CC Outtake: Mercedes WW 246 – The Anti-Sevilles, Or Real Quality Can’t Be Faked

I just ran out for an errand, and couldn’t resist this pristine daily-driver yellow W123 ( a 300D Turbo Diesel owned by a kid who works in the gas station next door), having Sevilles on the brain this morning. And just as I get ready to click, another W123 rolls into the picture. So here’s the question: what are the odds of my catching two daily-driver Sevilles of a similar vintage in one shot? A trillion to one? Sorry, folks; you may have been impressed with the Seville when you were kids, but at some point we all have to grow up and face the facts: real quality can’t be faked. And quality is a true luxury.

Yes, there are many W123s in Eugene, and we even have several service facilities that specialize in just them. Most have between a quarter and a half-million miles on them. Some more.  But except for a few that will be parted out, the rest will end up back on the road. Are there any similar lots that keep Sevilles with 300,000 miles on them going for their devoted daily-driving fans? The green Seville in today’s CC is the first I’d seen on the streets in all these past five years of shooting cars.

Where did they all come from? California, where the W123 and S-Class Mercedes dominated the luxury car field at the time. Maybe not in actual sales, but anyone who wanted to be seen in a genuine luxury car and could possibly afford one, even a lowly 240D, bought one. Some of them might actually have been happier in an Olds 98 or something, but status trumps all, even if it only has  65 hp. And the W123’s interior went a long way to ameliorating the lack of acceleration. One can perceive luxury in many ways, but being able to actually touch it, and know it’s the real thing goes a long way. And once one has, they’re not likely to accept cheap imitations.