Oh the 80s. Where have you gone? What happened to you Mercedes? Greed, that’s what happened.
Call me old, call me a boomer, call me whatever you want but this was my favorite Mercedes ever. I owned one just like it back in the early 2000’s and I miss it dearly. It is slow, it is methodical, it does not handle all that well but it will run and run and run and when you die, it will run some more. This is a testament to what Mercedes quality used to be. This car is built with such pride, such attention to detail, such craftsmanship that to build one like it today would probably cost a million dollars.
Back in the day when this car was made, Mercedes was building cars for life. Meaning, if you bought one of their cars, it would last a lifetime. Oh how things have changed at Mercedes. I am not exactly sure if it was the bean counters, or the economy, or some greedy jerk who decided to mess with the formula but with the introduction of the W124 things started to go downhill. The quality went down, more plastics were introduced, more electronic garbage started to appear and cars started to break down more often. By the mid 2000’s it was not an uncommon scene to see new Mercedes cars stranded on the side of the highway with their rich owners scratching their heads trying to figure out how is it that their 100K purchase just took a shit on them. Over engineered and over complicated for no good reason the new Mercedes cars had trouble getting fixed even by the engineers who designed them. Things have improved at Mercedes slightly but not by much and their reputation for building quality cars such as this W123 is tarnished forever.
The particular car featured here belongs to Goodfella Devin’s dad. He purchased the car brand new in 1984 and babied it ever since. The car has only 79000 original miles and it looks like new. There is still about 300 to 400K miles left it in so it is barely getting broken in. Watch a quick video of this amazing car on our YouTube channel.