When it comes to Diesel Powered Sedans, Mercedes-Benz is the first car company that comes to mind, and why not… They have built spectacular diesel engines that seem to go on forever, and installed them into very stout yet elegant sedans that have been described as bank vaults. Today, vintage Diesel Powered Mercedes-Benz automobiles are highly sought after because of their longevity, and because they are adaptable to the conversion process that makes them run on “veggie-oil” bio-diesel. So which one of these four Benz Diesels would you want?
Here is a magnificent 1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D with under 60,000 miles. According to the listing:
Own a part of Mercedes Benz History. Up for sale one of the nicest 240D’s in existence. It is with great disappointment I am selling this car, as it truly is an amazing car; however, family commitments are causing me to part with it. It has less than 59,000 original miles and I guarantee you will not find a cleaner running Mercedes diesel.
About the car, this car has a great history and was part of a three part video by Mercedes Benz TV, links attached. The car was picked up and restored by a gentleman named JG Francis, who has been recognized for his restorations by Mercedes Benz. Attached is a link to his website.
If you would like to know more about Mr. Francis, please Google — Mercedes Motoring, JG Francis – He has been the feature of several Mercedes-Benz produced documentaries, which focused on the quality of his restorations and lifestyle with Mercedes-Benz.
After he located the vehicle, he drove the car from Alaska to LA, where he spends 6 to 8 weeks restoring the car piece by piece ensuring it is in tip top shape. I still have the original Alaska license plate. The list is exhaustive, but it has new tires and Bilstein suspension, but the list is too exhaustive. It has an original Becker radio, but with external I-Pod hook up so you can listen to Pandora, etc. Very neat feature of the car. I personally picked up the car in LA and drove it back to Tacoma, WA. The car runs flawlessly on the open road and is true pleasure to drive. I just spent $375.00 on an oil change and restoring the blower motor. It also has new coco mats. It does need a driver’s side map pocket, but I may be able to get the prior to sale.
With over a day to go until the auction ends, the top bid so far is $16,000. The reserve has been covered, so this car will be sold after the auction. Isn’t this car amazing? Is it worth the current bid? You can answer these questions and more after you see the listing here: 1976 Mercedes-Benz W114 240D Diesel
This is a spectacular 1980 Mercedes Benz W116 300SD, with only 87,000 miles on the odometer. Wow is about the only word to describe this beauty, and according to the listing:
1980 MERCEDES – BENZ 300 SD W116 … 87,575 Original Miles. This One Owner Washington Luxury Beauty comes with Automatic Transmission, Power Brakes, Leather seats, Fog lights, Power windows, Power door locks, Tape / AM / FM and Climate Controlled Air Conditioning.
Diesel Engine is in Good Shape, does not smoke, does not leak, nice and quiet. As Quiet as Diesel engines get.
This Engine has only 87K miles, these engines are know to cross 500K mark with ease. As long as the new owner takes care of it. Transmission feels Perfect, shifts without any problems, without delay, and without noise. Suspension is in Excellent shape, Car tracks nice and straight. There is No Evidence of any Electrical problems. The exterior is in Excellent shape for a 1980. Leather Seats, Carpet Floor and Glass are all in Great shape. This Beauty has Leather instead of cheaper MB-Tex. Interior of this car is Nice and Clean. This MB has 4 matching New Tires that are mounted on Good straight rims. We have Original 1980 title, it will be going to the new owner.
This car has a Buy-It-Now price of only $8,000. I wonder about that price, because the car is located on Staten Island, and you have to question whether of not there was some storm damage from Sandy. I’m sure you can investigate that with a simple phone call, but in the mean time, take a look at the listing here: 1980 Mercedes-Benz W116 300SD
Another outstanding Mercedes-Benz is this 1983 Mercedes 300D with only 39,000 miles on the odometer. Unbelievable condition and located in Florida, the listing states the following:
THIS IS A 1983 MERCEDES 300D TURBO DIESEL WITH ONLY 39,137 ORIGINAL MILES. THIS VEHICLE WAS OWNED BY AN ELDERLY GENTLEMAN WHO PASSED IN 2009. UPON HIS DEATH THE VEHICLE WAS THEN WILLED TO HIS LONG TIME AIDE WHO WAS ALSO ELDERLY AND WHO HAD TAKEN CARE OF HIM FOR MANY YEARS. SHE WAS NOT INTO THE CLASSIC DIESEL MERCEDES THAT WE ALL LOVE WHICH IS WHAT LED TO HER PARTING WAYS WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL VEHICLE. HER LOSS IS OUR GAIN AS THIS WONDERFUL VEHICLE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE.
THIS ONE OF THE NICEST OLDER 300D’ YOU WILL SEE. IT LOOKS FANTASTIC ON THE OUTSIDE. NO DENTS OR RUST JUST A SHINY BEAUTIFUL EXTERIOR. ON THE INSIDE YOU WILL SEE AN AMAZING INTERIOR. ALL ORIGINAL AND LOOKING FANTASTIC. NO CRACKS IN THE DASH. NO CRACKS IN THE WOOD. PERFECT LOOKING DOOR PANELS AND SEATS AS WELL AS THE HEADLINER. THIS VEHICLE WAS A GARAGED WELL TAKEN CARE OF AUTO. LOOK CLOSELY AT THE PICTURES. YOU WILL SEE DOOR JAMS THAT LOOK FRESH AS THE DAY THEY WERE NEW. RUBBER SEALS THAT LOOK AS FRESH AS DAY ONE. CHROME THAT IS SHINY AND BRIGHT. JUST A FRESH AND CLEAN AND TOTALLY AWESOME VEHICLE. IT RUNS SMOOTH AND STRONG AND IS EXTREMELY TIGHT. I HAVE HAD MANY OF THESE CARS OVER THE YEARS AND THIS HAS TO BE THE STRONGEST NICEST ONE I HAVE EVER HAD AND DEFINITELY THE LOWEST MILEAGE ONE.
The ALL CAPS AD does not detract from this car in any way, but it does say something about the seller. Anyway, there is over five days to go until this auction ends, and the top bid so far is $7,600 with an unmet reserve. What do you think it will take to cal this car sold? take a look at the listing here: 1983 Mercedes-Benz W123 300 Turbo Diesel
Then there is this Mercedes-Benz from Trenton, NJ. It is two years newer than the last 300D, but it also has a few more miles on the odometer (about 40,000 miles more). The language in the ad is awful, but it is short and to the point:
Beautiful Classic Mercedes Benz, one of the greatest German engineering!
Only 78K very hard to find in excellent condition in and out. No rust anywhere, looks and drive excellent.
CLEAN CAR FAX REPORT
Lots of documentation come with car.
Serious Bidders Only
Another beautiful Diesel Mercedes, and with over five days to go until the auction ends, the top bid so far is $4,500, with an unmet reserve. Let’s see if you can decide which Diesel Benz you would want after looking at this listing: 1985 Mercedes-Benz W123 300D Turbo Diesel