Mercedes-Benz W123
All models 1976 to 1986
The Essential Buyer's Guide

27th March 2018
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Mercedes-Benz W123

All models 1976 to 1986
The Essential Buyer's Guide

With nearly 2.7 million cars produced, Mercedes’ W123 series was hugely successful. As well as the practical saloon (sedan), Mercedes offered a stylish coupé and a roomy estate (wagon), which was built in-house for the first time. Often considered the marque’s best-engineered cars of all time, they are increasingly sought after as modern classics, yet many are still suitable to drive every day. From the taxi ranks of Germany to the dusty roads of North Africa, many of these cars have led a hard life, and examples in good condition are becoming ever more difficult to find.

This guide will help you learn about the differences between models, and what to look for when buying. What are the true running costs, and what issues – with the mechanicals, body or interior – should you be wary of? Is a restoration worth considering?

This handy guide will take you step-by-step through the process of finding and evaluating a good W123 and making a successful purchase. Essential data and information about clubs and specialists will help you look after and enjoy your W123 today.

Mercedes-Benz W123 by Julian Parish

ISBN: 9781845849269
UPC: 6-36847-04926-3


£12.99, $25 USA

• Covers all models: saloon/sedan, estate/wagon and coupé
• Includes petrol and diesel engines, with four, five and six cylinders
• Will help you decide if the W123 is right for you …
• … and if now is the right time to buy a W123
• Advice on choosing the right version, options and colours
• Comprehensive inspection guide
• Real-world running costs and parts prices
• Will help you determine whether a complete restoration is worthwhile
• Packed with key facts and figures
• Details of independent specialists, clubs and online support

Julian Parish has long been an enthusiast for Mercedes' recent classics. He has worked with independent specialists and Mercedes itself to prepare this guide, his fifth book for Veloce. His other Buyer's Guides include the R129-series Mercedes SL and a translation of the Essential Buyer’s Guide to the Mercedes W124 from German into English. He has also written the popular books “France: The Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts”, and “The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe”. After a career in publishing and international software development, Julian now contributes regularly to magazines including Classic & Sports Car, and translates motoring content from French and German into English. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers.
Place of birth: Southport, England • Hometown: Montfort-l’Amaury • Nearest city: Paris, France

V4926 • Paperback • 19.5x13.9cm • £12.99 • 64 pages • 102 pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845849-26-9 • UPC: 6-36847-04926-3
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