An evergreen Model series 123

It was a success, right from the start: In January 1976, customers were thrilled by the new generation. At the beginning the demand is so high customers are forced to wait up to one year for their new vehicle. The following types were already available during the first year: 200, 230, 250, 280 and 280 E as well as 200 D, 220 D, 240 D and 300 D. In 1977, the Coupé enhanced the range of sedans, as did an extended wheelbase sedan and the station wagon variant. The station wagon became a lifestyle and leisure time vehicle suitable for families. The T in its model designation stands for "Tourism and Transport" and indicates its dual role as a versatile vehicle.

Driving into the future

Progress is a dominant feature of model series 123. Technologically it features many vehicle safety innovations. Consequently, airbags are available as optional equipment from 1982. Aesthetically, its design is eye-catching and based on the appearance of the S-Class model series 116 as well as the SL models R/C 107. For instance, take the headlights designed across the vehicle, rather than vertically arranged lights, featured in predecessor model series.

The ideal carriage

In the 1980s, model series 123 taxis represented the backbone of the individual passenger transport industry. Thanks to this vehicle Mercedes-Benz further enhanced its dominant position within the taxi segment.

Based on tried and tested technology

The technical solutions model series W123 took over from the S-Class include the double wishbone front suspension with zero scrub radius; and many of the engines available at the launch of the model series originated from the predecessor model series W114/W115 (nicknamed "Strich Acht", i.e. dash eight). From 1978 Mercedes-Benz thoroughly revised the engine range of the intermediate range.

The twin circular headlights are a characteristic feature of the model series 123. In addition to the headlights, small halogen fog lights are also installed in the headlight lens.

Long goodbye

A true evergreen: the W 123.

The model series 123 sedan was built until November 1985. Model series 124 had already been launched ten months before. Mercedes-Benz even held back until January 1986 before the company discontinued production of the model series 123 station wagon variant. Between 1975 and 1986 a total of around 2.7 million vehicles were produced. The majority of this figure is accounted for by sedans with normal wheelbase (2,375,440 units). Model series W123 is a particularly successful part of the E-Class heritage. As taxis, the model series remained a prominent feature on our roads for many years after its production had been discontinued.

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