Snow Bird: 1984 Mercedes Benz W123 300TD Estate – SOLD!

Aug 2020 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

August 12th Update – A Mercedes W123 300TD listed for under seven large selling in only a few days is further proof great finds priced to sell will not last long!

Among our favorite station wagons to feature are great examples of the Mercedes-Benz W123 300TD Estate such as this silver over blue leather example listed recently on Craigslist in Attleboro, Massachusetts with an asking price of $6,900.   A check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has their W123 priced $900 below the current #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $7,800.

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, in 1981 M-B introduced the famed OM617 inline five cylinder turbo diesel.  This engine is considered to be one of the most reliable engines ever produced with engines often reaching over half a million miles without being rebuilt and is one of the key reasons for Mercedes’ popularity in North America in the 1980s, as it was powerful and reliable compared to other automotive diesels of the time.

Here’s a commercial from 1979 highlighting the Mercedes-Benz 300TD:

This W123 Estate intrigues us as the listing does not provide the total mileage traveled but mentions how this car avoided harsh New England winters by spending winters in Florida.  Based on the pictures provided, this is a great example of a car you can sort out the items needing attention and then be guaranteed to at least get your investment back after several years of enjoyment.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1984 (W123) Mercedes 300TD Wagon
Silver Exterior/Blue Interior. Car spent winters garaged in Florida. Trailered back and forth, the vehicle has been well cared for. Runs and drives great. Interior is in beautiful condition. Pictures dont do it justice, the grain in the texture of the upholstery is still mint. Lower drivers seat could be repadded. Dashboard looks brand new. All windows and manual sunroof work.
Needs some mechanical maintenance, started dripping tranny fluid, needs brakes and a tune up to be perfect. Has some minor surface rust. The corner of the fender and hood has minor damage and the clear coat has some bubbling on the roof.
Serious Inquiries Only.
Delivery available.

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