1985 Mercedes-Benz 280CE (C123)

Highlights

The Appeal


When asked to name the toughest car of all time, most people are likely to consider the  Mercedes-Benz W123. Beautifully engineered, built like a bank vault and styled by the great Bruno Sacco, they became synonymous with longevity and many 123 saloons clocking up well in excess of half a million miles as taxicabs.

This 1985 280CE is barely run in at 150,404 miles and has been restored to a very high standard. Its pillarless coupe draws your attention, characterised by its sleek lines and elegant Mercedes-Benz Nautic Blue paintwork.

It makes a strong statement with superior comfort, performance, and timeless style. Offered with a year's advisory-free MOT and apparent full-service history, this 280CE is ready to be driven and enjoyed.




History and paperwork 

  • The car has a current MOT
  • Indicated mileage of 150,404 miles
  • Extensive restoration works have been conducted and documented
  • Complete service history excellently maintained with comprehensive records available


The Interior

  • Impeccably presented throughout
  • Stunning beige leather interior recently fitted by renowned specialists D Class
  • Zebrano woodwork in excellent overall condition
  • No modifications evident to the dashboard
  • Barely any wear to the upholstery
  • Modern DIN stereo courtesy of Continental
  • No signs of UV damage to the dash top or plastics
  • We understand all the cabin electrics to be in good working order
  • Original controls and switchgear displaying minimal wear




The Exterior

  • The bodywork is in excellent condition with straight panels which fit well
  • Strikingly beautiful Mercedes-Benz Nautic Blue paintwork
  • A marvellous example of the always desirable pillarless coupe design
  • Restored to a very high standard and well-preserved ever since
  • All the trim looks to be in excellent order
  • OEM 'Mexican hat' wheels in lovely order
  • Hankook tyres
  • The glass and light lenses present very well




The Mechanics

  • 2.8-litre inline-six petrol engine
  • Automatic gearbox
  • The mechanical condition is reportedly excellent and supported by a comprehensive service history
  • All presents immensely well under the bonnet




Summary 


Tastefully blending elegance, luxury, and dependability, this 280CE is worthy of any collection. A delightful pillarless coupé in a perfect colour combination, with excellent paintwork, an exquisite beige leather interior, and excellent mechanical condition, it presents a fantastic opportunity for any classic car enthusiast.


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Auction Details
  • Year 1985
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 280 280 CE
  • Colour Blue
  • Mileage 150,404 Miles
  • Engine size 2800
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Tonbridge
  • County Kent
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
20 Bids
  • ma•••• £17,000 20/10/23
  • rr•••• £16,750 20/10/23
  • ma•••• £16,500 20/10/23
  • jo•••• £16,000 20/10/23
  • ma•••• £15,500 20/10/23
  • jo•••• £15,000 20/10/23
  • ma•••• £14,500 20/10/23
  • jo•••• £13,700 20/10/23
  • ma•••• £13,200 20/10/23
  • jo•••• £12,900 20/10/23

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