SOTW: MERCEDES-BENZ 280E
Shed gets excited about a solidly built German (and not for the first time)
Dragging a wheezing old duffer out to face its grandson may seem cruel, but what the W123 lacks in horsepower (who says 'speed matters?') and glitzy accessories, it more than makes up for in honest-to-goodness charm.
This example lumbers in suitably equipped with the pre-requisites of auto 'box, six-cylinder engine, and the luxuries of electric windows and a sunroof. What the advert fails to mention is build quality that puts more modern cars to shame - thank eight years of development for this.
Inside, it's business as it used to be done, with plentiful timber, a pleasingly simple dash and few unnecessary embellishments.
Equipped with a 2746cc dohc six, producing 185bhp and 181Ib ft of torque, the W123 280 is (or at least was) capable of wafting its occupants to 60mph in 9.5secs and on to 118mph, accompanied by seamless changes from the four-speed box. Not bad for a car developed 30 years ago and weighing almost two tons, and certainly acceptable today.
1984 Mercedes 280 E W123 For Sale
Model 280 E W123
Price £995 ono
(approx. €1,198 or $1,562)
Category Saloons / Estates
Mileage 107000 Miles
LHD / RHD RHD
Private / Trade Private