the next week.
    Sad in the case as the Vortex poster is an enthusiast who would have kept the car.

    Hopefully it finds a good home.

  4. Bryan
    Bryan January 5, 2014

    Ry and KevinR, the original poster stated that he was just using those first pictures for illustration.
    He posted later in the the thread a link to the auction that confirms its the same vehicle.

    Poorhouse, from what I can make from the thread on vortex, the thread starter made it clear to the lady that he was a vintage Mercedes enthusiast and would take good care of the car.
    But the way he made it sound, the lady wouldnt even give him a chance to match the price offered by the flipper.

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