Old warhorse gets put to pasture – joins permanent collection of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum

Our 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D turbo diesel being loaded into the Reynolds-Alberta Museum’s trailer

On Friday, June 29, 2018, our family’s 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300D was loaded into a trailer, to join the permanent automobile collection of the renown Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.

George Yip, my Dad, bought the car new at Lone Star Mercedes-Benz in Calgary in 1983, and the Mercedes has been in the family for some 35 years.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum enclosed trailer

This Mercedes has been a cherished car since it was bought.  It was driven only in summers and was always stored indoors in a heated garage.

Apart from a few trim pieces that have lost their integrity (a wood trim piece under the dash had come adrift and the rear bumper rubber had become dislodged as you can see in the first photo), the car was pristine.

It has original paint, has never been in a collision, has zero body rust, dents or scratches, and all major components (Bilstein gas shocks, brake pads and rotors, etc.) are original.

In its day, the Mercedes was premium luxury car.  Many Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts consider this generation of Mercedes (built from 1976-1985 and called the W123 chassis) to be the best car Mercedes ever built, because it was ‘over-built’ or over-engineered, and because it was mostly a ‘mechanical’ car, lacking electronic components many cars of the era had.  The only electronics on the 300D are the cruise control and automatic climate control.

The 300D, having a unique 3.0-litre 5-cylinder inline  turbo diesel engine, was also peculiar being fitted with a Kugelficsher mechanical fuel injection.  (The 1980s was a time that most auto manufacturers were switching fuel systems from carburetors to fuel injection, and many manufacturers adopted throttle body type fuel injection systems.)

In 2009, Dad turned over stewardship of the Mercedes to me.  Because of his age, he was no longer able to get insurance for the vehicle, but wanted the car kept in the family.

The Mercedes brought a great deal of driving pleasure to Dad and Mom.  They used the car for pleasure trips to visit friends and relatives outside of Alberta, and the car was used for numerous special occasions such as weddings and graduations.

Our family is delighted that visitors to the Reynolds-Alberta Museum will be able to view this automotive treasure for many years to come.



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