1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

Like a vintage Rolex Submariner or a pair of Persol sunglasses, the Mercedes-Benz W123 is one of those semi-modern classics that exudes good taste. Non-car enthusiasts in the US may view these cars as a bit showy with the Three-Pointed Star atop the grille, but the Mercedes faithful and many other motorists around the world view these cars as a paragon of durability. It’s no coincidence you regularly see these cars still out on the road. Given proper care, they are hard to kill. Over 2.6 million examples were built from 1976 through 1985, with just shy of 200,000 being the T modell, or estate. This 300TDT for sale in Los Angeles is looking sharp in black over palomino MB-Tex, a timeless color combination for an equally timeless vehicle.

Year: 1982
Model: 300TDT
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-5 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 130,600 mi
Price: $15,950 Buy It Now

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Today i am listing a car for a friend of mine. She has no experience with Ebay and I am helping her out. This is a gorgeous 1982 Mercedes 300TD turbo diesel station wagon. It does have the 3 liter, 5 cylinder engine and it has only 130k miles on it. This wagon is black with Palomino color MB-tex interior. The body and the paint are in wonderful condition. There are no dings or dents to speak of and the paint still shines like new. She mostly kept the car garaged and it shows. The interior is very clean as well, as the many pictures will show.

This car has always been very well maintained and no expense was spared. The last 2 years it was serviced at Westside Mercedes Benz in Santa Monica. Some of the work over the last 2 years include: a new fuel-pump, a new power antenna, rear air shocks, engine shocks, ball joints, drag links, tie rods, transmission mounts, motor mounts, flex disc, all filters, rear brakes with discs and pads, valve cover gasket, new vacuum elements, new window seals on all doors, new door seals, new hood pad, convert AC to new freon and AC service. The AC blows cold. She does have the records for all this work. The car is fully serviced and it runs very well. I would not hesitate to take it across country tomorrow. I could not think of anything it needs right now.

It is a wonderful classic car, which you can drive every day and not think twice about it. It still gets 27 mpg of diesel while cruising at 80-90 miles per hour in comfort. With only 130k miles this would be a great car for a collector. This wagon would also be a perfect candidate for Bio diesel conversion. This way you could drive it on vegetable oil or even free waste oil from restaurants. So far it has only been driven on regular diesel, but I was told, it is a very simple conversion. This is a well sorted, 31 year old classic Mercedes and it will be sold “as is”, “where is” and without a warranty. I did upload another 60 pictures and they should describe the car much better than I can. If you have any questions or would like to see this car, please send me a note through eBay and i will get back to you promptly and honestly. Please do have your financing in order and do all your “due diligence” BEFORE placing a bid. I am located in West Los Angeles and either one of us can show the car almost anytime. Thank you for looking at my auction and good luck.

Amongst collectors the Mercedes W123 has made quite a name for itself. It’s rare that you find a car with classic looks and everyday usability such as this, but these sedans, coupes and estates perform admirably in the modern world, even if they lack a bit of pace in comparison to modern diesels. We featured a 1985 300TDT in July with 95,000 miles that sold for $13,000. Pushing $16,000, the seller is no doubt being a bit optimistic, as most W123 estates with similar mileage are averaging between $10,000 and $14,000 currently.

-Paul

John Lennon’s 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

The very first or last of any vehicle run will always garner some attention by hardcore collectors. But what if you had a vehicle that was both the first to be sold in a particular market and owned by a major celebrity. Well, this 1979 is not only the first 300TD estate to be sold in the US, but it was also known to be owned by John Lennon. We’ve seen W123 estates command strong money, but will this particular one bring a big premium given the provenance?

Year: 1979
Model: 300TDT
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-5 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 13,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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John Lennon’s 1979 Diesel Mercedes Benz Station Wagon. Custom designed for John and Yoko. Property of John Lennon at the time of his death. First Mercedes Benz Diesel wagon to be delivered in North America according to Mercedes Benz.

Mercedes Benz 300TD Turbo diesel station wagon has been authenticated by Mercedes Benz. Additional authentication by New York State records of automobile registrations via the VIN number 12319012003809. Originally shipped to the Apple offices 1 West 72nd Street in New York City. The Mercedes was mentioned numerous times in the book “The Last Days of John Lennon.” The memoir was written by Fredric Seaman, John Lennon’s personal assistant at the time of his death.

