Lot 332 - 1976 Mercedes-Benz 200D
|Odometer reading||32,942 miles|
|Result||Sold - £2,912|
The W114/W115 models were the first post-war Mercedes-Benz production car to use a newly engineered chassis, not derived from preceding models. These were the mid-sized saloon model, who also launched its first five-cylinder diesel engine in this chassis. It followed heavily in the direction set by the W108/109 S-class, which was launched in 1965 and heralded the new design idiom. The post-facelift version is distinguished by a lower and wider radiator grill and differing treatment below the single front bumper/fender. The W114 received a facelift in 1973, with a lower bonnet-line, lower and broader grill, a single front bumper to replace the double bumpers, lower placement of the headlamps, A-pillar treatment for keeping the side windows clear, removal of the quarter-windows in the front doors, ribbed tail lights to minimize occlusion of the tail lights with road dirt and larger side mirrors. The Mercedes-Benz W115 is known to be a very durable car. In 2004, a Greek taxi driver donated his 1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D to the Mercedes-Benz Museum Collection with 4.6 million kilometres on the odometer which is recognised as the Mercedes-Benz with the highest recorded mileage known to date.
This 1976 Mercedes-Benz 200 was purchased in 2002 by the present owner and is presented in grey with a red interior. The vendor carried out some refurbishment on the car early in his ownership and an extensively rebuilt correct era 240D engine has been fitted with documents being updated along with power steering and a manual four-speed column change transmission. An unusual factory front bench seat interior was also fitted at this time in keeping with the exterior colour trim. The vendor however decided on an addition in the form of a de-mountable full roof rack with weatherproof tilt; this was conceived to add practical use but not to have any alteration made to the exterior bodywork when the bootlid is refitted. Removal or refitting can be made in around 20 minutes with a few basic tools. Rainwater is carried away by its usual channels whilst the screen at all times remains in place. A tow bar has been fitted although this has not been used. Recent work includes four new tyres, rear brake hoses and callipers. A handbook and maintenance manual are included. Indeed a unique practical classic that potentially could last a lifetime!
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.