Welcome. You’re about to dive into a glimpse of our journey as owners of a very beautiful, and well-maintained 1977 Mercedes 240d. This, according to many in the car industry, is the period and model of Mercedes that put them truly on the map, and built the reputation that still stands today – quality, luxury and longevity.

The “W123”, as it is more often referred to, is described by Wikipedia as a range of executive cars produced by German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz from November 1975 to January 1986. The W123 models surpassed their predecessor, the Mercedes-Benz W114, as the most successful Mercedes, selling 2.7 million units before production ended in the autumn of 1985 for the saloon/sedan versions and January 1986 for coupés and estates/station wagons.”

Our 240d was purchased on July 4th weekend, 2023. It was located in the Richmond, VA area, and maintained by a gentleman who purchased it from an elderly woman living in Florida. According to him, the woman’s husband owned (and babied) this car for many, many years until his death. It was then sold to the previous owner who thought he would want to use it as a “daily driver” (he’s retired, but wanted it to go into town), but decided he preferred more of a muscle car than a slow diesel Benz. He owned a number of higher end muscle cars, and simply preferred them.

Here’s “Ms. Butterworth”, our 1977 Mercedes-Benz 240d.

Before making the purchase, I spent a good deal of time researching local service providers able to professionally service this vehicle. While many providers advertised Benz service, with some even touting service of older examples, when presented with this age of Benz and it being diesel, many were not comfortable doing so. Eventually, one provider surfaced – MBH Benz located near the waterfront in Virginia Beach. The gentleman who owned this small shop had been in business for more than 30 years, and was beyond passionate about Mercedes. His knowledge of the W123 was phenomenal. While getting older, and not personally servicing the vehicles any longer, he had a small staff of service professionals he handpicked and groomed, and he was quite proud of their work. He remained on site daily to act as overseer and resource when his technicians needed assistance. He was more than pleased to become the caretaker of “Ms. Butterworth”.

A fully detailed overview was done on the vehicle, with a very lengthy list of items that needed “immediate” attention and those that would need “eventual” attention. We broke this list down into 4 “phases”, and immediately began work getting “Ms. Butterworth” back on the road running as she should.

As of December, 2023, the final phase is being accomplished, and “Ms. Butterworth” is ready to shine. There are still a small list of items that will need attention, but they are not items that would affect performance and/or safety. For example, the near-50 year old drivers seat needs rebuilding. The upholstery and interior of the vehicle is in excellent shape, but after that many years, the driver’s seat needs work. That is an upcoming project which will happen very soon, as the current comfort level is very low, with no support, and worn out hardware.

Looking pretty sharp after a good cleaning. Not bad for a 46-year old car.

MBH has done an exhaustive list of overdue maintenance, refreshing the car and bringing it to a state of enjoyable driving, including:

  • Recharged the A/C
  • New belts all around
  • Replace shifter bushings
  • New motor and transmission mounts
  • Installed refurbed radio (completely restored by Becker Autosound, including the addition of bluetooth)
  • Replaced antenna
  • Restored to operation the fuel, water temp gauges.
The interior of our Mercedes-Benz 240d
The interior of our 1977 Mercedes-Benz 240d