Mercedes-Benz aficionados argue plenty about which era was the best for classic models, but there’s no denying that the midsize cars of the late 1970s and early 1980s, codenamed W123, are worthy. The era was defined by still standard practice to build vehicles that would stand the test of time, and there’s a reason that W123 sedans, coupes, and wagons are still on the road, and creeping up in value. Find an example in near-showroom condition at Mercedes Motoring in L.A., where proprietor J.G. Francis maintains an impressive inventory of running classics. Snag a W123 for yourself as a second car, or as a fabulous daily driver.
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