VITAL STATS

Mercedes-Benz 280E (W123) 1976-1985

German engineering at its best

Mercedes has been manufacturing grand luxury saloon cars since 1926 so as you can imagine they are experts of the variant and the Mercedes-Benz 280E (W123) was no exception. Introduced in 1976 this big Merc was the order of the day becoming the best selling Mercedes with over 2.7 million cars sold until it was replaced in 1985 by the W124.

The W123 introduced some great innovations to car specification such as a driver’s airbag, anti-lock brakes and a retractable steering column, variations of the model include a C model for coupe, a T model being the estate version, the D model is a diesel and of course the E model, which is the fuel injection engine.

Even today you’ll still find thousands of these Mercedes running as daily cars with over 500 thousand miles on, which just goes to show how well they were made back then. These grand automobiles are still priced to buy giving outstanding value plus well made and well engineered quality.

LOREM IPSUM

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LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc

LOREM IPSUM

  • As with many other British Leyland
  • Cars of the period, a number of “
  • These upgrades were designed by
  • Capacity was also upped to 1998cc
SPECIFICATION
Years Produced 1976 - 1985
Performance0-60 mph 9.5 sec / Top Speed 120 mph
Power & Torque 185 bhp / 173 lb ft
Engine2744 cc/ 6 cylinder 12 valves
Drive-train Front engine RWD
TransmissionFour speed manual
Weight1380 kg
VALUATION SINCE LAUNCH
 Launch201020112012201320142015
Concourse£6,235.00£8,000.00£10,000.00£12,500.00£15,000.00£17,000.00£20,000.00
Excellent£6,000.00£7,000.00£8,000.00£10,000.00£12,000.00£15,000.00
Good£3,000.00£3,500.00£4,000.00£5,000.00£6,000.00£7,000.00
Fair£1,500.00£2,000.00£2,500.00£3,000.00£3,500.00£4,000.00
A BUYERS GUIDE

The Mercedes-Benz 280E is without doubt a well made car and will stand the test of time, but any car made in the late seventies and early eighties will need to be checked thoroughly for those signs of age. The body of these big saloons wears well but there are some places were rust can lurk, so make sure you check underneath the battery tray and inner sills as these areas are prone on the W123 model. Also check underneath the car as under-seal is good at hiding any problems so look out for splits so you can see any problems underneath.

Engines are bullet proof if maintained properly so make sure good history is evident. Timing chains are good for 200,000 miles. The only problem is the 280 are thirsty but it does depend on what you’re used to. Suspension is soft for comfort but don’t allow that to be a disguise for sloppy handling as this could mean the shocks are over worn also check the springs for cracks as they may need replacing.

Steering is not ultra precise on the Mercedes but excessive play can mean steering dampers or idler bush or worse the steering box can be an expensive replacement.

Inside the car vinyl wears best but the selection of interior cloth is large and all wear well. Check all the switch gear inside and make sure it all works properly. There is a large network of owners and enthusiasts to help if you are looking to work on the car yourself.

INSURING A Mercedes-Benz 280E

At Heritage Insurance with 50 years experience behind us, we offer a tailor made package for one or more cars. We include both our in house agreed value service and salvage retention should the worst happen at no extra cost, and with limited mileage and club members discounts our annual fully Comprehensive policy proves excellent value for money. Here are some typical examples of how little your insurance could be.

  • Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover (insured only to drive age 60)

Annual premium – £85.23 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover (insured only to drive age 45)

Annual premium – £85.23 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

  • Quotation based on fully comprehensive cover (insured only to drive age 30)

Annual premium – £106.03 with a £100 accidental damage excess.

*NB: Insurance quotes based on the following criteria:

  • The vehicle garaged overnight
  • The insurer has no record of accidents, claims or convictions
  • The insurer drives a main car daily and doesn’t exceed a mileage of 3000 per annum

All quotations are based on an Agreed Value of £5,000. Prices may alter depending on individual criteria.

INTERESTING FACT

For any film buffs out there a highly modified W123 Lang was driven by the people eater in the blockbuster movie Mad Max : Fury Road released in 2015.

“These classic Mercedes give off an air of style and confidence like no other car and as values are reasonable now would be an ideal time to buy one of these sturdy and reliable cars.”

Mark Wilkinson (Managing Partner of Heritage Classic Car Insurance) says

“These classic Mercedes give off an air of style and confidence like no other car and as values are reasonable now would be an ideal time to buy one of these sturdy and reliable cars.”

INSURING A Mercedes-Benz 280E

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