The car is finished in Midnight Blue (904) with contrasting gray lower body cladding. The paint is noted to be original and has recently undergone a comprehensive decontamination, correction, and ceramic coating. Some rock chips are noted at the nose of the car along with a scratch on the right front fender at the wheel arch. The glass is original with OEM logos displayed and protected by a ceramic tint on every piece including the windshield. Exterior features include North American Market headlamps, original brightwork, a power sunroof, and a power antenna.
The car shows 15”x7” Chrome Centra wheels with matching center caps. The wheels wear new Michelin Defender tires measuring 205/65 at all four corners showing 2022 date codes. The wheels show well with no pitting or discoloration. New H&R springs were installed in 2023 along with shocks in 2019.
The cabin is trimmed in Palomino Leather (254) with color-coordinated trim, carpets, and lower dashboard. The steering wheel, shift knob, and upper dashboard are trimmed in black and remain original. Zebrano wood adorns the dashboard, center console, and door card trim with one hairline crack noted above the glove box latch. Matching Coco Mats are featured for the front and rear seats. Factory features include a power-operated sunroof, central locking, power seats and windows, an aftermarket Continental head unit with Bluetooth music and calling, and the original Becker head unit. All power features are reportedly working and operational including the A/C and climate control.
A four-spoke steering wheel frames a 125-mph speedometer, a 6k-RPM tachometer with an inset analog clock, an external temperature readout, and a combination gauge showing fuel level, coolant temperature, and oil pressure. The six-digit analog odometer shows 171k original miles.
The 3.0-liter OM617 turbo diesel inline-five was factory-rated for 120 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque when new. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. A service booklet showing selling dealer service from new is included in the sale noting Mercedes-Benz recommended service at specified intervals through 125k miles. Additionally, records are included dating back to 1983 and within the last 5 years the car has received a top end rebuild including timing chain, valves and guides, transmission rebuild, fuel system refresh, new suspension including H&R springs, new A/C compressor, new alternator, new fuel tank, suspension refresh, various new filters, and regular fluid flushes. Detailed photos of the engine bay are included and show considerable cadmium plating throughout.
The attached Carfax report lists no accidents or damage along with linear mileage updates. This 1983 300SD is offered by the current owner and seller with factory literature and datacard, comprehensive service records, the original purchase agreement, various factory hangtags, a clean Carfax report, and a clean Georgia title.
The seller has included the following videos:
The W126 300SD is the veritable panzer tank of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Seemingly indestructible, always reliable and capable of a million miles without hesitation - these classic sedans live unrivaled in an era of planned obsolescence and disposability. This example has so much working in its favor including the single-family history, original dealer service, original paint, and meticulous maintenance history. The mileage may be higher than some but you'll be hard-pressed to find a better unning and better respected example.
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