Euro Hot Rod:

1984 Mercedes-Benz 280E

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Mercedes-Benz is the oldest, still active car manufacturer on the planet. For a Century, the craftsmen in Sindelfingen built automobiles of unmatched quality and longevity that has made these vehicles famous as the best-engineered cars in the world. These traits culminated in the W123 model, built from 1975-1985 and carrying the distinction of being sold in larger numbers than any other M-B model, ever. Apart from the famous Ford Model "A," no other car has ever achieved such an amazing reputation of being indestructible.



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This particular W123 is one of the rarest specimen you'd ever discover in the U.S.A. as it was privately imported from Germany when new, featuring the high output Euro-spec engine, Euro-spec bumpers and lights.

Manufactured in March of 1984, this Mercedes comes with a clear California title, a clean history report and is currently registered in the Golden State as well.

Considering the fact that it is a European spec car, this 280E is generously equipped. Amenities include, but are not limited to:

  • Ice cold air conditioning (automatic climate control)
  • Electric steel sunroof
  • Power window lifts front and rear
  • Factory "Colorglas" tinted windows
  • Heated rear window
  • Quartz clock
  • "Tempomat" Cruise control
  • MB fabric "Stoff" upholstery
  • BECKER Grand Prix Electronic Stereo Cassette radio with fader and multiple speakers
  • Arm rests front and rear
  • Automatic transmission
  • Variable assist power steering
  • Four-wheel power disc brakes
  • Central locking system (including trunk and gas filler lid)
  • Fog lights
  • BUNDT light alloy wheels

Finally, the car is equipped with the rare and desirable, top-of-the-line 280E engine.

Official importer's label confirming that the car has undergone D.O.T. and E.P.A. conversions.

This fabulous 280E comes with its original clear plastic pouch containing not one, but two owner's manuals, one in German and one in English, the BECKER radio manual and service booklet and the Mercedes service stations register.

Prior owner painstakingly recorded every service. The car was stored for many years at the wealthy man's vacation home in the mountains and used only sparingly, adding less than 1,600 miles to the odometer annually, on average.

Engine bay presents spotlessly clean.

The 185 horespower 280E power plant is special, indeed. An inline 6-cylinder (engine code M110), equipped with dual overhead camshafts (DOHC), it was Mercedes' first post-war high-tech engine. The BOSCH K-Jetronic fuel injection with air volume control, first tried and tested in the big 6.9-liter sedan, completes the picture and makes the M110 engine the most powerful engine ever factory-installed in the W123 lineup.

We measured the engine's compression, using our German-made MOTO-METER. Measurements are #1=162, #2=172, #3=172, #4=161, #5=169, #6 =170.
Leakdown test shows between 4% and 5% on all cyclinders.

No fluid losses to note. This low-mileage Daimler remains sanitary, top to bottom.

Mercedes' W123 line of cars displays a restrained but elegant look -- designed by the team of Friedrich Geiger and Bruno Sacco -- which is now considered iconic. This car's coachwork has withstood the test of time admirably and remains straight and free of corrosion.
All the brightwork on the car, chrome as well as anodized stainless steel, looks to be outstandingly well preserved.

The car's Astralsilbermetallic (factory code 735G) paint finish is in excellent condition and displays a high luster. There are no dings, dents, scrapes, bubbles or chips that would cause even the fussiest collector sleepless nights. Note the beautifully kept BUNDT light alloy wheels.

A very desirable option on any W123 is the power sliding sunroof. Here, it works perfectly. Headliner and sun visors look perfect.

The vulnerable dash top is thankfully free of any splits or hairline cracks. 280E's interior is in a beautiful state of preservation. Hand-stitched steering wheel leather cover and genuine Zebrano wood shift knob are owner-installed upgrades.

Mercedes' classic 1980s array of clearly legible instruments. Yes, they all work as they should.

The center console with its beautiful real Zebrano wood inserts houses the panel for the automatic climate control, the BECKER Stereo Cassette radio, as well as a large, unused ash receiver with unused cigarette lighter. Also visible are the rocker switches for the electric sunroof and hazard flasher and thumb wheel for the radio speaker control.

Comfy, special MB-cloth covered front bucket seats look virtually unmarked.

Classic MB design fabric in excellent, unworn condition.

Rear compartment offers plenty of room for three adults.

Rear view - it's what most other folks travelling on the Autobahn would glimpse of the 280E which boasted of an advertised top speed of exactly 200km/h (124mph).
Check out the car's beautiful, original 1984-issue California blue-and-gold license plates.

The cavernous luggage compartment is as clean as it gets. Surely, it has hardly seen any use over the years.
Note factory 'Warndreieck' (hazard triangle) mounted inside of trunk lid.

A separate storage compartment below the trunk floor holds the factory spare. Apparently unused, the CONTINENTAL tire is in 'as new' condition; the same can be said about the Mercedes tire jack.


Inspecting the 280E's undercarriage does not lead to any unpleasant surprises. All virgin metal, with not an ounce of non-factory undercoating, the car is as healthy as the day it rolled off the assembly line. Mercedes' factory rust prevention was considered exemplary in its day, with zinc-phosphate coatings before the final paint process, and vinyl-based undercoating.

Beautiful, 100% rust free floor pans.


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