This Mercedes-Benz 250D (w124) blends in with the decor during the week because it is sitting on an unpaved plot of land that serves as a makeshift parking lot for a nearby helicopter factory. On weekends and on holidays, the Mercedes is the only car left in the lot and it becomes immediately evident that it has not moved in many months.
The w124’s license plates have been ripped off so it is hard to decipher its exact provenance but the N sticker on the trunk lid and the half of a plate that is still affixed to the back indicate that it comes from Norway (not Poland as previously reported). How it wound up on the outskirts of Marseille is a mystery.
The other enigma that surrounds this car is the exact model. The emblem has been shaved off the trunk but a look at the fuel filler cap reveals that it’s powered by a diesel-burning engine, and since the speedometer goes up to 200 km/h it is most likely a naturally-aspirated 250D – most entry-level 200Ds were equipped a 180-kilometer speedo, and turbocharged 250Ds and 300Ds (turbo or not) had a speedometer that went up to at least 220 km/h.
Regardless of model or country of origin, this w124 is nearing the end of what looks to have been a rough life.