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  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
  • Image Credit: Murilee Martin
The W114 Mercedes-Benz, which evolved over the decades into the present-day E-Class, sold well in the San Francisco Bay Area. Quite a few examples are only now, after nearly a half-century, reaching the end of their lifespans and showing up in places like this East Bay self-service wrecking yard.



The moss and lichens growing on the body indicates at least a year or two of outdoor storage in a shady, damp spot.



Under the hood, a 2.5-liter overhead-cam straight six generating 146 horsepower. That was sufficient power to get this 3,060-pound luxury sedan moving well enough by 1970 standards.



This amazing MB-Tex seat fabric can survive 47 years without looking worn, despite the harshness of the California sun.



List price on this car was $5,208, which equates to around $32,000 in inflation-adjusted 2017 dollars. That same year, car shoppers could have picked up a monstrously quick Buick GSX for just $4,479, with 360 horsepower and every luxury feature in the GM A-Body universe.



Plenty of pieces have been sold off this car, which means renewed life for W114s still getting the job done on the street.

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