1974 Mercedes-Benz 240D W114 / W115 PrivatePosted 01/01/2017 - Classic Cars - Bristol, England, United Kingdom
|Mileage||56,000 Miles / 90,123 KM|
|Transmission||Automatic / RHD|
For sale is my 1974 Mercedes-Benz 240D show car. I purchased this car in July 2013 from the ex-editor of Retro Cars Magazine and since then she has been through a full restoration and has been transformed into what she is today. I’ve had a great two show seasons with her, met great people and picked up so many awards from shows but I now feel I want to start a fresh project. I have put my heart and soul into building the car over the last few years and I am owed so much more than the listed price, but sadly as all of my money is tied up in her I need to sell her to move on to my next build. As of 18/10/2016 she passed her UK MOT with no advisories. Most recently I spent a good number of hours changing the front sub frame bushings & both sets of lower arm bushings followed by a full wheel alignment so she drives spot on and straight as a die. I have also just fitted 4 x brand NOS injectors direct from Mercedes-Benz as I suspected at least one of the old ones to be 'sticky' as she was putting out a little smoke on idle but not when revved. Over the last two years she has been insured as a wedding car and I have used her frequently all over the country for this. The Car History She started off life I believe as a taxi in Vienna for 2 years. 2 years later in 1978 she was imported to the UK from Germany. The only proof of the car’s time in Austria is that the build card states it was produced ‘for the Austrian market’ and there was a Mercedes-Benz Lease Hire badge which I removed when the car was restored. In the UK the car led a rather sheltered life for around 10 years as the owner lived abroad however an elderly gentleman who restored cars for a living kept the car serviced and up to scratch and she was stored in a garage. In the late 80’s the owner sold the car to him and he performed a full restoration for which I have extensive documentation and pictures. She was then used as his personal car and from what I can tell when he couldn’t drive her anymore or passed away was sold to a dealership before being purchased by the previous owner and to myself. Since owning her I have had the registration number changed to reflect the correct year of manufacture. She used to be ‘AGN738S’ and is now ‘CDE 216M’, which means she is now Tax-free in the UK. In My Ownership: 4-way custom air-ride system utilising 8x SMC ½” Valves and lines, Slam Specialities RE-5 airbags, 2 x Vi-air 480C Compressors, 8.5 Gallon Air-Tank and a 9 Switch AVS Controller. On the rear she has had the shocks relocated and very small beetle shocks fitted which give a great ride. Also has a very large 2 month old battery in the front along with a manual 100A Split-Charge (triggered by an original switch in the dash) to an Odyssey Red-Top Battery in the boot which provides stand-alone power to the compressors/valves. The car sits so low on the front that I have had to design a special sump-guard to protect the engine… when the car is ‘aired-out’ the front wheels come off the floor and the car sits on the sump. I have also fitted a wireless system to the air ride meaning you can air the front/rear up/down from a handheld remote. Full back-to-metal restoration and respray in Sikkens Two-Pack DB737 (Daimler-Benz Classic White), during the restoration the pop-up sunroof fitted during the original restoration in the 90’s was removed and a large plate welded in to put her back to original. All panels have also been cavity waxed to prevent corrosion. During the restoration I had every piece of brightwork re-polished (Stainless & Aluminium side/window trimmings) & stripped the bumpers, had them re-chromed, then rebuilt them with new genuine NOS Mercedes rubbers. Some of the bright work has not been repaired, as I didn’t think it was good enough. These items have been replaced with genuine NOS items direct from Mercedes and include the full passenger mirror assembly & Stainless Side Trims for the nearside front wing, nearside front door & nearside rear door. She has also had a replacement windscreen fitted in the last 2 years as the original had started to de-laminate & I have pulled both that and the rear screen out since the restoration to replace the rubbers (the rear rubber is genuine and was very expensive), however the front rubber was available so it’s a patent part I have further sealed it so it fits great and doesn’t leak. I have had a full custom stainless steel exhaust system made by Infinity Exhausts including the downpipe that is tucked up nicely and allows you to drive ‘aired out’ on the rear without hitting the floor. The system is split just before the differential and runs down the side of both rear wings before turning up and out the back. It has been made to modular so the two rear pieces can be removed and I have had them both chromed. The system is quiet in normal use , although I have fitted an electric bypass valve just past the downpipe (and underneath the front seats) that exits on the driver’s side and when it is open is VERY LOUD and great fun. In the last 3 months I have replaced the two rear callipers with brand new patent parts, re-machined the front callipers and re-bled the brakes. The interior received a full re-trim last year by John Brant of Bespoke Leathering Ltd. I swapped the original seats for the fronts out of a W109 S-Class and modified the seat rails so they sit much lower than standard, which greatly improves the seating position and also gives you an armrest which I find is much better than standard. There is a period Motorola radio fitted which works great and has been reworked by a professional from AM to FM… and has a 3.5” Jack Plug (fitted to the back of the radio). I further improved on this by fitting a bluetooth unit which means that whenever I get in the car it connects to my phone and works seamlessly. The wheels are custom restored BBS Mahle's, they are fully powder-coated in BBS Gold & the 'lips' have been highly polished (I had the re-polished only 3 months ago). Tyres on the rear have covered less that 1000 miles and I will be replacing the fronts this week with a slightly better size. The wheels are in nearly mint condition & currently have a set of 'Fourty Four Wheel Company' titanium lugs with a stud conversion kit which look great with the high centre caps as they sit flush with each other and the design on the top of both is the same. The whole interior has been gone through and has had: - Custom made headlining (In White) - Custom made matching door mouldings. - A, B, C Pillars have been recolored to match. - Custom made carpet with sound-deadening underneath - Custom made matching biscuit floor mats - Reworked & recolored front & rear seats - Reworked & recolored door cards to match - Reworked & recolored sunvisors/rear view mirror. - Dash & Lower Console has been trimmed in matching leather & custom diamond stitch arrangement has been applied. - Custom Parcel Shelf in the same diamond stitch arrangement The engine has been replaced with a lower mileage model, which ran a lot better than the old one as I think it had a warped head. I sourced it from a ’75 240D donor car I harvested (a car that also had a great history). I used the engine in its standard form for a full show season and then before this years show season I pulled the engine out again and detailed the engine/bay. Mechanically I have: To the Engine: - Pulled the head off to replace valve stem seals also clocked while off and its spot on. - Brand new (uprated) pencil style glow plugs that work great. - Over the winter whilst detailing the engine bay/engine I removed every ancillary from the bare blockhead and had them polished or chromed. I then proceeded to deep clean the bare block and paint it Gold with engine enamel. The ancillaries were then all refitted with genuine NOS Mercedes Gaskets and fresh fittings. - The firewall, air cleaner, brake master cylinder/booster, fusebox, radiator/oil cooler were deep cleaned and painted black at the same time. - Re-cored & Detailed Radiator - All coolant hoses have been replaced with genuine NOS Mercedes replacements & new stainless clips. - Replaced & Detailed Oil Cooler from Germany & brand new swaged lines. - Fitted new (aftermarket) auto box cooler & brand new swaged lines. To the Gearbox: - Freshly serviced (in the last 50 miles) gearbox with a genuine NOS Mercedes service kit & ATF - New Torque Converter (rebuilt by JP Auto Transmissions last year) & NOS Bolts for the flywheel & TC from Mercedes-Benz. I also swapped the diff/driveshaft out of my donor car 2 years ago and have recently changed the oil and resealed it because it had started to weep as it sometimes takes a battering being the lowest point of the car.. I keep the car dry-stored at my workshop in Bristol I have listed her at £22,000 ono, please contact me to discuss anything on +44 7915 643495.