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Details about  1979 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series

1979 300TD Mercedes Diesel Ranchero El Camino Pickup Working Tailgate Recaro

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1979 Mercedes-Benz 300-Series
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Apr 28, 2014 07:34:15 PDT
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US $12,401.00
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Item location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, United States


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Last updated on  Apr 23, 2014 05:13:31 PDT  View all revisions

Item specifics



VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 12319012009466






Body Type:

Pickup Truck



Cab Type (For Trucks Only):

Regular Cab



Vehicle Title:




Power Options:

Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats

Drive Type:

rear wheel drive

Fuel Type:




For Sale By:

Private Seller

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Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty


1979 300TD Mercedes Benz Diesel Ranchero El Camino Pickup Working Tailgate Recaro

This vehicle started out life as a 1979 Mercedes Benz 300TD (non-turbo) wagon; sometime in the 1980’s it was converted into a Ranchero or El Camino style pickup truck. The conversion was done so well even the guys at the MB dealership have been fooled into thinking that this was a factory pickup. The best thing about this is the working tailgate, which many conversions, whether they be Cadillac or Lincoln from the 1970’s, or BMW or Mercedes more recently, do not have. This is a fully functional vehicle, not just done for looks. It was custom built in Wisconsin by Bill’s Auto & Body, using a 1980’s era Chevrolet El Camino bed, rear window, and trim. Of all the custom El Camino and Ranchero style creations I have seen over the past 40 years, this is the most factory looking. The dark gray exterior with blue pinstripes and navy blue interior only adds to the class of the vehicle.

Despite the mileage, this vehicle is in excellent condition, a good solid car, looks and drives great. I bought it in June 2004 with 142,500 miles on it and it now has 149,800, so you can see it has been a reliable old car logging about 700+ miles per year, using it as a fun run-to-the-parts-store vehicle, obviously not as my daily driver. The title says actual mileage on it since MB’s have a six digit odometer. The car starts, runs, drives, all excellent, this is a good solid fun driver. If you know these wagons, they handle very nicely and are great highway drivers. And you know these diesels are nearly bulletproof. It has had one major repair; the transmission was rebuilt in 2010, at about 147,000 miles.

The interior is in very good shape. No rips in the door panels, all in good shape. I replaced the headliner a few years ago. The A/C has worked during my ownership, just not right now. The A/C parts are all there but it does not work, my mechanic ordered a new compressor last fall which he will install before the car is delivered, but he thinks there might also be a leak in the lines somewhere, we aren’t sure. I replaced the original seats with a set of Recaros (covered in a deep blue velour to match the interior color) that I had sitting in storage just for the fun of it, and added a power seat base for the driver’s side. I also did this since the original seats did not tilt forward, being that this was a four door wagon to start with, so the Recaro seats will tilt forward so you can put stuff behind the seats for more storage. Unfortunately it seems that when we moved, the original seats got thrown away; sorry they are not with the vehicle.

The Flaws?: The wood on the tailgate needs to be either painted or revarnished, there are a couple of chips and cracks in the paint here and there as with any 35 year old car, there is a small carpet rip to the side of the gas pedal, there is a tiny crack in the dash by the right front speaker, and the weatherstrip is starting to crack around the doors. The window switches on the console obviously only work for the windows in the doors, the other switches are dummys now, the rear quarter windows are lexan and do not go down. There is one panel on the dash that had two screw holes in it from where I mounted my XM bracket (no longer connected). And the back up lights do not work right now, I’ll see if I can get them fixed before the auction ends.

Comes with 6 printed owners, radio, emissions, etc. manuals. Everything works, the windows, radio (which appears to be the original radio), antenna, clock keeps accurate time, central locking, etc., with the exceptions noted above. I just put a new battery in it.

The car is sold as is where is; check my feedback for confidence on my description. Buyer is responsible for pickup in or shipping from downtown Indianapolis. Buyer must provide a $500.00 deposit via paypal within 3 days after auction closes. Full payment due within 2 weeks of close of auction or upon pickup, whichever is sooner. Vehicle must be picked up within 30 days after close of auction; pre-paid storage is negotiable after 30 days if you are having trouble finding a shipper. Sorry, I do not reveal the reserve because if bidding is going well I may lower it during the course of the auction to make sure the vehicle sells, so why would I reveal al number I might lower?

On Apr-22-14 at 13:05:04 PDT, seller added the following information:

 CORRECTION: It does have the hydraulic suspension in the rear, sorry about my misinformation earlier.

On Apr-23-14 at 05:13:32 PDT, seller added the following information:

SUSPENSION UPDATE: My mechanic has crawled under and says that everything is there for the hydraulic system, but the lever on the height sensor is broken and the system shows past leaks, so it is not currently working. The vehicle drives and rides fine and I have never had any issues with the rear suspension, but I also have never put any heavy weight in it, just a couple of boxes of car parts, etc. 

AC UPDATE: The AC does not currently work. The auction includes a new compressor in the box. My mechanic has got it working for me in the past, but it broke again, he says that someone put something (not just Freon) in it before I bought the car that messed it up so it will need to be totally rebuilt.

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