1985 Mercedes-Benz 300 CD Coupe In 1878, Rudolf Diesel was attending the Polytechnic High School of Germany (the equivalent of an engineering college) when he learned about the low efficiency of gasoline and steam engines. This disturbing information inspired him to create an engine with a higher efficiency, and he devoted much of his time to developing a Combustion Power Engine. By 1892 Diesel had obtained a patent for what we now call the diesel engine. For consignment, an all-stock, all original W123 300CD, (2 door coupe), Turbo Diesel. Always garage kept, it was completely refurbished in 2007. It was brought home and sat in a garage for 14 years never used after the refurbish by Philly dealer Carson Pettit! Exterior Champagne paint, in original condition, is found on the exterior of an obviously meticulously cared for car. Straight heavy gauge steel for this diesel built like a Panzer tank, that sports well minded gaps. An electric sliding sunroof on top, and clean rocker panels on bottom are noted. Chrome bumpers, brite work, and badging, all dimple and corrosion free and clean. Power stainless chrome rear view mirror works perfectly, as do power windows. The paint has some light scratches from over buffing on the paint, and very minor areas of touchup paint is noted on the wheel well surrounds. Front grille is beautiful and has the trio pointed star on top dead center. Interior MB Tex in Palomino and in very nice condition covers the bucket seats in front and bench seat in back. Immaculate gold carpeting covers all the lower surfaces, and some slightly faded to a green hue floor mats are protecting this pristine carpeting. A near showroom dash and center console house all correct working gauges, and climate controls, and some walnut veneer is seen mixing in with the black vinyl coverings of the console. The fully working Becker radio is nestled between the dash, and console. All this is very clean, and the veneer is near perfect. A nice tight headliner is framing a sunroof, and inside all is well. Drivetrain An inline 5-cylinder turbo diesel engine coupled with a 4-speed automatic transmission takes you smoothly and slowly up to speed. Some corrosion is noted but overall, very light on the cast parts bolted on to this 5-cylinder. It has EFI and a 4-speed automatic on the back. The rear axle weighs in at a 2.88 ratio. Undercarriage A few areas of very light surface rust is seen in an otherwise nicely undercoated undercarriage. All solid unibody construction, floor pans and suspension parts which include independent coil springs for every corner. Power disc brakes and a clean exhaust are also noted for this low mileage beauty. Drive-Ability As a test drive revealed, this car takes just a small lapse of time for that turbo to kick in, but when it does, the car accelerates to any car of todays standards. It is a bit slow, and your judgement will need to acclimate to this which is typical of 1980s TDs. Only one frown for this car is I noted the A/C doesnt blow cold. A consignor that has cared for this car cosmetically as well as mechanically, has yielded this original classic Turbo Diesel that appears literally like new. A low 41,700 original miles with an overhaul just prior to sitting for 14 years. This engine, along with the durability of the Mercedes Benz build, will be active for a long time. Unlike earlier non-turbo models, this car can keep up with todays fast moving vehicles with turbo acceleration and diesel durability, and dont forget Mercedes Benz reliability and build quality, all expertly pampered in its lifetime. What an excellent combination!