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Junkyard Gem: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 280E

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Among the progenitors of all Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and perhaps the most legendary of all Mercedes-Benz, is the W123, sold in the United States from model years 1977 to 1985. The W123 was sturdy yet comfortable, and most of the ones sold here were powered by diesel engines.Today’s junkyard gem This is a hard-to-find gas burner that was found in a Colorado car cemetery a few years ago.

In 1979, American car buyers have vivid memories of: 1973 OPEC oil embargo and experienced gasoline rationing And the further rise in fuel prices after that 1979 Iranian Revolution.At the time, diesel fuel was cheaper and more readily available than gasoline, so most W123 is on sale here Until then, oil burners were either the terrifyingly slow four-cylinder 240 or the frustratingly slow five-cylinder 300. From model year 1981, the turbocharged diesel of the original S-Class W126 was introduced into his W123 for the US market, but his W123 buyers in America in 1979 weren’t satisfied with the slowness of the diesel, or the speed of the petrol. had to choose between gas line.

The buyer of this car made the latter choice, and it was probably wise. Gasoline prices plummeted in the mid-1980s. This is his 2.8 liter (actually he’s 2.746 liters, but he’ll round that up by admitting he has 5 cubic centimeters extra) straight-six rated at 142 horsepower and 149 lb-ft.of 240D 62 horsepower, 300D/300 CDsThis year’s /300TD had 77 horsepower.

From model year 1981 onwards, all new W123s for the US market were diesel-only.

If you wanted an automatic in your 1979 280E for the US market, sorry. The only transmission was a 4-speed automatic. In fact, his new three-pedal Mercedes-Benz, available at American dealerships in 1979, four-on-the-floor.

The interior of this car is quite nice for a 42 year old car in the harsh Colorado climate.

part of it Unbreakable MB-Tex faux leather on your seat. I have never heard of any fabric used in cars that lasts longer than this.

The odometer is just over 115,000 miles, which is ridiculously low. According to W123 standard.

The car had a MSRP of $20,996, about $93,256 at $2023. on the other hand, New 1979 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, was bigger, more powerful, and generally more luxurious, but cost just $14,102 (now $62,635).be 1979 Toyota Cressida Luxury Edition It was priced at just $8,879 (currently $39,437). Back then, if you wanted the quality and prestige of Mercedes-Benz, you had to pay a lot for it.

Mercedes-Benz focused on selling diesel wagons in the US in 1979, so that’s the commercial for this time.

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