1979 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series 300SD Turbodiesel
|Engine:||OM617 - 3.0 Liter Turbodiesel|
|Power Options:||Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows|
|Number of Cylinders:||5|
|Drive Side:||Left-hand drive|
|Options:||CD Player, Sunroof|
|Warranty:||Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty|
|:||“Overall excellent condition. Starts, runs and drives great. Strong OM617 engine. Nice paint, chrome and exceptional upholstery. Factory books and even the original window sticker included. The next caretaker won't be disappointed! There is a low, reasonable $4,500 reserve.”|
VIN: [hidden information]
Here’s another rare,
great-running & driving vintage Mercedes we’ve acquired recently for our Ebay
buyers. This nice 300SD sold new in sunny Southern California (we have
the original dealer’s window sticker and factory books to go with the car)
before arriving here in Seattle many years ago.
It has spent its life driving our salt-free Pacific Northwest roads ever
since. From the moment I first laid eyes on this clean sedan, it was
obvious that there’s always been respect and care given over the years. There aren’t many left on the road in this
condition and brings to mind the old saying in the collector world: “Any vehicle
can be restored, given enough time & money, but it can only be factory
original once!” Reluctantly, the 300SD was
turned over to us a few weeks ago by its long-term owner. I’ve got to
tell you, having driven it virtually every day since, what a treat! Where else will you find this kind of luxury,
vintage style, safety, mechanical reliability AND terrific (25+MPG) fuel
economy wrapped up in one gorgeous ride?
Please feel free to contact me with questions or to make an offer.
My name is Mark and my direct phone number is 206/[hidden information]. You’re welcome and encouraged
to make an appointment to inspect and come drive this outstanding boulevard cruiser here at my Auburn warehouse.
Ever driven one of these Mercedes
with the powerful 3.0 liter turbocharged diesel engine? Smooth is the word for sure. Smooth
powerful acceleration. Smooth handling in the curves or on the highway,
too. I’ve always considered the W116
chassis sedans constructed during the late 70’s as some of the last hand-built,
truly high-quality Mercedes and have heard many others say the same thing! Take a look at the photos and I’m sure you’ll
agree with me what a find this is. What you see is the result of a wash
and vacuum only. It’s obviously been
allowed to spend the decades garaged because the overall exterior
condition is superior. Climb over, under and throughout and I know you’ll
come up smiling! Rust? Please, this Benz hates rust and you WON’T find a thing to worry about
here. Yes, the Puget Sound area is famous for rain, but our winter roads are rarely salted. At most, we'll only have one
or two days of light snow. Everyone panics and stays
home. Climb over, under and all around this car - I know you’ll come up
Having personally owned many Mercedes over the years, I’ve developed
a great appreciation for their style, mechanical reliability and overall
driving experience. THIS CAR RUNS OUT JUST AS IT WAS MEANT TO. I’VE NEVER DRIVEN A VINTAGE
DIESEL THAT I’VE LIKED BETTER!! I’m convinced you’ll be proud to own
and drive it as well.
In total, this is a
clean, well-cared-for, smoke-free car. I take pride in the vehicles I’m
able to offer here on Ebay and feel that you should know as much about them as
possible. Accordingly, here’s a list of the good and also any things
needing attention: take four or five seconds to heat the glow plugs, even when
starting cold, and the peppy 3.0L inline OM617 diesel engine fires right up every
time! The automatic transmission shifts
strongly and just as it should. The car idles, runs and drives like a
Mercedes is built to – immediate, strong oil pressure,
good battery and charging system, no overheating, no brake pull to either side or
alignment issues! I’ve now put on almost 500 miles over the
last month including freeway cruising at 60 MPH for hours at a time. The
factory color medium brown metallic paint is in great overall condition. Though I’m not an expert, I’ve not found any
evidence of accidents or body repair. Good chrome and exterior trim all
around, too! The front fenders, doors, rear quarters and floor pans are
all solid; in fact, the entire undercarriage is in good condition for a 41-year-old
car! No other real body flaws to point
out, only a small dent (as pictured) on the passenger’s side rear dog leg. The factory wheels
are straight and true. They’re wrapped with excellent 195/70R14 touring radials
with at least 85-90% tread remaining. Take another good look at the
interior shots. Hop in and feel
comfortable sitting on these firm buckets for hours as the springs and MB-Tex upholstery are near perfect. The
rear bench has not suffered the fate of most other W116 sedans as it still has excellent
original MB-Tex on both the base and back rest.
