What a fantastic opportunity to buy an extremely early W123 in wonderfully period colours that has had just two owners from new with a fantastic history.
Overall the car is in in absolutely incredible condition and extremely original, but there are a few areas that needs a little work.
First registered in December 1976 by Mercedes main dealers, Martin Walter of Dover, this 230 auto was sold to a school master who looked after the car meticulously, always having it serviced and repaired at the supplying main dealer until the dealer closed. He ten found a local specialist to look after the car, and when he decided to part with it in 1999, the owner of the specialist garage purchased it from him and kept it 19 years until he retired.
With the car comes all its original books and manuals including the service book that contains all the stamps and detailed notes on everything that does done to the car, even including changing the wiper blades. In addition, there’s a folder full of bills supporting the aforementioned work. In the last 20 years it has barely covered 1500 miles and always been garage kept. The mileage now stands at just over 100k.
As you can see from the photographs this W123 is in absolutely beautiful condition. The car is completely original apart from being repainted once. The paintwork is generally excellent. The brightwork unmarked and the interior is quite simply amazing. In perfect condition and all completely original.
The engine runs well and drives nicely judging by our short test drive.
MoT until August. HPI clear.
Being a very early car it has quite a few details that are different from the later versions, including the 230 carb engine carried over from the W115, the 115 style steering wheel, round headlamps and different interior upholstery.
We purchased the car from its second owner in 2018 with a view to carrying out the work required and making one of the nicest early 123s in the country. However, we have been very busy with other work and time has not been on our side. So having done nothing to it so far we have decided to offer it up as is.
Apart from some minor recommissioning, the main work is a few areas of rust repair – a few spots underneath and in the engine bay (which could do with repainting), plus a few bubbles at the edge of the sunroof. All well within the capabilities of a competent body man. Since the rest of the car is so good, this would be a very easy restoration. Plus, you could drive it through the summer before starting work.
Very few of these early W123s survive and few as good as this car with such a good history.
All the hard to find trim parts are perfect so it’s just body and a small amount of paint to do.
A fantastic opportunity.