Date registered: Oct 2008
Vehicle: 1959 190, 1961 190SL, 1967 250SE 4Spd, 1968 220D 4spd
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New First Year W115
A few weeks ago, I got burned on a W110 200D that looked to be in fantastic shape and very decently priced. Was all set up to go and meet the fella to view it, and when I called from my car as I was leaving he said "some guys just came with cash and bought it." damn.
A week later, a more fairly priced 1968 220D made itself available. A few phone calls back and forth, and me telling the guy "please wait for me, do not sell! I will come!" and yesterday I went out to Palmdale to check the vehicle out.
What I found was a good honest first-year 115 car, being sold by someone on behalf of the original owner. What really piqued my interest at first was how strangely it was equipped: Manual transmission, No power steering.......but with AC? Strange...but it was indeed factory spec. The car came with original data card, service booklet (with stamps/signatures to 60k miles), and a few other bits. The Cognac interior was PERFECT, and I believe it to be original, as no other bits were cosmetically redone. Original 268h paint showing well, but with plenty of patina.
The car lived its entire life in the high desert area north of los angeles. Zero rust, zero corrosion, solid bones. Really ecstatic to have this thing, and when I fix the AC (looks like rebuilt compressors are readily available), it will be a nice around town vehicle for the fam...between April and October, wife will not get into a car that doesn't have AC.
To Do List:
-Repair AC...likely new compressor + charge
-Repair/replace ignition switch (currently only turns to position 1, and there is a bypass installed to get the starter circuit engaged. glow plugs do not operate, I believe because ignition switch does not enable power to them. car starts anyway though!)
-reseal oil pan, oil change, fuel filters, belts, inspect brakes
-drive the hell out of it