2013 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate

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The Wall Street Journal ran a piece last Friday covering the new E63 AMG S Series Estate. More than one friend messaged me over the weekend asking if I read about this new fast five-door. I informed them, however, that a fast estate car is nothing new for Mercedes-Benz. This just happens to be the first one to employ an all-wheel drive system. Still, my remarks were met with confusion, as those who read the article viewed such an estate vehicle as impractical or unattractive. To each their own, but for those jaded by the glut of SUVs on US roads, a V8 monster like this 2013 E63 AMG Estate is just what the doctor ordered.

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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

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

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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

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