MercedesBenz W123

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Mercedes-Benz V 230 TD W638

Mercedes-Benz W123

W123 is the chassis-designation Mercedes-Benz used for executive line of cars, between 1976 and 1985.


Model history

300CD Turbodiesel coupe

Mercedes-Benz introduced the W123 versions in January, 1976. [ 3 ] there were some similarities to their predecessors, the new were larger in wheelbase and dimensions. The styling was also although stylistic links the W115 were maintained. all models except 280/280E quad unequal-size round and the latter large rectangular When facelifted these became standard across the All W115 engines were over, with the 3 litre diesel model being from 240D 3.0 to 300D (as it had been called before in American markets). The only new was the 250’s 2525 cc inline-six M123, a short-stroke version of the 2.8 six Type M110) that the old 2496 cc Type M114

In the spring of 1976, a coupé was introduced on a shorter wheelbase the saloon (2,710 mm (106.7 in) 2,795 mm (110.0 in)) for the This W123C/CE was available as a (later 230CE) and as a 280C/CE in markets; in North America were additional 300CD with naturally aspirated, turbocharged 3 litre diesel

It is a tribute to the car’s instant – and possibly to the caution built the production schedules – that months after its introduction, a market had developed in Germany for W123s available for immediate [ 4 ] Customers willing to order new from their local dealer for the recommended list faced waiting times in of twelve months. [ 4 ] Models were barely used and available almost immediately a premium over the new price of DM 5,000. [ 4 ]

From August, 1977, versions (3,425 mm (134.8 were produced. These available as 7/8 seater saloons works bodies or as a chassis complete front body the latter serving as the base for and hearse bodies by external like Binz or Miesen . Lang versions could be as 240D, 300D and 250 models.

At the Auto Show in September, the W123T estate was introduced; the T in the designation stood for Touring and All engines derivative except were available in the range. T began in March, 1978 in Bremen factory.

In early 1979, the diesel power output was increased; rose from 55 PS (40 kW; 54 hp) to 60 PS (44 kW; 59 hp) in the 200D, 65 PS (48 kW; 64 hp) to 72 PS (53 kW; 71 hp) in the 240D and from 80 PS (59 kW; 79 hp) to 88 PS (65 kW; 87 hp) in the 300D; at the time, the 220D went out of

The first Mercedes turbo production W123 appeared in 1979. This was the 300 TD Turbodiesel, with automatic transmission In most markets, the turbocharged 3 litre diesel engine OM617) was offered only in the T style, while in North it was also available in saloon and guises.

Mercedes-Benz V 230 TD W638

June 1980 saw the introduction of new petrol engines (Type A new 2 litre four with stroke replaced the old M115, a 2.3 litre version of this (in 230E/TE/CE) the old carbureted 230. engines were more than their predecessors.

In the carbureted 280 versions went out of the fuel-injected 280E continued to be

In September, 1982, all models a mild facelift. The rectangular previously fitted only to the were standardized across the as was power steering. Since 1982, an optional 5-speed transmission was available in all models 300 TD).

W123 production ended in 1986 with 63 T-models out. Most popular models were the 240D built), the 230E (442,000 and the 200D (378,000 built).

introduced innovations including ABS from August, 1980), a steering column and an airbag for the (optional from 1982).

options included MB-Tex Texturized Punctured Vinyl) or velour or leather upholstery, wood trim, passenger exterior mirror (standard on T 5-speed manual transmission market only), 4-speed transmission (standard in turbodiesel power windows with switch cut-outs, vacuum central locking, rear-facing seats (station wagon Standheizung (prestart timer engine heating), self differential, sun roof, air conditioning, control, Alpine horn quieter horn), headlamp (European market only), (cruise control), power (standard after 1982/08), heating, catalytic converter from 1984 for California from fall (autumn) also in Germany for the 230E of one thousand were built).

Power (vacuum servo) disc brakes were on all W123s.

Models (except America and Japan)

Mercedes-Benz V 230 TD W638
Mercedes-Benz V 230 TD W638
Mercedes-Benz V 230 TD W638


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