Tectonic Acceleration: 1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D W123

One of my favorite automotive memories was driving a vintage Mercedes oil burner through the hilly streets of San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. The 2.4 liter inline-4 cylinder non-turbo diesel engine didn’t have much punch, but it did have enough torque to lug up seriously steep hills will very minimal throttle (errr…rack) input. Few cars have a similar ability to be started in first gear without the use of a the go-pedal up a hill…but you could just dump the clutch and go. I don’t miss the tectonic acceleration…but I do miss a few interesting details on that old Benz.  Find this 1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D offered for $3,200 in Sevastopol, CA via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1978 mercedes-benz 240d

condition: good

cylinders: 4 cylinders

fuel: diesel

odometer: 97400

paint color: yellow

title status: clean

transmission: manual

type: sedan

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Here we have a 1978 Mercedes 240D with a low 97k original miles for $3,200 (final reduction of price, will most likely not accept best offers but shoot anyhow). It’s mechanically in great condition with no issues. Work has been done on it and it recently did very well on a pressure test. A more modern glow plug system recently been installed to help with those cold morning starts. Interior has some things that need to be finished: lack of a correct working radio, and the driver seat has damage from use (thus the seat covers), and the interior cloth roof needs a plastic piece to keep it up. And there is a small amount of damage on the left hand side above the bumper. It comes with seat covers for front and back seats, although they are only on the front seats. The car is registered for 2020. Contact me if you have any questions or wish to arrange a meeting. Don’t leave a voicemail as my phone doesn’t show if someone leaves a message all the time. Serious buyers only please.

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