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1973 Mercedes-Benz (W114) 280E
This 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280E (W114) is a clean-presented Mercedes classic, benefitting from a recent respray and with an in-tact interior. It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine which outputs 137kW (185hp) to the rear wheels. The transmission fitted to this car is a four-speed automatic. It currently displays 296,297km on its odometer.
Designed through the mid-1960s and unveiled in 1968, the Mercedes-Benz W114 is a high-end luxury car from the German marque featuring numerous innovative “firsts”. It featured newly engineered suspension for a softer ride quality befitting of the brand, while also stocked a series of high-output six-cylinder engines with Bosch fuel injection. Despite its positioning below the period S-Class, the W114 retained a series of luxurious features for its era such as a centre console and quality materials. The W114 is known to be a very durable car with one example having travelled 4.6 million kilometres – the Mercedes-Benz with the highest mileage known to date. A subtle facelift was unveiled in 1973 with a lower bonnet line and broader grille. These cars are known as series 2 examples.
Finished in Carnelian Red paintwork with beige upholstery, this striking colour combination turns heads. The exterior is highlighted by period correct chrome trimmings while the interior features darkened rosewood woodgrain inlays. No obvious aftermarket modifications are listed alongside this car though the seller notes it rides at a lower height with new springs. The car is set on a set of 14-inch chrome emblem-capped wheels with Vitour whitewall tyres.
Built in Germany in late 1973 and complied in Australia in October 1973, this Mercedes-Benz has been well-maintained for much of its life. The seller suggests the vehicle spent time in storage between 2014 and 2017 before being used for touring before covid restrictions. It has moved little since then. Documents note the vehicle had its engine and gearbox replaced around 2012 by BMP Wingfield in South Australia. In recent years the car has had its exhaust replaced and a new alternator. The sump gasket has developed a leak and should be considered for replacement, while the car has subtle vibrations around 50-60km/h.
Exterior condition is best described as very good. Carnelian Red paintwork shows in great order for a vehicle of its age and mileage – the car is understood to have undergone a respray in recent years. No signs of obvious scratching or dents are observed on its body panels. The seller asserts that the vehicle is rust-free. Chrome detailing appears in polished condition and exterior plastics even appear without significant tarnishing – common for Benzes of the period. Curb damage can be seen on some of the chrome wheels, while the whitewall tyres appear to have good tread.
The interior has fared similarly well. The owner suggests that sheepskin covers have been used for much of its life. The seat upholstery has held up well to continued use and no signs of tears or damage are seen. It has subtle staining consistent with use, considered normal for the age. Original carpets show wear but are clean. The aftermarket head unit has been disconnected but a period correct cassette player is included with the car.
To the best of the sellers knowledge, this listing is accurate and not misleading in anyway. As per Trading Garage’s Terms and Conditions, although Trading Garage have completed the following checks, bidders must satisfy themselves to the accuracy of the description and do any research, they feel necessary before bidding. All listings are sold in Australian dollars. This vehicle is currently unregistered and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number and it is not recorded as written off or stolen.
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