The town was Rome, Maine with a population just hitting 1,000. Spotted this 240D and I could not pass this up. Was getting pretty frustrated with the 300D from Nevada. Deep down inside I knew it was quickly turning into a parts car.
Thought it was a beater by the original pictures so I offered $1000. Turned out to be in running way better condition. We settled on a price of $2600. 4 hour drive there are back, the scenery was like nothing else. Wish I took some pictures pulling up to the location but none of the less I got some good ones. Just picture beautiful long stretched country roads.
The car is a '74 with a pull start. I was told it was garaged every winter, just had an oil change, fuel filter changed, new tires and new motor mounts. This car is completely rust free except for a few pin sized bubbles on the fender. Was planning on driving the 4 cylinder diesel back all the way back. Had no idea how that was going to go as I have heard stories of it being dangerous at highway speeds especially the automatic version.
Was surprised at the power it had driving it for the first time. It wasn't bad at all once the engine warmed up. I was hitting 50 no problem. Stopped for a fill up once at the beginning of the trip. Was anticipating the great mileage I heard it had.
It was time to go onto the highway. I had a friend take the SUV you can see driving in front of me. I was blown away, it was hitting 70, 80 no problem. Here you can see a video of it down below. The noise is from the windows being opened.
I had some Ferrari, a Camaro, Charger, Shelby 427 Cobra, and about 6 people shoved into a PT cruiser nod their head to me well passing. Stopping at the rest stations along the way I had people coming up to me telling me stories of how great their old 240D was when they owned it.
Along the way we decided to stop at the Maine Diner. Their Maine blueberry ice cream with chocolate chips was a real treat. The photos below are straight out of the camera no editing.
A bonus! Found the original maintenance papers dating back to '74. It was originally a Florida car. They stop in the late 80's unfortunately. So this car either has 127,000 or 227,000 miles. I figure the first by the looks of it.