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1976 Mercedes-Benz D [W123]

1976 Mercedes-Benz [W123] in Smiley's People, TV Series, 1982 IMDB Ep. 4

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: DE

1976 Mercedes-Benz D [W123]

Position 00 21 20 [*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

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dsl SX

2014-01-30 23:18

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Yet another taxi used by Smiley - somewhere around Hamburg and Lübeck
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It must be a diesel because it sounds like one AND there's a great big D on the bootlid. 1st thumb has a long sequence of interior shots looking out to blurry parked cars. I watched it twice to look for ingocars but there were none.

zodiac SE

2014-01-31 10:19

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Those "stripey" headlights where originally a sign of an upmarket W 123, but became standard fittings from somewhere in the early 80's. That was at least in Sweden, I don't know of other markets.

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ingo DE

2014-01-31 12:05

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can we say 300 D with the rectangular headlights and the chrome under the taillights or was that taken for the late 240 D, too? :think:

130rapid PL

2014-01-31 18:01

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It has 1976-1979 seats. :think:

noodles DE

2014-01-31 18:14

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Taxis in Germany were mostly 200 D or 240 D. The 300 D was to expnsive. Will be a late 240 D.
I drove one for 700.000 km.

ingo DE

2014-02-01 18:16

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Is "1976 240 D" really correct? :??: AFAIK back in the first years only the 280 E had the chrome under the taillights!

dsl SX

2014-02-01 18:22

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Diesel soundtrack.

ingo DE

2014-02-01 18:25

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Of course a Diesel, as it's a taxi (an obvious original one), noone used the -terrible thirsty- 280 E (or the worse thirsty 250) as a taxi. So 280 E is wrong here. I just want to point out, that "1976 240 D" is wrong, because it isn't one.
"1980 300 D" would rather fit.

night cub US

2014-02-01 18:31

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130rapid wrote It has 1976-1979 seats. :think:

Are you sure about that? Doesn't seem to have the batwing headrests that were in use until 1979. It has the square headrest starting in 1980.

130rapid PL

2014-02-01 20:53

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night cub wrote Are you sure about that?


Yes, I am. Just look at the front passenger seat on 2rd thumbrial.

dsl SX

2014-02-01 21:02

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So, by elimination, 1976+ 300D as the only possibility???

ingo DE

2014-02-01 21:07

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:think: According Wiki,
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Zunächst gab es, je nach verwendeten Motoren, verschiedene Scheinwerfer: Wagen mit den schwächeren Motoren wurden mit Rundscheinwerfern ausgestattet, auch abfällig „Ochsenaugen“ genannt. Die eleganteren Breitbandhalogenscheinwerfer kennzeichneten die Spitzenmodelle 300 TD Turbodiesel, die 280/280 E und die Coupés. Zu optischen Aufwertungen dieser Modelle zählten auch verchromte Gummilippen unter den Heckleuchten und verchromte Lüftungsgitter vor der Frontscheibe. Im Zuge der Modellpflege zur Serie 3 im September 1982 erhielten alle Modelle die rechteckigen Scheinwerfer, mattschwarze Lüftungsgitter und eine Zierleiste aus Zebranoholz am Armaturenbrett.
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only the 300 TD Turbodiesel had the chrome-trims under the taillights, not the 300 D.

130rapid PL

2014-02-01 21:07

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It's strange car mixing elements used in different years. :think:
I suppose repaired after minor (front / pile-up?) collision.

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