Slow Ride: 1979 Mercedes-Benz W123 300TD Station Wagon- SOLD!

May 2020 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

Update: This one got away, but if you have your heart set on something similar, email us the details of what you’re looking for or call Rudy directly at (908)295-7330

June 30th Update – While updating our database for our latest Wagon Wednesday feature, we confirmed the listing for this Mercedes Estate expired.  With no replacement ad to be found, we’re calling this wagon “Sold!”

Many consider the Mercedes Benz W123 line of cars produced from 1976 through 1986 to be among the best built, most reliable cars ever made.  Unfortunately, pre-turbocharged, 77 horsepower diesel S123 station wagon versions such as this Ivory over Palomino leather example currently listed recently on Craigslist in New York, New York (Manhattan) combined with a shorter 2.88:1 rear end ratio may be among the slowest.  Willing to only accept the best offer over $20,000, using the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a Guide, the current caretaker since 2012 has his Estate priced somewhere between the #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $31,100 and the #3 “Good” estimate of $13,500.

Mercedes produced the W123 series of full-size cars for model years 1976 through 1986.  The W123 models replaced the W114 range and surpassed that series to become the most successful Benz ever with nearly three million over its ten-year production run.  The wagon version of this line, the S123, was the first factory-built Mercedes-Benz estate as previous versions were custom-built by external coachbuilders, such as Binz. While early versions of the S123 featured a non-turbo four-cylinder diesel, American consumers were not sold on the idea of a heavy wagon with only 77 hp.  Consequently, these earlier models are much rarer than the later editions equipped with the five-cylinder turbo-diesel power plant.

Here’s a Mercedes Benz commercial we came across from 1979 touting the availability of a station wagon in the U.S.:

With the seller boldly stating his 300TD wagon “needs nothing”, this rust free wagon originally from California appears to be in excellent condition.  Strangely, the seller indicates “no test drives.”  Perhaps that’s because he’s located in Manhattan.  If that’s the case and despite the seller indicating he can provide receipts for all of the work completed, we recommend getting a pre-purchase inspection on this car.  If the seller hesitates about allowing a PPI, walk away from the sale.  Otherwise, you’ll likely be buying a very fine, albeit very slow, 300TD that has a good chance of outlasting just about anything.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Hello,

here is for sale an (almost) perfect 300TD (Non-Turbo).
Original California car.
Everything works, AC has been completely rebuilt.
2.88 Differential was installed to obtain a quieter highway ride.
7 passengers with 3rd row seat.
Ivory color with Palomino interiors (like the famous John Lennon car). All seat covers and carpets have been installed new, 5 Michelin Defender installed less than 500 miles ago.
Hubcaps in the same color of the body.
Needs nothing.
I have owned the car since 2012. All works performed on the car are documented.

Serious inquiries only. Best offer above $20,000.00 takes the car.
No test drive. No haters please, no time for that.
Please contact me by email only so we can discuss about details shall you be interested in the vehicle.

Thank you,
T

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