This 1982 Mercedes 280CE is a rare 4-speed, Euro-market car with just 55k miles on the odometer. These pillarless coupes are arguably some of the most attractive Mercedes models of the period. This car, with its twin cam six and manual gearbox is a far cry from the diesel W123 chassis sedans and wagons we usually see stateside.
Though very sharp looking, the seller does mention some rust repair undertaken in the rear wheelarches and lower quarter panel area. The color-matched BBS wheels, front airdam, slim bumpers, European headlights and tasteful rubber spoiler lend this model a more modern and sportier look than we’re used to seeing on W123 chassis cars. Also, what a wonderful color.
The interior appears to be in fine shape as well, with no cracking apparent in the dash, no tears in the seats and only minor discoloration apparent on their bottom cushions. The air conditioning was recently refurbished and works as it should, as does the factory sunroof. The Nardi steering wheel is a nice touch, but we’d probably still prefer a stock tiller and shift knob combo in the mid-term.
Rather than the underpowered (but indestructible) diesels we are used to seeing in these cars, this example is fitted with Mercedes’ M110 straight six, good for 185 silky horsepower. Per the seller, this car starts easily with no smoke at startup, idles easily and makes good power throughout the operating range. A tuneup and valve adjustment was completed recently, and brakes were rebuilt 500 miles ago.
W123 chassis cars have long been enthusiast favorites for their durability, build quality and reliability. This example adds a beautifully proportioned, Euro market, pillarless body style, a great drivetrain and a lovely color combo to that mix. Someone’s probably going to be very happy with it.