This 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbodiesel shows ownership history in New Jersey since new and was reportedly a dealer executive demo for Ray Catena Mercedes-Benz of Edison, New Jersey through 1990 when it was first titled to the most recent owner. Finished in Astral Silver (735) over a Blue MB-Tex (152) interior, power comes from a 3.0L turbodiesel paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Features include a power sunroof, automatic climate control, an original Becker head unit, and power windows, locks, and passenger side mirror. Complete records since new accompany the car showing regular maintenance and service. A major transmission service was performed in 2017 and most recently a complete fluid flush and filter change was performed in November 2022. This W123 shows 177k miles and is offered by the selling dealer with factory literature, four keys, complete records, a clean Carfax report, and a clean New Jersey title.
The car is finished in Astral Silver (735) and features chrome-accented domestic-spec bumpers and trim, glass headlamps, an electric sliding metal sunroof, and an electrically adjustable passenger-side mirror. A blue painted pinstripe accents the body. The trim, bumpers, and door handles are reportedly original to the car and the chrome trim shows nicely. The seller reports the paintwork to be original and the body to be rust-free. Detailed photos of the exterior are viewable in the gallery.
Factory Bundt 14″ alloy wheels are equipped with the fronts wearing Westlake tires and the rear wearing Autogrip. All four tires measure 195/70 and show 2018 and 2014 date codes respectively. The rear left wheel shows curb rash with damage to the outer lip. Each wheel displays silver-painted OEM center caps.
The cabin features seats upholstered in Blue MB-Tex (152) with matching blue door panels, carpets, and lower dashboard. The steering wheel and upper dashboard are trimmed in Black along with the shift knob and center console trim. The dashboard wears a blue dashboard cap and wood trim adorns the dashboard and center console with minimal fading shown. Equipment includes automatic climate control, cruise control, power windows, power door locks, and an original Becker head unit. The seller does note the power sunroof to move slowly and cruise control to work intermittently.
Instrumentation includes a 125-mph speedometer, a 6k-rpm tachometer, and an analog clock. Additional auxiliary gauges include coolant temperature, oil pressure, and fuel level which all function properly. The six-digit odometer shows 177k miles, approximately 148k of which were added by the sole owner between 1990 and 2022.
The 3.0-liter OM617 turbo-diesel inline-five features a single Garrett turbocharger and Bosch fuel injection. Power was factory rated at 123 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque and is sent to the rear wheels via a 722.3 four-speed automatic transmission. Complete records since new accompany the car showing regular maintenance and service. A major transmission service was performed in 2017 and most recently a complete fluid flush and filter change was performed in November 2022. Additional underbody photos are viewable in the gallery below.
The included Carfax report lists no accidents or damage along with linear mileage updates since new. This W123 shows 177k miles and is offered with factory literature, four keys, complete records, a clean Carfax report, and a clean New Jersey title.
A video below provides a walk around of the exterior and engine idling.
Some things were built to last. The W123 is most certainly one of those things. Often referred to as the “million-mile Mercedes,” these cars have legendary reliability and longevity thanks to their OM617 turbo diesel engines. The addition of the turbo greatly helped improve the drivability and performance of the W123 over earlier years. It’s not uncommon to see these cars available with 500k+ miles on the regular which is a testament to how great these cars really can be when cared for. This 300D, while not the lowest mileage we've seen, is still well below the average mileage of surviving examples and instills a lot of confidence around the records and apparent cleanliness of the car. Surely the next driver should have another turn-key 100k miles on tap.
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