This Mercedes featured in a television special of ‘Lost and Found’, Episode 53 on December 18, 2000 on The History Channel. John Lennon used the wagon as his personal transportation as well as to transport his guitars and equipment to recording studios such as The Hit Factory and the Record Plant. The car is in excellent condition. The pale pea green original color was professionally repainted to a golden beige, the rims have also been upgraded.

The odometer was stopped at 13,000 when it was put on display at the Legends Museum in Nashville. The car remained on display until 1997 when it was transported to a classic car museum in Toronto, Canada. It is currently in Sarasota, Florida at the Classic Car Museum, where it has been exhibited since 2005.

On Sep-09-13 at 13:28:50 PDT, seller added the following information:
We verified with the Classic Car Museum that the vehicle has been properly maintained and is in good working order.

As we’ve seen with the last few W123 estates we’ve featured, they are typically ranging in the $10,000 to $15,000 range, for a clean one with 150,000 miles or under. Such is the respect these cars get for their durability and engineering crafted into them. The seller of this famous W123 has put the starting bid at $50,000. Ex-Lennon car or not, that is pipe dreaming. Also, if you are going to place an ad for such a significant car on eBay, a greater variety of pictures would certainly help market it to potential bidders.

I’d suspect at most this car might pull somewhere in the $20,000 to $30,000 range to the right collector, but even that figure seems reaching. It will be interesting to see whether someone bites at $50,000 at the last minute, as even at that level, the reserve isn’t met.

-Paul

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

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I think it’s safe to assume that most of us who read GCFSB on a regular basis are familiar with the Mercedes-Benz W123. Almost 30 years since going out of production, you can still regularly spot these machines on the road. They are about as close to an automotive durable good as we’ve ever seen. And while some Mercedes-Benzes may be a bit flash, the W123 is rather stigma free. It’s a simple, reliable, no-nonsense cruiser. None of the range, save for those with the M110 inline-6 engine, were particularly fast, but all were economical and built to stand the test of time. This W123 estate for sale is a final year example of what has become a legend in its own time.

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Year: 1985
Model: 300TDT
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-5 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 95,500 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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For sale is a beautiful 1985 300TDT in very nice condition, inside & out. It is a documented, low mileage car that has never lived in the snow, and thus has “O” rust from the salted roads. This vehicle lived in Texas & Florida before coming to rest in California. I have owned this beauty for less than a year & have driven it very little. I need to thin out my large diesel herd, so I thought I would start with the prettiest one first.

The exterior is beautiful with only the drivers door & fender being repainted at some point(MB 040 paint). There are some door dings & light scratches which do not show in the pics. If you wished, paintless dent removal could have the exterior looking brand new. The rubber, chrome & glass is excellent. The interior is excellent with the leather seats looking almost new, with very little wear. The headliner is excellent with no rips or tears. The carpet is clean & w/o tears, but there is fading in the rear compartment. The dash is perfect, w/o a single crack!

The car starts, runs fine & the trans shifts normally. The only thing I have done to this car is change the oil, & repair some items that were not working or broken. Everything works except the A/C, as it blows warm air. Possibly a new compressor is needed. I’ve tried to give an accurate description, but remember that it is a 28yo auto. Other wear items may need to be replaced over time. Please feel free to contact for any additional info or pics.

PLEASE NO LAME DUCK BIDDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ONLY BID IF YOU HAVE FUNDS IN HAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Today, even W123s closing in on 200,000 miles can command princely sums on the used market, provided they have the right combination of condition and equipment. This 300TDT has spent its years in warm climates and hasn’t even broken 100,000 miles yet, which, in W123 years, you could consider a baby.

We’ve seen a few clean W123 estates pull anywhere between $12,000 and $15,000 as of late. While some people might think that black gives off a bit of that hearse vibe, I like it, especially with the palomino interior. It’s getting harder to find these cars with under 100,000 miles, especially the estate variants, as they are the workhorse of the bunch. I’d suspect this one, given the color combination, condition and mileage will probably bring somewhere close to $15,000, given the current market.