While the A/C –
heater/defroster system blows warm & cool just fine, a refrigerant recharge
might make it colder. The climate
control valve system mounted under the hood near the firewall has been upgraded with a digital box that is FAR superior
to the factory control unit. I’m
assuming the odometer is reflecting true miles as both it, the speedo and the
tachometer work perfectly. Even the
clock keeps accurate time! There’s no
evidence of any water leakage on the headliner and you can see from the photos
how nice the factory carpets are. About
the only flaws to point to are the sunroof and passengers front window are both sticky and don’t always want to open/close.
I’ll be sure to include the factory plastic sleeve containing the window
sticker, owner’s manual, warranty book, hangtag and other info safely locked
away in the glovebox when the car leaves our warehouse.
I don’t know why the Mercedes
factory had difficulty coming up with a quality, long-lasting stereo. Even their modern cars seem to have radio
issues so it’s not surprising the former owner changed out the original Becker
AM-FM to a Blaupunkt CD "Helsinki" sometime back in the 1990's. Now all it needs is a replacement power
antennae! The jack, spare and tire
wrench are in the trunk as shown.
I’m always very happy to work with any shipper you choose, but you’re also
welcome to do what many of my previous buyers from as far away as Alaska,
Arizona, the Midwest, Canada, Florida, New York and even the Mexican Baja have
done – fly in here to Seattle and start a spring road trip home the same day. I
wouldn’t hesitate to drive cross-country in this car! As a respected Ebay
seller with many satisfied online buyers, I want you to bid with
confidence knowing that this Benz runs and drives as it should AND that it is
being properly represented to you. Please don’t be upset if I miss a minor flaw or some small issue comes
up as NO used vehicle is perfect.
Please check the
photos over closely and call me with any questions BEFORE you place a
bid! You’re encouraged to stop by, inspect the car at my Auburn, WA
warehouse and take it for a test drive. As always, it is being sold
“as-is, where-is” with a clean, free & clear Washington State title. Because of the amount of money involved with
a vehicle purchase, I reserve the right to cancel your bid if you have any negative feedback. I also ask that potential bidders with a feedback rating of five or
fewer transactions on Ebay contact me before
placing their bid. Please feel free
to contact me directly thru eBay’s system or, as outlined above, call me at 206/[hidden information] anytime. My name is MARK.
A Few Additional Terms and Conditions:
The entire purchase price is due by cash (in-person only), a
wire transfer or other certified funds within seven days of the auction
closing. I can accept credit/debit cards
but will need to first send an invoice from our card processor and ask that the
3.5% fee charged by them be added.
Please remember you are bidding to buy, and I fully expect the winning
bidder to fulfill their Ebay contract!
You’re not bidding to hold or then come inspect and test-drive the
vehicle later -- You’re more than welcome to do this before the auction ends.If you do decide to have the Mercedes shipped home, there are numerous
vehicle transport companies to choose from. While delivery and the company
chosen are the responsibility of the BUYER, I ship vehicles regularly
and have access to the nationwide Central Dispatch system. I can check to see what typical delivery
costs have been to your area recently and we can then post a transport offer
for the car at a fair price. Usually, a
shipper is lined up within just a few days.
You’ll pay the transporter COD when they arrive with the vehicle. No upfront deposit or other hassles.
The Benz can be stored free of charge at my
location for up to two weeks after the auction ends assuming full payment has
been received. After that period storage
is $20 per day.
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