Hence, the original manufacturer’s invoice, meticulously archived by Nickl along with all the other documents and invoices, is shorter than those for most other W 124 models of the early nineties. The precise sum of 40,523.81 deutschmarks was enough for a 200 D in timeless standard midnight blue with internal colour code 904 and light-grey fabric interior, colour code 068. The list of extras is sparse, running to not much more than an electric sliding sunroof, rear head restraints, centre armrest, central locking, radio preinstallation (including mechanical aerial) and a five-speed transmission.
Upgraded from 53 kW / 72 hp to 55 kW / 75 hp and 126 Nm peak torque after the facelift including catalytic converter, the rugged OM 601 basic diesel engine was the entry-level variant of the company’s compression-ignition offering, which was crowned by the prestigious 300 D Turbo with its then impressive 147 hp. “The 300 D was too expensive for me and I simply didn’t want a five-cylinder job like the 250 D. So that left the 200 D,” recalls the man from Upper Palatinate. “On 16 July 1992, I picked the car up from the plant in Sindelfingen.”