This is probably one of the nicest SD300 still in existence. This is a near perfect car in excellent, sorted driving condition.
Originally sold new into Arizona; first owner used car sporadically in fair weather only and kept original window sticker, correspondence form Mercedes, keys, etc. Second owner spent three years searching for best 300SD on the planet and found this car, then had the car completely serviced and addressed all potential issues prior to driving it. Current owner purchased from a dealer who acquired it from the 2nd owner about 3 years ago. So, excluding last selling dealer, current owner is third owner.
This W116 is finished in 681 Manila Beige and still wears its original paint all around. The interior is finished in Bamboo MB Tex and is in impeccable condition all around. Bright and clear Zebrano wood inlays. Mechanically this vehicle is like a brand new Rolex watch. The original alloy spare is present as are tools and all original books, 6 keys, and the original window sticker.
Almost completely original except for basic maintenance items. The original MB alloys were replaced with MB wheels & covers and Period correct MXV tires for a more classic look. The radio was replaced with a modern two knob Becker and the speakers were updated behind the original MB grills. It also has period correct coco mats.
The 2nd owner was a true auto aficionado and had every potential mechanical issue addressed in advanced before driving, including:
-- Brand new climate control servo from Mercedes Benz.
-- AC system properly converted to W134A with new hoses, expansion valve and dryer to make sure that the AC blows ice cold through all the proper vents.
-- New motor and transmission mounts
-- Changed all fluids
-- Replace all belts and hoses.
The current owner always wanted one of these big MB Diesels and also did an exhaustive search to find the best car possible. Upon finding this one, he purchased it in 2016 with 44k miles. Since purchasing, the current owner has had the following done (with service records from 2016-present at 45k, 47k, 50k and 52k miles):
-- Transmission service
-- Replace wiper inserts
-- Flush brake fluid
-- Replace valve cover gasket
-- Replace steering coupler, drag link, tie rods & align
-- Replace cluster potentiometer
-- Replace fuel return hose
-- Replace front crankshaft seal
-- Replace blower vacuum switch
-- Replace climate control amplifier & service AC
The only known issues are a 2-3" dash crack at the side of the instrument binnacle, some small rock chips, and indentations on front bumper chrome from a previously installed front plate bracket. See attached photos.