Lot 306 - 1983 Mercedes-Benz 240D Saloon
|Odometer reading||58,588 miles|
|Estimate||£4,500 - £6,000|
|Result||Sold - £4,480|
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. When face lifted, these units became standard across the range. 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 immediately commanded a substantial premium.
This delightful automatic 240D has been in the same family for the last 25 years and can only be described as being in a time-warp condition. Rarely do we see modern cars looked after as this 30 year old diesel 240 has been. The blue paintwork is in excellent order as is the interior, although there is a slight amount of wear on the drivers' seat bolster. The chromework is virtually unmarked and A227 FLY appears to be largely original with no obvious signs of any significant repairs or restoration. The vendor has advised us the car was dry stored for some nine years, prior to his re-commissioning. Our test drive did not disappoint, with the car driving as good as she looks. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 16th July 2015, the odometer reading of 58,588 appears to be correct. The phrase "they don't build them like they used to" applies very much to this car, the wind-up windows confirming this to be a basic, although perfectly functional example.