2019 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic Auction

1982 Mercedes-Benz 280CE Coupe

$7,000 - $12,000

No Reserve


Engine In-line 6-cylinder, 2746cc
Gearbox 4-speed automatic
Engine No. 110988222010923
Chassis No. WDB12305322026681
Body Work Coupe
Colour Signal Red
Interior Beige
Trim Cloth
Wheels Wire-spoked
Brakes Discs

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Mercedes-Benz’s compact W123 series became the most successful car to wear the Three Pointed Star in commercial terms, with over 2.6 million built between 1976 and 1985.  A large percentage these can still be seen on the road today, testimony to the inherent quality of these beautifully engineered machines.  The W123 was significantly stronger, better equipped and more refined than its predecessor, with numerous passive features making it one of the safest cars on the market.  Sold in both four-cylinder (200/230) and six-cylinder (250/280) versions, along with an extensive range of diesels, the W123 was available as a four-door sedan, practical estate and a stylish pillarless coupe.  Built on a shorter 2710mm wheelbase platform, the W123 coupes were better equipped than their four-door cousins, with features like power steering fitted as standard.  The flagship of the W123 range was the 280CE coupe, with a powerful fuel injected twin-cam 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine under the bonnet.  The M110/988 engine developed 185 bhp at 5800 rpm, enough to propel the 280CE to a top speed in excess of 200 km/h, with decent acceleration to match.  Built in relatively small numbers between 1977 and 1985, the 280CE offers surprisingly strong performance from the gutsy six, typically Germanic build quality and safety – all at a very affordable price.  Indeed, the 280CE is the perfect classic daily driver, reliable enough to be used in modern traffic but stylish enough for weekend pleasure trips. 


  • Stylish Mercedes-Benz pillarless coupe
  • Well maintained with factory sunroof
  • Offered at No Reserve
A lovely example of Mercedes-Benz’s classic 280CE pillarless coupe and an original York Motors Australian delivered car finished in Signalrot (paint code 568), this 1982 built example was purchased by the Late Owner, a marque enthusiast and collector, from Gosford, NSW ten years ago.  Regularly serviced and driven sparingly, the car is understood to have done approximately 7,500 kms over the past decade (with 215,587 kms showing on the clock at the time of cataloguing) and recent work has seen the brakes overhauled with new discs front and rear.  A wonderful classic Mercedes-Benz luxury coupe at an affordable price, the 280CE is reliable enough to be enjoyed on a daily basis and still has years of enjoyable motoring to come.  An ideal club car or classic weekend cruiser, the W123 presents well both inside and out and comes supplied with an Owner’s Manual and radio manual for the original Becker Grand Prix radio/cassette still fitted.  The Mercedes-Benz is currently registered on non-transferable club plates in NSW (and therefore sold unregistered) and will be sold at No Reserve.  
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