Although the general trend of today's automobiles have gone the way of planned obsolescence, there was a time when cars were simply designed and over-engineered to surpass their plotted lifespans. Case in point, the ever enduring Mercedes-Benz W123 240D. For those of you who grew up in '80s Manila, the "123" Benzes were a common sight. And to own and drive one was a status symbol.
When Architect PJ Miranda acquired this particular car, he knew he had a keeper. He is its third owner, but only the second one locally as this car was imported from Germany in 1991. An ex-Minister of Agriculture once owned it. And while the car came to PJ's garage with some tired paint, it was in a mechanically amazing state.