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Old 04-29-2003, 07:29 PM
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Any experience with '50s MB diesels?...

I'm enchanted by an old ad I found showing a "roundy" 180D sedan in front of a rural gasthaus.

Anybody have one of these? About how much should one in "Condition 2" go for?

Also asked on Vintage Forum.


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Old 04-29-2003, 09:09 PM
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I believe a couple sold on Ebay in the recent past. Try a search on completed items.
1977 300d 70k--sold 08
1985 300TD 185k+
1984 307d 126k--sold 8/03
1985 409d 65k--sold 06
1984 300SD 315k--daughter's car
1979 300SD 122k--sold 2/11
1999 Fuso FG Expedition Camper
1993 GMC Sierra 6.5 TD 4x4
1982 Bluebird Wanderlodge CAT 3208--Sold 2/13
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Old 05-13-2003, 03:37 PM
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Only one reply? NOW I feel old. The 50s D was incredibly fun to drive in city traffic and on two-lane roads. Lots of practice shifting and when you get good at it you're rewarded. Keep the RPM up when you're moving and she's very smooth and precise. In a slow moving traffic jam you can just ride the idle. It will idle up a surprisingly steep hill. Easy to get 30 mpg. The amber turn indicators on the fenders throw a nice light inside at night. The inside is motoring elegance.
Disadvantages include the lack of a heater, vestigial heater ducting made of cardboard, tendency to body rot, and top speed of 64 mph, going downhill with a favoring wind. Even so, they'll respect you when they pass you.
When these cars were new diesel was hard to find and the injector system faced a stiff challenge from dirty fuel.
Driving is precise and keeping a speed of 50 on a hilly two lane road isn't that hard. If everything works a 50s D will be one of the most fun cars you ever drive. Purrs like a kitten.
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Old 05-13-2003, 10:11 PM
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I had a 180D, 36HP pushrod engine. Used to run it on kerosene I bought for 15 cents a gallon. It was slower than a VW bug.
I couldn't keep a head gasket in it so I just let it sit and its still sitting there.

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Old 05-13-2003, 10:55 PM
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I had a 50 Chev with a 216 that I put premium gas in. For a while it was full of pep but then it begain to run rough. So we pulled the pushrods out and hammered them straight with a rock and then it ran right again. I swear this is a true story.
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Old 05-13-2003, 11:44 PM
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Jim, you might want to look at the MB Ponton web site. The URL is as follows:

Both 180D and 190D's are for sale and pictured there. Lots of good info.

1961 190Db retired
1968 220D/8 325,000
1983 300D 164,150
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