1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

It is amazing what a color can do to a car. You could have identical cars, one with a really desirable color and another with a not-so popular color, and have their values be dramatically different. Today’s car, a 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD for sale in California, is a perfect example of that. Regardless of color, the W123 300TD is no slouch in terms of desirability and people willing to do anything to keep them on the road. But paint it in a color that everyone loves and suddenly you’ll be a little shocked to see what kind of money these can bring on the open market. This 1983 painted in Labrador Blue isn’t a perfect example by any means but that is the appeal of an example like this. You can enjoy it without obsessing over every single thing that might happen to it. But seeing as this is a 300TD and it is in Labrador Blue, how high could the price be?

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1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Earlier this week I looked at a W124 diesel wagon and explained it’s probably as close are you are going to get to a true successor of the legendary W123 estate. Well today we have one of those W123 wagons that truly show how great these vehicles can really be and why they still command the prices they do. This 1983 300TD in Deep Blue with Palomino MB-Tex for sale in California sports only 71,000 miles and is nearly perfect in every way. But bring your check book, because this wagon will cost you dearly.

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Year: 1983
Model: 300TD
Engine: 3.0 liter 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 71,000 mi
Price: $32,000 Buy It Now

1983 Mercedes Benz 300TD turbo diesel station wagon. Code 900 deep blue with palomino MB-Tex interior. 71,200 original miles. Documented one owner California car with service history. The original owner, Mr. Solomon Levy, was a successful nuclear engineer in San Jose, who purchased the car for his wife. This vehicle has always been garaged and highly maintained. This is a numbers-matching, highly-original survivor, presented in a phenomenal color combination. Equipped with the optional rear facing third seat and roof rack cross bars. Much of the original cadmium plating and cosmoline (shipping wax) is still present in the engine bay and undercarriage. A lot of the factory paint markings are still visible on bolt heads. Every system on this car is fully operational; every button does what it should. The engine starts perfectly when cold, transmission is silky smooth, and steering is tight and straight. This is the best turbo diesel W123 wagon currently available for sale in the United States. It would be an excellent addition to a collection. Located Santa Maria, CA. I have gone through this car with a fine tooth comb to make sure it is mechanically sound and cosmetically beautiful. Andrew 805-720-5057

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Taking a really close look at this 300TD, this is probably as close to a showroom car as you are going to get outside of doing a full restoration. Everything is perfect aside for some underside parts that show some normal wear. I think I’m more impressed with the paint on the body and the wheels as it is outstanding for being in sunny California. Bundt wheels are notoriously hard to keep clean and these look like they are brand new which is astonishing for having over 71,000 miles on them. This wagon also has the third row seating option which, in 2017, is far more interesting to look at rather than travel with six or more people.

Now the price tag for the perfect 300TD. Are you ready? It’s $32,000. Yes, I know that is extremely high and you can probably find decent examples for a fourth of this price, but this is what you pay if you want the best. People are more than willing to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for the golden-era Mercedes cars and I don’t think one will be any different. It’s not going to sell tomorrow or next week, but someone with money to burn and strong nostalgia of the 1980s will find this car and have no problem spending over $30,000 on it. This is easily the nicest 300TD I’ve seen come up for sale recently, so if you’ve been waiting for the perfect wagon, this is probably it.

– Andrew

1980 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Few things make more sense to me than a W123 300TD. In my opinion, it’s everything you might ever might need in a vehicle. Durability? This thing will probably outlive the majority of us. Practicality? You can haul enough bricks in it to finally build that brick pizza oven in the backyard you’ve always been dreaming about. Frugality? It gets 25 miles per gallon no matter what you do. Comfortable? The disintegrating horse hair seats will suck you right in with ease. I can go on and on about the wonderful W123 wagon, but you probably already know this. So what are you waiting for? Maybe this 1980 300TD for sale in California is the vehicle that finally makes sense.

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Year: 1980
Model: 300TD
Engine: 3.0 liter 5-cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 233,065 mi
Price: $5,800 Buy It Now

We are offering up a 1980 Mercedes 300TD wagon. One owner blue and yellow California plate car. 233k original miles. Original owner passed away early 2016 and his family is selling the estate.

I am a amateur Mercedes enthusiast but I do know a little bit about Mercedes diesel. I have also had a very well known Mercedes Diesel mechanic look at the car. Engine is unbelievable! No blow by and purrs! Only pump diesel was used in this engine! The only thing we have done to the engine is a oil/filter change. Starts up quickly and runs down the road good. Drives straight and steering wheel is straight. Car is pretty impressive for almost being 40 years old.

Original owner was an electrical engineer and was his own mechanic on this Mercedes. All maintenance was performed by himself. Car has updated climate control which is a very big deal. AC and heat work. Everything seems to work on the car. Vacuum door locks work as well.

Overall my assessment of the car is that it is a true surviving California car. It seems to run and drive like a well taken care of car. I have put over 125 miles on it. While not a lot of miles, I just like to have an idea what I’m offering on eBay for the new owners benefit. Although a used car, I got that typical Mercedes diesel feeling that I could drive the car to New York and back and be fine. If you know these cars then you know how reliable they are. Car is not perfect and shows the appropriate wear of a 233k car. As you can see in the photos, just a nice survivor.

$500 deposit due within 48 hours. Remainder payment due within 5 business days. Shipping is the responsibility of the new owner/purchaser. Please have all finances completed before making a bid/offer. The car is being sold from Sacramento,California in Sacramento county. We have a major airport and you are welcome to fly in and drive home. We aren’t selling a restoration but we are selling a car that you can get in and drive and was well cared for. Ask all questions before bidding please.

