1981 Mercedes-Benz (S123) 300TD
This 1981 Mercedes-Benz (S123) 300TD Estate is a well-cared for classic presenting in a striking period specification. It is powered by a 3.0-litre five-cylinder diesel engine outputting 65kW/172Nm to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Though it featured a large engine for its time, Mercedes-Benz said the S123 records a 9.3L/100km fuel consumption and is favoured for its economy. This example currently shows 249,319km on the odometer since new.
Mercedes-Benzes of the W123 era are famed for their reliability, build quality, and overall luxuriousness, but there are other intangible reasons why they’ve come back in vogue today as a must-have classic. Wagons in particular are highly-sought after as collectors worldwide begin to snap them up at inflated prices. Part of the allure lies within the legendary OM617 engine which was so reliable that many owners ran their cars for more than 1,000,000 kilometres without much maintenance at all. Even then, the high mileage cars were shipped to developing countries in Africa to be used as taxis for additional service.
This well-presented and honest example of the iconic S123 wears its original Mango Green paintwork and the interior is finished with Pebble Beige trim. It’s an all-original car that rides on a set of period correct 14-inch Mercedes Bundt alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli whitewall tyres. Other original items include the Becker cassette radio and factory air conditioning which still works strong to this day.
A four-owner car since new, this 300TD was built in July 1981 and its first owner was Mercedes Benz Trucks in Adelaide. Despite its 250,000km odometer this wagon has enjoyed a high level of care throughout its life which is reflected in the car’s condition today. It was mechanically recommissioned a number of years ago and runs flawlessly, with aspects such as the self-levelling suspension system functioning perfectly.
The Mango Green paintwork is in original and presentable condition today, showing no major signs of damage. Various points around the car’s exterior show some signs of nicks and scratches, though this damage is commensurate with the car’s age. As seen in photos, the front apron shows untidy damage and some rust is found in both front wheel guards. Rust specs are beginning to show underneath some of the windows. All four wheels present in good order and are fitted with tyres that retain a good level of tread depth.
Pebble Beige interior upholstery is described as being in excellent condition and additions such as the original air conditioning and Becker radio cassette function as intended. Most vinyl trim parts present in good order, though there is one small tear in the fabric of the left rear door card. The car retains original carpets as well, which are clean and undamaged. Importantly, the two rear jump seats fold up inside the boot to cater to seven passengers.
The car will be sold with a full suite of service booklets, full tool kit, medical kit, and the wagon-specific safety triangle. An original sales booklet will also be supplied with the sale. It even retains the original registration plates.
This listing is to the best of the sellers knowledge and is not misleading or deceptive in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently registered in South Australia under a club permit and is not transferable. The original SA plates are included in the sale. There are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number.
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