The development of the 123 series finds its origins in the early 1970s. The final design was defined in 1973 by Friedrich Geiger and Bruno Sacco, with the main focus on passive safety, great comfort and serviceability. Production began in 1975 until the W 123 was presented to the press in the south of France in January 1976.
Delivery times for the new W 123 quickly grew to up to three years, which meant that in some cases more than DM 5,000 over list price was paid for purchase contracts for new cars in order to get the model more quickly. Annual cars were also often resold at a premium. This has not been repeated in West German automotive history for large-series vehicles to date.
In December 1980 this beautiful 230E, with the reiliable M102 Motor and the Bosch K-Jetronic, got delivered to its first owner in Berlin. From first day on he parked it in his garage and protected the seats with sheep-covers from day 1. He even did NOT drive it during the winter, as you can see on the pictures. Back then you couldn`t just lease a car and treat it like a dog: NO; you had to pay it cash. So the first owner moved it on the driveway every gloomy saturday to wash his treasure. Even all services had been done at Mercedes, as you can see in our pictures. The second owner bought it at around 83.000km and drove it to some meetings. He is a big Mercedes collector and is selling this one just because he found a 230E with 3.000km on the odo.
This 123 did not go through any dealer hands and was polished all the time: no it still shines in its rich first paint sahara yellow, as the paint measurements show. All techniques work right, joints and bearings show no play, engine starts right up and runs smooth and the gearbox shifts straight and direct with a good conditioned clutch. The chassis shows no signs of rust, even not on the typical places. Watching the interieur it looks like new. This car had been loved his entire life.
Enjoy this walkaround video:
This 230E shows up in brilliant, authentic, original condition and is ready to take you back in those days, where men bought their cars and really loved them… sometimes more than their wife ;o). This 123 comes with a complete history, the same plate numbers (except the “H” from day 1), owners manual, service book, toolkit and front seat sheep covers.
This is your chance to bid on one brilliant survivor, of 245.876 230E units who left the factory from 1980 to 1985, in excellent condition.
Go get this time capsule, to a definitely fair price!
Convince yourself with those pictures.
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