mercedes 300td


Stylish wagon, Mercedes 300TD, with lots of chrome and alloy wheels.

When introduced (in the US) in 1978 as a 1979 model, its only competition was the Volvo wagon… although the 300TD had independent rear suspension with standard self-levelling.  Third row seats were optional, and came with their own 3-point seat belts.



Recently we headed to Red Rock Canyon to go stargazing and camping. It was quite spectacular and not too far of a drive to see the stars. There were a few scattered clouds crossing by but they just added to the dramatic landscape. We saw several meteors and just laid on our blanket in silence. A wind storm ripped through the desert in the middle of the night and shook the tent pretty good and it didn’t disappear until first light.

I brought a Doomies red velvet whoopie pie for a treat and we cooked up oatmeal and scramble tofu with toast and coffee (the usual) for breakfast.  


1978-1985 Mercedes E-class wagon (S123 variant of the W123).

Standard with rear self-levelling suspension, so that no matter what the payload, the car sat normal, which helped ride and handling.

No tailgate struts to get in the way.  Very clever folding seats that allowed for a completely flat floor.

Cinching mechanism to pull the tailgate down once latched.

Mostly sold as a turbo diesel in the US, but the first ones were normally aspirated, so only 80hp.  Obviously slow either way.  Goes forever.


1983 Mercedes-Benz 300 TD

SOHO — A car outfitted with a bamboo roof-rack was spotted in Manhattan last weekend. The owner or operator of the vehicle, a 1983 model Mercedes-Benz station wagon, could not be located as of press time.

The bamboo appears to have been used to augment chrome rails that sources say would have been installed by the vehicle’s manufacturer, Daimler-Benz of Stuttgart, Germany. Daimler-Benz is a predecessor of Daimler AG.

Do-it-yourself roof-racks are not uncommon, but the use of bamboo would appear to be. It is not known why bamboo was chosen, but it is likely the hardy Asian wood was selected due to its reputation for durability.

The bamboo-equipped car was parked on Broome Street between Broadway and Mercer Street in Soho.