If you are looking for a ‘Stroke 8’ W115 with amazing potential, there can be few better opportunities than this car.
To give a brief overview, this 230.4 W115 has covered just 43,744 miles from new, largely in the hands of one owner, with Mercedes-Benz service history. It’s an incredibly solid, original, unmolested example that has just had £11.5k invested into it at John Haynes Auto Technics on a substantial mechanical refurbishment/recommissioning.
Supplied new on August 1st 1974 by Mercedes-Benz suppliers, Autocars of Streatham Hill, London SW2 to a Mr Damani, this four-cylinder 230, equipped with automatic transmission, was finished in 903 Blue with matching blue cloth interior. In 1976 the car passed to a Dr Kahn in Southwest London who kept the car for the next thirty years. The car was evidently his pride and joy, always garaged, used sparingly and only ever serviced and repaired by Mercedes main dealers.
By 2006, when the Mercedes passed to its third owner, it had covered just 32k miles. The current owner, a Mercedes collector, acquired the car in 2015 and commissioned John Haynes to carry out a full report and subsequent mechanical refurbishment of the car.
To briefly summarise the work carried out in 2016 – a major service comprising of all fluids and filters was carried out, a complete new exhaust system was fitted, the rear hubs and wheel bearings were replaced. New brake calipers, pads, discs, pipes and flexible hoses were fitted all round. New front subframe mounts were fitted. All coolant hoses were replaced along with gearbox cooler hoses and the radiator was re-cored. New fuel hoses were also fitted. Genuine MB parts were used throughout where possible, even down to the new battery. The tyres were replaced with period correct Michelin MXV-P radials (at a cost of £859).
In total the two bills add up to £11,555.44.
In terms of paperwork, this car has an amazing history. Full Mercedes-Benz service history for 32 years of the cars life, MoT certificates from 1977 onwards, all books/manuals, stamped service book and data card. In addition, there are the above mentioned recommissioning bills.
In terms of condition this is a true ‘survivor car’. It is highly original and remarkable condition for a car that has never been restored. Rust is the big problem with W114 and W115 /8 models. Most were scrapped years ago due to corrosion and most of those remaining have had a myriad of poor repairs to their bodies, which makes buying one something of a minefield.
This car is incredibly solid, original and unrestored. What you see is what you get. The underside is in excellent and unwelded. The usual trouble spots like the rear wheel arches and doors are excellent and original. The paint work is generally very good with a fantastic shine. As you can see from the photos, the front wings and the leading edge of the bonnet are showing signs of rust, but this is first generation rust that hasn’t been filled or bodged. We would say that the wings and the bonnet could be repaired and replacements would not be necessary.
The interior is similarly highly original and generally in very good condition commensurate with its low miles. A radio has never been fitted. However, the rear seat back is suffering from sun damage along the top edge and the headliner needs some attention at the back.
In summary, this is a low mileage very solid very original car with a great history that has had a fortune spent on it. With some front end body/paintwork and some interior work it would be a truly superb /8. The car will come with 12 months MoT, so you can drive and use it as is.
What a fantastically rewarding project to take on.