-Paul

Wagon Week: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Estate

Probably one of the most reliable and long lasting cars, the W123 Mercedes-Benz cars are a timeless classic and one of our favorites here at GCFSB. It could be argued that the W123 Mercedes diesels are solely responsible for the North American perception of diesel cars. With only 123 bhp and 181 ft/lbs of torque, these cars weren’t exactly quick, a perception that is strong today. What really sealed the diesel’s fate in the US market was cloud of black smoke that ensued any time these cars were pushed. Despite the popular opinion of these cars as smelly and smoky, those that purchased them saw the true beauty of these cars: their longevity. These cars, much like Steven Seagal, are hard to kill. Their reliability is a thing of legend and it’s not uncommon to see these cars still on the road today with excess of 300K miles.

This beautifully kept blue over tan velour 300TD for sale in Baltimore, Maryland is a great example of Mercedes-Benz build quality and engineering.

Year: 1982
Model: 300TD
Engine: 3.0 liter turbocharged inline five diesel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 80,908 miles
Price: $15,000 Buy It Now

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD on eBay

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Very collectable 1982 Mercedes 300 Turbo Diesel Wagon, 80,300 original miles, 2 owners from new, very well preserved and in perfect running condition.

VIN # WDB12319312010115

This 1982 Mercedes 300D Turbo Diesel Station Wagon is fantastic original example of one of the most iconic Mercedes ever produced and represents an era of cars that will never be seen again. This vehicle was imported to US in 1992 with 18,000 km. Was originally acquired new from a dealer in Southern France in up to the period of import to US was garage kept in Southern Spain. The reason for the low mileage is that the car was only use during the summer months of the year for approximately 10 years but the time that was purchased by the current owner. This is truly a unique circumstance for 30 years old Mercedes of this model type.

The condition of this car is totally original and very well presented. The car shows very few signs of age and has 80,908 miles on the odometer. I believe I am the second owner from new. All of the books, manuals, records, and tools associated with the car since new will be included with the sale. The car has the original equipment as it was sold in Europe and it was just minimum modified to meet the US standards.

This wagon is a collection piece, it is in excellent conditions. It is a turbo diesel with an engine life expectancy of 500,000 miles before a rebuild. This is considered one of Mercedes-Benz’ crowning achievements and one of the most sought after models. There are currently 80,908 original miles on the car, which are very low miles for this wagon. 1985 is the last year this legendary wagon with the cast iron heads were produced by hand out of the Mercedes Benz factory in Stuttgart Germany and it is considered the best year by many collectors. This is a well maintain turbo diesel wagon that can be driven anywhere.

The exterior and interior and in excellent condition. Come with an automatic transmission, cold air-condition, power windows, power locks, roof rack, factory am/fm cassette. You would not believe the attention this car gets this vehicle doesn’t disappoint. This car is well maintained and runs just like it should. It always starts right up and has a nice diesel sound… it picks up to speed very well. The engine runs strong transmission shifts as it should. This car runs and drives great including at highway speeds.

This vehicle is garage kept. Overall, this vehicle’s is very nice, the paint is original and in fair condition, No rust, clean wheel arches. The interior is extra clean. The first aid kit, spare tire and jack are included as well as the manuals and maintenance booklet. It starts immediately, has excellent power and shifts smooth timely and proper. The self-leveling system is fully functional. The brakes work without pulling or pulsations. The power door locks woork perfectly The climate controls are functioning properly with heat and cold A/C. All options work as intended including all windows and has the glow plug heater for extreme climates. Tires are matching Michelins and have 90% tread left. This is an eye catching wonderful riding vehicle. You won’t be sorry.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or reasonable offers. Winning bidder must use PayPal. This vehicle is being sold “As-Is, where is” condition with no warranty, expressed written or implied. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have the vehicle thoroughly inspected before placing a bid.

Buyer is responsible for pickup or shipping of this vehicle. If you wish to have it shipped using a service, we will gladly cooperate. You can locate shippers by doing a search for auto shippers. If you are not sure about something, please ask, will happily answer any and all questions! We reserve the right to cancel bids for excessive negative feedback. We reserve the right to end the listing if the vehicle is no longer available for sale.

This is an amazingly well kept car and could certainly be a great original collector car as well as a solid reliable driver.  The color combination on this car is very attractive and the flawless tan velour interior screams ’80’s amazing. The pricing on this car I feel is right at the top of the mark for this car, but as with any 30 year old car in this condition, it’s rare. So if it’s something that you absolutely have to have, the $15,000 price tag may not be so bad, after all, this can only go up in value.

