Mercedes-Benz 300TD

EN­GINE 3005cc/4-cyl/OHC POWER 125bhp@4350rpm TORQUE 181lb ft@2400rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 103mph 0-60MPH 13.2sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 29-37mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed auto MoT 12 months from sale ODOME­TER 71,275 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Theo Ford-Sagers

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE? This re­cent Cal­i­for­nian im­port is pow­ered by gutsy turbo diesel en­gine not orig­i­nally of­fered in the UK. The slightly fumy ex­haust didn’t clear much as the car warmed up dur­ing our drive, but the en­gine de­liv­ers bags of torque and shows strong oil pres­sure. The au­to­matic gear­box shifts ra­tios per­fectly (if not al­ways smoothly), the car tracks and brakes straight and true, and there are no wor­ry­ing vi­bra­tions or noises. BODY­WORK CHECK It’s cer­tainly pati­nated, but there’s no ex­ter­nal cor­ro­sion or dents – just small dings in the off­side rear door, a deeper scratch on the bonnet, a few gen­tle scuffs and chips dot­ted around the body­work and fad­ing on the roof. A re­spray would im­prove mat­ters, but de­stroy the car’s orig­i­nal feel. The tyres are match­ing 14-inch Nankang 195/70s, but a few cracks sug­gest that they’re prob­a­bly near­ing the end of their life. The wheels are in fair con­di­tion, with only sur­face scratches and no ma­jor kerb­ing. All the chrome trim is present and cor­rect, the lamps are clear and un­dam­aged and the door seals ap­pear to be orig­i­nal and seal cor­rectly. HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR? The blue MB-Tex trim is in mostly fan­tas­tic con­di­tion, with smart seats that are free from rips and tears; there’s just a small sur­face crack on the driver’s seat. The glove­box lid wood trim needs a touch of glue, but the lower dash is fine and re­tains its orig­i­nal ra­dio/ cas­sette player. A pre­vi­ous owner has tried to pro­tect the dash­board top from the Cal­i­for­nian sun with a re­mov­able fit­ted car­pet, but it’s still cracked – though you’d never know with the mat in place. The elec­tric sun­roof, air con­di­tion­ing and elec­tric ra­dio aerial work as they should, though the rear elec­tric win­dows are a bit creaky. The boot lin­ing is clean and un­dam­aged. UN­DER THE BONNET There’s a small amount of cor­ro­sion around the bat­tery tray, but no ob­vi­ous oil, coolant or hy­draulic fluid leaks, and the ca­bles and pipework are all in de­cent order. The car comes with some ac­com­pa­ny­ing orig­i­nal US doc­u­men­ta­tion, but no other ser­vice his­tory. The ven­dor is cur­rently ser­vic­ing the car in prepa­ra­tion for its sale, though an in­de­pen­dent in­spec­tion of the car’s un­der­side on a ramp would be ad­vis­able. THE CCW VIEW This is a rare op­por­tu­nity to ac­quire a very solid Cal­i­for­nia im­port W123 with an un­usual (in the UK) en­gine, of­fer­ing a re­ward­ing drive and a guar­an­teed talk­ing point at shows. If you pre­fer your clas­sics to be solid and pati­nated rather than gleam­ing restora­tions, this will be right up your Strasse.

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