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I added this M-B to my fleet
« on: September 15, 2021, 00:57:25 »
Hello All   (I apologize in advance for the braggadocious language to follow - - )

After the transmission failed in my E320 wagon, (a $3500 repair) I of course opted to junk it and began patiently browsing numerous websites for a replacement "workhorse".

And what what a SCORE I was able to come up with!

Some of you may have seen this car on bring-a-trailer a month or so ago. My new prize is an 1981 300TD Turbo. I am not kidding when I say this car is Concour material. (There is not even one scuff mark on the cargo compartment threshold!) It was owned from new by a rich New York City lawyer who only used it in summers to commute from his UN plaza condo out to his home (mansion?) in East Hampton. It has 86,203 miles on it and a mountain of service records from Silver Star Motors in downtown NYC.

If all that is not good enough - - the fellow I bought it from installed a Getrag 5 sp manual transmission. (something on the order of a $9,000. retrofit). He owns a diesel performance shop in Delaware specializing in transmission upgrades. Needless to say I am exceedingly pleased with this vehicle! It now has the acceleration that is sorely lacking in all the other 300TD's out there.

Larry in CA

Larry Hemstreet  in  N. Cal.

1966  230SL  Met. Anthracite w/ Maroon leather
1981  300TD (Concours, 86K w/ GETRAG 5sp)
1982  300TD (rough and rusty)
1986  560SEC (totaled)
1991  300TE (gifted)
1998  E320 (sold)
2004  E320 wagon (gifted)
2008  CLK550 cabriolet


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Re: I added this M-B to my fleet
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2021, 01:36:44 »
Cult car! I see a few around, not as nice as that one though.
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Re: I added this M-B to my fleet
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2021, 03:44:18 »
Nice. I had an '82 300D with the 125 hp 5 cylinder turbodiesel and it still is one of my all time favorite cars.
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Re: I added this M-B to my fleet
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2021, 17:11:50 »
Wow great find ! I am jealous, 300TD with a 5 speed manual... super cool. If you ever want to upgrade the power on your om617 DM me. I have a 1984 300SD om617 that makes about 250 horsepower. It will smoke my buddies 560SEL till 100mph (im at redline by 100)  then the 560 will beat me top end haha.
1967 280SL 4 Speed Manual
1974 450SL
1979 350SE 4 Speed manual
1979 450SEL 6.9
1977 450SEL 6.9
1980 300TD
1980 200 4 Speed manual
1984 300SD
1991 350SD
1991 600SEL
1993 S600
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05 CL65 AMG
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