W123 transitions from beater to classic

The W123 Mercedes has developed a reputation as workhorse the world over, with dilapidated examples still plying their trade as taxis 30-40 years after they rolled off the production line.

But finally a transition is occurring.    The W123 is rightfully being considered more than just a workhorse – cars are being restored, books written about the model and images of war torn countries no longer have multiple 123 taxicabs in the background.     Nice W123’s can still be had for less than AUD$10k and they are good buying at that money – being the last of the chrome bumper Mercedes but still with the ability to be used as an everyday car.    The W123 has eclipsed both of its contemporary S Class stablemates – the W116 (except the 6.9) and the 1st generation W126 – even though they are both arguably better cars.

The beater cars still exist, but are far fewer than 5 years ago.



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