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Turbo Diesel Sedan

1983 300D Turbo Diesel Sedan

  • Rare Labrador Blue with optional Blue Leather
  • 95,000 documented miles since new
  • original paint, sunroof, extensive restoration
  • incredible original condition
  • new home, Sanibel, Florida
  • Sold

Description: Labrador Blue exterior (MB paint code 312) with optional Blue Leather interior. 5-Cylinder, 3.0 liter, 125 hp, fuel-injected, turbo charged diesel, single overhead cam, 4-speed automatic transmission, power assisted 4-wheel disc brakes, 4-wheel independent suspension, optional power sunroof, A/C and heat automatic climate control, power windows, central locking, power steering, cruise control, original Becker Europa AM/FM cassette stereo with adjustable sleeve height power antenna, electrically heated rear windshield, quartz chronometer, 3-way adjustable front seats, parcel nets on front seat backrests, front and rear center folding arm rest, front center cargo tray, halogen head lamps, halogen amber fog lamps, 2-speed windshield wiper with 5-second mist interval control, zebrano wood dash trim, berber wool loop carpet, driver accessible rear dome light switch, headlamp turn-off warning device, optional right and left side controlled parking light illumination, full spare and tool kit, road-side trunk reflector, first-aid kit, Owner's Manual, Mercedes-Benz dealership stamped Maintenance Booklet, along with other original Mercedes-Benz literature.

Condition and Restoration: For nearly 7 months now I've been restoring this sedan, which was downright amazing to begin with. Here is a quick list off the top of my head of what has been done:

*Completely disassembled interior and exterior for detail, polishing, cleaning, reconditioning, etc. --- this process alone took about 2 months

*New transmission

*New custom 5-piece protective sisal floor mats throughout

*New powder coated 14" lightweight Bundt alloy wheels (including cadium plated lugnuts and new center caps)

*New top-of-the-line Michelin tires

*Refinished Zebrano wood trim throughout

*Refurbished factory Becker stereo and added AUX jack for iPhone/iPod (the connection can float freely in the console or glovebox, your choice)

*New felt windlace on all 4 doors

*New b-pillar felt on all 4 doors

*Re-padded seats

*All new door seals

*New trunk seal


*New grill insert, including horizontal and vertical chrome cross bars

*New grill badge

*New wiper inserts

*Restored emblems

*New alternator

*New shift boot

*New console switches

*New garnish moldings and/or polished originals

*Brushed and polished all seat rails

*New Bosch headlamp doors

*New bulbs throughout

*30k service

*Adjusted valves and new valve cover gasket

*All new fluids and filters

*New front and rear brake pads and sensors (I believe new front rotors as well)

*New belts and hoses

*New battery

*New steering shock

*R&R A/C

*Crankshaft seal

*New shift bushings

*New glow plugs

*New A/C insulation hose

*New glow relay

*R&R vacuum system

*Etc., etc

This sedan looks and drives phenomenal. It has a great deal of power given the turbo motor, and everything works properly. There are no leaks of any kind. Given the rare color combination, ideal year, sunroof, optional leather, etc., I consider this to be an unusually special 300D. The condition of the paint, interior, polished aluminum, chrome, weather stripping, dash, wood, etc., present as new. One of the best W123 300Ds around!