Reliability is engraved into Mercedes tradition, and that all began in 1976 with the release of the Mercedes W123. Big Motoring World reviews the classic Mercedes and the effects it’s had on the brand to present day.
Smooth and muted, the car wasn’t on the flashy side yet still looked stylish and futuristic at the time of release. And if at first the sluggish petrol and diesel engines struggled to sell in the UK, it was upgraded in 1980 to 2.0- and 2.3-litre form. By then, every budding young executive wanted a Mercedes, particularly the iconic W123.
The T-series estate version of the W123 was then released, with a surprising dash of glamour. It quickly became the favourite with gentry and antiques dealers, and to this day is the most practical W123. With space, comfort and dependability on its side, it deals with bumpy roads in a gentle, calm fashion thanks to soft, long travel suspension.
These models were so good, they were still seen driving around the UK regularly up to a decade after they went off production. It also became a favourite back home, with Munich’s taxi drivers adopting the W123 for its ease of maintenance and simplicity. It’s for these reasons that the car ended up in Africa, namely Morocco where it can still be found today.
Many cameo appearances in primetime TV shows such as The Sweeney and The Professionals helped boost the W123’s appeal as the preferred wheels of villains. Even Arthur Daley drove one for a while in Minder. They can still be found around the UK, with a reported 3,500 models on the roads, and they are currently retailing at around £4,000 – a certain bargain for any Mercedes enthusiast.
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