The 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280CE 4-speed manual we saw last October is back up for auction, not having met its reserve the last time around. If you aren’t particularly a diesel fan yet are intrigued by the durability of the W123, there are few better options than a Euro market CE coupe such as this.
The below post originally appeared on our site October 1, 2014:
The year was 1976. Cadillac proclaimed it’s Eldorado Convertible would be the “last American convertible.” Safety concerns had put the idea of open roofed vehicles on the ropes. This concern would be short lived, as a few drop tops began appearing in the 1980s, including an Eldorado Convertible for 1983. This prompted some 1976 Eldorado owners to take legal action against Cadillac, to no avail.
Mercedes stayed the course with their 450SL roadster, however, a four-seat convertible would not reappear until the 1990s with the W124 E-class. This left the gates wide open for coach builders to chop the roofs off a number of SEC Coupes. An even more rare conversion is this car we see here, a W123 Convertible for sale in Georgia. Converted by a firm in New York, this 280CE Convertible makes one wonder why Mercedes didn’t try their hand at al fresco motoring via the W123 chassis.
There’s a generally accepted rule of thumb with Mercedes-Benzes. Coupes and convertibles typically bring more money than sedans and estates. However, this clean, two owner W123 coupe is flying in the face of convention. This 280CE is being offered at a price below what many W123 sedans and estates have been trading hands for lately. While many of these coupes arrived in the US as the 300CD with the 3.0 liter inline 5 cylinder turbo diesel, this is an earlier model equipped with the 2.8 liter M110 inline six cylinder engine. While the European version of this engine had about 182 horsepower, the US version had to make due with 142. For sale outside of Pittsburgh, this pillarless coupe looks timeless in the ever popular silver over navy blue color combination.
Pictures were taken only days ago at the 2012 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix at the Mercedes Benz Club tent. Very affordable all original rare low mileage coupe offered for sale. All service and sales records from original owner to present. Amazing condition and drives beautifully and best of all, everything works from the A/C to the original Becker radio. Exterior finish show no signs of fading or cracking, only very few nicks which have been touched up, interior is near perfect. Feel free to contact me for more details and pictures. Price is negotiable, cash preferred.
For a two owner W123 with all the service records, $7,000 represents a real good opportunity for one of the most durable, legendary Mercedes-Benzes to roam the planet. While it may not have the fuel economy and bulletproof persona that the diesel models had, the six cylinder engine in this car affords a bit more power to go along with the sleeker, two-door lines. For those looking with a little style to go along with heaping loads of durability, this is a good place to start.