1985 Mercedes-Benz 300 CD Coupe
In 1878, Rudolf Diesel was attending the Polytechnic High School of
Germany (the equivalent of an engineering college) when he learned
about the low efficiency of gasoline and steam engines. This
disturbing information inspired him to create an engine with a
higher efficiency, and he devoted much of his time to developing a
"Combustion Power Engine." By 1892 Diesel had obtained a patent for
what we now call the diesel engine.
For consignment, an all-stock, all original W123 300CD, (2 door
coupe), Turbo Diesel. Always garage kept, it was completely
refurbished in 2007. It was brought home and sat in a garage for 14
years never used after the refurbish by Philly dealer Carson
Champagne paint, in original condition, is found on the exterior of
an obviously meticulously cared for car. Straight heavy gauge steel
for this diesel built like a Panzer tank, that sports well minded
gaps. An electric sliding sunroof on top, and clean rocker panels
on bottom are noted. Chrome bumpers, brite work, and badging, all
dimple and corrosion free and clean. Power stainless chrome rear
view mirror works perfectly, as do power windows. The paint has
some light scratches from over buffing on the paint, and very minor
areas of touchup paint is noted on the wheel well surrounds. Front
grille is beautiful and has the trio pointed star on top dead
MB Tex in Palomino and in very nice condition covers the bucket
seats in front and bench seat in back. Immaculate gold carpeting
covers all the lower surfaces, and some slightly faded to a green
hue floor mats are protecting this pristine carpeting. A near
showroom dash and center console house all correct working gauges,
and climate controls, and some walnut veneer is seen mixing in with
the black vinyl coverings of the console. The fully working Becker
radio is nestled between the dash, and console. All this is very
clean, and the veneer is near perfect. A nice tight headliner is
framing a sunroof, and inside all is well.
An inline 5-cylinder turbo diesel engine coupled with a 4-speed
automatic transmission takes you smoothly and slowly up to speed.
Some corrosion is noted but overall, very light on the cast parts
bolted on to this 5-cylinder. It has EFI and a 4-speed automatic on
the back. The rear axle weighs in at a 2.88 ratio.
A few areas of very light surface rust is seen in an otherwise
nicely undercoated undercarriage. All solid unibody construction,
floor pans and suspension parts which include independent coil
springs for every corner. Power disc brakes and a clean exhaust are
also noted for this low mileage beauty.
As a test drive revealed, this car takes just a small lapse of time
for that turbo to kick in, but when it does, the car accelerates to
any car of today's standards. It is a bit slow, and your judgement
will need to acclimate to this which is typical of 1980's TD's.
Only one frown for this car is I noted the A/C doesn't blow
A consignor that has cared for this car cosmetically as well as
mechanically, has yielded this original classic Turbo Diesel that
appears literally like new. A low 41,700 original miles with an
overhaul just prior to sitting for 14 years. This engine, along
with the durability of the Mercedes Benz build, will be active for
a long time. Unlike earlier non-turbo models, this car can keep up
with today's fast moving vehicles with turbo acceleration and
diesel durability, and don't forget Mercedes Benz reliability and
build quality, all expertly pampered in its lifetime. What an
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale
with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914.
Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the
vehicle in person.