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Up for auction is a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 240D sedan.  Sand Beige outside, Palomino MB Tex interior.  A/C, cruise, power steering and brakes, power sunroof, four cylinder diesel engine, four speed manual transmission.  Here's a Carfax report on it.  Exceptionally nice body.....virtually none of the rust that you normally find on these cars.  240dlf04.jpg (134635 bytes)  240dlr02.jpg (117586 bytes)  240drf05.jpg (129217 bytes)  The engine, and most related parts have the odometer mileage (092,500).  I purchased this car with a damaged engine, no records, and a non-working odometer but in the cosmetic interior/exterior condition as it stands (other than swapping any damaged trim/mldgs. that I had available).  The engine with all related accessories (and the instrument cluster with working odometer) was removed from a '78 240D with 92,000 actual miles.240dspeedo08.jpg (79373 bytes) Note the instrument cluster.  In all of the MB's I've ever had, or worked on, I've NEVER seen one with a temp gauge in Fahrenheit, and an oil gauge calibrated in PSI.  Interesting.  The clock works perfectly also.  The '78 donor car had been sideswiped, and had been setting since about 1990.  Mileage appears to be correct according to the service records....which are included, along with the '78's manuals.  The '82's manuals and books were not present..  Because of the condition of the engine, drivetrain, and related parts of the donor car, I used ALL the 1978 underhood parts in the engine conversion, with exception of the cruise actuator and the accelerator linkage.240dengr25.jpg (134991 bytes)  Radiator & hoses, A/C compressor & lines (the '78 had the far more dependable York compressor), 240dengl23.jpg (114185 bytes) and all engine accessories are correct for the (non-egr) 1978.  Everything works, A/C blows COLD (freshly flushed, evacuated, and recharged with R12...yes....R12).  As I finished charging it, the a/c thermometer I placed in the center dash outlet read 44 degrees.  This '82 does not have the troublesome climate control used in the 300 series W123 cars.  This has simple, idiot proof and trouble free manual heat & A/C controls.  New A/C compressor discharge hose (the '78-'82 conversion required a different fitting at the condenser....and I have A/C hose-crimping equipment), new thermostat, all filters replaced, new injector return lines (correct MB cloth braided ones.  Anything else leaks and looks like death.), new Interstate battery, new (pencil-style) glow plugs, and valves have been adjusted.  Alternator and starter are recent rebuilts, as evidenced by the tags.  Under the hood it's clean, dry, and everything is "just so"...it all looks, operates, and is installed just as it was meant to be.  All "service" items and entire engine compartment layout is "1978".  You will NOT find this a "crossbred" nightmare.  It's done right....I'm fussy, and thorough.  240dengr24.jpg (114828 bytes)  Windows are "crank"...no power window grief down the road).  Power sunroof is 100%.  Nice freshly blasted and basecoat/clearcoat refinished alloy wheels240dtire12.jpg (94849 bytes), and a nice matched set of 195/70R14 Michelin "Green X" tires,240dtire06.jpg (103206 bytes) fresh 4 wheel alignment.  Stainless fender trim is new.  What was on the car had some door dings.  Side moldings are all nice.  I sorted through my stash and replaced those that were door-dinged.  Undercarriage/floorpan is nice.  No surprises under there, and exhaust system is in good shape.  It had (very typical for W123 cars, unfortunately) rust from a leaking battery....which I sandblasted, repaired, resealed and rustproofed correctly.  I checked the front brakes (they were near new) and repacked the bearings...and I replaced the rear brakes, rotors and all. Parking brake works fine....which is nice with a manual transmission car.  MB Tex interior is nice for a 20 year old car.  Not perfect, but nice.  240dlfint10.jpg (92168 bytes)  240dlrint11.jpg (92112 bytes)  240drfint18.jpg (93909 bytes)  240drrint17.jpg (99152 bytes)There's a small crack and a little wear on the driver's seat back (down low on the outside bolster),240dstwlacel07.jpg (77805 bytes) and the typical windlace wear/fraying on each (front) side from the seatbelts.240dstwlr19.jpg (82601 bytes)  No dash cracks, wood is NICE, no butchery/modifications anywhere (except one hidden screw to repair the notorious W123 "broken plastic door pocket" flaw). All the controls/switches look and work "right" along with all instrument/control/courtesy/indicator lights.  Manual "fast" idle adjustment knob on dash also operates correctly.240dcons09.jpg (83162 bytes) Lighter and light in ashtray work, and ashtray looks virtually unused.  Original/correct Becker AM/FM/cassette, and original Becker power antenna work 100% (but it sure does illustrate the *advancements* made in car stereo since 1982.  Really mediocre stereo, but I absolutely HATE the look of anything but the stock stuff).   Note that it's also equipped with a passenger side rear view mirror, which is an oddity in a 240D.  I had a nice one in my stash.  Carpets are better than "acceptable", but not "really mint".  No nasty rips/stains, but some wear....but it has a NICE set of (new/matching) carpet mats. Headliner is ok, could use some more scrubbing.  Certainly presentable as it is.  Door jambs are NICE.  NO RUST.  Doors & windows seal tight, no wind noises/rattles.  Central locking system works flawlessly.  No vacuum leaks now.  I replaced some fittings, a check valve, and one door lock servo in the process of making it operate correctly.  Since it's vacuum operated, I'll mention it here.  The motor also shuts down CORRECTLY.  No lags, slow shutdown, anything, which is another common stupid trick of these cars when the vacuum system's not 100%.  Trunk is equally nice inside....and stays dry.....nice original (clean) carpet,240dtrnk15.jpg (79284 bytes) all plastic liners and trim are just as they're supposed to be, and I also added the '78's rubber trunk mat (pristine) to protect the '82's carpeted one.  Spare tire is an alloy wheel, with the correct holddown hardware.  I didn't refinish the spare rim, and the tire's not a matching Michelin, but it's a decent tire, and the correct size.240dspare16.jpg (82841 bytes)  No jack or tools, unfortunately. 

