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1979 Mercedes-Benz 300 SD news, pictures, specifications, and information
The Mercedes-Benz turbo-diesel sedan was introduced late in the 1978 model year. The 4-door sedan 300SD was powered by an overhead-cam five-cylinder engine fitted with a turbocharger and offering 110 horsepower. It was given an automatic transmission and disc brakes in both the front and rear. It rested on a 112.8-inch wheelbase and could accelerate from 0-to-60 mph in less than 14 seconds.

A 1978 300SD was owned by James Bond actor Sir Sean Connery until 1983 when ownership passed to his brother Neil.

By Daniel Vaughan | May 2015
The Mercedes-Benz 300D was produced from 1975 through 1985. It was built atop the W123 platform and was originally powered by a 3-liter five-cylinder diesel engine that displaced 183.4 cubic-inches and produced nearly 80 horsepower. It was produced as a four-door sedan with seating for five and cost $12,200 when first introduced.

A turbo diesel option was introduced in late 1978 which offered 110 horsepower. By 1980 the horsepower increased to 120. When introduced, the cost to own the 300TD was $26,270.

The 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300 Series was powered by an overhead-cam five-cylinder, turbocharged engine offering 125 horsepower. It was available as a sedan, coupe, and station wagon. A revised four-speed automatic became standard along with a different torque converter that aided in solving a turbo lag and boost low-speed acceleration problem. Pricing began at $31,500 for the 300D 4-door sedan and rose to $39,500 for the 300SD 4-door sedan.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
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