There aren't many vintage cars that could serve family duty in any kind of practical way. While we'd still be leery about strapping a child seat into this wagon on the daily, we think it would be a great weekend ice cream cruiser and also provide utility in "real life."
A $10,000 buy it now price isn't cheap, but if the low miles are true, the China Blue paint original, and condition as described it could be well worth it to get into this early-ish 300 wagon.
The seller says that this car came from an estate and has documentation to support the low mileage. It recently completed a 1,000 mile trip to Colorado and back (though we think round trip from Chicago to Colorado would be more than 1,000 miles?) It's offered in Chicago right now, through the seller says it will get driven to Florida in the coming weeks if it doesn't sell. We like that confidence.
Cold AC, working vacuum locks, an uncracked dash, and original paint are getting to be unheard of on these W123's. New rotors and pads are a nice bonus.
We love the China Blue paint and it looks great in photographs. Tan MB Tex on the interior also looks to be in sharp shape and is a perfect compliment to the paint. Yellow fog lights give a great euro look even with the big US bumpers.
The painted hubcaps seem to be the wrong color but we can't say for sure. We dig them anyway.
The automatic is the only slight drawback here as the manual can make the most of the the low power diesel / high weight equation, but it's not a big deal. If anything, the automatic is a selling point for the "practical classic" angle.
This low mileage 300TD seems like it would border on "too nice to drive." That's not really a problem for us. We'd buy this thing and drive it like a Reagan-era proto yuppie and see it we couldn't double the mileage.
Find this wagon on eBay in Chicago, IL.
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