Manual Transmission Sedan: 1970 Mercedes 250

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Stick-shift Mercedes-Benz cars aren’t exactly common, so this 1970 Mercedes 250 stands out for its manual configuration. There’s not much else to write home about, other than the snazzy red interior and seemingly rust-free condition. The seller says it’s been in non-op status for some time, which means for California buyers, there are no late fees. Find it here on craigslist for a measly $1,000. 

I actually just found one of these parked behind a shop with the Euro-spec glass headlights in coupe form. Those H4 assemblies really transform the front of this car, which can seem somewhat homely with the U.S.-spec lighting. No matter what, this one predates the 5 m.p.h. impact bumpers that effectively tarnished the looks of this six-cylinder powered saloon, so the early model is the way to go if you’re hunting for a W114 car.

The seller provides few details on history or running condition, but the interior is certainly nicely preserved. The seller does say it’s been parked since 2007, so count on some work to get the carb’d inline-six to cough back to life. No matter its level of desirability, a clean design with inline-six power and a manual transmission will always provide an enjoyable driving experience, but the cost to restore this example far outstrips its current value.

If you fancy a four-door project with some additional features, I’d point you to the batch of Mercedes projects we have for sale here on Barn Finds as an Exclusive. This includes a long-wheelbase V8 car, pictured here, with a very clean interior, console shifter, a free-spinning motor, and clean Georgia title. Read here for more information.

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  1. LMK

    That’s not a 250 ‘C’ which is the 2 door coupe version of this car…This is a 250 4 door sedan….
    Worth a look to the local Benz guys for certain !

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  2. Charlie Mullendore

    Four doors, so not a coupe.

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  3. Gaspumpchas

    4 on the tree I do believe. Good luck to the new owner,


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    • Miguel

      Really? That would be odd.

      I had a 1973 220d with a stick shift on the floor.

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      • On and On On and OnMember

        I had a 1970 220D. 4 speed on the floor also. Was no fun in town, but a great interstate cruiser. Smooth, comfortable, cheap to run. Loved the dual heater set up and the glow plug in the dash!

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  4. Chinga-Trailer

    Somebody’s monkeyed with it – it’s got the wrong steering wheel, who knows what else they screwed up.

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  5. Mountainwoodie

    I’d love to have a two door 250C floor shift with a sunroof…….always liked the smaller Benz’

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  6. Kakerlak

    My folks had a 1970 250 sedan when I was a kid that my grandparents bought new — dark, almost black brown with tan MB Tex. Four speed is on the floor in these (you can see the black shift knob peeking out in the interior photo). Chinga-Trailer is right that it’s got a newer steering wheel and I’m not sure about the seatbelts. Ours had curled metal ends that fit into fold-over magnetic clasps.

    I wish I had that car now. It was parked as a running but tired vehicle in the mid-90s, rust free with a good interior. Actually ran and drove well, but had started burning a little oil and would’ve benefited from a rebuild. City popped dad with a move it or lose it warning and he ended up letting a Mercedes salvage yard come tow it away for free around 2000. Assume it got parted out, though it’d have been worth saving intact.

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  7. leiniedude leiniedudeMember

    Man, for a grand, back it in your driveway, clean and wax and enjoy looking at it! Putz around with it as time permits.

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