Wednesday, March 21, 2012

1982 Mercedes 300TD Wagon - An "Incredible Survivor"

Take a look at any movie, TV show or news footage from the 1980s, shot anywhere other than North America or Japan, and you will see the Mercedes-Benz W123 cars everywhere. From 1975 through 1986, Mercedes-Benz built 2.7 million of them. They were available as sedans, coupes and station wagons. They came with gas and diesel engines.

In 1982 Mercedes-Benz was the top selling brand of German luxury cars in the US. They sold roughly 66,000 cars, vs. BMW's 52,000 and Audi's 46,000.

Mercedes-Benz was a big proponent of diesel cars. The W123 station wagon was only available with a diesel engine in North America.

The turbo-diesel engine will run forever (I've seen claims of 500K without a rebuild), but, like most cars from the 1980s and earlier, rust takes its toll on W123 bodies. That's what makes this car so remarkable and desirable...

This is an 86,000 mile car. The seller calls it an "incredible survivor." Based on the pictures, that's not an exaggeration. It's a 3 owner car. It's rust free and looks close to new. The original window sticker and sales invoice are still with it.

I like Mercedes-Benz wagons. Personally, however, I'd like a gasoline powered W124 300TE. But, if a diesel powered W123 wagon is what you're looking for, you'd be hard pressed to find one nicer than this.

The eBay ad had has a ton of good, clear pictures.

Located in Portland, OR, click here to see the eBay listing.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

the new mercedez are the worst cars made. old ones are great thought, especially the old diesel ones. those cars last forever! mercedez and vw are on the bottom for car ratings. for some reason, they just seem to have a bunch of problems. talk to a mechanic about new mercedez, they'll ususally have a few jokes (vw too)