Some days it seems that no stone has been left unturned when it comes to the world of collector cars, but if you dig deep enough, there are still gems to be found. The W114/W115 Mercedes-Benzes, also known as the Strich Acht (or Stroke Eight) was not a particularly flashy or eye-catching vehicle, but this was the first post war Mercedes-Benz to use an all-new chassis. This car would last through 1976, when the W123 would carry the baton into the 1980s, making a name for itself around unmatched durability. In 1974, the OM617 inline-5 diesel would appear in the form of the 300D, an engine that would carry over to the W123 and even live on through 1991 in the G-Class. This 1975 300D for sale outside of Philadelphia has under 70,000 miles on the clock and certainly looks the part, ready to log another 70,000 miles in very short order.
Rounding out our unofficial “Rare Audi Monday” is a 1985 Quattro, one of a reported 73 sold here in 1985. Back in September, this seller was looking to flip and profit from their more reasonable 2013 price of around $15,000 to a seemingly outrageous $79,950 asking price. Well, no one took the bait and proving that the Quattro isn’t the E30 M3, it’s back on the market six months later with a $25,000 price drop. Though it’s more in line with top ask on later Quattros today, it is still very steep for the market and arguably out of line with the current value, which is likely around a further $20,000 less than the new ask. But, since there are only a handful left out there, this is an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day!
The below post originally appeared on our site September 29, 2015:
There’s always talk about classic cars suddenly getting out of reach for us mere mortals, but dig down a bit into a manufacturer’s portfolio and there are still a few cars out there to be had on a shoestring budget without requiring massive amounts of expensive restoration work or mechanical fixes. Case in point the Mercedes-Benz W114 Coupe. There’s been a lot of discussion on the Benz forums as to why these particular Mercedes are cheap, especially since they were the first all-new chassis to appear post World War II. Perhaps the appearance was a bit staid and levels of luxury were down a bit in comparison to the contemporary S class. Maybe it was the carbonation problems that some owners of petrol engined examples experienced. Finding a good classic Mercedes that is in good running shape is not easy when your budget is under $10,000 these days, especially when it comes to a coupe. This 280C for sale in Georgia, though, fits the profile.
The W114 and W115 sedans and coupes ushered in a new era at Mercedes-Benz. With its all new chassis, gone was the rear swing axle, replaced by a semi-trailing arm rear suspension. Also new was the OM617 5 cylinder diesel engine. These were sturdy cars, but as with many vehicles of the period, the US market models eventually suffered as the 1970s hit, with the introduction of new safety requirements. Like other Mercedes of the period, the W114, like this final year 230 featured here, became saddled with heavy, ill-proportioned crash bumpers. Even still, these are desirable classics that are surprisingly modern enough to be used on a regular basis. This final year 230 sedan for sale in Michigan is an original, low mileage car.
1976 Mercedes-Benz 230. All original paint. All original interior. Super low original miles car. Factory power moonroof, super nice in every way! West Palm Beach, FL car. Low original 52,000 mile car. This is the real deal. One original owner most of it’s life. This 230 was titled only twice, once in 1976 and once again in 2004. The original factory paint is still intact. The original interior is still intact. The driveline and all other major components are still original and intact. The factory power moonroof still works flawlessly, as does the clock and all other options. The drivability and feel of this car is impressive! I have the original radio as well. This is a truly amazing find. What a rare low mileage, untouched Mercedes-Benz. The underside of this Mercedes is just as clean as the top! SUPERB!! No disappointments! Always garaged and well maintained. This car needs nothing. What a machine!
The color of this car certainly screams the seventies, but it really looks the business if you are going for that retro look. Park this down in the East Village or drive down 9th Street in Park Slope and watch the hipsters go wild. Overlooked for many years, the W114 and W115 are witnessing a bit of a resurgence in popularity, especially with some individuals converting the diesel engined variants to run on biofuel. The asking price of this car, even considering its originality, is a few grand too dear. The best late model W114 might bring around $9,000 to $12,000. With a price like this, we are reaching into territory reserved for clean W115 coupes.