Mercedes models, which are the classics?

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Chris Martin
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Here's an argument starter; is the Mercedes W123 series a classic yet? Certainly the coupes are, and Martin Buckley recently struggled with his conscience over whether the Estate version, known in MB speak as the T123, was too trendy for him, so I guess that has made the grade. But the regular saloons? I have always had at least one as a daily driver for more than twenty years until my last '84 280E was written off in a flood a few months back. These used to be common enough evrywhere, but are now getting hard to find - good clean solid ones at least. I am going to check over a good looking prospect tomorrow, which made me think of posting a few of my previous cars here.

A very clean one previous owner '82 230E that was my last car in England until I sold it in 2003.

And a previous '84 280E

This was my last 280E that I bought on arrival in Australia eight years ago, bloody good car, went all over the country and never let me down - until the floods........

This was our second car, as a cheap runaround for when we needed two cars, but the paint was shot. I broke it up for spares as it was worth more that way, and the air-con compressor and the hydraulic self-levelling rear suspension went to help the 280SE Crayford Estate restoration. The rest went all over the M-B club and ebay.

More to follow,

Chris M.

 

Chris Martin
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Couldn't go back and edit that, so here's the Crayfod wagon I was trying to post.

I posted some info on this elsewhere, but thought I would stick it in here as it inherited some parts from the 280E above.

Then there's the SLC..........

Mine is the blue 450 on the left. The middle one is one of only three LHD 500 SLCs in Australia, and the silver one on the right is an early 350.

Or reverse that for the front view;

And another in a nice shade of gold.

Chris M.

 

GBt
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Nice Mercs, but none classics.

Chris Martin
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Some real classic Merc's; how about the big fifties 300s.

An early seventies W114 type 250, once common but they did not have great rust protection and it is now hard to find one this clean.

A gorgeous 300SE coupe.

And a rare in RHD, 280SE 3.5 cabriolet.

Chris M. 

 

garydvo
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Always had a soft spot for a 300 6.3 SEL

The money shot:

 

Fantastic car.

Red Pig great race car which ended up testing jet undercarridges in france.