I think about my 1984 Mercedes-Benz 300TD pretty much every day. I absolutely can’t wait until that car is ready to be driven, and I miss driving it even when it had the molasses inline five-cylinder turbodiesel engine.
Finding this 1982 example on Craigslist makes me miss my own car that much more. This is a clean example and it’s priced exceptionally well, considering how much people are often asking for 300TD runners. In fact, if you had the means, it would be a smart move to buy this in Southern California and flip it quickly and easily in Northern California for a hefty profit.
Seriously, go check out 300TD prices on Craigslist around San Francisco. The Veggie set loves turning these into fry-juice drinkers, or leaving them as is for hipster street cred. This one will set you back less than $4k, and it seems as if nearly all of the relevant service as been performed for you.