1989 Mercedes-Benz 300 TE station wagon

The most-manufactured and arguably the most famous Mercedes-Benz car of all time was the W123 proto-E-Class, with almost 3 million made throughout its 1976-1986 output run and several examples attaining spectacular odometer numbers. The natural way, the W123 could be ordered in wagon variety, and these longroofs are worshiped by an adoring cult of Stuttgart aficionados. How could Daimler-Benz have followed that act? By creating a sleeker, quieter, safer, and normally extra sophisticated E-Class, of system: the W124. The first Mercedes-Benz to get the official E-Course designation (really a even though right after its introduction for the 1985 model year), the W124 stayed in manufacturing until 1997. The wagon versions continue being a great deal-sought-right after a quarter-century afterwards and are therefore difficult to discover in car graveyards, but I managed to find this used-up example with just more than 225,000 miles in a San Francisco Bay Place yard.

In 1989, Us residents could invest in the W124 in sedan, coupe, and wagon variety, all with the 3.-liter straight-six engine. This vehicle had an MSRP of $48,210 (about $114,455 in 2022 dollars), or about 3 periods as a great deal as a new Oldsmobile Tailor made Cruiser.

Mercedes-Benz shoppers in other places experienced a great deal of engines to opt for from in their ’89 W124 wagons (like 4-bangers and diesels), but Americans had just this: the M103 gasoline-fueled a few-liter and its respectable 177 horses.

People could get their W124s with five-pace manuals through the 1st couple of product many years, but by 1989 the computerized was necessary gear below. I was extremely thrilled when I observed a discarded W124 coupe with 3 pedals a whilst back again, but it turned out to be a grey-marketplace European import.

Cars in coastal California are likely to rust from the best down, as the harsh sunlight eats absent at the paint and then the moist winters and foggy mornings preserve areas all around trim attachment points damp. If the motor vehicle parks around the ocean, some authentic horror-demonstrate corrosion can choose spot. I assume this car or truck invested much of its life parked quite near to the Pacific.

The inside in this one however seems awesome, if you ignore the injury brought about by junkyard shoppers. My guess is that the physique rust coupled with some high-priced mechanical failure doomed it to this fate.

You can however acquire a new E-Course wagon these days, but the clock is ticking.