1980 Mercedes-Benz 240 D Diesel Sedan (W123 body)

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(eBay auction begins Thursday, August 17 at 9:30 PM EST)

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  • VIN: WDB12312312202717

  • Mileage: 94,847 original

  • Engine: 2.4 liter Diesel 4 cylinder

  • Transmission: Automatic

Points in brief:

  • A clean and low mileage one-owner Florida car

  • Extensive books and records

  • Finished in beautiful Orient Red with Pebble Beige MB Tex

  • Adult owned and in very clean original condition

  • Non-smoker car

  • These cars get remarkable gas mileage despite being safe, heavy and substantial

  • A perfect candidate for alternative fuel systems

Strong areas:

  • It has one of the most well maintained and best running diesel engines I've seen in a W123 chassis, and shifts through the gears beautifully.

  • The vacuum system has been well maintained, with the locks functioning quickly, the cruise control operative, the dash vents working properly, and the motor shutting off quickly.

  • A one owner car of this vintage is extremely difficult to find, and means the car had consistent and regular maintenance from an affluent adult owner.

  • This car was sold new in Naples, Florida, and has never spent a winter up north.  As a result, the lack of corrosion is remarkable, including the body, engine and undercarriage.

  • This car gets remarkable gas mileage, well over 30 in the city and up near 40 on the highway.  That efficiency is rare in such a substantial car, with thick steel construction and doors that close with a solid and satisfying sound.

  • New front tires have been installed, along with new motor mounts, and a recent air conditioning overhaul.  The AC is extremely cold and powerful.

Weak areas:

  • The original paint is a strong point in itself (one can clearly see there is no accident damage or corrosion repair), but the finish on this car has faded somewhat under the Florida sun, leaving areas on the top surfaces cloudy and oxidized.

  • The interior is very clean for its age, but there is some mild fading here and there and very light deflation of the padding on the rear seats.

 A scan of the clear Florida title, previously issued to the original owner as new in 1980:

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Exterior Views
Interior Views
Engine, ID, Books, Trunk, Jambs, & Underneath
Example photos of cosmetic flaws
This is the very common shrinking of the vinyl trim on the inside door frames. The top of the steering wheel has mild sun wear A missing corner on the bezel surrounding the climate control
Degradation of the original pinstripe Slight separation of the stitched top of the rear seat  

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