West Coast Classics are proud to present a great daily driving example of this 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300 Turbo Diesel Wagon with an optional 3rd fold down rear seat in its original factory 'Champagne Metallic' color paint and a 'Palomino' color interior, matching hubcaps, original 'Becker Mexico' full radio/cassette, central locking, automatic climate control, power antenna, mechanical hydraulic sliding roof and only 137K believed to be original miles!
Recently and always primarily serviced in recent years at the renown 'Pacific Motors Mercedes-Benz', the independent Mercedes-Benz specialists of Santa Monica, California and owned for many years by the same southern California family until only recently when they sold the car to this family's long time Mercedes mechanic.
The Mercedes-Benz W126 is a now legendary series of flagship vehicles manufactured by Mercedes-Benz until 1991 and was a successor to the earlier W116 series and was offered in a straight six, V8 and the now renown turbo diesel models. The 1981-85 Long Wheel base 300SD, 300TD Wagon and the Short Wheel Base 300D models all boasted the OM617.951 3.0L 5 Cylinder Turbo Diesel engine which is now considered to be one of the most reliable engines ever produced and one of the key reasons for Mercedes popularity around the world today as the ultimate long distance and durable touring car with many models still being used around the globe as taxi cabs boasting many hundreds of thousands of miles on the clock. It is an economical and relatively quick with the turbocharger fitted car and a legendary trouble-free engine. The Mercedes W126 300SD was a US & Canada only import and offered a unique combination of luxury, exclusivity, economy and reliability that could not possibly be matched by any other brand making it the vehicle of choice by countless diplomats, executives and other such entities who recognized the attraction of the worlds first production turbo diesel sedan. These luxurious cars, and especially these rare wagons, still command a strong demand internationally, especially low mileage and well maintained and unabused examples.
This particular model was obviously an always garaged in southern California car by its owners with no rust and no signs of any accidents and it boasts a clean CARFAX report. The car has an older and now somewhat diminished repaint in it's original 'Champagne Metallic' color and the original 'Palomino' interior is beginning to show it's age in places with some minor cracking in the leather and please note that the car does have other age related flaws such as the rear carpet in the cargo area is now worn and somewhat threadbare in spots. The car should be considered as a great daily driver example with very fair miles but needing some TLC. See photos below.
The car drives very well, like a well maintained and serviced Mercedes-Benz Turbo Diesel with only 137K original miles (considered low mileage and very rare for these notoriously hard driven vehicles and virtually just broken in for this legendary engine) and must be seen and driven to be truly appreciated! The engine is extremely strong with no noticeable oil leaks and the temperature always remains cool.
Without a doubt, this is one of the finest cars ever built by Mercedes-Benz, or for that matter any other car manufacturer, and they are now becoming increasingly more desirable and hard to find, especially this ultra desirable TD Wagon version with the fold down 3 rear seat and sunroof - certainly you will look long and hard to find a more durable station wagon available anywhere else!