-Brian

1981 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

Like the E30 BMW 3 series, the Mercedes-Benz W123 is revered as being that car that people would buy if they were still produced. Well, if you missed your first chance around, this three owner 1981 300TD estate might be a good substitute. It may have close to 200,000 miles on it, but has had a slew of work done to it that should all but guarantee it can run another 200,000 miles. This particular W123 is a Euro model with a non-turbocharged version of the OM617 inline five cylinder diesel.

Year: 1981
Model: 300TDT
Engine: 3.0 liter inline five
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 182,000 mi
Price: $18,500

1981 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT on Hemmings Motor News

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1981 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Euro Wagon. Euro Model W123 Wagon; 4-Speed Manual Transmission; 5-Cylinder Diesel (Non-Turbo) ; #568 Signal Red with Palomino Interior; 182,000 Miles; A/C, AM-FM Radio, Manual Sunroof; Hella Trailer Hitch; Excellent Condition and Wonderful Driver; Extensive Service and Repair Records; 3 Owners From New; Clean Car Fax; M-B Data Card, Import Records, Tool Kit And Owner’s Manual; New 195/70 R14 Tires; New Coco Floor Mats. VIN WDB12319010022135.

Recent maintenance, repairs, and restoration work includes: re-build and recovered front seats (MB Tex), complete re-spray in original color, new front and rear shocks, new alternator, complete brake service, re-build shift linkage, new front motor mounts, valve adjustment and new v/c gaskets, oil and filter change, manual transmission service, flush and fill rear differential, charge A/C system, replace rear hydro-neumatic struts and hoses, replace pressure accumulators, flush and re-fill hydraulic system, replace steering gear coupler and filter, flush and re-fill power steering system, replace steering damper, new tie-rod and steering-arm bushings, flush cooling system and install new M-B coolant, replace heater control valve, replace and adjust hood release cable, install new hood pad, replace all wiper blades.

This 300TD has a few things going for it, but the price isn’t one of them. The 4-speed manual gearbox and Euro trim will be a draw for some enthusiasts, but we have seen a few later model 300TDs here at GCFSB that have had less miles and the turbocharged engine sell for less, usually in the $12,000 to $15,000 range. If it could be had for a few thousand less, and you aren’t in a hurry, this could be a handy practical classic that will stand the test of time.

-Paul

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

No discussion about durable goods should go without mention of the Mercedes-Benz W123. For ten years, this model range was the bread and butter of the lineup. Even after almost 30 years since production ceased, this car’s legendary build quality and reliability has built up a sort of cult of personality. The estate model was the workhorse of the lineup, but still had that air of class about it with a touch of simplicity that vintage Mercedes-Benzes pull off so well. This 300TDT for sale in Los Angeles strikes a bit of a German taxi pose in light ivory but has a lot of service left to give with a touch over 150,000 miles.

Year: 1985
Model: 300TDT
Engine: 3.0 five cylinder turbo diesel
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 157,300 mi
Price: $14,950

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT on eBay

Today I am selling my 1985 Mercedes turbo diesel wagon. 1985 was the last year Mercedes built the incredible 123 series wagon. They are known as the over-engineered cars Mercedes built their reputation on. They were made from 1978-1985 and only from 1982-1985 with the turbo charger. By 1982 these cars already had a reputation for being extremely reliable and economical. Now with the added horsepower they also had enough power. My car only has 157k miles on it, which is actually considered low miles for this kind of Mercedes. If you do a search here on eBay, you will find several Mercedes diesel of this vintage with over 400k miles and still running well. If you keep taking care of this kind of Mercedes, they really can last you a lifetime.

This wagon cruises comfortably at 85 miles per hour all day long, while still getting 26 mpg of diesel. It is truly fun to drive in town and on the freeway. It was finished in “light ivory ” (MB color code 623) with Palomino color MB-tex interior. The body and the paint are still in good condition with just minor little dings from 28 years of service. I posted many pictures and you can see, that the body and the paint are still very nice, but not perfect. The interior is very clean as well. There are a couple of hairline cracks in the dashboard, as most of these car have. The wood accents are still very nice, the seats are fine and the carpets are clean. It is a great looking 28 year old car and I get thumbs up whenever I take it out. But the best thing about it is the way it drives. It has been maintained well and it shows.

