Finished with Champagne Gold metallic with black MB-Tex interior, this W123 230E automatic has covered just 32k miles from new and been in the same family ownership since new.
When ordered its options included an automatic gearbox, rev counter, central locking, right exterior mirror and tinted glass. In addition, it has its original dealer fit Hitachi stereo, speakers and electric aerial.
This W123 was ordered in June 1985 from Mercedes dealers, Raceline of Northamptonshire by Mr Wilson of Dunfermiline. Mr Wilson was living and working in Libya at the time so had the car shipped straight to Tripoli. When he returned to Scotland in 1987 he had the car shipped back with him. After the death of Mr Wilson and then his wife the car passed to their daughter who dry stored the car.
The Mercedes was discovered earlier this year in a dry garage. Under the dust sheets lay a dream find – a superbly preserved original car in beautiful condition, needing only to be lightly recommissioned before being returned to the road.
All original books/manuals are present in the original book pack along with the initial bill of sale, order letters and German registration paperwork.
The car has a Full Mercedes Service History, carried out by Mercedes dealers, Dicksons of Perth, plus the bills for its recent recommissioning. Clear HPI Certificate and two keys.
The car is in exceptional condition throughout and something of a timewarp example. Superb paintwork, no corrosion, perfect brightwork and all the rubber seals are supple and original. The interior is completely unmarked and as new.
The factory steel wheels wear unmarked stainless trims and a set of matching Michelin tyres.
On the road this W123 is a delight. As smooth, quiet and tight as they come thanks to its low mileage. The 230E auto really is the sweet spot of the range with eager performance, smooth gear-changes and good fuel consumption. Somehow they feel a little lighter on their feet than the 280s.
Most W123s we see are rather tired with plenty of hidden rust and ropey interiors. It’s lovely to find such an original, low mileage and rust free example that looks and drives just as they should. A rare find that offers fantastic value.
420 – Automatic gearbox
451 – Rev counter
466 – Central locking
504 – Right exterior mirror
592 – Tinted glass