1976 MERCEDES-BENZ 200 (W115)

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - ClassicCarsForSale.co.uk - Nathan Chad­wick

EN­GINE 1988cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 94bhp@4800rpm TORQUE 115lb ft@2800rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 98mph 0-62MPH 14.7sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 19-24mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man MoT 12 months ODOME­TER 42,300 miles WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This was the en­try level Mercedes back in 1975, but though you may have missed out on brag­ging rights in the of­fice car park back then, to­day you’ve got a charm­ing car for bim­bling around in. The en­gine isn’t en­dowed with huge amounts of torque or power, but it’s still sprightly, if a lit­tle char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally coarse. It’s matched to a four-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion which has a very long throw. But there’s a charm to its chunky sim­plic­ity and ev­ery­thing feels solid. There are no odd noises from the sus­pen­sion and the steer­ing feels cor­rect – not too tight, but not baggy ei­ther.

BODY­WORK CHECK

This body is in very good con­di­tion, with no dents or dim­ples. The chrome is also in an ex­cel­lent state and the win­dow rub­bers are largely in good nick too. The same ap­plies to all four hub­caps. This car wears orig­i­nal paint through­out, al­though there has been touch­ing up over the years, as be­fits a car of this age. An owner has at­tempted a re­pair to the near­side rear wing, mean­ing there’s a mis­match be­tween Mercedes paint and a DIY shade. How­ever, the ven­dor is keen to stress the orig­i­nal­ity of this car and will re­paint the wing – should the owner de­sire – be­fore the car’s sale. The Mercedes wears Fire­stone Mul­tiHawk tyres on the rear and Miche­lin MXVs at the front.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

This in­te­rior is in ex­em­plary con­di­tion. The blue MB-Tex and cloth seats are free from stain­ing and tears, the carpets are in tip-top con­di­tion and the dash­board is free from scratches and cracks. There’s even a pe­riod ra­dio too. There is some mi­nor stain­ing to the head­lin­ing, but noth­ing to worry about. The seat bol­ster is in good con­di­tion and the seat bases feel firm yet com­pli­ant – ex­actly how they’re meant to.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The 1988cc en­gine pre­sents well, with no signs of cor­ro­sion un­der the bon­net. All the flu­ids are to their cor­rect mark - and the own­ers left writ­ten mark­ers be­neath the bon­net as to when they there were last changed. A look at the pa­per­work file shows that the mileage is cor­rect and the en­gine oil and fil­ter were changed in 2015 at 41,194 miles, when the gear­box and axle oil were also topped up. It’s also re­ceived a brake over­haul and rust treat­ment.

THE CCW VIEW

This car was the Maloney & Rhodes deal­er­ship demon­stra­tor, and the first owner bought it from that fran­chise. He then sold it and bought it back again – and af­ter a brief drive it’s easy to un­der­stand why he came back for more. It’s a charm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, helped by a truly won­der­ful in­te­rior. It’s not fast, but this is a great way to cruise to a show or two.

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