– 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280 CE from the W123 series
– delivered to and always registered in Germany
– decomissioned in 2003 and kept in dry storage until recently
– 2.8 litre 6-cylinder engine with 135 kW (185 hp), the largest petrol engine in the W123
– engine revised at 203,000 km
– undercarriage and suspension overhauled
– blue velours interior in good condition, driver’s seat re-upholstered
– period-correct Blaupunkt Freiburg cassette radio installed
– power sunroof, power windows front and rear, centre arm rest, cruise control
– runs on its original “baroque rims”
– German registration documents
– new technical approval upon purchase, ready for registration as a historic vehicle
Rock solid elegance from Germany
The 123 models were the most successful cars Mercedes ever built. In 1980, the W123 even beat rival Volkswagen, having more registrations than the all-time winner VW Golf. The long delivery time of up to three years had an interesting effect: Young used cars cost more than new ones.
The coupé was derived from the sedan and was presented in 1977. Its shorter wheelbase made it look more sturdy and sportive. All coupé models featured broad halogen headlights.
For every 24 limousines, Mercedes produced only one coupé, which is why the C123 was very early considered an eligible classic. Its high production quality makes it a very reliable vehicle, even today. In Germany, Mercedes sold them with four or six cylinder petrol motors, while clients in the US could also choose additional diesel models.