Just within the last couple of months I replaced the motor mounts, driveshaft axle, fluids and filters, adjusted the valves, installed a new hood pad and new shocks for the rear gate. If you have any questions or if you would like to see the car, please send me a message here through eBay and I will get back to you shortly. I would prefer to sell my car here locally to somebody who could actually come out and see it, but I would also be willing to help with shipping arrangements or an airport pick up. Please do have your funding in order and do all your “due diligence” BEFORE placing a bid. This is a wonderful 28 year old car and it will be sold WITHOUT a warranty “as is” and “where is.” I am located in West Los Angeles and can show the car almost anytime. I did upload many more pictures, so please be patient, if they take some time to load. They can describe this car much better than I can. Thank you for looking at my auction and good luck.

We’ve featured several W123 estates over the past several months and currently the market for examples with 100,000 to 200,000 is ranging roughly from $10,000 to $15,000. As is the case with many cars, final year examples tend to be more desirable as is the case here. While the later style alloy wheels are not correct, they don’t detract too much from the overall package. I’ll always be a fan of the W123 diesels and for those looking to save the environment, what better way to do it than to buy a safe, durable and fuel efficient old Mercedes like this?

-Paul

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

The Mercedes-Benz W123 was one of the most durable vehicles of a generation. Almost 30 years since the last example rolled off the assembly line, there are plenty of these cars still going strong on streets around the world. This white 300TD estate for sale in Cleveland is one of them. Having covered 178,000 miles, it still looks fresh both inside and out, and had a transmission swap to a 4-speed manual. With regular maintenance and a bit of TLC, this is a car that could easily cover another 178,000 miles several times over.

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT on eBay

Beautiful 1983 Mercedes 300TD Touring Estate Wagon! This is a special opportunity to own a very clean 4-speed manual 300TD with only 178k original miles! As you may know, the American 300TD only came in automatic, and the rare gray market 4-speed euro cars bring over $15k on eBay if you are lucky enough to find one. BUT, even if you do have $15k to spend, the euro cars never came with the turbo engine making getting around town painfully slow. Not to mention the city gearing on the euro makes it difficult to do more than 55 on the highway. This car is an American turbo-diesel that was professionally converted to a euro 4-speed manual several years ago, and driven tens of thousands of miles reliably since. This car, in contrast to the euro, actually feels quick, a rare feat for a w123! The turbo paired with the 4-speed manual allow this wagon to zip around town, and the US gearing allows for any speed you could ever dream of going on the highway. (In Chicago, I was following traffic, and looked down to find I was doing 90+mph smoothly at only ~3500 RPM!)

The exterior of this car is in great condition for being nearly 30 years old! You would not believe the attention this car gets around town. The brilliant white paint is deep and glossy. It looks great and gets constant compliments. It has a blue pinstripe painted on at the original selling dealer that accents the interior and was also rust-proofed when new. This one has the factory horizontal roof strips that add to the curb appeal of this classic. All glass is original, every molding and trim piece is present. The jacking points and rocker panels are solid, and the floors are the cleanest we’ve seen.

The interior on this car is equally impressive. It’s actually the cleanest I’ve seen on a 300series. Don’t take my word for it, take a look at the pictures! The seats look brand new, and feel extremely soft, supportve, and comfortable. The headliner is absolutely perfect, as are the visors, pillars, and every other trouble spot. The carpet is extremely clean, door panels look great, even the upper door moldings aren’t all wrinkled up… that never happens. The wood trim is in good shape, as are all of the plastics; the dashboard has a couple hairline cracks. All dashboard lights and gauges work, and it even has the original working Becker radio! New Hirschmann power antenna, a $180 value.

This car was well taken care of and drives like a dream. It always starts right up and idles perfectly. The turbocharged engine runs great, it has a nice diesel sound, and picks up to speed very well. The transmission is in perfect working order, as is the clutch. Being a 4-speed, it doesn’t have vacuum shifting problems of the automatic. As I mentioned, this car is capable of doing 90mph+ if you so desire. The expensive rear hydraulic suspension is also in perfect working order. Good brakes, no pulling or shaking on the highway. The e-Brake is questionable, but the owners manual recommends you leave the 4-speeds in gear anyway. This wagon is also equipped with a tow package including wiring for lights, great for taking a jet ski or fishing boat to the lake, or towing a small utility trailer for weekend chores or your business.

