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1978 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series 300D Diesel

Condition: Used
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 300-Series
SubModel: 300D Diesel
Type: Sedan
Trim: Deluxe
Year: 1978
Mileage: 160,645
VIN: 12313012088172
Color: Maple Yellow
Fuel: Diesel
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: Rear Wheel Drive
Interior color: Bamboo Tan
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Hurricane, Utah, United States
Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows

Description for Mercedes-Benz 300-Series 1978

Absolutely beautiful, reat running, ompletely stock and original, ust free, ery well maintained, ime warp, useum piece, arn find, ow mileage example of a 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300D that has been in the same family since it was brand new. I even have the personalized ID Plate (see pics) that the dealer would run through his machine to bring up ownership and maintenance history. The father, aul (who is recently deceased), old it to his daughter in 2006 and she has finally chosen to sell it after long and hard deliberation. I'm the Ebay go-to guy among my circle of friends so she has asked me to sell it for her.
Here's some cute recollections of her early association with this beautiful Benz (more details below)...
"It all started in 1977. My parents purchased a 1977, aby blue, ercedes Benz,300D from Mr. Ken Garff himself (google him). We only had it about six months when my sister was driving me from Wellington to Price, tah and rear ended a car that was stopped in the middle of the highway. We had to have been going about 50 MPH. In those days we did not wear seat belts and yes, cracked the windshield with my head. The car was totaled.So the baby blue Benz was traded in for a 1978, reamy yellow, 00D from Ken Garff Mercedes located on State Street in Salt Lake City, tah. Boy was this one much better looking than the baby blue one. My next memory comes from 1983 when we took the 2 hour drive to Salt Lake to have the car serviced. I remember at that time there was much flooding in the area and they had routed the water down State Street It was a rapid river flowing right down the business district.I was probably about 14 when my Mom asked me to move the car from the street into the driveway. The driveway was narrow with a porch on one side and a drop off on the other; not to mention the boat had been backed into the driveway. This made me nervous and I told her no, ut she insisted. I carefully moved the car up the drive, ut it in park and thought I was home free. As I let my foot off the brake, he car inched forward. Remember the boat that was backed into the driveway? You guessed it. The car hit the hitch and bent the grill. My little signature was forever imprinted. I still have the grill hanging in my garage for posterity.This car has so many family memories and I hate to sell it, ut it is not doing the car any justice to keep it. You have to admit it is a beauty."
The car itself is extremely impressive. Below is a summary of it's most recent maintenance (well within the last 2,000 miles)...
* New Glow Plugs* New Battery* New Tires* New Alternator* All New Belts* New Primary and Secondary Fuel Filters* New Air Filter* New Water Pump* Cooling System Flush* Oil Change with Synthetic Blend* New Wiper Blades* New AC Controller* New AC Expansion Valve* AC System Evacuated and Recharged
I've had the pleasure of driving it several times and would not hesitate to drive it cross-country today. I'm a car (and a diesel) guy and think the running gear is simply excellent. That's all there is to it.
The exterior is in very good condition. Paint is all original with no accident history. There is a tiny parking lot dent on the passenger side front fender near the very front. Very small amounts of surface rust are visible in several areas (see pics). There is no cancer of any kind to be found anywhere. Undercarriage and fender wells are in excellent condition. All the trim is in place and in great shape. Please look at all my additional pics carefully to see how well she has aged.
The interior is in excellent condition. It even has the original Becker Europa II radio and it still works. This beauty has never been smoked in; ashtrays are spotless. Rear passenger door ash tray has a crack. Dash has several small cracks. Inner window trim has shrunk due to heat (we live in a warm climate). The headliner is beautiful, eats are beautiful, arpets are beautiful, loor pans underneath carpets are beautiful, oor panels are beautiful, ood is beautiful, tc (see pics).
The only flaws (and they are minor) are that the cruise control and gas gauge (sending unit in tank according to our expert) do not work.
This is really an amazing Mercedes-Benz. I am currently on my 7th so I've developed a genuine respect for them over the last-quarter century. So many have been lost to rust and veggie-oil conversions that to find one in this condition (especially with the original radio and low miles) is a real treat. I hope she finds a home with someone who prizes her originality. Just my two cents.
My name is Chris and I am happy to answer your questions. Please call me at 435-669-1470. I also have tons of pictures that show every nook and cranny in great detail. Send me your email address and I'll get them to you. And you may want to consider flying in and driving her home. It just passed its annual safety inspection and is ready to go. That would be a blast and I'd be happy to help facilitate it. This sweet 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300D is located in the dry, esert community of Washington, tah (a little over 100 miles north of Las Vegas). Good luck and good bidding.