MERCEDES 300td WAGON
Content courtesy of seconddaily.com
All photography by William Brutsch
Owner at time of auction Joe Ottati
I've always been a sucker for station wagons and the mid 80's Mercedes 300's might be my all time favorite. The juxtaposition of American suburban decadence and German over engineeringand build quality is fantastic.
I dig em and this one we are looking at comes via a site called Second Daily. I had a quick email chat with Stephen Jones (not of Sex Pistol's fame) and he gave me the thumbs up to repost. Take a look at the original auction post here:
"Quick history lesson..directly centered within the gas crunch, MB released the first 300 in 1976 as a sedan. An immediate superstar, waiting lists quickly grew as Americans couldn’t get enough of them. Two years later, MB releases the 300TD (aka touring diesel) station wagon. Another two years later in 1980, MB releases the turbo TD and in 1981 the sedan gets the turbo.
By 1985, Mercedes-Benz ceases production for the US after 487,862 300 series examples were made. We estimate that approximately 487,800 of these are still on the road, though in various forms of condition. They are as well-known for reliability and high mileage competence"
Thanks for everything Stephen and congrats on Daily Second! There are so many marriage enders on your site it's not funny!