I personally transported this car home several hundred miles, this car was an absolute pleasure. Should you chose to pick up this vehicle yourself, I’m sure you will have quite an incredible drive home with your new vintage Mercedes. I wouldn’t hesitate to drive this car anywhere. I also can get you discounted shpping at our wholesale cost.

As we’ve seen with other W123 estates recently, the going rate for ones with between 100,000 to 200,000 miles in good condition seems to be in the $11,000 to $14,000 range. With the manual gearbox, this could be a detriment or a plus, depending on who gets involved in the bidding. I certainly like the idea of this car. Not only do you get world renowned reliability, but with the turbodiesel engine and 4-speed manual, it makes the most of this engine’s powerband while adding a bit more simplicity to the maintenance scenario.

-Paul

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

Between my fellow contributor Brian and I, we might as well have decided to do a wagon theme week these past few days. Whether Avants, T-modells or Tourings, the two of us are huge fans of cars that combine utility without sacrificing driving pleasure. While the W123 estate wouldn’t be mistaken for anything sporty, these cars are revered across the globe for their durability, comfort and quality. I wound up coming across another one for sale in Los Angeles that is similar in condition and mileage to the last W123 estate we featured on Tuesday.

1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT on eBay

California car, rust free, LOW miles. This classic beauty is in exceptional condition and is ready to be driven anywhere! Please read the description below and take a look at the 70+ photos, as they will truly tell the rest of the story.

This is a very nice wagon. Originally purchased at the “House of Imports” in Buena Park, Ca this wagon has resided in California it’s entire life. It has always been well cared for, which is very apparent by it’s amazing appearance and wonderful driving performance. The RUST FREE body is perfectly straight… there are no noticeable dents or dings. The paint was very nicely refinished and is nearly flawless. The undercarriage is clean, notice even the jackpoints still look great and have not a hint of rust. The moldings, trim etc are all nice as well. The rims are like new, there is not much to critique on the exterior of this car except for a tiny chip on the windshield. There is also a very inconspicuous 3″ long dent on the lower portion of the rear bumper. It is very difficult to detect, except upon close inspection.

The beautiful black interior is outstanding as well, it is hard to believe when you are inside this car that it is 30 years old. Particularly impressive is the carpeting, even after all these years it still looks wonderful. Notice I did not use any floor mats in the photos to hide what might be underneath. The carpet is clean and not faded, it must be the German quality! The seats are excellent as well. The front seats were covered in sheepskin for many years, which is very evident. You will not find a single hole or tear in the upholstery. It does not look like anyone ever even sat in the backseats. The headliner is clean, no holes or tears. The wood trim is beautiful and glossy. Even the window switches hardly show any wear.

The engine compartment is exceptionally clean and dry and has NO LEAKS! The undercarriage is clean. Mechanically, this Mercedes Benz 300TD runs and drives great! It cruises down the highway at 75MPH effortlessly. The engine starts right up, idles and runs smooth and has great power! The transmission shifts sure, timely and properly. Oil pressure is perfect and the engine temperature is always where it should be. I would not hesitate to drive this car across the country tomorrow. All accessories and controls function… including the power windows, door locks, power sunroof power antenna, gauges, etc. The air conditioning works well and blow ice cold! This is a solid car that will serve it’s new owner for years to come.

The W123 estate we featured last Tuesday sold for $14,100. Silver over black is probably one of the most agreeable color combinations for these cars, and this one has the original silver painted alloys unlike the chromed alloys on the blue W123 estate featured earlier. Both cars have similar mileage and are equally well kept, so the asking price of $14,000 is in the ballpark.

-Paul

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

The Mercedes-Benz W123 T-modell could be considered the father of modern “lifestyle” estates. Before this car appeared on the scene, estate vehicles were considered more of a workhorse vehicle and less of an upmarket people mover as many are perceived today. Bruno Sacco, head of design for Mercedes-Benz between 1975 and 1999, did a masterful job of using the W123 as a bridge between the classic and modern eras, with restrained, tasteful styling that is aesthetically pleasing to this day. These five door W123s are among the most revered of the series, and good ones command strong prices. This final year 300TDT for sale in California is rust free, with newer paint and an R134 air conditioning retrofit.

