1976 Mercedes-Benz 300D

As American luxury cars were adding gimmicks and trying to chase fads (opera lights…really?  OPERA LIGHTS!!) the Germans were busy building cars that drove nice year, after year, after year.  If you live in California and you are looking for a cool ’70s vintage car to enjoy without much work and you enjoy the stink and noise of a diesel, this 1976 Mercedes-Benz 300D in San Diego for $7900 is the hot ticket. This
post is part of DT’s 2016 Birthday Celebration of 100 cars;
enjoy the ride!

Right off the bat the owner tells you the car is a salvage title. I would look for body damage, but wouldn’t worry about it too much on such an old vehicle. The owner claims the salvage title is from being donated….hmmm. The car is done up in a very interesting paint scheme of Beige over red. It looks like a taxi from some faraway South American city. The paint is deep and glossy, and looks new. The trim is all in nice shape, even the black plastic bits.

The engine bay looks just as impressive as the exterior. Everything looks neat and orderly and clean. An AC compressor is visible but no mention is made of functional AC.

As with the exterior, and underhood, the interior does not disappoint, Beautiful oyster beige vinyl is in good shape everywhere. This car is a definite candidate for those looking for a cool 70s cruiser without worrying about smog.

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Al is an accomplished life long auto enthusiast. This affliction landed him in Detroit for several years working as an engineer in the auto industry. When he is not busy scanning Daily Turismo, Craigslist or one of the other fine car sites for great finds he works as an engineer on baggage tractors, or hones his tolerance for BS by landlording.