1983 Mercedes 280. Exceptionally beautiful, timeless. For Sale
The time has come for me to sell my lovely 280CE. This car holds a special place in heart as I am a retired mechanical engineer and my first proper job as an engineer was at the Daimler Benz engine plant in Marienfelde, West Berlin from 1981 to late 1983. Thus I was, to a small degree, personally involved in making the engine for this very car! About 5 years ago I came into a bit of money and the first thing I did was to start looking for the best W123 280CE I could find in Europe. I looked at examples in Italy (where I live), France, Germany (looked at three), Belfast then Edinburgh. The one in Belfast was by far away the best, so I returned there, bought her then drove her back to Italy.
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She is in considerably better shape now as I have replaced several bits and pieces over the years such as rear brake discs, rear springs etc and have installed an additional electric radiator fan to help with the hot Italian summers.
Also, in 2015 I had the engine removed (an oil control piston ring had broken)and had her rebored to first oversize, new pistons, big and and main shells *had the crank journals lightly polished as they were still perfectly in spec, and overhauled the head inc new valve guides.
Due to a change in my circumstances, I have hardly put any miles on her since. She has covered 97k miles since new in 1983 which works out to about 2700 miles a year. A little below average!!!
She was very highly spec'd from the factory, with cream leather interior, electric sunroof, ABS braking,all four windows electric, electric passenger side mirror, heated front seats (2 levels)and hand-operated hand brake rather than pedal operated and correct baroque lightweight alloy wheels, which are as brand new.I also bought a set of steel wheels and stainless steel hubcaps which have the centres correctly colour matched to the body.
I fitted a tow bar to her as well but can easily remove it if you don't want it, but this car is a stunning sight pulling an Airstream trailer!
The tyres are Pirelli Cinturatos and are at about 80%, I would say. The spare is brand new.
The eagle-eyed amongst you will spot a gas regulator in the engine compartment...because I fitted a dual fuel petrol/LPG system. This is a game changer as it means you can drive a fairly thirsty big Merc but only spend Ford Focus amounts on fuel. Here in Italy, for example, LPG costs about 66 cents a litre, so wonderful trans continental cruises cost peanuts in fuel. Then if you run out and there are no LPG filling stations nearby you simply switch back to petrol.
She drives more or less as new, tight steering and suspension and whisper quiet in the cab. The long coupe' doors don't drop on the hinges as much as a millimetre when you open them and clunk satisfyingly when closed.No rips or even tiny tears in the leather, she looks and smells lovely when you get in.
There's a high quality stereo fitted as well.
I am certain she has never been repainted- every sign shows that this is the original factory paint. It is thick, lusterous and while there are clearly going to be some signs of 36 years of washing and polishing, it-s still stunning. The only place where it is chipped a little is inside two of the wheel arches and on the lower front skirt. The car is essentially rust free and no body filler can be detected anywhere.
I think because I have a rather crappy camera, the photos just don't do her justice. Believe me, she looks even better in the flesh- just breathtaking in fact.
I am pricing her at more or less what I paid for her so you benefit for free all the work I've done to her and looking at the other examples for sale on this site at the moment, I assure you this car is the best you can get for the price, without question.She comes with a significant value of new spare parts as well inc door and window gaskets, wheel bearings and other stuff.
At the moment she is on SORN and unfortunately the mot has expired but she will sail through that test. I undertake to pay for any work she would need to pass the mot...although I know she won't need anything. A fair offer, no?
Spend a couple of days here enjoying yourself in Italy and I will prepare the car thoroughly for you so you can have a relaxing and trouble free trans-continental drive back home in a very grand and stylish German motorway mile eater.
Or if you don't fancy that I can help you to arrange a car transporter to take her for you.
Firm price is 13950 Euros
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