10k: 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon Turbo

The Mercedes W123 series was the predecessor to the modern  E-class sedan and is known as one of the most rugged cars ever built with examples running millions of miles all around the world.  The US versions came with USDM big bumpers, round sealed beam headlights and US specific emissions requirements.  This 1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TD wagon looks in exemplary condition and is currently for sale on ebay bidding at $9,100 reserve-not-met with 2 days to go (buy-it-now of $14,950), located in Los Angeles, CA.

 The Mercedes W123 was introduced in 1977 as a replacement for the W115 sedan and featured a lineup of inline 4/5/6 engines in gasoline and diesel.  The W123 was available as a coupe, sedan, long wheelbase sedan and touring (wagon) and sold extremely well with more than 6.7 million units distributed world wide before being replaced by the W124 in 1986.

This W123 is powered by the most desirable of W123 power-plants, the venerable OM617a, a 3.0 liter inline 5 cylinder turbocharged diesel engine.  The OM617a puts out 123 horsepower and 181 ft-lbs of torque while returning more than 30 mpg.  While we prefer a manual trans, they are extremely rare on this side of the pond and this example is equipped with a 4 speed automatic slushbox.

The inside of this W123 is in excellent shape and the rugged Mercedes interior looks minty clean.  This car does have 157k miles on the odometer, but this is just getting the beast broken in.  This car has been cleaned and lubed up for the photos, clearly the seller isn’t a novice, and the car looks really clean in the photos.

This example is selling the high side of what the W123 market currently looks like, but its in excellent condition.  Bottom line: we really like the usefulness of the wagon, the luxury of the E-class and we’ve driven many miles in W123s and have never regretted a minute of it. They were blessed by Stuttgart with some of the most comfortable seats ever put into an automobile.

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