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1985 Mercedes-Benz C123 280CE


  • Sought-after 280CE in Smoke Silver 
  • Recent recommissioning by leading marque specialist 
  • Comprehensive service history 
  • Long term current keeper 
  • MOT to April 2025 with no advisories
  • Qualifies as Historic Vehicle from April 2026 

The Appeal 

Transforming the sober-suited W123 saloon into a stylish and sleek coupe was a clever move and one that owed a lot to the new car’s classic pillarless profile. 
Possessed of the beautifully engineered qualities that make the saloon such a perennial with enthusiast, the C123 coupe’s four seater practicality is perfect for touring and road trips. 
Of the many engine options available, it is the big 2.8litre M110 fuel injected straight six that perhaps suits this relaxed car’s demeanour best. 
This lovely Smoke Silver 280CE is a very well presented car, the optional ‘Mexican Hat’ alloys and steel sunroof adding to its appeal. It has been recently health check and recommissioning by one of the UK’s best-regarded marque specialists, work that included a full service and fluids change. 
Further reassurance is provided by the advisory-free MOT to April 2025. This car will be eligible for Historic Vehicle status from April 2026 when it becomes tax, MOT and ULEZ exempt. A really great example of a usable and handsome coupe. 

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 1st August 1985 
  • 10 registered keepers 
  • Current keeper since February 2009 
  • Factory built in January 1985
  • Comprehensive service history 
  • Good history file of regular maintenance
  • MOTs back to 1996 to verify mileage 
  • Extensive health check and recommissioning detailed below
  • All work undertaken by a well known, leading marque specialist 
  • MOT to 1st April 2025 with no advisories and 127,970 miles showing on test 
  • Now showing 128,027 miles 
  • Eligible for Historic Vehicle status from 1st April 2026 based on age and build date
Recent recommissioning work by seller: 
  • Four new tyres
  • Transmission fluid and filter
  • New track rod ends 
  • Full service
  • Brake fluid flushed and replaced
  • Ball joints replaced
  • Fuel filter renewed
  • Spark plugs 
  • Wheel alignment 
  • Valve clearances checked and adjusted
  • Engine tuned 
  • Localised remedial attention to chassis 

The Condition

  • Factory correct Smoke Silver (702U) metallic paintwork in good order
  • Paintwork presents well but some age-related marks to be expected due to originality 
  • Good paint finish with consistent colour across all panels 
  • Bodywork in similarly very well kept condition with arches and sills well represented
  • Sits on optional ‘Mexican Hat’ 15-hole alloy wheels fitted at factory 
  • These are in very good condition and fitted with new Nexen tyres
  • Minor blemishes to note outside include small dent to nearside rear bumper corner
  • There is also a small crease in an area of chrome window surround
  • Otherwise the exterior fittings present very well and are in good order
  • Underside is well kept with recent remedial action by marque specialist 
  • No structural advisories on current MOT 
  • Well specified interior including cruise control and electric steel sunroof 
  • Grey velour interior is well kept with no tears or significant wear visible 
  • Some light sun fade visible to driver’s side bolster 
  • Factory original and unmodified interior with Zebrano wood veneers well kept 
  • Interior switchgear and dials are very well kept with trim in similar order 
  • Headlining is clean and tidy with no visible sagging 
  • Small area of staining visible to sunroof panel trim but not unsightly 
  • Some minor areas of age and patina to note to cabin in photographs 
  • Carpets in good order protected by factory branded rubber mats 

The Mechanics 

  • 2,746cc M110 fuel injected six cylinder engine 
  • 4pd automatic gearbox 
  • Vendor confirms there is no steering play
  • He also reports the engine performs very well and the car rides well 
  • Comprehensive service history with good history file
  • Recent extensive recommissioning by seller which is detailed above 
  • All work completed by the seller, a well regarded marque specialist 

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1985
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 230
  • Colour Silver
  • Odometer 128,027 Miles
  • Engine size 2746
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Trade
  • Town Reading
  • Location Berkshire
  • Country United Kingdom

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