1974 Mercedes-Benz 240D

A few weeks ago I looked at a nice 1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D that sold for a really fair $7,500. I confessed my admiration for the W123 and all that it can do, as well as what it can’t. Today, I came across a very interesting W115 240D up for bid in Portland, Oregon that deserved a closer look. I think the W115 in general gets overlooked at times because it isn’t the W123 but that doesn’t it isn’t a great car on its own. At first glance on this 1974, everything looked great with major recondition on both the exterior and interior. It wasn’t until I saw the photos under the hood and read the description of this car to see that this really wasn’t a 240D. At least not anymore. Let me explain.

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1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D

Every time the Mercedes-Benz W114 and W115 come up, basically the same thing is said over and over again: oft overlooked and somewhat forgotten. Not because these were bad cars or anything, but mostly because they predated one of the most legendary cars of all time in the W123. To me, these cars felt like sort of a dry-run for Mercedes when engineering the W123. Some things worked and were carried over to the W123, while other things were left in the past. One of the biggest things to make the jump to the new generation was the OM616 and OM617 diesel engines. Slight tweaks were needed, but the core of the engine was basically the same. They brought unparalleled reliability and toughness, but that came as a cost of being dreadfully slow. Still, it’s tough to complain about that when even now, some 40 years later, these engines are still kicking as well as the day they left the factory. This 1975 240D up for sale in Ohio painted in the lovely Cayenne Orange looks to be a real winner at first glance. But for as much as I wanted to love this car, some red flags have me thinking again about this one.

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1970 Mercedes-Benz 220D

The W114 and W115 is looked at as the generation that came before the legendary W123 came along and cemented itself as one of the best vehicles ever produced.  It’s not that the Stroke 8 are bad or anything, it’s just a tough comparison head to head against the W123. If anything, the W114/115 should be lauded as those cars featured the OM616 and non-turbocharged OM617 before being carried over into the new W123 chassis. Now that the newest W115 is 41 years old, a really nice one is hard to come by given they were used for all they had to give then tossed away due to their lack of collectibility. So when this 1970 220D for sale in Florida popped up, I had to take a closer look.

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Year: 1970
Model: 220D
Engine: 2.2 inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 95,337 mi
Price: Buy It Now $8,900

Runs and drive very good no rust well maintained super clean – – – kept garage and covered
– 4 new tires
– new door seals
– new drive mirror glass
– new pillar seals
– new trunk seal
– new cv axle boot left and right
– new diesel filter
– 4 new brake hose
– new front brake pads
– new injection pump membrane diaphragm
– turn signails,break lights, headlights, high beams works without problems
recent oil change transmission oil change

title in hands

any question you can send a message

I can’t believe how great this car looks for 95,000 miles. The exterior shows fairly well but the interior and engine bay are nearly flawless. Either this car underwent a light restoration or the owner was fanatical about keeping it in perfect condition. Usually these cars are used as workhorses and don’t get pampered but this one is on another level.

The prices of nice W114/115s have been steadily rising over the past few years and while $8,900 seems like a lot for one, it’s tough to argue this one isn’t worth it. It’s probably one of the nicest 220Ds I’ve ever seen that was actually used. The only problem with these cars is that driving them is that 60 horsepower out of the OM615 is dangerous in situations where you need speed keep up with traffic. Around town or a leisurely cruise isn’t a problem, but you’ll be making a lot of enemies in this thing if you plan on doing freeway travel. Other than that, this W115 is a winner.

– Andrew

1975 Mercedes-Benz 300D

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.

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1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D

The W123 Mercedes-Benz gets a lot of credit for solidifying the reputation of the brand in the 1970s and 1980s as a maker of indestructible vehicles. But it’s predecessor, the W115, gets a little bit overshadowed in the process. Those familiar with the breed, however, revere them. Nicknamed the “Strich Acht” or “stroke eight,” this range of sedans and coupes was built from 1968 through the end of 1976, overlapping W123 production a bit. Available with a range of four and six cylinder petrol engines as well as the OM617 inline five cylinder diesel towards the end of production, these Benzes proved rather popular, with just under two million manufactured. This final year 1976 240D for sale in California is a very low mileage original and would be an excellent choice for someone looking for a classic they can use regularly.