1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT on eBay

This is the last model year of the 123 body 300TD which was one of the most popular production runs. These vehicles are known to be extremely durable, reliable and economical. They have been used as taxi’s all over the world. This particular vehicle is special because of its low mileage along with it being a one owner, rust fee California car. It is in great shape and shoes very little wear considering its age. There are no rips or tears in the upholstery and no cracks in the dash. The interior is extremely clean and well taken care of. The car was re-painted but is the original dark blue color. There are a few minor surface scratches which would not show in pictures along with minor door dings.

Mechanically the car is very sound. The A/C was updated to R134 and blows cold. The brake pads were recently replaced along with a new radiator. Our facility has maintained this vehicle since 2003 when it had 120k miles. We have performed large services, front suspension & steering repairs and air conditioning repairs. Everything this car needed was addressed accordingly. This would be an excellent candidate for a vegetable oil conversion. This is a 27 year old car that will be sold ” as is, where is” and without a warranty.

For many cars, 150,000 miles might signal the end, but for a W123 Mercedes, it means this car is barely broken in. These cars can go half a million miles or more with regular maintenance. Given the mileage and condition of this car, the auction will probably wind up somewhere between $12,000 to $15,000. Only those very low mileage or original examples can bring close to the $20,000 mark or more these days.

-Paul

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT

The W123 needs no introduction on GCFSB. These were Mercedes-Benz’s bread and butter models between 1977 and 1985 and they combined durability, luxury and style like few cars have been able to do. While these cars are known for their ability to rack up hundreds of thousands of miles with little hassle, you can still find clean, lower mileage examples of coupes and sedans from time to time. The estate versions, however, tend to be the workhorse and good quality examples are a bit more tough to source. This particular TDT is one of the best that I’ve come across in recent memory.

1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TDT on eBay

This might be the lowest mileage 123 series Mercedes wagon in the country. There are only 98k well maintained miles on it since new. This gorgeous Mercedes wagon was sold new in Sacramento, CA in 1983. In 2001, when the original owner passed away his widow sold it to the second owner in Orange County, CA. He sold the car to a gentleman from Maine in 2005 and purchased it back from him in 2007. The car still has the original paint on every panel and it still shines like on the first day. It was finished in Taiga Beige (MB color code 684) with palomino color MB-tex interior.

This car was always parked in a garage and it shows. It has never been in any kind of accident and there are dings or dents on it. The body and the paint are in truly amazing condition for an almost 30 year old car. The interior is very clean as well, as the many pictures will show. The carpets are clean, there are no rips or tears in the seats and even the wood panels are in great condition. This car has been very well maintained and i have the books and receipts to show it.

A new transmission was installed in 2009 with 93k miles. Together with the complete 90k mile service and new drive shaft axles this bill came to $3900. The work was done by Silver Star Motors in Escondido, CA. This car shifts and accelerates like a Mercedes diesel with a very low mileage should. There are no strange noises of any kind. It always starts up right away and it is not slow at all. All the instruments work the way they should.

All the windows, the door locks and even the original radio with the power antenna still function well. This car would be perfect for a collector. There are just not that many 123 series wagons with less than 100k miles around anymore. They are often on Ebay with 300k-400k miles and still running well. This wagon would also be a perfect family car for somebody who wants to drive it every day. If you keep maintaining this car like it has been maintained, you should be good for the next 30 years. It would also be a perfect candidate for Bio diesel conversion. This way you could drive it on vegetable oil or even free waste oil from restaurants. I have never tried it, but with gasoline prices where they are today, it sounds like a good idea.

I would prefer to sell this car to somebody local who could actually come out and see it/inspect it BEFORE the auction ends. But I would also try to be helpful with shipping or a airport pick up. All shipping charges would have to be paid by the buyer. This is a wonderful, gorgeous, well maintained and original 30 year old car and it will be sold as is, where is and without a warranty.

The buy it now price of almost $17,000 is serious money for a 30 year old estate with almost 100,000 miles. If it were any other brand of vehicle, it would seem ludicrous. However, like a fine timepiece, with regular maintenance and care, these are cars for a lifetime. Still, it’s a few thousand dollars more than I’d be willing to pay. I’ve seen these sell for more, though, so I’m sure it will find a new home in short order.

-Paul