Latest Project – 1970 Mercedes Benz 220D

1970 Mercedes-Benz 220D rear

Here is my latest project car and my first diesel vehicle; a 1970 Mercedes Benz 220D sedan in an attractive blue colour (Biscayne Blue I believe). To make the low powered diesel at least palatable it has the four speed manual gearbox. I’ve driven it a little bit so far and while no one will confuse it with being fast it is not as slow as you’d imagine. Perfectly usable for around town, normal driving but there certainly isn’t much, if any, power reserve to draw on.


Known as the /8 these cars are divided into two classes based on number of cylinders. The W114 cars have six cylinder engines and the W115 cars like mine have either a gas or diesel engine with four cylinders. They have four wheel independent suspension with disc brakes all around.

Mercedes Benz 220D engine 3

The engine is a 2.2L OM615 diesel engine that produces either 59hp or 60hp depending on what source you believe. Mine was fully rebuilt not too many miles ago by the first owner. Given they have a reputation for racking up massive mileage I should be ok there. Interestingly I’m only the third owner of this car.

1970 Mercedes Benz 220D

The photos show it to be in better shape than it really is. There is some body work to be done. Mostly on the driver’s side fender and rear bumper mount.

1970 Mercedes Benz 220D - diesel engine

It is however very clean. Even the engine compartment is clean which is unusual for the price range I buy in. The suspension is a bit bouncy and noisy so that will need sorted before it goes back on the road. On the plus side the battery is new and the tires have a ton of tread on them. A thin whitewall on the tires would have been nice though.

1970 Mercedes 220D dash

The interior is blue as well and in reasonable and usable shape. A few little flaws that can be corrected (gearshift level ball falls off) or lived with (small tear in one seat).

1971 Mercedes Benz 220D

There are few bits to fix and source of course but I also bought a parts car to aid me in that. The parts donor is one year newer and slightly better equipped. It in some it ways looks better on the outside than the blue car but its core structure is more rusty.

1970 1971 Mercedes Brochure 2

The general plan is to strip off the parts I need from the beige one to help fix up the blue to a reasonable “driver” level. It wouldn’t be a perfect show car but something I can drive in the summer.

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7 Responses to Latest Project – 1970 Mercedes Benz 220D

  1. Interesting acquisition. Was this a local find off of Kijiji or Auto trader?
    The body doesn’t look too tough. Are you guys subject to vehicle safeties before you can put it on the road, like we have here in Manitoba?

    • oldcarjunkie says:

      It was on Kijiji too but I bought off a friend of mine. We need to pass safeties here too but it is usually more about a little extra cash for the local garages than real safety.

      • And as always, it’s the body stuff that nails you….as it’s usually the most expensive repair/rejuvenation, especially for unibody stuff as opposed to body on frame where you can get away with duct tape type repairs over complete cut em out, weld em up affairs.
        Well, good luck with your new project and hopefully you get to put a few miles on her this summer.
        I’ve got a 56 Dodge Regent sitting in the garage, waiting for spring melt so I can tool around the highways and byways.

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  5. Roseann says:

    Howdy just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few of the images
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