Ok.  Now I'll tear the poor old thing apart.  Hood has a minor rust blister near the driver's side of the grille top.240dhdrst22.jpg (76814 bytes)  It's NOT the original hood for this car....the original had some (hail, possibly) damage, the grille strips were dinged up, and of, course, the hood star was gone.  I had this one off a parts car that was the correct color (and original paint) with a nice blanket still intact.  Minor rust blisters (NOT a hole...) around the front jack points.240dlfjk.jpg (31706 bytes)  240drfjk.jpg (33330 bytes)  If this REALLY bothers you, add $200 to your winning bid and I'll blast and recoat the rockers correctly....but I will not "throw it in".  Don't ask.  Paint is nice for the age....about 1/2 original.  There's some spot/panel repairs here and there, if you look it over really closely you can find the occasional little blister, but NO evidence of ANY rust repairs whatsoever.  It's a nice solid old car without a bunch of "sin" mudded up.  There's a few dings/dents/touched up spots (this sand beige is a GREAT color to maintain/keep clean...I'll throw in some touch-up paint), but nothing obnoxious, or out of line at all for the age/price of the vehicle.  It's a really nice presentable (and inexpensive) 20 year old Benz.  It's not "new", "perfect", or a "restoration".  Chrome on grille (new grille star and badge) and front bumper is NICE.240dlf03.jpg (139488 bytes)  Rear bumper is on the tacky side of "ok"....you gotta' keep it polished.240drbmpr14.jpg (105289 bytes)  20 years of (acidic) diesel exhaust has taken a toll.  Cruise control has (typical) occasional lapses into stupidity.  Works about 75-80% of the time.  Tools, jack, and first aid kit are gone, unfortunately.  If I had them in my parts stash they'd be in the car.  SMALL "wiper mark" on pass. side of windshield.240dwshild20.jpg (105435 bytes)  No cracks/stone chips.  Couple small dings in the grille trim strips (note that the headlight surrounds are nice.....these are famous for being ratty...they're my last pair of "nice" ones).240dgrill21.jpg (118938 bytes)  Dash light rheostat was dead (just like almost every W123 I get) so I did my standard trick of bridging the switch so they work as they're supposed to, but you can't dim 'em down.  ALL the other lights, switches, trunk light, etc. work 100%.  As mentioned before, central locking system functions perfectly, as do all manual locks, but I have only ONE key.  Valet key and extra Master are missing in action.
You may consider the price high for a car of this age....if so, don't bid.  If you're looking for utter perfection with nary a blemish, you're not going to find it here or anywhere else for less than $3000.  It's not negotiable, and I'm not interested in trades.  It's a nice driving, dependable, presentable, comfortable old car....I trust it implicitly...and it's my daily driver.  I'd have no reservations about taking off across the continent in this car tomorrow.  It drives great (as the W123 cars do when in good condition) feels solid, and the manual transmission makes it acceptably zippy compared to a 240D with an automatic.  (A kid on a skateboard can out-accelerate an automatic 240D).  If I sell it, I've got to find something else....so if it won't bring the money I want out of it, I'm perfectly happy to drive it.  Contact me for any/all questions or additional information.  


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ANY QUESTIONS...contact Jim at Everything Automotive, (989)-235-4000 8:00-6:00 EDT or email jim@msdra.com.  If you have questions, please ask BEFORE you bid.  Your bid is binding.  Check my feedback, ask questions, know what you're buying and who you're buying it from.  Bid with confidence.  If I decide to be a crook someday, it'll be like Enron.....I'd consider screwing up my reputation for several million dollars, but not a lousy few thousand dollars on eBay!  I'm honest.  You're safe.

I only ask two things......don't ask the "reserve" (I will not disclose it) and please don't waste my time, and I promise not to waste yours.  Thanks!

Seller is a licensed and bonded Michigan Vehicle Dealer.  ALL purchasers will pay 6% sales tax, and a $10 title fee IN ADDITION to your winning bid amount.  Sorry about the sales tax.  I don't make the rules....the State of Michigan does.

Until reserve is met, Seller reserves the right to end auction early, and vehicle is subject to prior sale on location.

Vehicle is sold AS-IS, WHERE-IS with NO warranty expressed or implied.  FOB Crystal, MI.  Insured delivery (on open carrier) available within a 250 mile radius available at $1.75/mi.

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