1973 Mercedes-Benz 280C

The W114/W115 Mercedes models were the first of a new generation, as this chassis was not based on any model preceding it. While the model itself is over 40 years old, you still see plenty of these cars around the world, some of which are still employed as taxis, even. The coupe version of the W114/W115 was not a well known Mercedes-Benz model, but it has that timeless grace that all Mercedes coupes embody. Here we have a very clean example with an unusual color combination.

The seller states:

Dark Olive(291) with special ordered Green Leather, 53k original as per last 20 years of records, one CA owner through Jan 2010, delivered new on 9/9/1973, handbooks, data card, tools, superb original interior except replacement front seat trim, perfect wood, Cold AC, much recent reconditioning, new blackwall tires/shocks(originals were still on the car!) just installed, fabulous paint depth and gloss, much original paint, flawless original trunk area, a wonderful and respectable entry level classic Mercedes, we’ll be taking care of detail and refinement issues such as bumper alignment etc.

While eBay doesn’t list it, the seller is asking $12,900 over on the Mercedes Heritage website. Barring the slightly dated interior color, this is a masterpiece of an original owner vehicle. While it would be kind of blasphemous, with it’s recent servicing, this car could be pressed into service and last for a good many more years. Remember, this is the predecessor of the infamous W123 Mercedes, and we all know that car was tougher than a $2.00 steak.

-Paul

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3 Comments

  1. Well if you wanted a car to drive for the rest of your life (And you could still be a youngin) or till they outlaw carbon based fuels, this might be it. I really like the Green interior and roll up windows. Nice find.

  2. These are really great cars. My 250C was a switch model year so it actually had the nicer Euro style bumpers this car lacks, but also had the 2.8 liter engine despite the 250 badging. If you prefer a driver’s car look for earlier ones, mine was a 1970, with the floor shift rather than the column. This price is high for what is available, but trust me these coupes are appreciating. This design is overshadowed in collectibility by the earlier, sleek 300SE coupes, but these turn heads. They are easy to work on, mechanical parts are reasonable in terms of easy of finding and cost, and very fun cruisers.

  3. Also of note is this one is a twin cam. The 2.8 single cam is more reliable of the two, mine had over 200k and ran like a watch, another reason to look for a slightly older model.

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