1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D

Update 12/23/18: This 300D sold for $14,600.

The 1977–1981 Mercedes-Benz W123 with the naturally-aspirated OM617 5-cylinder doesn’t get enough appreciation in my eyes. Everyone loves the 1982-1985 OM617A, which is the turbocharged version, and rightfully so. Although, if you told me to pick one of the engine solely based on simplicity, I would probably pick the naturally-aspirated version. Yes, it barely has enough power to keep up with modern traffic with 115 lb⋅ft of torque, but no W123 is winning any races in 2018, no matter what the engine. There is a caveat however. In the 1977-1981 W123 with the OM617, you were cursed with the Chrysler automatic climate control system which has the same functionality as a pair of roller skates on a lake. When Mercedes updated the W123 in 1982, they realized their mistake and replaced it with a manual climate control system that, surprise surpise, still works flawlessly some 30 years later. You can’t have it all, I guess.

Today, I have an absolutely pristine 1979 300D up for sale in Poughkeepsie, New York with a hair under 53,000 miles. Painted in Topaz Brown over Parchment MB-Tex, this is one of the finest W123s I’ve come across recently and it has the story to back it up. Judging by the already fast and furious bidding, it is not going to go cheap.

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 300D

Update 11/20/18: This 300D sold for $13,700.

On Saturday, I will say goodbye to my 1983 240D that I’ve rehabbed and cared for the past two years. It was a classic Craigslist love story of everything looking great in the photos, but after traveling a long distance to go buy it, the car wasn’t nearly as cherry as the photos showed or the seller described. Funny how that happens. Still, I reluctantly took it home after negotiating a whopping $100 off the asking price. The past two years have been fun as it seems like everyone loves the thing, except my passengers who had to be on time somewhere as 67 horsepower is no match for moms in their 300 horsepower minivans and the concept of time in general. I wouldn’t have bought the car if it wasn’t for the Labrador Blue paint and matching hubcaps, and that is probably why it sold to its new owner. I think the W123 chassis is still brilliant and feels so damn good even after 35 years, but it just can’t keep up with the war that is daily traffic. My W116 300SD is a far better car for that, hence why I chose to keep that one even though it isn’t nearly as handsome. Not a knock of the W123, but the W116 S-Class was made to be the best sedan in the world and at the time it was pretty damn close to being that, even compared to the much more expensive cars from Bentley and Rolls-Royce. I’m not the only one who feels that way.

Today’s car, as you might have noticed, also has a pretty great color. This European-spec Pea Green 1979 300D shows just a hair under 25,000 miles on the odometer and should be a pretty mint example. I was super excited to dig into it to see a time-capsule car, but unfortunately, this falls just a little bit short. Let me explain why.

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1961 Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer

About a month ago I checked out a 1968 Mercedes-Benz 600 that is the crème de la crème when it comes to flagship Mercedes. It gets all the press, all the attention and rightfully so. But often overlooked is the predecessor of the 600, the 300d Adenauer. I’ve checked these cars out in the past and they don’t come up for sale to the public all that often thanks to their age and rarity. Personally, I think they are one of the coolest Mercedes ever made thanks to their distinctive style with the great waterfall grille and pillar-less profile. This is a car with presence. You don’t blend in with the pack with this car. When an Adenauer drives down the road, you see it coming. The best part about this car? It’s not as expensive as you would 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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1958 Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer

As we wade through this crazy time where every somewhat desirable vehicle is suddenly worth three times as what they were worth 5-7 years ago, I do suspect there are some cars that haven’t got caught up in that wave. I think today’s car, the Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer, is still a nice collectible piece that isn’t insanely priced — at least for what it is. I’ve looked at the Adenauer before, so if you want some more information these go check that the 1960 from a little under a year ago.

The W189 is still, at least in my opinion, undervalued for the total package it presents. This car was the best sedan that Mercedes could make during this era and at the same time it’s not unreasonable to own and live with unlike the car that replaced it, the 600. The Adenauer looks as stately as anything on the outside, the interior is spacious with a ridiculously opulent dash made from all wood and you weren’t cheated under the hood with the same (although slightly detuned) M189 straight-6 from the 300SL. So how much does all this cost?

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Year: 1958
Model: 300d Adenauer
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 117,000 km (72,700 mi)
Price: Buy It Now $58,000

The Mercedes-Benz W186 model 300 was a high-end luxury car produced by Mercedes-Benz between 1951 and 1957. The company’s largest and most prestigious automobile, it was the Maybach of its day, elegant, powerful, exclusive, and expensive. It recommended the pre-WW2 tradition of the flagship super-luxury class automobile, which was unbroken from the simplex 60 hp model of 1903 up until the 770 Grand Mercedes from the 30’s. Three versions were produced in succession, known informally as the 300a (or simply 300), 300b, and 300c.

