1978 Mercedes-Benz 200D
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This 200D is real time capsule car – completely original with just 12,494 miles from new. It is the sort of car that would befit a museum.
We know the Mercedes was supplied new by International Cars of Alfreton, Derbyshire in February of 1978 to a Dr Taylor. And that the last owner purchased the car from its elderly owner. But while we do not know how this extraordinary car came to cover so few miles in 45 years, we can see that it was undoubtedly garaged from new.
Finished in beautiful Caledonia Green with black trim, this 200D has a 4-speed manual, non-power steering, manual windows, no central locking and the only item of luxury being the Blaupunkt radio. It is a delightfully spare spec as befits a 200D.
The car is so original, it wears what we think are the original tyres. The body is completely original and has never been painted. The underside has never been repaired and is rust-free, in part thanks to the rust-proofing efforts of a previous owner.
The brightwork is immaculate along with the wheel trims.
The interior is quite simply like new with no wear or sun damage at all. As you can also see the engine bay and boot areas are similarly immaculate.
All original books come with the car and data card.
Flick the ignition key to on, pull the starter knob out halfway to heat, then pull the final stage to engage the starter and the 4-cylinder clatters instantly to life and settles to a steady thrum. This is not a car built for speed but it is an absolute delight to drive and feels as fresh and tight as new.
The 200D was the working 123, the Berlin cab driver’s 123, that was built and bought to run until it could no more. They are mostly all gone today, yet this incredible example offers an opportunity to turn back the clock 45 years and experience the nearest thing to a new one. It is a delightful thing and would be ideal for someone who is looking to add an exceptionally original, factory-fresh W123 to their collection.