Date registered: Jun 2006
Vehicle: 1980 280CE; 1982 300CD
Location: West coast
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FS: 1980 280E Euro 4 speed
For sale: 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280E Euro 4-speed; $3475
I am selling my Euro 1980 280E with 166,000 miles. I am the third owner. The car is a very unusual-in-the-US cactus green (think split-pea soup) with matching hub-caps and a palomino/tan interior. It fits right into PDX and turns heads around town!
This car is rare in the North America, due to its features (or lack thereof) and condition. It was built with the most powerful engine Mercedes-Benz installed in a W123, the DOHC European M110 with approximately 180 horsepower. The North American versions of the 280E/280CE were built with the de-rated DOHC M110 engine, and had approximately 140 horsepower. This car is powerful and the standard transmission makes it fun to drive. I get aout 23 mpg on the highway.
Aside from the large engine and air-conditioning, the car came from the factory with almost no other options. This â€śstripped-downâ€ť style is very desirable but hard to find.
I purchased the car from the nephew of the original owner. The original owner purchased the car in Frankfurt to enjoy while on trips to Europe. He then imported the car to the US in the early 1990s. The last name of the original owner is on the import tag in the driverâ€™s doorjamb, and matches the last name of the man I bought the car from.
When this car was imported to the US, several changes were made for federalization. The European headlights and taillights were replaced with North American issue lights (the rear fog lamp is still functional). The speedometer was replaced with an MPH model, and a catalytic converter was installed. The three-piece European bumpers were re-enforced. A â€ś280Eâ€ť emblem was added to the trunk.
Since I have owned the car, I have installed a tachometer from another W123. This installation was non-invasive, and the still-functional clock comes with the car if you wish to return the car to its original condition. I have also replaced the dashboard with a crack-free example. The car has not otherwise been modified.
The air-conditioning was repaired and re-charged with R-12 in July, 2007 and is very cold.
There is almost no rust on the car. Only a spot on the inside bottom of the driver's door (about the size of a half dollar, still under the paint, not a hole) and under the battery tray due to a leaking battery (both the battery and tray have been replaced). There is no rust in the footwells, in the trunk (even under the side panels), under the rear window, in the jack holes, or any fenders. Just the two spots.
This car easily passed its last DEQ inspection is currently licensed in Oregon with expiration in April, 2009.
I have the clear title and I am ready to sell.
Model: 280 E
Engine: 110984 10 023777
Transmission: 00 121797
Dealer: Frankfurt branch (217)
Paint: 880 cactus green
Options: elimination of model designation on rear lid, Becker radio Europa (LW/MW/SW/USW), Behr air conditioner
German manual and services directory
No center armrest
No nets on rear of front seats
Wood trim only on dash, not on console
Passenger seat has no height control
Manual (three knob + A/C) climate control
Original L/M/K/U (FM only as high as 103.1) radio and two front speakers only
Vinyl seats with cloth inserts
Hubcaps with matching cactus green paint
Rear fog lamp
First Aid kit
Thanks for looking!
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