Lot 118 - 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280 CE
|Result||Sold - £11,760|
The W 123 compact range of Mercedes-Benz cars, introduced in January 1976 and in production for the next decade, was significantly safer, better equipped and more refined than its predecessors. It became the most successful model to wear the famous 'Three Pointed Star' with more than 2.6 million examples hitting the road before being replaced by the W 124 in 1985. Sold in both four-cylinder (200/230) and six-cylinder (250/280) versions, along with an extensive range of diesels, the W 123 was available in both saloon and estate guises and in keeping with tradition, a stylish two-door coupé was also available. On a shorter (2710mm) wheelbase, the W 123 coupé featured more luxurious interior appointments, power steering as standard and the 280 CE model, with its fuel injected twin-cam 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine, topped out the range. Built in relatively small numbers between 1977 and 1985, the 280 CE offers surprisingly strong performance, together with typical German build quality and safety at an affordable price.
This classic Bracq-designed 280 CE has undergone considerable renovation by Suffolk-based Mercedes-Benz specialist Derek Wells. It has also undergone a re-spray prior to purchase by the vendor. Since then, plug leads, water pump, alternator, distributor cap and front brake pads have all been replaced. With 5,000 trouble-free miles since and offered at no reserve, this represents extremely good value.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.