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The Mercedes-Benz W114/115 walked so the W123 could run. Maybe not, but you know what I mean. The chassis marked a way forward into real mass production with almost 2,000,000 units built compared to just 620,000 of the previous W110. You had both automatic and manual transmissions paired with handfuls of engine choices over the nine-year production run and that laid the groundwork for one of the most legendary cars in history, the W123.
Today, these are often overlooked as the W123 is a far more livable car in almost every way, but that doesn’t mean they should be totally written off in terms of owning one. Yes, they are slow and you probably aren’t going to be regularly using one in today’s traffic. Still, these are immensely satisfying in a simple way a 1960s Mercedes-Benz product can offer.
It seems like once a year I run across a rather interesting hearse that makes you ask “What do you even do with it now?” An honest question given they only serve one person, but today I have another hearse that seems to go beyond the normal setup and deep into the excess. Let’s check it out.
The desire for the W123 Mercedes-Benz 300TD never really seems to wean. I honestly think a lot of the desire comes from the car looking so good on paper, and then diving in and hoping for the best. Yes, it is tremendously reliable and sturdy in a world of cars built just to outlive the warranty period, but they are not without many sacrifices. They have just enough power not to be a nuisance on the highway, luxury comforts are almost zero, and safety versus any object bigger than it deploys the “hope and pray” strategy rather than airbags. Still, if you are looking for a stylish cruiser that can haul some stuff a day or two a week, it is tough to argue. However, these cars are getting old – very old. The newest example from 1985 is now old enough to run for president and the earliest 1979s models are ready to go to their kid’s college graduations. That doesn’t seem to bother paying truly crazy prices for them however.
Today, we have a non-turbo 1980 up for sale in Florida in the classic shade of English Red. Yes, it sure looks pretty and would look great in a world of earth tone swarming the land, but I’m maybe not so high on this example. Let me explain why.
One thing about Mercedes-Benz brand is that if a vehicle segment exists, they probably make something in it. As a result of that, you can basically buy everything from a GT1 homologation car all the way to a cement trunk. Falling in one of those segments is basic vans that no one bats an eye at in Europe, though they are a real novelty if you see one running around in North America. Today, we have of those with a little twist.
This is a 1984 Mercedes-Benz 207D that was probably built new as a box truck. Somewhere along the line, someone took off the box and added a pair of transporter ramps that you would think would make a great little car hauler truck. You would think. However, I am here to tell you that this cool little truck isn’t hauling anything.
Here is something you don’t see everyday. This is the mighty 1956 Mercedes-Benz Unimog 401. Believe it or not, this is actually the third generation of the Unimog, as the Unimog 2010 ran from 1951 to 1953, and the original Unimog 70200 ran from 1949 to 1951. Powerful speed demons these were not. The 401 we are looking at today utilized the diesel OM 636 VI car engine that was factory rated at 25 horsepower and 75 ft-lb of torque. It had a manual gearbox with six forward gears and two reverse – for all those times you are pulling from both direction. This example up for sale in Belgium actually underwent a restoration and is probably one of the nicest example out there. The price? Not as crazy as you would expect.