This is the car that made the station wagon a trend car for modern familiars. Before it appeared in 1978 (and a while after that as well), station wagons were typically used as commercial cars by people that needed to carry tools and materials with them. That was changed by the Mercedes 280 TE! It came with an in-line six cylinder engine and 185 hp and reached almost 200 km/h (120 mph). It wasn’t designed for commercial heavy duties but for wealthy families.
And while the 280 TE certainly wasn’t cheap in 1978, it has been a good investment over the last years.
Just look at how it’s market value has evolved recently:
But the fascination isn’t limited to the 280 TE. Another fascinating one: The Mercedes 300 TD Turbo Diesel. Robust, reliable, and still somewhat powerful – when it was launched in 1980, it was Europe’s fastest diesel sedan!
Mercedes 280 TE or 300 TDT – simply pick the one of your choice and enjoy ?