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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 “stripped-down” 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 driver’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 “280E” 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.

Build information
VIN: WDB12303310074724
Model: 280 E
Chassis: 12303310074724
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

Features
German manual and services directory
Manual windows
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
No sunroof
Hazard triangle
Manual antenna
Vinyl seats with cloth inserts
Hubcaps with matching cactus green paint
Rear fog lamp
First Aid kit
Tool kit

Thanks for looking!

Andrew
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The Inventory:
1982 300CD 162k (5 speed coming soon)
1982 300SD 205k with SBC 350 + TH350 FOR SALE

Those Not so Lucky:
1979 230C Euro 4 Speed 161k, more
1980 280CE US with Euro M110 + 4 speed 126k, more pics
1980 280CE Euro 4 speed 101k
1983 280E Euro 5 speed (parts only)
1980 280E Euro 4 speed 165k
1985 500SEC US (shmoove)
1982 300D US 4 speed
1978 300CD US
1979 300D US
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-17-2008, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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The Inventory:
1982 300CD 162k (5 speed coming soon)
1982 300SD 205k with SBC 350 + TH350 FOR SALE

Those Not so Lucky:
1979 230C Euro 4 Speed 161k, more
1980 280CE US with Euro M110 + 4 speed 126k, more pics
1980 280CE Euro 4 speed 101k
1983 280E Euro 5 speed (parts only)
1980 280E Euro 4 speed 165k
1985 500SEC US (shmoove)
1982 300D US 4 speed
1978 300CD US
1979 300D US
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Thanks for the extra pics... good car, just needs only some TLC. I PM'd you again.
BTW, another reason for me to like yours is that many years ago I also had a manual euro w123 that's similar to yours... sometimes I miss it.
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Is that cactus green?

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The Inventory:
1982 300CD 162k (5 speed coming soon)
1982 300SD 205k with SBC 350 + TH350 FOR SALE

Those Not so Lucky:
1979 230C Euro 4 Speed 161k, more
1980 280CE US with Euro M110 + 4 speed 126k, more pics
1980 280CE Euro 4 speed 101k
1983 280E Euro 5 speed (parts only)
1980 280E Euro 4 speed 165k
1985 500SEC US (shmoove)
1982 300D US 4 speed
1978 300CD US
1979 300D US
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The Inventory:
1982 300CD 162k (5 speed coming soon)
1982 300SD 205k with SBC 350 + TH350 FOR SALE

Those Not so Lucky:
1979 230C Euro 4 Speed 161k, more
1980 280CE US with Euro M110 + 4 speed 126k, more pics
1980 280CE Euro 4 speed 101k
1983 280E Euro 5 speed (parts only)
1980 280E Euro 4 speed 165k
1985 500SEC US (shmoove)
1982 300D US 4 speed
1978 300CD US
1979 300D US
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Is that cactus green?

FB
Nope, a different shade... I think it was called caledonia green, it's a tad darker than yours. I like green W123s as long as the interior isn't also green. But then again the color green isn't for everyone, it's hit or miss.
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The Inventory:
1982 300CD 162k (5 speed coming soon)
1982 300SD 205k with SBC 350 + TH350 FOR SALE

Those Not so Lucky:
1979 230C Euro 4 Speed 161k, more
1980 280CE US with Euro M110 + 4 speed 126k, more pics
1980 280CE Euro 4 speed 101k
1983 280E Euro 5 speed (parts only)
1980 280E Euro 4 speed 165k
1985 500SEC US (shmoove)
1982 300D US 4 speed
1978 300CD US
1979 300D US
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Beautiful car, sad to see you're selling it.

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The Inventory:
1982 300CD 162k (5 speed coming soon)
1982 300SD 205k with SBC 350 + TH350 FOR SALE

Those Not so Lucky:
1979 230C Euro 4 Speed 161k, more
1980 280CE US with Euro M110 + 4 speed 126k, more pics
1980 280CE Euro 4 speed 101k
1983 280E Euro 5 speed (parts only)
1980 280E Euro 4 speed 165k
1985 500SEC US (shmoove)
1982 300D US 4 speed
1978 300CD US
1979 300D US
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The Inventory:
1982 300CD 162k (5 speed coming soon)
1982 300SD 205k with SBC 350 + TH350 FOR SALE

Those Not so Lucky:
1979 230C Euro 4 Speed 161k, more
1980 280CE US with Euro M110 + 4 speed 126k, more pics
1980 280CE Euro 4 speed 101k
1983 280E Euro 5 speed (parts only)
1980 280E Euro 4 speed 165k
1985 500SEC US (shmoove)
1982 300D US 4 speed
1978 300CD US
1979 300D US
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