Junkyard Find: 1974 Mercedes-Benz 280C
Since I’ve been haunting self-serve wrecking yards since the early 1980s, I’ve seen some patterns in the average age of various junkyard inhabitants. Detroit cars show up in large numbers after about 10-13 years on the road. Toyotas and Hondas need about 20 years. Off-brand Japanese stuff (e.g., Mitsubishis, Daihatsus, Suzukis) appear in under a decade. 1980s Hyundais started showing up in these yards when they were under five years of age, which is a terribleness record. Mercedes-Benz cars, however… well, the stuff they built in the early-to-middle 1970s is just now appearing in large numbers at U-Wrench-It.
The W114/W115 series ran from 1968 through 1976, and they tended to last for-freaking-ever. Only now am I seeing them in junkyards in anything approaching large numbers; we’ve seen this ’73 220 sedan and this ’73 280C coupe so far in this series.
This one is a rust-free California car, but pretty well used up and not worth restoring. Still, a shame to see it leaving the road.
I though about grabbing this Becker Europa cassette deck and selling it on eBay, but it looked a bit too rough.
At least a few of this car’s parts will live on in other W114s.
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