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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mercedes W123 (1975-1986)




They call him "barrel." This car almost unbreakable, wear-resistant, long life, reliable. It is also the largest Mercedes market success, a new chapter in the history of the German brand.

Phenomenal durability of this model quickly appreciated the Polish (and other), taxi drivers, for which a few years ago Mercedes W 123 with a diesel engine meant the perfect car. On our potholed roads, like Swiss cheese "barrel" was able to drive without repair for up to seven hundred thousand kilometers! Not only that - restored the car safely traveled twice as much! Not surprisingly, until recently a corporate taxi drove almost the same Mercedes. To this day, many "taryfiarzy "with tears in his eye recalls his legendary car. Many of them yearn for him after przesiadce much less stylish Daewoo, Hyundai, or Opel.

Equally good evidence immense strength "barrels" were her sporting achievements, including those referenced in the toughest races of the world. Your participation in this is also our Sobiesław, nomen omen, the principle that in 1978, driving a Mercedes with Blazej Krupa took sixth place in theSafari Rally in a killing. In the same year he finished in second place in Rally Around South America. This achievement he repeated in 1979.

It was January 1976, when the previous middle class Mercedes symbols determined in the 114 and the 115 was replaced with an entirely new family of models with the symbol of the 123rd Succeeded by "Pooh," as affectionately called "the 115-tuple" from the very beginning, drew the attention of a rounded, modern for those times silhouettes. Stylistically self referred to the previously produced nearly four years SW 116th class From the day of his release, a "barrel" was loud and not only in Germany. Before the Mercedes saloons queued up, and often the new W 123 had to wait up to several weeks.

The car surprise not only to his very successful figure. Also, its interior was characterized by a good performance and functionality. Mercedes designers emphasized that the design and implementation of the seats, used the medical expertise. "The soft, shapeless seats sometimes have a bad effect on the driver while driving. The reason is simple, they cause unpleasant vibrations - stressed the German engineers. - At first glance, our seats may seem a bit stiff and hard. After a short ride on each grant us the right - including car seats are unparalleled in terms of comfort. "

Mercedes boasted the idea of using a single key that opens all the locks in the car. "No more browsing through his pockets in the dark and moknięciem before entering the vehicle when the hastily looking for the correct key in the whole bunch. WW 123 key matches for the first time "- proclaimed one of the slogans of the car.

"Barrel" offered in the Mercedes characteristic broad and diverse range of engines: the four-cylinder 55-horsepower six-diesel after the 2.8-liter petrol engine with 185 bhp. In contrast to the previous series of the German car brand under the symbol "W 123 hid all models, regardless of price. There was no distinction between cars more expensive and less expensive. The characteristic feature of "barrels" were placed horizontally on front double lamp. By common shade were lower than their fog lights. In the two most expensive models - 280 and 280 E, double, twin round headlights were replaced with rectangular lamps.

The 123 was the first car, the middle class, which uses the ABS system, controlled crumple zone and disc brakes on all wheels. With the abandonment of the traditional first half, much easier to become a collision repair this car. Another innovation was to increase the stiffness of the passenger compartment through the strengthening of the structure of the roof, pillars and doors, and apply the safety steering column, so that during the accident, they do not penetrate the column inside the cab. In the "barrel" was first used the composite indicator and wiper switch - currently one of the Mercedes brand names. Moreover, the "barrel" was the first European car with turbo engine.

According to tradition, the limousines of the series were also available as a chassis with a partial construction. On the basis of manufacturers developed their ambulances, hearses, vans and other vehicles for special applications.In 1977, the offer of the W 123 was updated with three new models. One of them was very successful, interesting style coupe version, also enjoys popularity in the U.S. market. The car quickly became a real collector's rarity. The autumn of 1977 to the family joined in the 123 model marked T. Interestingly, this was the first full-fledged Mercedes station wagon.Previously, this version was offered as a special, produced by independent companies based on the partial body.

Excellent Model T to adopt a huge success crowned Series 123rd For nine years the world has sold more than 2.7 million units sold! This was the result of nearly twice better than its predecessor "barrels" - the 115th precise, let us add that in 1985 the 123 was replaced by a model W 124, affectionately called the "envelope". Although the manufacture of the iconic Mercedes ended twenty years ago, the car still has to be a good taking. At the end of the seventies, the American magazine "Car and Driver," wrote about the "barrel" that "a car never goes out of fashion." Let it be enough for the entire comment ...

At the end - why "barrel"? It is not known. Perhaps because of the slightly convex shape and direction rowkowatych resembling plank?

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