Date registered: Mar 2010
Vehicle: 1978 280CE
Location: Indianapolis, IN
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It's new 2 me: '78 280CE
Howdy, my name is Patrick and I live in Indianapolis, IN. I recently sold an all-original '65 Rambler Classic 770 Cross Country and was looking for something a bit newer but still classic. I love the convenience of modern cars, but I also enjoy the style and uniqueness of owning something with a bit more character. So after searching around I finally decided I wanted an early w123, preferably a 280CE.
Since I live in Indiana, it's difficult to find used cars here without corrosion issues. After scouring eBay, online car sales sites and craigslist ads, I finally found my new baby. I named him Klaus. He's a 1978 280CE with only 75k miles and absolutely gorgeous inside and out. An 84 year old German woman sold him to me over email (through her son in law) and I flew out to Portland and bought him. Drove 35 hours back to Indy without a hitch. Well, okay, there was a very disturbing sound coming from the rear end that started somewhere in Nebraska and the climate control didn't work - cold drive!!
So, a lot of money at the Mercedes specialist later.... he's like new again! Repaired climate control system with R34 upgrade, new left rear wheel bearings, flushed brake fluid, new differential fluid, new valve cover gasket, complete tune up with new wires, etc.... the list goes on. But I wanted this car to be as good as new, so I bit the bullet and had just about everything I could think of done to it.
Even after the trip home, Klaus only has 77k miles on him after 32 years! He's a great car - interior looks new. Not a ripple in the door panels - not a crack on the dash or wood. Seats look like they've never been sat in. Even the Becker Mexico stereo works great! The more I get to know it, the more impressed I am with the engineering and design details that went into this car. The rain channels around the front and rear windows, the delicate lines of the rear window heater that make it all but invisible, the ease of changing a marker light.... what a great car.
I plan on keeping this car 100% stock, with the possible exception of a retro looking radio with modern electronics (haven't decided yet). Oh, I did install the extra brake lights. It really made no sense that the American cars only had the one on each side with an extra slot just sitting empty. So, I guess only 99% stock!!
So anyway... here I am.