This 1980 is one of the two years that the W123 wagon was offered (the other being 1979) with the non-turbocharged OM617 5-cylinder diesel that made just 97 horsepower and 115 foot pound of torque. This isn’t the bright spot of this wagon, but at least it’s not the OM616 out of the 240D because then you’d be better off pushing this W123 down the road. This specific wagon sports the rare 737 Classicweiss (Classic White) paint without a sunroof and even more amazingly has the fix for the notoriously bad automatic climate system. Being in California it’s whole 37-year life, I don’t see any visible rust which is a major plus seeing that’s the only thing that could possibly make me pass on a car like this. One thing I did catch with this car is that it looks like the front passenger door is missing it’s interior panel. These don’t exactly fall off, so I’d be asking questions as exactly what caused that panel not to be there.

Seeing as W123 wagons aren’t getting any cheaper, $5,800 is reasonable for a non-turbo OM617 with over 200,000 miles. It’s all about body condition with these because in my opinion, anything mechanical can be replaced rather easily with a little bit of effort and a little bit more money. I’d be more comfortable with a price under $5,000 because I’ve yet to buy a used Mercedes that didn’t need $500-1,000 no matter how great the previous owner thinks they’ve cared for the car. But overall if you are looking for a long-term that will last you for the long-haul, this 1980 300TD is a strong candidate.

– Andrew

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Euro-Spec Manual

1We’ve posted a few W124 tourings recently, noting the high esteem in which these old wagons are held. A functional and solid mode of transportation for well-to-do families of yesteryear, plenty of these cars have been kept by their original owners well into old age (or passed down to their kids), because people often just can’t bear to part with them. No surprise: like all Mercedes cars from the era, these were built to last forever. This particular example is a 1991 Euro-spec diesel sourced from France. Not only does that make it quite rare  – 300TDs were only ever offered in the US for one year, in 1987 – it also comes equipped with some features not usually seen on US-market cars. And the good news: it’s already here, for sale in Florida.

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1980 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

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The sight of a W123 wagon on the road never fails to bring a smile to my face. It’s a testament to the durability of these cars that they can still be seen today doing exactly what their designers intended forty years ago, chugging along faithfully and reliably, hauling stuff around. We’ve seen nice, well-kept examples fetch between $10K and $20k over the last few years. As a result, a lot of the nicer ones have been snapped up by rich hipsters (it’s not for nothing that many of them have ended up in Brooklyn). That’s a shame because these were always the workhorses of the Mercedes lineup and the hike in their value has put them out of the reach of those who just want a cheap, no-frills hauler.

That makes this particular car, suggested to us by our reader Don, all the more refreshing. While the mileage is low, the car is certainly not mint, and the somewhat tired but perfectly usable condition will help to keep the price of this one on the affordable side.

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1984 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Few cars can wear a quarter of a million miles better than a Mercedes-Benz W123. These cars are world renowned for their durability and timeless style. Being the workhorse of the lineup, good examples of the 300TD are few and far between. Find a good one, however, and you’ll have class, space and reliability in one package. This 300TD for sale in the Mid Atlantic region had a repaint a few years ago, Surf Blue being a hue that fits the personality of this car well. Want something more than your ordinary SUV but with a bit of economy and panache thrown in? Read further…

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1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Like the 1993 Volvo 240 Wagon we featured last week, the Mercedes-Benz W123 estate is a legend due to its durability. The Mercedes-Benz W123 estate was aimed a bit more upmarket than Volvo’s venerable five-door, combining luxury with utility in a package that is still popular amongst the motoring elite to this day. This final year 300TD for sale in California has crossed the 200,000 mark but those familiar with the W123 Mercedes-Benz will realize that kind of distance is trivial for one of the most legendary Mercedes-Benzes of the past 40 years.

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Honorable Mention Roundup

Time for another Honorable Mention Roundup of the cars we just didn’t have a chance to get to this week. In addition to a few reader submissions in this edition, I found a few affordable performance options that caught my eye. Which is the one we should have spent more time on?

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1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD – REVISIT

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I tend to think of Mercedes-Benz’s W123 and W124 as stately, comfortable luxobarges that will run forever but aren’t particularly special. Looking into this 300TD Turbo, those assumptions seem needlessly oversimplified. Did you know that when it came out, the W124 wagon had the lowest drag coefficient of any production car at the time? Neither did I. It also had the 80s double-edged sword of self-leveling suspension, notoriously present in the E28 M5 but almost always replaced in that application. It sounds like the Mercedes version is a little more stout, and this car’s SLS is functioning with zero leaks.

A slippery shell and Benz’s storied 3.0-liter turbodiesel (an engine that could easily outlive a human) combine for decent fuel economy, while the longroof provides great storage and – surprise! – two more seats. Video of two police dumbfounded by a Tesla’s rear-facing trunk seats recently went viral, but these awesome jump seats were popularized in the 80s by Volvo and Mercedes after being a phenomenon in 60s American wagons. The best part of the Benz’s sixth and seventh seats is they fold flat into the floor, giving leg room for the seats or a normal wagon floor when stowed. No SUV or awkward crossover necessary! With 122k miles and all electrical bits working (for now), this is a classy family-style ride. Paul featured this car back in August of this year when it sold for $12,500. Let’s see where this eighties estate winds up this time around.

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1987 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

If there was ever a car that looked more at home on the forecourt of a country club, it was the W124 series Mercedes E-class estate. This was a car synonymous with the well-heeled housewives or those summer jaunts to New England beaches. While utilitarian, this is a rather stately machine. Take it to the local market and you would have no problem finding this 300TD amongst the myriad of vanilla, look-alike SUVs jamming the parking lot. This 300TD for sale in British Columbia is a Canadian market car, but given its age of over 25 years, is legal for US importation.

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