Date registered: Jul 2016
Vehicle: 1984 300D non turbo 5 speed manual
Location: Maine, USA
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1984 300D non turbo with factory five speed
I'm new to the Forum and to Mercedes. Please forgive any newbie protocol mistakes. I want to respect the forum and the community. Please let me know if this post is appropriate and/or if it should be posted elsewhere.
I've come across a 1984 300D non turbo with a factory five speed manual transmission. I don't want the car for a variety of reasons, but I also didn't want to see it junked, so I bought it. I'm offering the car for sale, here are some particulars:
This is a gray market car sold initially in the principality of Monaco on the French Riviera. The car has been in the US for decades; it was on the road and passed inspection through 2015, when it was parked after failing inspection due to rust issues.
I started and drove the car yesterday. Engine and transmission feel strong and tight, but I'm not an expert. The car has approximately 180K miles.
Car has been too long in New England and body is in poor condition. Significant rust on all four panels; car has rusted through under driver’s seat and been amateurishly repaired with sheet metal. Hood closes properly but takes some coaxing. Will not pass state inspection due to those issues. This car will not be a daily driver without significant work. However, I suspect that someone may want the car just to drop the engine/tranny into their restoration project.
Car also has the European headlights, with the French amber fog lamp variation. Car has new Behr Mercedes 300D specific radiator.
Also has quirky option of power windows in the front, roll down windows in the back.
Original interior is in very good condition; no rips or tears in the upholstery. Drivers side seatbelt is disconnected (all parts there) when seat was removed to fix floor board rust.
Here are VIN and other factory numbers:
Engine: 617912 10 204409
Transmission: 717400 00 044744
Interior: Tex-leather galaxy blue
Exterior: Ascot Grey
The car is currently sitting at my mechanics where I had it towed. I'm going to ask him to do a compression test. What else would people like to know? If it's allowed, I'll post some pictures here. Let me know in particular what you'd like to see.
The car will be sold with bill of sale only; Maine does not require titles for cars built before 1995.
I bought the car cheap, and I'm not interested in making a lot of profit on it. My main interest in buying it was to keep it from the crusher. I don't own any other Mercedes, but my other cars all have 300K+ miles on them. I appreciate the craftsmanship of cars from this era and would like to keep at least part of that history alive. I don't know how to value the car; feel free to make me an offer and otherwise let me know what you think it might be worth. As noted, mechanical seem sound but the body is shot.
Buyer would be responsible for shipping costs, but I'm glad to help facilitate that if requested. The car is available for local pickup in western Maine.