Lot 216 - 1985 12987 230E
|Odometer reading||26,000 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,504|
Mercedes-Benz introduced the W123 four-door versions in January 1976. While there were some technical similarities to their predecessors, the new models were larger in wheelbase and exterior dimensions. The styling was also updated, although stylistic links with the W114/W115 were maintained. Initially, all models except 280/280E featured quad unequal-size round headlights and the latter large rectangular units. When face lifted these units became standard across the range. All W115 engines were carried over. It is a tribute to the car's instant popularity - and possibly to the caution built into the production schedules - that nine months after its introduction, a black market had developed in Germany for Mercedes-Benz W123's available for immediate delivery. Customers willing to order new cars from their local authorised dealer for the recommended list price faced waiting times in excess of twelve months. Meanwhile, models that were barely used and were available almost immediately commanded a premium over the new price of around DM5000.
This Mercedes-Benz 230E was supplied to Mr. Ronald Rowe of Newton Abbot in February 1985 and since then the car has only been driven for 26,500 miles; the last service was carried out with the odometer reading 24,910 miles on 31st January 1991. Finished in Diamond Blue metallic with black cloth interior, this car spent many years in storage before being purchased by the vendor. In recent years, it has been on display at Mercedes-Benz World and in January 2014 the car was checked throughout by their service department and an MoT issued. This Mercedes-Benz 230E is supplied with the original V5 in the name of Mr. Rowe, the original correspondence and purchase documents; the service and handbook pack with all the books and information leaflets, a file with invoices and the sales colour brochures. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a very low mileage model of one of the most popular Mercedes-Benz's in the World.
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