An enlarged “300D” variant built on the W189 chassis succeeded it in late 1957. This is W189 300D version that is being offered for sale. As you can see in the pics, this rarity is in excellent condition. It starts and runs without problems, just as expected from MB. The mileage shows 17K, however actual mileage is higher due to the odometer rolling over.

The car is located in Germany, Bayern region, Regensburg, however, it can be delivered for a separate fee anywhere in the world.

The car is owned by the antique motor vehicle enthusiasts who are looking to downsize our collection. We also have experience servicing and transporting cars anywhere in the world.

This 1958 is for sale in Germany is offered up at $58,000 which isn’t outrageous in my eyes. That price is right on par with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud market and much cheaper than what a W100 600 that isn’t a basket case is selling for. These generally have excellent durability and can be driven somewhat regularly without too much issue if you buy one that is well sorted. You don’t see many of these as they only produced a little over 10,000 for it’s 11 year run production run so if exclusivity is what you are after, you have the right car.  Of course, this comes with some downsides. Any kind of part that isn’t maintenance related can be difficult, if not impossible, to find. Even the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center will leave you disappointed when they tell you a lot of stuff just doesn’t exist anymore.

This specific example actually looks fairly nice and usually the people who own these have the means to take care of them properly. For service, finding someone who understands these cars is starting to become an issue now that the youngest cars are 55 years-old and not many technicians had experience with these in the first place. But if you have all your ducks in a row, an Adenauer is a great post-war, hand-built vehicle that hasn’t climbed to six-figures — at least yet.

– Andrew

Mega Miles: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300D

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”Those old Mercedes diesels will run forever!” That’s what I constantly hear when someone who is a ”car person” sees or hears I drive an old Mercedes diesel. Usually I just smile and nod in agreement because they don’t want to hear about valve adjustments, multiple filter changes, purges, diesel fuel additives and everything else that goes into keeping an old Mercedes diesel running forever. ”Nope, you’re right, just pour whatever liquid you want into the tank, it’ll run. Sure.” That brings me to today’s car. An OM617 diesel that is half way to running forever with only a tick over 585,000 miles. Now since you’ve heard about these cars that are capable of doing a crazy amount of miles, let’s take a look at this 1980 300D in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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1960 Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer

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Named after the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Konrad Adenauer, the Mercedes-Benz 300d Adenauer wasn’t for everyone. These were for the rich politicians, celebrities and even the Pope was driven around in one — although his was the Landaulet. The $12,000 price tag in 1960 which equates to close to $100,000 today had a big part to do with that. These were a status symbol of exclusivity and wealth that gave off presence. Only to be replaced by the legendary 600, these cars still are a head turner in any situation. So let’s check out this 1960 for sale in Columbus, Ohio.

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1984 Mercedes-Benz 300D

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Update 1/24/2018 – nearly a year and a half later, this car is still for sale at a slightly reduced price of $6,999 – getting closer to our valuation.

Another week, another diesel Mercedes-Benz. This one has a little more rarity thanks to fewer features than what we normally see. Manual transmission, manual windows, non-turbo diesel engine, cloth seat inserts but what you do get is European lights and bumpers finished over the wonderfully period-correct Thistle Green. So if you are looking for a bare-bones W123 diesel with a little bit of European flare, then this 300D north of Philadelphia might fit the bill.

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Trio of Affordable W124s: 400E, 300D and 260E

1After I wrote up a nice looking W124 the other week, a few of our enterprising readers did some further digging and uncovered a number of discrepancies in the car’s history, suggesting it wasn’t such a great deal after all. To try to make up for it I’ve found three more examples of the venerable old E-class for consideration this week. What these cars have in common is that they all present nicely in the ads, appear to have been well cared for by their previous owners and are all priced very competitively. Hopefully at least one of these is a winner. First up is this white 400E.

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1982 Mercedes-Benz 300D

There’s not much more I can say about the W123 Mercedes-Benz than I’ve already said here on GCFSB. A few words come to mind. Indestructible. Timeless. Reliable. This car was many things to many people. From motorists on the Sunset Strip who chose the 300CD coupe to the errant 200 series sedan you still see cruising unpaved roads in the far reaches of the African continent, these Mercedes made their mark. This 300D for sale in California is one of the early turbocharged five cylinder models and looks quite young despite clocking over 150,000 miles.

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