Meet the Young Diplomat
I had never felt a connection with a car until I found The Young Diplomat. Such a beautiful machine. The rumble of the diesel and stiff manual steering connected me to the road. In no time he became a veritable mechanical extension of myself. Yes I said he, but let's skip the gender identity politics.
A true classic, 1973 Mercedes-Benz w115 220D 4 speed automatic. The w114/w115 were models styled by Paul Bracq, known for his work with Mercedes, BMW, Citro├źn, and Peugeot. They are a sought after limited series manufactured from 1968 through 1976.
The w115 is known to be a very durable car. In 2004 Greek taxi driver Gregorios Sachinidis donated his 1976 240D to the Mercedes-Benz Museum Collection with 4.6 million kilometers on the odometer, which is recognised as the Mercedes-Benz with the highest recorded mileage known to date.
Odometer reads 21,771 but there's no telling how many times it has flipped. A few years ago I replaced the engine with a factory rebuilt 240D from 1986. The mileage on the rebuild is also unknown.
At 45 years, he's a real looker. Gleaming cobalt blue exterior, classic black interior. Very clean with only minor wear on the driver's seat. Headliner has loosened slightly in the back. Straight body and chassis boasts a life without incident. This car would steal your girl.
He spent most of his days in sunny Southern California, so is a stranger to harsh weather. This is apparent by the lack of rust and wear down under. Last summer I drove him coast to coast. Passing through Nevada he was treated to a couple brand new rear axle assemblies. Somewhere in rural Ohio he picked up a new alternator. Brand new battery. Tires are like new. In January I returned to San Diego and he's been patiently awaiting my return at the marina on The Hudson River ever since.
He idles a bit high, needs brakes, and shifting requires some finesse. The front passenger window currently stays shut and sometimes the glove box opens unannounced. Other than that, this car is in great shape.
I'm not a materialist. I've even been called an idealistic hippie. But I truly love this car and I've never loved a car before. Email me for more information or with any questions. The Young Diplomat awaits his new benefactor in Edgewater, NJ

Used Year: 1973
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): 11511012349963 Mileage: 21,771
Interior Color: Black Make: Mercedes-Benz
Transmission: Automatic Model: 200-Series
Body Type: Sedan Engine: 240D
Vehicle Title: Clear Fuel Type: Diesel
Exterior Color: Blue