1982 Mercedes-Benz C123 280CE

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  • Smart C123 in desirable specification 
  • Thick history file with lots of maintenance 
  • Older restoration in tidy condition 
  • Stylish and usable four seater pillarless coupe 

The Appeal 

The C123 was something compelling and clever: a sleek and stylish pillarless coupe imbued with all the Teutonic qualities of Mercedes-Benz. 
Of the multifold engines available the top 280CE with the M110 six cylinder was the one to have because it delivered the oomph to match the quality and luxury. C123s remain popular with collectors but their sheer usability means they rarely come to market in the condition of this one. 
It is a well maintained and specified car with tasteful black over beige trim. The bodywork appears to have been restored a few years ago and the car has covered just 3,000 miles since. Well preserved and useful recently registered as a Historic Vehicle - so tax, MOT and ULEZ exempt - this is a great opportunity to discover one of the perennial W123 range’s finest cars. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 1st January 1982 
  • 11 registered keepers 
  • Current keeper acquired car on 28th January 2021
  • Previously recorded as grey which was changed on 19th January 2007
  • Factory records confirm this car left the factory Anthracite Grey (code 172O)
  • MOT records show just 3,000 miles covered since that work in 2007 
  • Lots of history from cars early days including many main dealer invoices
  • Large quantity of handwritten and printed MOTs to verify mileage 
  • MOT records show sparing use since 2007 when the colour was changed 
  • MOT, tax and ULEZ exempt by age since April 2023
  • Last MOT expired 14th April 2023 with 132,682 miles on test and no advisories 
  • 2 sets of keys 
  • Factory handbooks 
  • Workshop manuals including Haynes manual 
  • Please note that the displayed black and silver plates are not road legal 
  • Black and silver plates can only be displayed by cars built prior to 1st January 1980 


The Condition

  • Smart car with desirable factory options including ‘Mexican Hat/’ 15 hole alloys
  • Repainted in black in 2007 and originally Anthracite Grey 
  • Paintwork presents well with good bodywork and panel fit visible in photographs 
  • Underside in similar order with no structural advisories on last MOT 
  • Tidy interior finished in factory-correct beige fabric 
  • Few signs of wear across interior with only minor points to note in photographs 
  • Veneers in good order with light marks to note to centre console 
  • High factory specification including electric steel sunroof, cruise control and front and rear headrests
  • Fitted with electric windows front and rear and Blaupunkt radio cassette system 

The Mechanics 

  • 2,746cc M110 straight six cylinder engine 
  • 4spd automatic gearbox 
  • Exhaust system appears to have been recently fitted
  • Good history file with lots of receipts through car’s long history 
  • No reported running or driving mechanical issues 


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1981
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 280
  • Colour Black
  • Odometer 132,703 Miles
  • Engine size 2746
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Cardiff
  • Location Wales
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
46 bids
  • sa•••• £10,750 22/04/24
  • el•••• £10,500 22/04/24
  • sa•••• £10,250 22/04/24
  • el•••• £10,000 22/04/24
  • sa•••• £9,900 22/04/24
  • el•••• £9,800 22/04/24
  • sa•••• £9,600 22/04/24
  • el•••• £9,500 22/04/24
  • sa•••• £9,400 22/04/24
  • el•••• £9,250 22/04/24
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