Lumberyard Outtake: 1981-1985 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Turbo Diesel Station Wagon – Qualified, Accomplished, Evergreen

Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon

I’ve got two pictures to tell a story.  That’s all, two little pix.  So this shan’t taketh too much of your precious time.  Pondering this gnarled veteran, we’ve all seen it (or was that perhaps another that looked just like it?).  It might be here in Fort Collins, Colorado, but then again it might just as well be somewhere in Namibia, perhaps parked in Provence, or rampaging around Mongolia.  Paris is a certainty, Tokyo the Stuttgart of the Orient, Baghdad in the bag, Marrakesh might as well be Mainz.  And Beijing, well, in black it fits right in there as well.

Rio de Janeiro, Christchurch, and London’s West End (along with the North, South, East and whatever other Ends there may be) would be familiar stomping grounds as well while conversely new beginnings elsewhere upon a sale would form new friends generations apart, young and old, big and small, rich and poor, in town or across the lands.  In short, and I don’t usually do short, this denizen of the world has been and still is everywhere, seen it all, done even more, and yet is ready for whatever the next challenge might be.

Mercedes-Benz 300TD Wagon

Even if the challenge is just to fit in at the lumberyard in what sometimes seems like Truck Central, USA.  TurboDiesel engine, check!  Trailer hitch, check!  Rack for the ladder, check!  Capable of driving through muddy landscapes, apparently check!  Able to last many hundreds of thousands of miles, check!

But at the end of the day, or week, or season, or year, perhaps it’ll see the business end of a hose and wash mitt and clean up well enough to sparkle under the city lights as it surely did around forty years ago when it was still wearing dealer plates; bright eyed and taking in all the new sights and sounds far from its place of birth.  One car for all things, and all things for one car, in various forms from luxury coupe to family sedan to vacation hauler or workhorse wagon, Mercedes-Benz’s 123 series.  One man’s taxicab is another man’s luxury car is another’s mobile office is yet another’s tool, which in the end may all be the same exact thing to different people on different continents on different days.  Or perhaps even on the same day.