Over the many decades they've been offered, Mercedes line of diesel cars has forged such an indelible reputation for longevity that when you see one on the road - and there are many out there - you can be almost certain that it's performing regular duty and not just being trotted out for a weekend novelty ride. This 1981 Mercedes 240D features that relentless running condition and offers a couple of options for its next owner, who could either drive this sturdy and road-ready German import as is, or opt to add some exterior refurbishment to bring the car's aesthetics in line with its tenacious drivetrain.
This 240D still wears its original white shade and has yet to see the inside of either a restoration shop or post-factory paint booth and while its exterior proudly wears some badges of service, there aren't any glaring issues to be found, and those blemishes that do exist sit on a foundation that remains very solid. You won't find any sagging on this trusty sedan and if you trace the stretches of chrome trim running the length of its sides, you'll find they remain impressively level from front to back. Not only is the trim itself still in good condition, but the bumpers both fore and aft sit nice and level and even sport relatively fresh looking black rubber pads. Its assortment of emblems, including the signature hood ornament, present well, the cabin features clear glass and even the headlights look pretty fresh. The car could easily be driven as is, or with some work, could be taken to a whole new level.
The blue leather interior has come through the decades in pretty strong fashion. Its only pressing need is some work on the driver's seat, with everything else inside fit to take to the road as is - though, as is the case with the exterior, some additional work would definitely pay dividends and transform it into an inspired, vintage driving environment. Otherwise, the seating in both front and back looks pretty sharp, with upholstery that still carries some padding and shows no major tears or wear marks. The dash area follows suit, with an array of gauges in its instrument cluster that are still very easily readable, all switches and control knobs present and accounted for and a solid-looking dash pad running across the top. An AM/FM/cassette stereo stands ready to provide era-appropriate audio options and should you find the need to cool things down, the air conditioning on this classic will have no trouble obliging. The trunk area offers an impressive amount of storage room and with its inner wheelhouses and fenders exposed, you can see that it's looking straight and sturdy as well.
An impressively tidy engine compartment sits just under the hood, at the center of which is a 2.4 liter diesel engine known for its durability. While diesel powerplants have an overall reputation for superior longevity over their traditionally-fueled counterparts, Mercedes has certainly done its part to widen the gap between them, as evidenced by just how many of this 240D's family members you still see on the road. Given its status for endurance, it's only fitting that the powerplant fires right up with a turn of the key and runs nice and smooth, pairing with an also original 4-speed manual transmission that's also fully fit for the asphalt. 4-wheel power disc brakes provide low-effort, fade-resistant stops, while power steering makes this classic an easy navigator as it rolls on its set of 14” stock Mercedes wheels, wrapped with Michelin tires.
This 1981 Mercedes 240D represents a unique opportunity - it's already an inspired vintage ride that could easily be taken to the next level. Call today!