Oil burner: ’81 Mercedes-Benz 300D
As strange as this may seem to some readers, these early diesel Mercedes-Benz sedans and wagons are very desirable. We know that because there are restoration shops around the country that specialize is finding, repairing and selling them. The wagons or longroofs, are considerably more collectible. We selected this sedan because it is in exceptional, original condition, has relatively low mileage at 150,000 miles, and has been dealer serviced since new. That doesn’t happen often and makes this Diesel Mintworthy. Yes, it would be slightly more interesting if it were a Turbodiesel but life in the slow lane is something you get used to, particularly when you are wrapped in Mercedes-Benz legendary pre-90s build quality. There are no stories attached to this one. Everything works as it should. These 300Ds have a virtually indestructible drivetrains that will serve the next owner well. Now if you were considering one of those tiny micro-cars that Consumer Reports just torpedoed consider this Mercedes instead. It won’t compete with those 40-mile per gallon cars but it will deliver solid numbers and you’ll be more comfortable on the highway for sure. Click here for the listing.