1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel 4-door Sedan - Collector Car Canada
1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel 4-door Sedan




1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel 4-door Sedan

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This 1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel is finished in Magnolia over a cognac MB-Tex interior and is in very presentable condition.  Its appearance is one of an iconic, solid sedan.  Built in Germany and a Canadian-market car, it is offered in Montreal, Quebec.



CCC Vital Info – 1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel

Lot – 031
Seller – alexbert (Private)
Seller location – Montreal, Qc H2B
VIN – 12312312063271
Odometer – 175,000 km shown – TMU
Engine Info – 2.4L inline-four, Diesel
Transmission Info – 4-speed automatic
Exterior Colour – Magnolia
Interior Colour – Cognac (Tan)
Other features – No modifications, OEM steel Wheels with M-B covers, Sunroof, Cruise control, All features functional.
Category – German
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Carfax N/A for a pre-1981 non-17 character VIN vehicle

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The car is powered by the 2.4 litre inline four-cylinder OM616 engine.  It is diesel-fueled and matched up to a three-speed automatic transmission sending the power to the rear wheels.  It can be heard in the video preceding the photo gallery.  Horsepower rating from the factory was 62 HP at 4,000 RPM, torque was rated at 97 lb.-ft. at 2,400 RPM.  At 3,000 pounds, this car can get itself around.  But these engines were never about power; they are about durability and reliability.  In fact, the OM616 is still in production under M-B licence by Force Motors of India where it is being installed in Force SUVs.

The Magnolia finish on the car retains a nice shine and is a striking presence, consistent with its indoor storage past.  The W123 features round headlights side-by-side with the more inboard fog lights.  Rear light lenses are ribbed to ensure some of the lens still lights up when driving through snow or heavy dirt.  A sunroof is equipped.  This Benz also features the iconic 14-inch Bundt wheels, skinned in 205/70 Grand Prix brand tires.  The seller is also including a spare set of steel OEM wheels with M-B covers as well as three spare M-B covers.  All badging and antenna are intact, making this a presentable package.

Inside the MB-Tex is known to be as durable as the powerplant.  Many will appreciate the period Blaupunkt AM/FM radio – analog with six presets.  A look at the photo gallery reveals that the dash remains uncracked.  Instrumentation beyond the four-spoke steering wheel consists of a clock, a 160 km/h speedometer with odometer within as well as a third gauge housing fuel level, oil pressure and temperature.  The aforementioned odometer reads just under 175,000 km but without extensive records on the car, the owner is selling this Benz with TMU – true mileage unknown.  The car is equipped with cruise control.

Current owner has been its caretaker since October 2020.  Hagerty pegs these at between $7,100 for fair condition and $48,000 for concours.  Its quote on the car is “a thoroughly mature mid-range car combining the latest engineering with tried and tested design features” – again, not about flash-and-dash; more like bulletproof reliability.  But this car will get the looks, just from the combo of age and condition.  It is a unique time capsule.


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1978 Mercedes-Benz 240D Diesel 4-door Sedan

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Bidder Name Bidding Time Bid Auto
Farfegnugen September 22, 2021 2:45 pm $4,000
carcrazy September 22, 2021 9:22 am $3,800
jimmijam September 21, 2021 10:12 pm $3,000
motorin September 16, 2021 12:38 pm $1,978
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Good Morning / Good Evening, greetings and salutations Dear Viewers, potential bidders and others. AlexBert here, Owner of the icon and Host for this week, Ready to Answer all enquiries in No Time. Feel Free to use WhatsApp 15149156360 for instant feedbacks.

So Brief Description: as a confirmed PetrolHead, as they say in UK, I Always had a SoftSpot for W123 Mercedes-Benz. Pinacle in the History of Silver Star. I Had Many 300D. Great Cars. 240 D was on the Wishing List. And the Dream Came throught one Day. This Rare GEM! Come on Down!

Why? Quite Simple: Key Features: No AC, No Power Windows, No Turbo. All those items are Real HeadAches to Service. Very Costly to Repair. Nothing Match the Pleasure of the Good Ol’Crank Windows. And a Great Feature as Well : Great Cool Combo Color. Out of the Box. Most of them came Out : Astral Silver. Welcomed Breath of Fresh Air this Combo Magnolia/Cognac XO.

I had the Car for close to a Year NoW. Great WorkHorse. Diesel in it is Indestructible. Ready For a Cross Country, Coast-to-Coast, or Straight to Cabo San Lucas, or Cap Horn. Whatever the scheme: She says: Let’s Do it!

Not Concours. Just a Good Old Girl with some Wrinkles, Like We All Appreciate. Patina. But an additional 1 000 000 miles on the clock in her. Ready to tackle any mission. A Trip to HomeDepot, or to the Local VIP Parking of Favorite Restaurant.

Happy Bidding. Have FUN!! Enjoy Life, and Live With Passion!

Last edited 2 years ago by AlexBert