This 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon was reportedly purchased new by the owner of Mercedes-Benz of Santa Barbara and remained with the family until 2018 when it was purchased by the current owner. The car shows California registration from new and 206k miles on the odometer. Finished in Champagne Metallic (473) over Palomino MB-Tex (154), power is provided by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-five mated to a four-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. Equipment includes a sliding sunroof, automatic climate control, a Becker Europa radio, power windows, central locking, cruise control and self-leveling rear suspension. Recent maintenance includes new brake pads and rotors, rebuilt calipers, new suspension components, a new battery and more. This 1983 300TD is now offered for sale by the current owner in Santa Barbara, California with the original manufacturer’s literature, original window sticker, extensive service history, a clean Carfax report and a clean California title.
The exterior is finished in Champagne Metallic (473) and features chrome trim on the beltline, bumpers and mirrors and chrome roof rails. Exterior equipment includes a sliding sunroof, an automatic antenna, front fog lights with yellow lenses and central locking. The exterior is in good condition and shows no signs of rust or damage. The seller reports previous paintwork which was performed to remediate fading clear coat. The seller also notes that the windshield and molding was replaced under their ownership.
The factory 14” Bundt light-alloy wheels come wrapped in a set of Hankook Kinergy tires measuring 195/70 on all four corners and show 2022 date codes. The wheels show no signs of curb rash or corrosion. Power assisted four-wheel disc brakes are standard equipment along with self-leveling rear suspension. The seller reports recently installing a full set of pads, rotors, brake lines and rebuilt calipers as well as refinishing the wheels. The factory spare can be found mounted below its cover in the cargo area.
The cabin is trimmed in Palomino MB-Tex (154) and features matching velour carpet and a black upper dashboard while Zebrano wood trim lines the center console and dashboard. The wood trim is in good condition with no signs of cracking or fading. Interior amenities include automatic climate control, cruise control, four power windows, a Becker Europa radio, a lockable glove compartment and split-folding second-row seats. The seller notes that the dash shows signs of warping and cracking and that the headliner was recently replaced. Included with the car is the original removable cargo cover.
The four-spoke steering wheel frames analog instrumentation including a 120-mph speedometer, a 6k-rpm tachometer, fuel level, coolant temperature and oil pressure. The six-digit odometer shows just under 206k miles with 4k miles added by the current owner in the past five years.
This S123 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel inline-five which produces 123 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed automatic transmission. Additional maintenance items performed by the seller include new suspension components and a new battery.
This 300TD was reportedly purchased new by the owner of Mercedes-Benz of Santa Barbara and remained with the family until 2018 when it was purchased by the current owner. The Carfax report shows linear mileage updates with no accidents or damage reports appearing. Original literature included with the car consists of the original owners manuals, service and warranty books, the brochure and other miscellaneous items. Extensive service records are included and documented in the photo gallery below. This 1983 300TD Wagon is now offered for sale by the current owner in Santa Barbara, California with the original window sticker, a clean Carfax report and a clean California title in the seller’s name.
A video provided by the seller is viewable below.
The W123 300 Turbodiesel is famed for its reliability known for going many hundreds of thousands of miles often outlasting its chassis. This example had the extreme fortune of spending its entire life in Santa Barbara whose climate excellently preserved the chassis, paint and interior. Without the odometer, many wouldn’t believe this car has ticked over 200k. Extensive service records only add to the car which should prove to prove superbly reliable for its lucky next owner. These engines have become notorious for being able to go 1 million miles with standard maintenance and this one is still young at heart. Photos of the wheel wells and rocker panels prove its condition further and while not one of the lowest mileage examples, this sure could be one of the cleanest! With the value of these diesel wagons climbing, this car looks to be a phenomenal opportunity to own a true gem of Mercedes-Benz history.
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