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Am I wrong, or does this seem like a really good deal?

1979 280CE, Euro model, one owner, ~70k miles, original paint, service records, no rust, $4000.

Um, I should probably go take a look, don't you think?
 

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Yeah I'd want to check it out, "just to see what options it has on it".

If it has a manual transmission I would REALLY hurry.

Could be a nice one, for sure.
 

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By all means go have a look, if for no other reason then to see one up close; besides, you never know…
 

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Of course go and see it. I would go even if I wasn't interested, I would go to just see it up close just like jdc1244 said. Take some pictures if possible.
 

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Something leads me to believe it's an auto trans. I had the chance at buying a 1985 4 speed 280CE (Euro...obviously) but it felt underpowered.
 

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diametricalbenz said:
Something leads me to believe it's an auto trans. I had the chance at buying a 1985 4 speed 280CE (Euro...obviously) but it felt underpowered.
I think the 280E/280CE U.S. spec. automatic had 185 hp, enough to get out of its own way, and much faster than the diesels.
 

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US Spec M110s in the W123 were neutered. I have to double check, but I beleive the M110 in my US coupe is around 140hp, while the M110 in my Euro sedan is 185hp.

Same model year.

They sure drive different, too.

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This is a 1979 280CE eurospec car, imported into Florida in the 90's and has 107K miles. Has all the eurospec equipment: the M110.988 engine with 50 more hp, thin chrome bumpers, a cloth interior, manual HVAC controls and "town & country" horns. Car is equipped with an automatic transmission, power 4 wheel disc brakes, power steering, power windows, power door locks and a Becker AM/FM/cassette radio. According to documents that came with the car the AC was converted to R134. Body is very clean with only some corrosion in the right rear wheel arch from a leaky rear window seal (new OEM seal in trunk). Also in the trunk are the OEM euro headlights (Hella) and tail lights. While not perfect this car always starts, drives well and does not leak. This car needs someone to give it some TLC and it will be a great summer driver or investment item. Car is in Minneapolis, MN call Frank at 612-824-1201 evenings.
 

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Well, I've been thinking about it some more and decided that if I'm going to be considering a gasser then I don't think it should be a W123. There are a dozen different gasser models I'd love to own that were never made with a diesel engine, so for now I'm going to keep my W123 collection diesel only. Strange logic, I know, but that's how my brain works.

Anyway, somebody else want dibs on the car? Here's the craigslist ad if you haven't found it already...

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/car/326541766.html
 

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That's a lot of bang for the buck- if the ad is correct/honest...

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