The W116 chassis Sonderklasse (S-Class) is known for its low buy-in price, incredibly durable interior materials, tank-like build quality, and stately appearance. We old school car nuts will laud the durability of the aging Benz, but even I don’t believe that a 43-year-old German car will be as trouble free as a few year old used Kia. However, this next car is a Euro import, which means it has all of the plusses of the US Market S-Class, but with smaller DEATH-TO-ALL bumpers and sealed beam DEATH-TO-ALL headlights. And probably a non US-Emissions compliant DEATH-TO-ALL inline-6. At least this car is over 25 years old, so US Dept of Homeland Security will no longer stop you from buying/owning/driving this literal rolling tomb on the street. Enjoy your premature death! Find this 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280S W116 offered for $5,200 in Worthington, OH via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
From the seller:
1978 Mercedes 280S
cylinders: 6 cylinders
paint color: blue
title status: clean
1978 Mercedes 280S 4 Door. This is a European model with European headlights and bumpers including gauges in Kilometers. Very unusual original plaid interior upholstery. Imported by previous owner from Germany. Car came from California and has never been driven in the snow. Has almost no rust. Very original with few modifications. An aftermarket carburetor was installed but virtually everything else on the car is original. The body has its share of door dings and paint fading from the California sun but other than the panel below the front bumper having a few spots there is almost zero rust on the entire car including the underside. The engine is a 6 cylinder with an automatic transmission.
Heat works great and it has air conditioning that seems to work but might need additional freon. Oil pressure gauge works but is disconnected due to cracked line. Tires are in really good shape. Lots of potential here or just drive it like it is. The choke needs adjustment. The car runs rough and stalls when cold but once warmed up it runs very smoothly and shifts, steers and stops well. Radio works antenna does not go down. Casette player does not work. Vintage European style with the small bumpers and cool headlights. 180,153 Kilometers on odometer.
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