Year: 1976
Model: 240D
Engine: 2.4 liter inline-4 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 39,372 mi
Price: Reserve auction (asking price $17,900)

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903 Medium Blue/Blue MB tex
4-spd manual gearbox, no AC, Manual windows.
Full handbooks, data cards.
Fully documented mileage.

Purchased new by George Tillson on 4/30/76 and sold to second owner in CA in 2006 showing 25k miles.

An amazing survivor. Spotless fully original interior. Perfect dash pad. Spectacular original carpets and package panel.
Original MB Coco mats.
Perfect headliner and visors.
Cigarette lighter never used.
Factory decals still on seat tracks.
Spare original keys.
Spotless door jambs.
Becker Europa Radio.
Spotless trunk area w/original unused spare tire and tools. Perfect trunk floor. Original date coded trunk seal. Tool roll.
Fully original paint except hood.
Hood, door, fender and deck lid bolts never disturbed.
Superb external brightwork. Ziebarted when new hence zero rust.

A joy to drive with excellent power and no steering freeplay.
We made an effortless drive from Los Angeles to SF area after pickup.
Just serviced and new belts, new front brakes, new pinion seal and shift bushings.

A potential MBCA National class winner in un-restored condition.

Call Roy Spencer @ 650-343-7980 with any questions. Global shipping gladly arranged.

Sold new in 1976, this is a part of the last batch of W115s sold here in the US. These Mercedes have stayed relatively affordable throughout the years, acting as a nice starting point for folks to get into the classic Mercedes-Benz hobby. Closing in on $20,000, this is lofty territory for a W115 diesel, especially when it isn’t the upmarket 300D with the five cylinder diesel. I’m not quite sure the market is at that point yet for these cars, but if any example was going to bring that kind of cash, it would be this one. The only thing holding this particular car back for some might be the manual transmission. But then, for economically minded buyers, it might be a bonus. I’d suspect somewhere around $13,000 to $15,000 might be a more realistic price point for this 240D.

The following is a video from Mercedes-Benz regarding the W115 series and its evolution:


1971 Mercedes-Benz 250

I’ve always thought that the W114 and W115, affectionately known as the Strich Acht (Stroke Eight), is one of the most underrated Mercedes-Benzes of all time. Perhaps the W123 that followed gained such a cult following its predecessor got lost in the wake of its popularity. Perhaps it was the styling that was underrated to a fault, yet retained all the classic Mercedes hallmarks. It’s unfortunate, as these were, amazingly, the first Mercedes to be built on an all new chassis post World War II. The subtle styling was the creation of Paul Bracq, responsible for many of Mercedes’ greats over the years. A variety of engines could be had in the sedan, ranging from a 2.0 liter inline four cylinder petrol engine to a 2.8 liter inline six. The legendary OM617 five cylinder diesel made its first appearance in this model, as well.

This 250 for sale in Florida is a six cylinder car equipped with an automatic transmission, making it a good alternative for those seeking a practical Mercedes classic with a bit more power to keep up with traffic.


Year: 1971
Model: 250
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: ~ 36,000 miles
Price: $11,500 Buy It Now

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This car exeudes class, elegance and style. It is easier to drive around town and park than any of the “land yacht” 280’s. Also less problematic, more fuel efficient and easier to drive! 1971 Mercedes 250 sedan w114. It is the 2.8L straight 6 and pulls hard and clean and burns absolutely no oil, high compression. ALL NEW FLUIDS, brakes, radiator, transmission, engine, rear diff. All suspension and brakes and other maintenance items have been addressed as needed and tires are almost brand new. This car drives and looks so nice you can use it as a show car that is fully sorted and drives as reliable as a new one. About 36k miles SUPER CLEAN inside, outside, underside!

