The Mercedes W123 series was the predecessor to the modern E-class sedan and is known as one of the most rugged cars ever built with examples running millions of miles all around the world. A W123 won't win any competitions involving speed or handling, but if you ever need a car to play tortoise to all the other hares, this is it. Expect the engine to outlast just about everything else on the road and the chassis will take an amazing amount of abuse and just keep on ticking. Find this 1981 Mercedes-Benz 230TE W123 offered for $6,000 in San Marcos, CA via craigslist.
In the 2.7 million car production run there were many versions of the W123. This one is the 230TE, a 2.3 liter M102 gasoline inline-4 powered wagon that was rated at 134 horsepower and 148 ft-lbs of torque when new. It was never available in the US market when new, so this will be one of a few opportunities to pick one up. See a better European born longroof for less? firstname.lastname@example.org