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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder June 5th – 7th, 2015 at Russo and Steele’s 3rd Annual Newport Beach California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
Introduced in 1975 for 1976 and replacing the outgoing W114 and W115 models, the new mid-size W123-series from Mercedes-Benz was highly popular and in its many individual models, defined the marque through 1985. While a clear case of evolution rather than evolution, the W123 line was relentlessly developed, improved, and refined throughout its production cycle and according to experts, it marked perhaps the ultimate expression of Mercedes’ long-renowned build quality and remains famous for its incredible durability and longevity.
Offered in Coupe, Sedan, and Station Wagon guises, the highly versatile basic W123 design was also available in short-and long-wheelbase chassis form intended for specialized bodywork including ambulances, commercial, and police vehicles. A range of gasoline, Diesel, and Turbodiesel engines provided strong performance, economy, and flexibility to suit a wide range of buyer needs. Limousine builders naturally gravitated to the basic W123 chassis, but eager to preserve its stellar reputation for quality, Mercedes-Benz produced its own factory-built limousines on the Long-Wheelbase (3,425 mm or nearly 135 inches) W123 chassis, in both gasoline-powered 250 (V 123 V 25) and five-cylinder diesel-powered 300D (V 123 D 30) versions from September 1977 through late-1985. While relatively large, roomy, and capable of accommodating up to seven, the factory-built W123 limousines provided excellent drivability, reasonable economy, and Mercedes’ uniquely understated elegance.
Predictably, the vehicles joined the fleets of many of the era’s top celebrities and the business and social elite. Interestingly, the first owner of this exceptional 300D Limousine from 1984 was none other than Charles “Bebe” Rebozzo, a long-time friend and associate of former U.S. President Richard M. Nixon. According to the owner/consignor, the car was used to transport Mr. Nixon around Key Biscayne, Florida during his visits there each winter. Retaining its all-original exterior paint finish and interior including a pair of fold-down jump seats, the 300D remains in remarkably clean and orderly unrestored condition today with the trunk appearing never-used and containing the original spare wheel/tire and tools. In addition to its dependable diesel engine, the 300D is equipped with a new alternator and battery, plus new brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and the air conditioning blows cold. Offered complete with all service records, a guaranteed attention-getter runs very well, with a particularly interesting early history.
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