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Mercedes-Benz 280 w114 280CE 1973

General description : Equipment

White paintwork (050), Blue MB Tex upholstery (162), 4-speed automatic transmission, Power-assisted steering, Dash clock, Oil pressure gauge, Water temperature gauge, Self-cancelling indicators, Disc brakes all round, Dual circuit power braking system, Side rubbing strips, Cigar lighter, Ash trays front and rear, Spare keys, Original Mercedes-Benz document pack and handbooks, Original warranty card, Factory data cards.

Exterior

Presenting immaculately in its original White over Blue colour scheme, this particular 280CE is without doubt the finest W114 we’ve seen. The paintwork is very sharp indeed with no bubbling, damage, or signs of poor repair. Any cosmetic work that has been carried out on the car over the years has clearly been done to a very high standard because the finish is excellent throughout. All the lights, glass, and chrome elements are first-rate all round, and we’re pleased to report that none of the rubber trims or seals are perished. Better still, following inspection by our trusted classic car workshop the technicians were most impressed by the excellent condition of the underside. All in all, a stunning and very usable pillarless coupé, ready to be shown.

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Interior

As with the exterior of the car everything inside still feels really fresh. The seats retain their original MB Tex upholstery and aside from one small mark on the driver’s side the condition is near flawless. Glancing across the dash we have been unable to find any significant marks or signs of overuse to the switchgear, and the dash top is without any discolouration from overexposure to the sun. The original oversized steering wheel looks fantastic and certainly adds to the sense of occasion when out on the open road; looking closely there are no cracks to the rim and the centre pad is excellent. In the footwells the carpets are spotless and still present with a deep unfaded hue that complements the seats perfectly. 

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

The 2.8-litre twin cam straight six is as smooth as ever, firing up first turn of the key and idling up to temperature without fuss. Boasting in excess of 180hp from the factory she reaches cruising speed with ease while the auto box selects with near-seamless changes. We have all had the pleasure of driving this one and agree that it’s a wonderful machine to operate. She has clearly been cherished, which is evident not only from the accompanying paperwork but also from the fine original condition of the engine bay. In very recent years the car has been treated to a full mechanical shakedown and service at Mercedes-Benz Brooklands, the invoices for this work totalling in excess of £7,800.

History File

This stunning 280CE was first registered in September 1973. It was supplied new by B & K Thomas Ltd. Mercedes-Benz in Nottingham who looked after the car right up until 1996. After nearly 23 years with its first owner it was sold to its second keeper, with whom it remained for another 21 years. In the hands of only two additional owners the car has now driven just 85k miles from new.

The accompanying History File comprises the original Mercedes-Benz document wallet and handbooks, the original maintenance booklet with 15 stamps, a raft of invoices and MOT certificates dating back to the early eighties, a spare set of keys, and the current V5C showing only 3 former keepers.

For the new owner's peace of mind a full vehicle health check has just been completed and the workshop were very pleased with it – especially the underside. Other recent work includes a full service and mechanical shakedown including new air hoses, all-new ignition cables, a new cold start valve, exhaust centre section, new front seat belts, new front and rear springs, and new anti-roll bar drop links – all carried out by Mercedes-Benz Brooklands and costing over £7,800 across two invoices.

1973 Mercedes-Benz 280 w114 280CE is listed for sale on ClassicDigest in Hampshire by 4Star Classics for £24995.

 

Car Facts

Car type : Car Make : Mercedes-Benz Model : 280 w114 Model Version : 280CE Engine size : 2.7 Model Year : 1973 Sub type : Coupé Location : Hampshire Vehicle Registration : Undefined

24995 £

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About Mercedes-Benz
In the annals of automotive history, the journey of Mercedes-Benz is a tale that unfolds with the ingenuity of its founding pioneers. In the year 1886, Karl Benz crafted the Benz Patent Motorwagen, a creation that would go down in history as the world's inaugural automobile. Unbeknownst to him, this moment marked the genesis of what would evolve into the most illustrious premium car manufacturer globally. The financial underpinning of this pioneering venture, interestingly, was provided by Karl Benz's wife, Bertha Benz, demonstrating a remarkable partnership that would set the tone for Mercedes-Benz's legacy.

