This is as close to an indestructible car as ever there was. It’s a 1982 Mercedes Benz 300D, a stolid cruiser, built on the legendary W123 platform. The diesel motor is good for a million or more miles and the body, if minimally cared for, should last into the next century. Its proud owner is Viviane who has named it “Ms Evelyn.” She has no qualms about driving it back and forth from deep in the heart of Texas to Northern California two, or more, times per year Ms Evelyn is as stock as possible; the original upholstery is intact, the snappy body color wheel covers and trim rings are clean as a whistle and that period-correct roof rack is nice utilitarian touch.
Since these workhorses seem to last forever, it’s likely there’s one lurking right around the corner from you. We encountered Ms Evelyn in Las Vegas but this one, in a soothing shade of hellblau, was parked just steps away from FeralCars.com headquarters. And, as if to prove the point we’re trying to make about their ubiquity and stamina, we snapped a shot of a dunkelblau example that zipped by just a second or two later.
These long-lasting MBZ diesels also come in a large economy size as with this 300 SD from the middle 1980s that was built on the S Class W126 platform. Note the biodiesel sticker in the back window. This goes a long way to explain why this dreadnaught exudes a nice aroma that brings to mind county fair fare found at you-name-it-we’ll-fry-it stands that warrant an extra dose of Lipitor®.
Diesels are, typically, harder to start when it’s cold but this video of a 300 SD starting without problem on a 16ºF (-7ºC) morning after standing all night sounds a clattering note of reassurance.
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