1970 Mercedes-Benz W114 023 C250 2.8L M130 I6 from North America
A classic ride with great handling, but a fat bank account will be needed to keep it running
Everything made of rubber; valve guides; and rust.
The car had been stored for four years at a dry and hot storage facility in south Texas USA before I bought it. The exterior rubber fixtures, grommets, boots, hoses, gaskets, belts and seals had dry rot and had to be replaced within the first year of ownership. Replacement was costly and took some time, but the early Mercedes could easily be repaired if the owner knew what he was doing.
It was at this time that leaded premium gasoline was removed from the US market, and that was the cause of premature failure of the valve guides. Once these problems were sorted out with a head job, it was a most enjoyable car to drive for many years.
I especially liked the boxy styling, which is perfect for city driving and was a head turner. The styling was classic and it had a great presence. Although it wasn't a sports car per se, the handling was quite good, as was the performance. The air conditioner was cold and great to have in such a warm climate.
The non-metallic blue paint required waxing on a frequent basis in order to maintain a sheen. I had considered repainting it with a metallic paint, but could not justify the expense. The Michelin XZX radials have excellent performance and I only bought one set for it the entire time that I owned it.
It was a later move to Rhode Island that brought about a huge problem with rust due to the roads being salted during the winter. Trying to keep the rust from devouring the C250 became a major expense, precipitating the sale of the car. The new owner bought it with the intent of restoring it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th October, 2015