A parallel narrative emerged not far away, as Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, founded by Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach, entered the scene. In 1901, they unveiled their automobile under the now-famous moniker "Mercedes," meaning "godsend" in Spanish. This name was bestowed upon the car at the behest of Emil Jellinek's daughter, the distributor for Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. The wheels of innovation were set in motion.

Fast forward to 1926, a pivotal year that witnessed the merger of Daimler with Benz & Cie., culminating in the birth of Daimler-Benz. The amalgamation saw the adoption of "Mercedes-Benz" as the distinguished trademark for their automobiles, fusing the legacies of two visionary entities into one.

Contrary to perceptions of conservatism, the trajectory of Daimler-Benz unfolds as a chronicle of industry firsts. From the introduction of the honeycomb radiator to the float carburetor, and the pioneering implementation of four-wheel brakes in 1924, Daimler-Benz consistently pushed the boundaries of automotive innovation. The diesel-powered Mercedes-Benz 260 D in 1936 marked the inception of diesel engines in passenger cars. The iconic Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing made history as the first car with direct fuel injection, albeit the Gutbrod's tiny 2-stroke engine can claim precedence.

Safety innovations became a hallmark, with Béla Barényi's patented safety cell design in the "Ponton"-models in 1951, featuring front and rear crumple zones. The W116 450SEL 6.9 saw the introduction of the Anti-Lock Brake system (ABS), another pioneering safety feature. From the first production airbags and beyond, the legacy of "firsts" continued to be etched into the fabric of Daimler-Benz.

Over its centennial journey, Mercedes-Benz has not merely produced cars but has sculpted automotive icons. The SSKL, 710 SSK Trossi Roadster, 770K Grosser, 540K Spezial Roadster, 300SL Gullwing, w100 600 Pullman, w111 280SE 3.5 Flachkühler, w113 230SL Pagoda, w109 300 SEL 6.3, and w201 2.3-16 Cosworth stand testament to the brand's commitment to engineering excellence.

The roaring Silver Arrows, or "Silberpfeile," including the W 25, W 125, W154, W165, and W196, created a legacy of dominance on the racetrack. These machines were not merely cars; they were expressions of precision, speed, and an indomitable spirit that left their competitors in the dust.

As Mercedes-Benz marches into the future, it does so not just as an automaker but as a custodian of a legacy, a torchbearer of innovation, and a beacon of automotive excellence. The road ahead is sure to witness the continued fusion of cutting-edge technology, timeless design, and an unwavering commitment to setting new standards in the world of automobiles.

One luminary figure who left an indelible mark was Béla Barényi, often heralded as the "father of passive safety" for his pioneering work in safety engineering. His patented safety cell design, featuring front and rear crumple zones, became a hallmark of Mercedes-Benz's commitment to occupant safety, setting new standards that reverberated throughout the automotive world.

Moving through the chronicles, the collaborative genius of Wilhelm Maybach, alongside Gottlieb Daimler, laid the foundation for Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft. Their innovations not only birthed the first Mercedes but established a culture of relentless pursuit of technological excellence that remains integral to Mercedes-Benz's DNA.

In the post-merger era of 1926, Ferdinand Porsche emerged as a prominent figure within Mercedes-Benz. His work on the Mercedes-Benz S-Type, a supercharged race car, garnered acclaim and set the stage for a legacy that extended far beyond the marque. Porsche's impact would later extend to his eponymous company, but his influence at Mercedes-Benz during those formative years was pivotal.

As the 20th century progressed, the legendary Rudolf Uhlenhaut emerged as a key figure. Uhlenhaut, an accomplished engineer and the driving force behind the iconic Silver Arrows, played a crucial role in Mercedes-Benz's dominance in motorsports. His engineering prowess and attention to detail were instrumental in creating some of the most formidable racing cars of the era.

In the latter half of the century, figures like Bruno Sacco, the head of design at Mercedes-Benz from 1975 to 1999, left an indelible imprint on the brand's aesthetic identity. Sacco's design philosophy, characterized by clean lines and timeless elegance, shaped iconic models like the W126 S-Class and the W201 190E, solidifying Mercedes-Benz's reputation for luxury and sophistication.

The narrative would be incomplete without acknowledging the contributions of engineers like Hans Scherenberg, whose leadership in the 1970s ushered in a new era of technological innovation at Mercedes-Benz. Scherenberg's tenure saw the development of groundbreaking technologies, including the Anti-Lock Brake system (ABS) and the introduction of airbags in production cars.