A Mercedes-Benz 200
A look under the hood of a neat or good looking classic can be traumatizing. It all works out very well with this Mercedes-Benz. But 40+ (or let it be 25) years of subcutaneous greasiness, dust and iron worm bugs can look so daunting that a potential buyer leaves the property crying to get himself a brand new Dacia. The market has responded to this. There are specialists who do, in good New Dutch, 'engine bay detailing'.
The engine compartment of this Mercedes-Benz 200 has had such a cleaning and makeup turn. And that has brought the engine compartment completely in line with the convincingly beautiful exterior. The 'detail' of an engine room is not to be confused with an offensive with a high-pressure cleaner.
It is a specialist job that requires a lot of historical and product knowledge plus patience. With this Mercedes, that promotion is very nicely executed. The case is highly intensively cleaned, where necessary cosmetically refreshed, with new, correct damping material and the appropriate tectylation in the right places. . In the meantime, the engine compartment has retained its authentic appearance, but it just looks spotless and well cared for.
A clean engine compartment is not only a feast for the eyes, but also a perfect indicator of the condition of the power source and its environment. Moreover, in such a tidy setting, there are no moisture-retaining residues of dirt, greasiness, leaves and / or decayed insulation material, so no food for ironworms. In the case of this Mercedes-Benz, the fact that the four-cylinder engine and its fittings are so spotlessly clean also ensures that the viewer is confronted with the intrinsic build quality of Mercedes from the time that these cars were simply calculated on the basis of actual costs. Mercedes-Benz simply wanted to make the best cars in the world. Whatever the cost. And on top of that cost price, the desired margin was simply set. And whether the customers took it? They eat the. The times have since changed. Now the bookkeepers and marketers are at the helm.
At the time, these Mercedes-Benz 200 engines were indestructible. Only the (easy to replace) chain tensioners are a point of attention. The two-part cross connection under the radiator is rust sensitive. The screens at the height of the headlights are also rust sensitive.
The key friendliness: It is top. The power source is simple and well thought out. And very solid indeed.
The parts provision: For a car of this age it is good. The range is usually in the hands of specialists, but unexpected fairs can sometimes be found at fairs.
engine: four-cylinder in-line engine, five-time crankshaft (from 1965), cylinder capacity 1.988 cc. Bore x stroke: 87 x 83,6 mm, compression: 9: 1, carburation: Solex 38PDSJ power 104 hp (with 1.275 kg, so don't expect miracles).
New price in 1966: 13.750 GULDEN. Current price idea for a nice and good copy: up to around 10.000 EURO.
the Mercedes-Benz Club the Netherlands, the Mercedes-Benz Automobiel Club, the.mbklassiekerclub, The "Oude Benz Club"
The leaf: AutoMotorKlassiek
I found the photo model at Venema Classic Cars