On top of the fact that it’s tan and a diesel, this Benz is also a wagon with a manual transmission, and blue MB-Tex interior. If you add all of that together, this may represent about the most Moto Roster vehicle ever.
We're out in Palm Springs leaving Moto Roster swag on all of the desert-preserved vehicles we come across (we can see a sweet FJ60 from our hotel room right now) but this Mercedes across the country in another snow bird Mecca caught our eye.
Not many details are given, and the photos look like they may have been taken by someone in a great hurry but we like what there is to see and read.
A claimed $6,000 paint job looks good without being over the top, though there is some orange peeling visible even in the questionable photos. The color helps make the high gloss of the paint subside a bit and the near factory color helps too.
The chrome looks shiny and we love the factory rear fog lights.
Inside, our favorite color blue MB-Tex is on display and looking great as always. The dash is free of cracks and an aftermarket stereo and some missing wood trim are the only things that jump out at us. That's probably because the main thing that we notice in there is that factory 5 speed.
The seller claims that 99% of these 300 wagons in the US were sold as automatics. We can't be sure about that exact number, but anecdotally it's believable. The 5 speed is mated to the venerable 3 liter Mercedes straight six which has 150,000 miles on it.
The engine bay looks as clean as a normally used MB diesel ever does and the motor is said to "crank and start right up." The seller notes that the AC needs a recharge and mentions some minor issues like the antenna not working and the central locks not functioning either. We're trying to think if we've ever seen a Mercedes from the 80's with properly functioning pneumatic locks -- we've had friends that had a few and they always had to find creative workarounds.
Bidding is up to $7,000 on this wagon with no reserve and we wouldn't be surprised if it passes 10k before it's all over. We'd probably be more interested in it if it was $5,000 with the original paint, but someone will end up with a sharp looking, rare piece of Mercedes Benz 80's tank.
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