Lot 261 - 1985 Mercedes-Benz 230 CE Pillarless Coupé
|Odometer reading||124,000 miles|
|Estimate||£5,000 - £8,000|
|Result||Sold - £6,720|
The W123 Series surpassed the W114 model range as the most successful Mercedes-Benz ever, selling 2.7 million cars between 1975 and 1986. Models included four-door saloons, coupés and, for the first time, estates.
The coupé, featuring a shorter wheelbase than the standard saloon, was introduced in Spring 1976. Electronic fuel injected engines were introduced in 1980 making the cars faster and more reliable with all cars fitted with power steering from 1982. Build quality set new standards at the time in its class and the W123 compounded the reputation of Mercedes-Benz for engineering advancement and design. The coupés were sleek and elegant with many high profile personalities choosing to own one. In the UK, prices were high but this did not prevent the range, in all forms, from being extremely successful.
C286 BYF was purchased by Dr. Flint of Petworth in Sussex from Puttocks Ltd. Mercedes-Benz, Guildford for £15,995 in February 1987 when the car was 18 months old. He has since used the car sparingly for 29 years, the V5 showing a single owner before him. Age and illness has cause Dr. Flint to now retire from driving but the car reflects great care whilst in his tenure with Puttocks Ltd/Charterhouse being the service agents ever since. The specialist mechanic from Puttocks having continued to look after the car throughout Dr. Flint's ownership to this day.
Finished in Pajett Red with light brown cloth, the car was specified with a four-speed automatic gearbox, centre armrest, electric windows and mirror, electric sliding sunroof, alloy wheels and luggage nets for the backs of the front seats. The car presents beautifully with good lustre to the paintwork and blemish free chromework. Inside, the headlining looks virtually perfect and the seats are showing no meaningful signs of wear or use, not even the drivers upright bolster which commonly suffers. The low mileage is supported by the 22 stamped entries in the original service book and the condition of the car is reflective of its gentle ownership. The original toolkit remains within its cloth wrap, warning triangle and first-aid kit are also present and correct. A very attractive example of one of the most elegant and refined W123's of the period and complete with a fresh MoT test certificate.
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