1985 Mercedes Benz 300-TD
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 300TD, (4 door
sedan),Turbo Diesel. Owned by 1 family its entire life after the
original purchase in 1985 in Greenland, NH. Then her son took the
car over and he resided in Florida. It has a Protecto-plate
documentation, MB maintenance books and a Florida title.
Light Ivory 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. A nicely chromed central grille with the tri-pointed
star atop has the headlights and fog lights flanking on either
side. A shiny chromed bumper is below and has a rubber strip
running through its center. A thin chromed trimming runs the length
of the car and passes by the 4 doors, (2 on either side), and clean
rocker panels on bottom are noted. Those 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. Wheels are standard MB 15-inch and tires are
new from 2021.
Leather in Palomino color 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 is very clean and not
worn at all! A near showroom dash and center console house all
correct working gauges along with climate controls, and lots of
black forest walnut veneer seen mixing in with the black vinyl
coverings of the console and dash top. The fully working Eclipse
radio is nestled between the dash, and console and has AM/FM/CD
capabilities. All this is very clean and the veneer is near
perfect. A nice tight headliner is above and framing a sunroof.
An inline 5 cylinder Turbo Diesel engine, (3.0 L), coupled with a 4
speed automatic transmission takes you smoothly and slowly up to
speed. It is fed diesel fuel via EFI. Some corrosion is noted but
overall very light on the cast parts bolted on to this 5 cylinder.
The rear axle weighs in at 2.88 ratio.
A few areas of very light surface rust is seen on 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 diesel well kept 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.
Even the AC blows cold.
Our consignor that has cared for this car cosmetically as well as
mechanically, has yielded this original classic Turbo Diesel that
appears literally like new. An extensive recent overhaul just prior
to it arriving here was performed. 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 excellent
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special
interest automobile showroom, featuring over 650 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.