The W123 generation Mercedes-Benz (1976-1985) was the successor to the classic W114/W115 E-Class which can trace its executive class lineage all the way back to the 1935 W136 generation in a little 4-cylinder powered car called the Mercedes-Benz 170V. Somehow the W123 managed to pay homage to its predecessor while simultaneously being better in just about every conceivable way. Find this 1983 Mercedes 300D offered for $6,500 in Phoenix, AZ via craigslist. Submission from Type44.
Craigslist is filled with W123s that have a half a million miles and countless issues, but this one has only 191k on the chassis and 90k on a factory new engine installed in 1992. This puts it as one of the lower mile W123s you'll find for this price range.
This W123 is powered by the most desirable of W123 powerplants, the
venerable OM617a, a 3.0 liter inline 5 cylinder turbocharged diesel
engine. The OM617a puts out 123 horsepower and 181 ft-lbs of torque
while returning more than 30 mpg. While the sporting enthusiast inside wants the 4-speed manual, this Henna MB Tex example uses the auto, which will be fine for 99% of the time.
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