1973 Mecedes-Benz Donated to Mind Body Awareness Project

Take a deep breath: in through your nose, out through your mouth. Steady your breathing, center yourself, and buckle in to read about a unique vehicle donation to an even more incredible charity.

The Car: 1973 Mercedes-Benz W115

Mercedes-Benz donation to Mind Body Awareness Project

This unique little sedan – fewer than 188,000 were manufactured – had a quiet life, with fewer than 16,000 miles on the odometer at the time of donation. This model is known worldwide to Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts for its durability: in 2004, a Greek taxi driver donated his W115 to the Mercedez-Benz museum collection, and the odometer had recorded a whopping 4.6 million kilometers! The gas tank on this car holds less than a gallon of gas, so that taxi driver may have spent quite a bit of time refueling over the years…

Our donor chose to benefit more than just auto enthusiasts with their car donation, which is why they chose the Mind Body Awareness Project.

The Charity: Mind Body Awareness Project

Mind Body Awareness Project

The Mind Body Awareness Project has been helping at-risk youth since 2000, through a focus on mindfulness, meditation, and emotional literacy. MBA (Mind Body Awareness) Project is headquartered in Oakland, California, and primarily focuses their effort on local students and at-risk or incarcerated youth.

Their mission statement clearly outlines who they are and what they strive to achieve:

The core purpose of MBA Project is to awaken the intrinsic value of youth. We accomplish this through groundbreaking mindfulness-based direct service work that empowers incarcerated and at-risk youth to overcome trauma, transform negative behaviors, and find real freedom from the inside.

Not only does MBA Project integrate programs into youths’ daily lives, their highly educated and specialized research team works tirelessly to find the most effective way to positively influence high-risk youth. The educational programs vary, from meditative practices to hands-on experience in sustainable community gardens.

MBA Project also provides training guides for educators and organizers who are looking to benefit their own communities, and help spread useful practices far and wide. They do incredible work, and are recognized for it, receiving an accolade on the 2016 Top-Rated Nonprofits List!

If you feel inspired by their efforts, an auto donation is a great way to ensure the MBA Project has the resources to continue their innovative work.

How You Can Help

Even if you don’t have a spectacular antique, you can help Mind Body Awareness Project by donating your car, no matter the age or condition. Your car will be towed away for free and on average, between 70-80% of the proceeds will directly benefit MBA Project and enable them to continue providing at-risk youth with the skills to healthily navigate a dangerous world.

It is easier than you think to donate your car! You can start online, or call a friendly representative at 977-999-8322 to get started. After that, you’ll hear from a local towing agency to schedule a mutually convenient pickup time. Before you know it, your donated vehicle will be picked up, sold at auction, and the proceeds will be helping this amazing charity! Even better, you can claim a tax deduction for your charitable donation!

Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth, and call us at 977-999-8322 or visit our website to help provide mindfulness to at-risk youth!


Mercedes-Benz for National Public Radio.

This week’s featured car donation is a 1970 Mercedes Benz 300SEL donated to National Public Radio.  This car is a very rare model with an interesting history. The Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 is a luxury sedan built from 1968 to 1972. When released it was the fastest four-door vehicle of its time with a 6.3-litre M100 V8 engine that brought the car from 0 to 60 in 6.3 seconds. Considered a crossbreed; It had the body of a Mercedes-Benz 300SEL but had the high powered engine from the 600 series Mercedes-Benz; this is especially impressive as the 600 Series was mostly limousines.


There were only 6,526 made between 1968 to 1972. Our 1970 model was one of only 1,797 built. The Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 was a rarity to see, let alone own. But we came to know the car as an incredible donation from Sarah of Colorado. She donated her green 1970 Mercedes-Benz 300SEL 6.3 to KUNC through the Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. KUNC is a public radio station that serves the Northern Colorado area.

1970 Mercedes Benz 300SEL 6.3

When we asked Sarah why she chose to donate her vehicle to KUNC, she said that the 300 was her husband’s car, and they were both huge fans of KUNC. Her husband loved the car and had passed away a few years ago, and she knew that he would approve of her decision to make a Colorado car donation to KUNC. They had named the Mercedes-Benz 300SEL: “Gottlieb” as in Gottlieb Daimler. Gottlieb Daimler was one of the original founders of Mercedes Benz. He was an engineer and an automotive pioneer.  This is a perfect name for this car.


Purchased in 1996 for $10,000, the car was carefully maintained and garaged.  When donated to KUNC the 300SEL had less than 10,000 miles on it!. Sarah was happy to share this information with me and is glad to know that the vehicle is helping her favorite radio station. She said her car donation was “a win-win.”


We would like to take a moment to thank Sarah for her donation in the memory of her husband. We hope her story inspires others to donate to their favorite charities as well.


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