Mercedes TD wagon
There's just something special about a lovingly neglected Mercedes-Benz W123 300TD estate wagon that excites us. Perhaps it's the knowledge that we could, at any time, pick one up for a very reasonable sum and drive it across Africa with minimal mechanical modification.
But this … thing … we found on eBay while browsing for reasonably priced W123 wagons (as we are wont to do) hasn't been lovingly neglected.
No, it has been transformed. Only, from the seller's description and images of the front of the Benz, you'd never know it.
It's not until you browse the photo gallery that the truth emerges: This particular W123 estate has been converted into some kind of Teutonic take on the El Camino. Or Ranchero, if you're a Ford guy.
Oddly, the seller never actually mentions the fact that the former wagon now sports a pickup bed. The listing's description mentions that the sheetmetal “needs a sand and a little filler” back by where the cab was welded into existence, but that's it - almost as if this improvised feature is so routine that it doesn't merit specific mention. Or justification.