LOW-MILE and exceptionally smooth driving and shifting future
million-mile vehicle. This car has had mostly local owners: it was
owned by a man in Sonora who stored it for many years, and bought
15 years ago at about 60k miles by a Groveland, CA long-haul big
rig driver. The mileage is believed to be correct as it has been
driven only locally for decades. Just thoroughly gone through by
our inhouse Mercedes-Benz specialist. The car is at our warehouse
in Groveland - Gateway to Yosemite.Engineered like no other car in
the world. That was the sales tagline for the company when these
cars were launched in 1968. The chassis/body style of this Mercedes
ran from 1968 to 1976; they were the first post-war Mercedes-Benz
production cars to be given a newly engineered chassis. For the
first time the new chassis consisted of semi-trailing rear arms and
ball-joint front end which would be used in all Mercedes passenger
car models until the 1980s when they were replaced by the
multi-link rear setup.For 1974, the 220 Series was no longer
available and was replaced by the W115 240D sedan (diesel only).
The overhead-cam four-cylinder diesel engine displaced 146.7
cubic-inches and delivered 64 horsepower. It had five main
bearings, a fuel injection system, and solid valve lifters.
Transmission options included a four-speed manual or four-speed
automatic. Disc brakes could be found at all four corners. There
are now dozens of cars with the same engine having clocked over a
million miles.These engines are nearly indestructible, and 240Ds
are highly sought-after vehicles. They are happier when not at full
bore, allowing the excellent cruising qualities to surface. The
quality of Mercedes engineering is undisputed and a strong selling
point for executives as well as German taxi drivers, one original
road test concluded. These cars enjoyed a reputation for Swiss
watch-like and unmatched reliability. They come from an era when
Mercedes designed cars to a precise standard, not to a price point
set in response to a growing list of competitors. Theyre overbuilt
to a degree that defies modern beliefs. No matter how many miles
you put on an old Benz, though, the MB-Tex seat material looks as
good as it did when it was brand-new. This is not a show car - it's
a very presentable and useable appreciating asset (up 39% in the
last 12 months) that should last indefinitely, and many cannot tell
it from leather.Halfway between Hagerty Valuations #3 Good and #4
Fair is$7,750. We offer this 240D at $6,900 - but likely we'll be
raising that soon. Note: there is a Mercedes-Benz document
indicating a warranty for a replacement engine at just over 50k
miles. We can't confirm this is, but it's possible that this engine
only has 15,000 miles on it. Photos: taken between snow/rain
storms, no cleaning or detailing were been done prior. Engine: 2.4L
OHC 4-cylinder in-line Diesel, 64 hp @ 4200 rpm, 101 ft-lb torque @
2400 rpmTransmission: 4-speed automaticColors: Aqua Blue with Blue
MB-Tex seatsMPG: 35 (reported by mechanics and owners)Odometer:
64,950 milesVIN: 11511712061598 Visit My Car Guy online at
www.mycarguy-sf.com to see more pictures of this vehicle or call us
at (415) 860-1505 today to schedule your test drive.
1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D
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