Exterior is in 95% condition I just had and expensive paint correction done and it is 100% free of swirls but had 3-4 scratches that are about 1-2inches, No fading or pealing at all, looks stunning. Interior is in even better condition overall. I have the origional floor mats as well as the coco mats pictured. Car is wired and ready for speakers just needs a headunit in place of the block off plate. I drive this car to relax and free my mind so I don’t listen to music in it. Air condition blows incredibly cold and strong. Brand new exhaust. This classic Benz needs absolutely NOTHING to run perfect and drive daily for another 20-30k miles except oil changes! This car has gets at least 10x the number of “thumbs up” and compliments my bentley continental gt & maserati granturismo S get! From 10ft away this car looks like 100grand!

Here is a walk around video of the car. http://youtu.be/xVXc3e2ifUQ

More pics can be found in my online album from page 11 to page 15 http://razzi.me/VIPLuxuryGroup/photos?page=11

What isn’t perfect…..very short list….

-Something broke in the odometer and it now turns at about 1/10th (why I said about 36k) the speed and the glass trim on the bezel is loose and could be reglued back on.

-Windshield sprayer needs a new hose line. I never drive it in rain and its always washed and kept in my garage so I never bothered.

OTHERWISE the car is THE perfect show car you can drive on weekends or during the week to work!


I may consider trades for Audemars Piguet watches. Shipping if buyer arranges it. I have had great results with Exotic Car Transport based out of Orlando FL.

These Stroke Eights are a good choice for those seeking a classic Mercedes on a budget. You can find good ones out there for much less than what you would pay for a new subcompact and they are hearty, reliable vehicles. With the slimmer bumpers and the inline six petrol engine, this car has a fairly specification. The seller has priced this vintage Benz at about the top of the range, as you can expect to pay somewhere between $7,000 and $12,000 for a clean W114/W115.


1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D

A friend from high school recently wrote me asking for car-buying advice, which is obviously one of my favorite pastimes. He wants something “old, rad, German, efficient and semi-reliable.” While my normal predilections tend towards 80s and fast rather than efficient and semi-reliable, his parameters instantly brought a car to mind: Mercedes W123 diesels. Motoringconbrio’s recent guest article had these cars fresh in my mind anyway, and helps show how truly badass these cars and look and be. If only Mercedes brought more manuals to the US! The best diesel on eBay right now is actually the slightly-earlier W115, but is just as classic and badass. If you’re less concerned with revs than cruisability and efficiency, this is mean machine.

1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D

1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D. This fine automobile, “Good Ol’ Blue,” is a wonderful example of the very desirable Mercedes W115 chassis. This is a one family vehicle with 103,259 original miles and has been safely tucked away in a garage, covered and lovingly cared for. My father purchased this Mercedes from Leo Payne Pontiac-‘Jeep’-GMC Trucks in Lakewood, Colorado on July 28, 1975. I have the original bill of sale and all original owner’s manuals, maintenance log and parts catalog.

My mother drove this car for years, literally to and from Wal-Mart or the beauty parlor. Several years ago, she decided to quit driving and gave the car to me. I’ve stored it in my garage and have driven it occasionally (mostly for nostalgia) on Sundays (and only in good weather!). The car still turns heads and I always get compliments on it. See the fourth row in the chart below for information on this particular Mercedes. This car was number 93,528 or 131,319 ever manufactured.

As you can see from the pictures, this is a very pristine Mercedes 240D class. The car is mechanically sound and starts easily and runs great. It has the original paint job – Robin Egg blue – and factory original parts (other than routine maintenance required). These cars are very desirable with the automatic transmission and it gets good fuel mileage, depending on how its driven.

The interior is immaculate (factory original) with the exception of a minor tear in the driver’s seat back and a small crack in the center of the dash. The carpet, floor mats and rest of interior are in extraordinary condition. Glass, chrome, rubber, tires, hub caps all in great condition too.

If you have any questions about the car, please email me. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have and a will also be happy to return your call if you’ll leave your number (and a good time to call). If you need additional photos, please let me know.

