The series was first introduced to the public in January 1976. Its internal designation was 123. The saloon body variant was used for the premiere; in keeping with tradition it had a “W” put in front of it: W 123.

Preparations for production already commenced in summer 1975; in the end, production would run over ten years and bring forth a total of 2,389,140 saloons. The most successful model was the Mercedes-Benz 240 D, of which, in all, 448,986 units were manufactured.

Models
Internal designation
Production period: preproduction to end
Number of units
Saloon
200 D
W 123 D 20
1976 – 1979
378 138
220 D
W 123 D 22
1976 – 1979
56 736
240 D
W 123 D 24
1976 – 1985
448 986
300 D
W 123 D 30
1976 – 1985
324 718
200
W 123 V 20
1976 – 1980
158 772
230
W 123 V 23
1976 – 1980
195 920
250
W 123 V 25
1976 – 1985
114 796
280
W 123 V 28
1975 – 1981
33 206
280 E
W 123 E 28
1975 – 1985
126 004
200 (M 102)
W 123 V 20
1980 – 1985
217 315
230 E
W 123 E 23
1980 – 1985
245 588
300 D Turbodiesel*
W 123 D 30 A
1981 – 1985
75 261
Long-wheelbase saloon
240 D lang
V 123 D 24
1977 – 1985
3 841
300 D lang
V 123 D 30
1977 – 1985
4 679
250 lang
V 123 V 25
1977 – 1985
5 180
Total number of saloons
2 389 140
* Export to North America and Japan

 

Quelle: Daimler AG