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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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Why carry a camera around all of the time? Because you just never know what you might come across — even on a Sunday afternoon in a downtown Buffalo residential neighborhood. That’s where I found this somewhat rare 1986 Mercedes-Benz 300 SDL Turbo a couple of days ago. For those of you not up on your Benz nomenclature, the “300” signifies the 3-liter engine; the “S” indicates M-B’s S-series of luxury sedans, or “Sonderklasse” (special class); the “D” tells you there’s a diesel under the hood — in this case a straight-six, turbocharged (obviously) and producing 143 hp.; while the “L” means this is the stretched, or “longer” version. The series of cars which includes this SDL was known as W126, and was in production from 1979-93. The 300 SDL was built only for model years 1986-87, when a total of 13,830 were built and sold only in North America. The owner tells me his family just took it on a trip to Tennessee, where it performed flawlessly. The interior is larger than some motel rooms I’ve seen so yes, this seems like a great road car!

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know