This 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD shows history in Oklahoma and is currently offered for sale by the selling dealer in Costa Mesa, California. Finished in Ikon Gold Metallic (419) over a Palomino Leather (134) interior, power comes from a 3.0L diesel OM617 inline-five paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. Features include a painted sliding sunroof, automatic climate control, an original head unit, power windows, locks, a power antenna, and functioning SLS. Extensive service ecords are shown in the gallery below and included with the wagon. The odometer shows 142k miles and is noted as functional. This S123 is offered with factory literature, two keys, and a clean California title.
The car is finished in Ikon Gold Metallic (419) and features chrome-accented domestic-spec bumpers and trim, glass headlamps, a painted sliding sunroof, and an electrically adjustable radio antenna. The trim, bumpers, and door handles are reportedly original to the car along with brightwork shown in the photos. No rust is reported by the seller and the paint shows very well with even body panels and original glass. Detailed photos of the body can be seen in the gallery below.
Factory Bundt 14″ alloy wheels have been refinished and are equipped with Cambridge All-Season tires measuring 195/70 on all four corners. Braking is handled by rotors on all four corners.
The cabin features seats upholstered in Palomino Leather (134) with matching door panels, carpets, headliner, and lower dashboard. OEM Palomino floor mats are shown for all four footwells. The steering wheel and upper dashboard are trimmed in Black along with the shift knob and center console trim. Zebrano wood trim accents the dashboard and center console. Equipment includes automatic climate control with R134 converted air conditioning, power windows, and an original Becker head unit. Some wear is shown in the rear carpets around the load space and spare tire cover.
Instrumentation includes a 125-mph speedometer, a 6k-rpm tachometer, and an analog clock. Additional auxiliary gauges include coolant temperature, oil pressure, and fuel level which all function properly. The six-digit odometer shows just under 142k miles.
The 3.0-liter OM617 turbo-diesel inline-five features Bosch fuel injection from the factory. Power was factory rated at 87 horsepower and 127 lb-ft of torque and is sent to the rear wheels via a 722.3 four-speed automatic transmission. Records dating back to 1994 are shown in the gallery below and included with the wagon.
At the time of sale, the odometer shows 142k miles and is noted as functional. This S123 is offered with factory literature, extensive service records, two keys, and a clean California title.
With every OM617-powered car we get, we emphasize just how capable this engine and platform combo is of going the extra mile and in most cases we mean the extra million. While this example is sure to follow suit with thousands of others showing above average clicks on the odometer, it also reminds us how timeless and stylish the S123 can be, especially in a non-standard color. The enthusiasm around these cars is always overwhelming when one becomes available and we hope wherever this one ends up, it will be thoroughly enjoyed over many hundreds of thousands of miles more and cherished as the truly unique and special example it is.
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