They say you should never buy a car in the rain…(which is good advice because you can’t tell paint condition in the rain and the water noise masks potential issues on the test drive)…and this begs the question; should you buy a car with pictures taken during a wash? The answer is no, but that shouldn’t stop you from looking at that car in person and making an informed decision on the condition of a W115.. Personally I like the fact that this car has a 4-speed gearbox and I don’t mind the blingy wheels or the lowered suspension. Find this 1975 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $5,600 in Dublin, CA via craigslist.
I’m a sucker for many things automotive, but there are a few that really get my motor revving. The first is a red interior — I love ’em. The Draken had a red interior that was to die for but this next car has it beat. Another thing that gets my coil all charged up is a manual gearbox mated to a diesel engine. I know diesels are low on power and manuals require all sorts of effort and concentration…but the combination of a non-turbo diesel engine and 4 or 5 or 18 speed gearbox just makes you feel a man-machine connection that is nothing this side of a jet pack or a neural network. And this next car has both. Find this 1974 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $3900 in Victorville, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.
This next car comes from tipper Art who first writes: 3 on the tree 220 Deeeeeee! Kinda just rolls off the tounge, huh? Lotta cool for 5K… quick glance through looks clean. Can these stay cheap forever? Maybe, since they never die…And a few minutes later wipes a film of coronavirus repelling axle grease off […]
(We have a pair of one owner stick shift Mercedes 240D’s to choose from today. The cars are similarly priced and found on the opposite coasts from one another) In case of nuclear war or the dropping of a EMP bomb, a Mercedes 240D will keep going about its business like nothing happened. These W115 Mercedes […]
The W114 Mercedes-Benz 240D is an abysmally slow car. I should know…because I owned/drove one back in the 1990s. It still had a sense of purpose and aristocratic provenance..but it was slower than a one legged tortoise on horse tranquilizers. It is, however, common to swap something with more power into the old chassis…but I […]
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 […]
As I’m sorting through the good stuff from my kids’ Halloween haul, I’m reminded of the a guy (and everybody knows a guy like this) who claims he doesn’t like sweets. Oh yeah, somehow this guy is free from thousands of years of human evolution and has some kind of alien taste buds — because […]
Welcome to a new DT feature, It Takes Two, where we pick not one craigslist ad, but two, for the ultimate Lego-style DT post. This first ITT feature involves the marriage of a classic Mercedes-Benz W115 diesel and a C43 AMG V8 for the ultimate DIY classic FrankenBenz. Find this 1969 Mercedes-Benz 220D with “horked” engine […]
The W114/W115 Mercedes chassis was marketed as the “New Generation Models” when released in 1968, but became known colloquially for its model year as the Strich Acht for /8 or stroke eight. The W114/5 chassis was only available with 4 and 6 cylinder engines, but to live up to its nickname, this one has been […]
The Mercedes-Benz W114/W115 was a predecessor to the modern E-Class, and available with a variety of inline four gas, inline six gas and inline four diesel engines from 1968-1976. It was sold in epic numbers as a 2-door and 4-door sedan, but internet rumor has it that Mercedes-Benz built 2000 of the touring variety along […]