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FS: 1983 240D 4-Speed Manual - Labrador Blue - (PA)

It is with great regret I list my 240D. Too many cars, too little time. Don't need to sell it or need the money, just it makes my life easier.

The story on this car is that it was built in May of 1983 and delivered to an American Intelligence Agent in Frankfurt, Germany on May 25, 1983. The car lived in Frankfurt and was serviced at the Mercedes dealer until July of 1985 when it was shipped to America in Warrenton, Virginia. The car stayed in Warrenton until sometime in 1998. From there it came to Pittsburgh and continued service there until sometime in 2006 it drove the whole way to Palm Desert, California and back. It's been in the greater Pittsburgh area until I found it in November of 2016 with a man and his son who were on the highway to hell with it. I snagged it from their grasp and over the past two years have been refreshing it as much as I can. I alternate this car with my W116 as a daily driver and would let it sit as soon as the snow started flying. In the past two years I've only done 7,000 miles with it. Mostly just to work and back 30 miles but sometimes I visit friends on a 200 mile trip.

I've taken it as far as I could basically and the next owner can continue to drive it as-it, or keep going with it to keep this beautiful car in all it's glory. Please be aware that this car attracts attention. For every 1 comment about I get about my other cars, this car gets 50. Almost everytime I stop at a gas station or story, someone is asking about it or wants to talk. I've had people walking down the sidewalk come up to my window to talk to me about this car. Everyone loves this car. Rich, poor, rednecks, gangbangers, grandmas, car people, not-car people, pets and just about everything else. I assume it is the Labrador Blue because no one says a word about my beige W116.

The full specs are:
292,xxx miles
4-speed manual transmission
Labrador Blue 312 with matching hubcaps
MB-Tex Navy Interior
Manual windows and sunroof

The OM616 purs beautifully. Always starts fast even on the coldest days. Never misfires or bogs, always runs strong. It'll keep up at 80 mph until you hit a steep hill but it'll climb as long as you gear down. Never once gotten hot and the needle barely moves over the 80 mark. Shifts amazing, no grinding into any forward gears. You can drive this car smooth with one hand and one leg if you wanted to. Clutch is very strong, never once have I felt it slip or give way. No wobbling down the road, it'll track true with no hands on the wheel. This car does not leak anything on the ground. I repeat, this is a clean driveway car. No oil, no coolant, no gear oil, no diff fluid, nothing. My damn OM617 spits oil everywhere, but this car is a clean as a whistle when it comes to any drips.

Cosmetically, this is a 5 foot car. I need to be very clear on this. It looks very very nice in photos, it looks very very nice driving down the road or parked somewhere, but once you stand right up beside it, there are flaws. This isn't a concours car, it is a daily driver. You can poke around all day and find flaws but from a few feet back, you'd think it was amazing. I don't want any potential buyer to think they are buying a pristine example. If you want that, call JG at MercedesMotoring and he'll gladly sell you that for $35,000. You should see this car before buying it so you can see everything with your own eyes and make a judgement as to if you want it or not.

I have all the paperwork in my time plus the service booklet that had everything up until about 200,000 miles. Here is the list I've done in repairs over my 2 years:

1/4/17 Speedocable
1/4/17 Front flex disc
1/4/17 Steel wheels with hubcaps
1/6/17 New dash cover
1/7/17 All shifter bushings
1/11/17 Power steering filter & flush
1/13/17 Diesel Purge with both filters
1/25/17 All 3 belts
1/25/17 New OEM voltage reg
1/27/17 Drivers seat springs fixed
1/31/17 New OEM brake booster line
2/14/17 OEM Air Filter
3/10/17 Oil Change
4/29/17 Clean and lubed ignition
5/28/17 Clean and lubed sunroof
7/12/17 New drivers headlight
7/19/17 New OEM ignition lock and switch
8/22/17 New Bosch starter
8/22/17 New Goodyear Douglas tires
8/31/17 New 4 Shocks
8/31/17 Change rear diff fluid
9/22/17 New LED dome light
10/11/17 Oil change
1/26/18 New wipers
1/26/18 Passenger fog light
2/14/18 Rear OEM pads and rotors
3/18/18 Right taillight bulb
5/12/18 Oil change and fuel filters
8/15/18 Speedo rebuilt
8/26/18 Lower coolant house
8/31/18 Front Goodyear Douglas tires
8/31/18 Speedocable
9/02/18 New rebuilt fuel sender

All that being said, it still needs some things. The door locks are manual, the A/C I haven't played with, it needs two door check straps, the previous owner has some kind of aftermarket muffler on it that sounds average, it smokes a little when its cold, the cruise doesn't work, the wiper fluid doesn't work, the headunit is kind of cheap but functions fine, the dash is cracked under the cover and I'm sure there are some other tiny things we can discuss in detail if you want. Again, please take a close look at all the photos and see the cosmetic flaws.

I feel great about driving this car anywhere. Please understand that it is a 240D with 67 horsepower so climbing long hills is not an enjoyable thing. I could drive it to Florida tomorrow, but some of the long hills in West Virginia, Virginia and the Carolinas would slow this car down. 4th gear is really long, 3rd gear just keeps it above bogging and 2nd gear would be banging the limiter.

Price is $5,500. I am located about an hour south of Pittsburgh, PA. I'll be more than happy to take any calls or texts if you want. I feel like I can explain anything about this car now and answer any questions that I've gone through it.

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Love it. GLWTS!

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Love it. GLWTS!

Thanks. It's a fun car.

Forgot to mention in the ad that the power antenna and giant clock in the cluster work perfectly. I had The Benz Store in Atlanta rebuild the clock when they fixed the cluster. These things are often broken in 123s.
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