Unique Car Donation: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300 TD

Every month we pick out our favorite car donation to share with our donors. This month a 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD wagon was donated to the American Cancer Society and sold for $2,300 at auction.

The 300TD was the first Mercedes Turbo Diesel in production, and the only vehicle available with automatic transmission at the time. Immediately after its release in 1976, the Mercedes-Benz 300TD was in high demand and subsequently a black market was created in Germany. Those who wanted to buy a brand new 300TD faced a 12 month waiting list. The black market was able to provide slightly used Mercedes to those who did not want to wait, albeit at a premium.

The 1982 300TD is part of the W123 series. This line of vehicles were the most successful that Mercedes manufactured and 2.7 million were sold before they were replaced by the W124 in 1985.

Think this car looks familiar? The Mercedes 300TD was so popular in the U.S that the sedan version was Porky Pig’s car in the Looney Tunes!

The American Cancer Society fights back against cancer through awareness, research and its devotion to cancer patients and those affected by cancer. Raising a dollar is more difficult than making a dollar, that’s why car donation is an important source of revenue for our charity partners.  Events like Relay For Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer raise vital money and awareness for cancer research, and donating your car can do the same. With over 80% of the gross proceeds going back to our charities, we are the number one car donation program in the country.

For more information about the American Caner Society’s Cars for a cure program, click here.

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