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RealRides of WNY - 1978 300 CD

October 6, 2020

RealRides of WNY - 1978 300 CD

Came across this 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300CD over the summer in Lockport. For those of you not up on your Benz nomenclature, the 300 refers to the car’s engine size — in this case a five-cylinder 3-liter unit; the indicates a coupe, or pillarless two-door hardtop; and the at the end tells us that 3-liter motor runs on Diesel fuel. Other coupes in M-B’s 1978 lineup included the 2+2 280CE, the four-place 450SLC, and the two-seater 450SL. M-B called the 2+2 300CD a car with “…all the elegance of a limited production two-door machine, [and] all the operating efficiency of a Diesel.”

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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