Detailed Diesel: 1984 Mercedes Benz W123 300TD Estate – Sold?

by | Mar 2022 | Classifinds, Wagon Wednesday

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May 3, 2022, Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

Perception is reality.  The seller of this 1984 Mercedes-Benz W124 300TD Estate originally listed in March 2022 on Craigslist in Boise, Idaho believes their wagon is an “Extremely rare vehicle.” That may be the case in Boise, Idaho, however, long-time followers of Guys With Rides know the diesel-powered W123 Mercedes wagon is one of our most popular station wagons to feature for the simple fact these cars were over-engineered to survive a Zombie Apocolypse.  A prime example is the seller’s nicely detailed silver-over-blue leather car. The highly detailed interior and what appears to be rust-free exterior belie the fact this car has 300,000 miles on the clock. How many cars can you think of with that kind of mileage can be worth more than a few hundred dollars?

Currently offered for $10,000, a check of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the asking price falls between the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) appraisal of $7,800 and the #3 “Good” estimate of  $19,700. We agree with the seller’s assertion their wagon is “priced to sell fast.

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 examples 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.

The Limited Edition Motorcars YouTube Channel features this modern video road test of a 1984 W123 300TD and provides their take on why this car may be the best Mercedes-Benz Ever Built:

Based on the pictures provided, this 1984 Mercedes-Benz W123 300TD Estate appears to be a well-cared-for example of one of the brand’s most coveted models ever.  With a reported 300K original miles, keep in mind on a 38-year-old car averages out to roughly 8,000 miles annually.

Here’s the seller’s description:

“Extremely rare vehicle, mechanically in good condition and is a daily driver, exterior paint shows signs of age, the interior is very clean with small blemishes on the panel, clean title in hand.”

Do you have a W123 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Estate story to share?  If so, comment below and let us know!

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