Transporter Neu: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 207D

When someone tells you they’ve got a cream colored diesel powered Mercedes-Benz from the 1980s, you instantly think of the W123 or W126 sedans — but there is another way to roll coal in your vintage Benz…a way that is far more vantastic.  Find this 1980 Mercedes-Benz 207D here on eBay bidding for $4,049 reserve-not-met with 3 days to go, located in Bedford Hills, NY.

This 207D van was known internally at Mercedes as the T1 or TN, which stood for Transporter 1 or Transporter Neu and sometimes called the Bremer Transporter.  As the Sprinter’s predecessor, it is a bit larger than Volkswagen’s Type 2 (Transporter, Samba, Microbus, etc) and similarly sized to Ford’s Transit and VW’s LT van. Today on the used market it seems like something you could drive to work occasionally, park on the street when needed, and use as a weekend camper/toy hauler.

Few cars are as slow as a VW Transporter, but the 2.4 liter OM616  inline-4 diesel under the center console puts out a meager 65 horsepower, and will give a vintage VW a good race.  The benefit is that the 207D should return decent fuel economy as long as you avoid any significant head winds.

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