H&H Classics Limited - A Classic Car Auction Online
Sale Date: Wednesday 1st May 2019
Time: 13:00 Auction Start Time
- Beige cloth upholstery, sunroof, electric windows, 1 of 29,858 made
- 2299cc four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission, alloy wheels
- 135,366 recorded miles, runs and drives, Category D insurance write-off in 2006 but since repaired
Mercedes-Benz introduced the four-door saloons from its new W123 model range during January 1976. The 230CE and 280CE four-seater coupe derivatives were launched in the spring of the same year and the long wheelbase saloon and estate car variants followed the next year. The coupes were based on a shortened (by 8.5cm) version of the saloon platform. They shared an elegant, pillarless two-door, four-seater body with capacious boot. The 230CE was powered by a four-cylinder 2.3 litre engine, while the 280CE sported a straight-six 2.8 litre unit. Uprated over time, the smaller capacity powerplant developed a quoted 134bhp / 151lbft of torque and could be had with manual or automatic transmission. The suspension was independent all-round with front / rear anti-roll bars. Steering was by power assisted Daimler-Benz recirculating ball and the braking by servo assisted four-wheel discs. The handbrake, of unusual design at the time, was operated by a pull-out handle to the right of the steering wheel. Steel wheels were standard equipment - alloy ones were an option. A beautifully constructed long-distance touring car, the 230CE continued to sell well in the UK until 1985, despite its relatively high asking price.
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