BaT Auction: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Turbo

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This 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD was purchased by the seller on BaT in 2017 and now has 174,400 kilometers (~108k miles). A 3.0L OM617 5-cylinder turbodiesel engine is paired to an automatic transmission. The wagon was purchased from the third owner and had been in Vancouver from new until the seller brought it to New York in 2017. Since his purchase, the seller has had the car serviced and has reupholstered driver’s seat. Service records date back to the second owner in 2002 and recent maintenance includes new injectors and a water pump. This W123 turbodiesel is offered with service receipts and a clean New York title in the seller’s name.

The body is finished in Maroon (501), and some paint oxidation is shown in detail in the gallery photos. Factory 14” Bundt alloys are wrapped in a set of rubber with less than 50% life remaining. Following a driveway incident, the previous owner had the rear left quarter panel repaired and refinished and the rear tailight assembly replaced. A scuff on the left side of the bumper was also repaired in 2006.

BaT Auction: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Turbo

According to the receipts, an accident involving the right rear quarter panel and bumper occurred in 2006. The self-leveling suspension was replaced at that time, and repair was completed at a Mercedes-Benz dealership for a total cost of nearly $6700. The seller states that the rear suspension is sitting a bit low and needs adjusting, though the suspension fluid and spheres have been serviced.

BaT Auction: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Turbo

The dash features burl wood trim that was replaced by the previous owner. A factory Becker Europa AM/FM/Cassette stereo remains in place below the automatic climate controls, but the radio malfunctions occasionally. As this example was sold new in Canada, the odometer remains in kilometers. The seller has added about 400 kilometers, and the previous owner added about 15k kilometers over about four years.

BaT Auction: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Turbo

The interior is upholstered in Palomino MB-tex, and the seller has reupholstered the driver’s seat, installed new matching interior carpeting, and conducted a detail. Power windows are said to function properly following the replacement of a window motor. While the vacuum lock system was serviced, it is said to work slowly. The A/C system isn’t currently blowing cold, but the fan and compressor reportedly function.

BaT Auction: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Turbo

This example is equipped with the optional third-row seating and rear headrests. The rear hatch struts were replaced by the previous owner.

BaT Auction: 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Turbo

The previous owner had replacement injectors, fuel filters, and a water pump installed on the 3.0L OM617 5-cylinder turbodiesel engine. The seller had the car serviced after bringing it to New York, while additional work performed under the previous owner included a valve adjustment, new brakes, and battery replacement. Approximately 29 service records from 2002-2014 are included along with the seller’s receipts.

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