This car will be sold as is and without warranty. Buyer is responsible for all state and local taxes and the pick up of the Mercedes 240D. $750 non-refundable deposit due on close of auction with full payment due within 72 hours. I have tried to describe in detail and with high quality pictures. Please keep in mind that this is a 37 year old one family-owned car. Minor signs of wear may be present under close inspection. Pre-sale inspections are wanted. I would not hesitate to make a cross country trip in this car today. Good luck and happy bidding! This is a one of a kind beauty!

I am a 100% diesel believer. My next car will be diesel, and I think a Jetta TDI Wagon would be a great replacement for the truck and a complement for the M5. If I wanted a cruising sedan though, it would be one of these. The blue here is fantastic and I love the matching hubcaps of this era. A little lower like the one on MCB would be extra mean, but nothing is needed to make this Benz Diesel badass. Reserve is off at $5,100 with over a day left. Prices are really steady on these, and with just 107k miles this is a 37 year-old baby. Anything under $10k is a very fair deal on this classic Benz.


1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D

I’ve always felt that the Mercedes-Benz W114 and W115 are akin to the Rodney Dangerfield of the Mercedes world: they get no respect. Stuck in between the W110 Fintail and ubiquitous W123, it lands in a bit of a no man’s land when it comes to Mercedes-Benz history. Nevertheless, these are stout machines worthy of a look, especially the efficient diesel versions given what the price of oil is trading at these days. This particular 1975 240D is complete and a survivor with original paint. It is also a 4 speed manual which should help get the most of the meager 65 horsepower output.

1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D on eBay

Up for sale is a very nice 1975 Mercedes 240D finished in light brown color. The vehicle is in very good shape and in every way. The car has a 4 speed transmission and is a big diesel savor. The body is in nice shape and the paint shines. The car does not have any rust issues besides the panel in the bottom of the front bumper which has a little rust but that’s a removable panel and can easily be replaced with a new one. The paint mostly is the original.

The interior is in very good shape with no cracks on the dash and no rips or tears on the seats. The headliner is nice too. The car has a cruise control as well. The AC works and blows cold. The radio is the original Becker and it works very well. The car has some of the service records. The Mercedes really stands out with its looks. It gets a lot of attention despite the age of it. This is a true classic. This Mercedes is in very good mechanical shape and it drives amazing. It does not have any oil leaks. The clutch and transmission are in very good shape. For right now this car needs only a driver.

Clean 240D sedans can be had all day long for around $5,000, so the asking price of $6,700 is about $1,000 to $1,300 on the high side. However, this is a lot less than you would pay for a later W123 240D, the standard bearer of Mercedes-Benz durability. For someone looking for an efficient commuter vehicle, or for a student in need of a first car, these are safe, comfortable vehicles that can withstand the years. This car has just the right amount of patina to allow the owner comfort in using it as an everyday classic.


1973 Mercedes-Benz 280C

The W114/W115 Mercedes models were the first of a new generation, as this chassis was not based on any model preceding it. While the model itself is over 40 years old, you still see plenty of these cars around the world, some of which are still employed as taxis, even. The coupe version of the W114/W115 was not a well known Mercedes-Benz model, but it has that timeless grace that all Mercedes coupes embody. Here we have a very clean example with an unusual color combination.

The seller states:

Dark Olive(291) with special ordered Green Leather, 53k original as per last 20 years of records, one CA owner through Jan 2010, delivered new on 9/9/1973, handbooks, data card, tools, superb original interior except replacement front seat trim, perfect wood, Cold AC, much recent reconditioning, new blackwall tires/shocks(originals were still on the car!) just installed, fabulous paint depth and gloss, much original paint, flawless original trunk area, a wonderful and respectable entry level classic Mercedes, we’ll be taking care of detail and refinement issues such as bumper alignment etc.

While eBay doesn’t list it, the seller is asking $12,900 over on the Mercedes Heritage website. Barring the slightly dated interior color, this is a masterpiece of an original owner vehicle. While it would be kind of blasphemous, with it’s recent servicing, this car could be pressed into service and last for a good many more years. Remember, this is the predecessor of the infamous W123 Mercedes, and we all know that car was tougher than a $2.00 steak.