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Work-In-Progress: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 250C

The 250C variant of the W114 used a six-cylinder engine instead of four-cylinder power as in the W115. This series of automobiles was in production from 1968 to 1976 and would be seen across Europe and also imported to the U.S. This 250C, a 2-door coupe, was laid up in a barn for several decades and has had some mechanical work done to get it going. But more is needed on this survivor from Cohasset, Michigan, and is available here on craigslist for $14,995. Thanks for the cool tip, Mitchell G!

Open the doors and you’ll find a tag that identifies this car as both the W114 and an 023 – a coupe. The engine is a M130 inline-six which saw about 10,500 copies made over the duration, 1969 to 1973. These autos were stylish yet had enough performance (157 hp) to get the job done on major thoroughfares like the Autobahn. This dark blue coupe has only had two owners and comes with a variety of manuals and other documents. Beyond that, not much more regarding this 250C’s past is shared.

We’re told the following things have recently been attended to on this German find. That includes the brakes, battery, tires, ignition, and the carburetors (gas-powered, no diesel). The odometer reads 90,000 miles but there should be many more left with a bit of extra effort that the seller doesn’t go into. No rust is said to be present on the old girl, but we’re told the paint will probably have to be redone (looks okay in the photos).

The interior is extremely nice in this German car, especially the leather upholstery which is well-preserved – and everything is said to work like they should, including the sunroof which you don’t often see on these autos. Both the W114 and W115 series Mercedes are known to be durable and reliable. But they’re not known to be corrosion-free, which makes this example a really nice find. The seller provides a photo of the trunk floor which looks extremely solid.


  1. alphasud Member

    The 2 door W114 and W115 have really nice lines that carried through to the W123 chassis and beyond. For whatever reason Mercedes slit the chassis number to denote the powertrain. The W114 was the gas variant and the W115 were diesel variants. Rarely seen are the 280E cars which denoted fuel injection. The seller is asking strong money for a car in need of paint. And I would go over the car carefully for hidden rust as you would with any old car and ones especially around the rust belt of the country.

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  2. Robert Proulx

    I read an article a few years back that a company specializes in putting modern Mercedes drivetrains in these older version at quite a price though.

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  3. David Frank David Frank Member

    To clarify, all models of the W114 cars were 6 cylinder gasoline. The W115 were 4 cylinder diesels.

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  4. Perry Kleine Member

    I own a 2003 Mbenz convertible——-and I love it. Good luck selling your 71

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