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1986 Mercedes-Benz 300E: Extraordinarily Clean Everyday Merc

Two Mercedes in one day? Come on, TTS, where is the variety? Truth is, this car is nearly the polar opposite to the 450SEL 6.9, at least as far as Mercedes-Benzes go. Where the 6.9 was a super sedan for the elite, the 300E was the “family” Mercedes. With production numbers in the multiple hundreds of thousands, this was basically the Camry or Taurus of the Mercedes lineup – but a much better car than either in my opinion. The W124-series cars were released in Europe in 1985 and made it to American shores for the 1986 model year, making this clean example a first year U.S. market car. There are many Mercedes enthusiasts who count the W124 as the last of the over-engineered Mercedes, at least those that the DIYer has a hope of wrenching on. Find this clean, one-owner example here on Craigslist in Alpharetta, Georgia for $4,390.
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1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D Turbo – Hard to Kill

If you haven’t yet surmised, one of the things we like to talk about at TotallyThatStupid is classic cars we can afford which can be driven on a regular basis. There is perhaps no better embodiment of that than the Mercedes-Benz W123-series sold in the U.S. from 1977-1985. W123s hearken back to the times when Mercedes really lived by their philosophy of “The Best or Nothing” which they are trying to revive today, although J.D. Power ratings might suggest otherwise. Frankly, if I could buy a new W123 today, I would. They offer road feel, handling, comfort, durability, and reliability in a reasonably-sized package, although that reliability is predicated on the owner’s willingness and ability to keep up with a regimented schedule of regular oil changes and valve adjustments. However, since I can’t have a new one, I am forever looking for good old ones. Find this unusual blue 300DT here on Benzworld with an asking price of just $3200.

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