NEW! Award 33: 1975 Mercedes-Benz W123 240D Four-Door Sedan – SOLD!

Feb 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday, NEW Award

September 2020 Update – We’re busy updating our database accurately reflect the status of every car we’ve featured since starting  This W123 Mercedes we first featured in February has since sold.

Mercedes-Benz launched its W123 mid-size sedans in 1975 and from there it didn’t take long for the car to earn a reputation for being virtually indestructible vehicles, particularly the diesel-equipped models where it’s not surprising to come across examples with several hundred thousand miles. The 114K original mile survivor once listed on Criagslist in Sheepshead Bay, New York is off to a good start, however the optimistic asking price of $17,000 is $3,800 higher than the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool #1 “Concours” estimate of $13,200.  A check of results could not find any lot higher than $15,000 and that was for extremely low mileage examples.  Consequently, we’re awarding the seller our latest NEW! (Short for “No Effin Way!”) Award as that is simply too much money.  Unfortunately, the seller clearly communicates he is firm on his optimistic asking price and is in no hurry to sell his 240D, so we predict we’ll be providing an update or two on this car in the coming months.

Mercedes Benz produced its W123 range of cars from November 1975 to January 1986. The W123 models surpassed their W114 predecessor as the most successful Mercedes, selling 2.7 million units before the production ended.  The W123 became a hit with the public due to its modern look. Following the slow build-up during the first year of production to ensure the high and consistent quality, the customers who placed their orders faced a lengthy waiting period of nine to twelve months. A black market emerged for the customers who were willing to pay more for immediate delivery.  Like its predecessors, W123 gained the reputation of being over-engineered, well-built, durable, and reliable. Many taxi companies chose the W123 for this reason, and they were a common sight in Germany often reaching 300,000 miles.

The seller of this 240D makes the dubious claim his W123 has never spent a night outside of a garage an this is the explanation for the excellent original paint. This Mercedes enthusiast also mentions his car is ready for any car show and based on the pictures provided we tend to agree with his assertion.  If you’re willing to pay the seller’s currently high asking price, you’ll have a well sorted and cosmetically excellent example that you can enjoy reliably for years to come.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Mercedes Benz 240D 1975 diesel. Original paint, never spent a night outside-100% garage kept. Working a/c with R12 freon. Ready for car show. I am a Mercedes Benz enthusiast, so I’ve been taking care of the car since I bought it.
Serious inquiries only. I’m not in rush to sell it. I don’t think there’s a second Benz in the same condition for sale on East coast. Firm price.

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