You would expect this one to be in Jay Leno’s Garage. James Derek Sapienza on what many consider to be the greatest car ever made.
That isn’t to say the W123 was strictly a luxury car. It was offered in a variety of trims, from cloth seats, manual windows, and radio-delete stripper models to leather-trimmed sporty coupes, offering something for nearly everyone. Over the last 40 years, it’s pulled duty as a taxi, police car, ambulance, limousines, rally car, green car, and even post-apocalyptic movie star. If there’s anything more astonishing than that, it’s that thousands of these cars are still being used as daily drivers today.
Mercedes-Benz 123, circa 1976.