The W 123 compact range of Mercedes-Benz cars, introduced in
January 1976 and in production for the next decade, was
significantly safer, better equipped and more refined than its
predecessors. It became the most successful model to wear the
famous 'Three Pointed Star' with more than 2.6 million examples
hitting the road before being replaced by the W 124 in 1985. Sold
in both four-cylinder (200/230) and six-cylinder (250/280)
versions, along with an extensive range of diesels, the W 123 was
available in both saloon and estate guises and in keeping with
tradition, a stylish two-door coupé was also available. On a
shorter (2710mm) wheelbase, the W 123 coupé featured more luxurious
interior appointments, power steering as standard and the 280 CE
model, with its fuel injected twin-cam 2.8-litre six-cylinder
engine, topped out the range. Built in relatively small numbers
between 1977 and 1985, the 280 CE offers surprisingly strong
performance, together with typical German build quality and safety
at an affordable price.
This classic Bracq-designed 280 CE has undergone considerable
renovation by Suffolk-based Mercedes-Benz specialist Derek Wells.
It has also undergone a re-spray prior to purchase by the vendor.
Since then, plug leads, water pump, alternator, distributor cap and
front brake pads have all been replaced. With 5,000 trouble-free
miles since and offered at no reserve, this represents extremely
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170