If you’re looking to put the best example of the iconic W123 series Mercedes into your collection, this car must surely be it.
In brief, this totally original 230E has covered just 21,443 miles from new, magazine featured after it was ‘discovered’, then subject to a recommissioning that cost £26k.
Purchased new in February 1985 from Mercedes dealer, Glen Henderson of Ayr by a Mr Miller, the car was used sparingly in the UK until Miller emigrated to Spain in 1995, taking his precious Mercedes with him. The car was so precious to him that, having experienced Spanish driving styles, driving the car there gave him sleepless nights. Apparently he even left a funeral half way through to take the car home and get a taxi back, he was worrying about it so much. To alleviate his fears, Miller bought an Opel and put the Mercedes away in the garage, only bringing it out to polish it occasionally.
Fast forward to 2013, the house in Majorca was bought by a Mr Rogers who found this W123 in the garage as part of the sale. Dusty but unmarked, the 18,000 mile Mercedes had its wheels refitted, a new battery supplied and some fuel added before the ignition key was turned and it fired up straight away.
As the 230 had never been registered in Spain and still wore its original UK plates, Rogers brought the car back to the UK, serviced it and it was given a six-page feature in the December ’14 issue of Mercedes Enthusiast magazine.
By that time the 123 had been sold to its current owner who decided to take the already exceptionally original car to the next level. The car was handed over to renowned marque expert John Haynes Auto Technics.
With the space allowed it’s impossible to list all that was done to the car. However, in brief the underside was stripped and refinished as new, the braking system was renewed entirely, all suspension components stripped and refinished. A new genuine Mercedes exhaust manifold and system were fitted. The fuel tank and all fuel hoses replaced. The engine and gearbox mounts were renewed along with all fluids and filters. The factory original tyres come with the car but were replaced with new classic Michelin XAS radials.
The total spend as detailed on the receipts was £26,129.
The mileage now stands at 21,443 and it is without doubt a unique car. The body is perfect and original. The underside like new. The underbonnet is totally original. The interior is the nearest to new you will see. There is simply no wear or fading, no damage or decay. It’s like stepping back in time.
Similarly, to drive it feels as fresh as the day it came off the production line.
The car comes with all books, manuals and documentation from new, stamped service book and all recent bills from Haynes.
A unique car that would be impossible to recreate for the asking price. One for the serious collector.