Infiniti VH45 V8 Powered: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300D

The W123 generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a slow and steady beast that is typically powered by a 4 or 5 cylinder diesel engine that pushes something sub 100 horsepower into the rear wheels. These are slow cars, but they will outlast the apocalypse because they are built like tanks. This next example, however, has been given an injection of Japanese V8 powered with an Infiniti VH45 V8 from an Q45 and an optimistic asking price. Find this 1980 Mercedes-Benz 300D offered for $10,000 in Oakland, CA via craigslist.

From the seller:

1980 Mercedes Infinity 300 V8 Rocket
cylinders: 8 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 50
title status: clean
transmission: manual
type: sedan
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Holy Smokes! (and other expletives)
is all you’ll hear from those
witnessing this 300D-looking sleeper
putting other “fast” cars to shame.

We’ve shoehorned a
!4.5 L VH45 Infinity V8!
under the hood. 😳

Custom exhaust.
Custom radiator.
I mean, really, it’s a custom car.

A true Makers vehicle.

No more diesel,
regular (Premium) gas.

Tool around town.
Take it to the drag strip.
Drift to your heart’s content.

Asking $10k because it took way
more than that to get it done.

Test drives to those
with cash in hand.

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