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1979 Mercedes-Benz (S123) 280TE
This 1979 Mercedes-Benz 280TE (S123) is a well-presented classic which has recently undergone an extensive mechanical rebuild. It is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine which outputs 136kW (182hp) to the rear wheels. The engine in this car is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission which allows this wagon to run from zero to 100km/h in 9.9 seconds and on to a 200km/h top speed.
Mercedes-Benz models have long held a reputation for their build quality, longevity, and reliability. This is arguably the model that earned the German marque its high praise. The W123 was over-engineered from factory as a comfortable vehicle which frequently undertook service as a taxi in its home country, Germany. Many were used with very little work needed (aside from regular maintenance) up to 1,000,000km. The wagons (designated S123) are becoming desirable in particular thanks to its period design and practicality benefits which include a huge 2.8m-long flat load length. The 280TE is the highest specification of all S123s and features the largest engine.
Showing smartly in a dark blue specification, this S123 is upholstered similarly inside with blue trim. It is painted with a contrasting silver roof. It appears to be an original specification car without significant aftermarket modification, aside from a Pioneer head unit which takes place of the factory system. This car is fitted with central locking, air conditioning and self-levelling suspension as standard. It currently rides on a set of 14-inch Mercedes Bundt wheels which are wrapped in Vitour Galaxy whitewall tyres.
This car was delivered new to the UK in 1979 and subsequently came to Australia in 1987. It was then understood to have been kept in Dubbo, NSW, before making its way to Sydney for repairs roughly 10 years ago. Hahn Automotive in Waterloo, NSW rebuilt the engine at this time, where the car then sat in storage until September 2021. The current owner picked the vehicle up at that time. The most recent service was completed in January 2022 by Penfold Automotive in Newcastle, NSW. Items raised by the mechanic include the front brake calipers needing a rebuild and new engine mounts are needed. The seller notes the car runs and stops well, though a laggy shift between drive and reverse gears was mentioned. The seller notes that the odometer stopped working at 169,000kms and is unable to verify the exact mileage, it currently shows 169,379km.
Overall the exterior condition of this car presents decently for the car’s age and mileage. The body is described as straight with shiny paintwork and reflective chrome detailing – the car is understood to have been resprayed at some point. There are minor chips and scratches consistent with use, but a small split in the passenger-side front wheel arch is a more pronounced blemish. There is also rust underneath the driver’s door and both rear doors. Both chassis rails have dents from suspected improper jacking. Small curb rash damage appears on some wheels, though the tyres retain a good amount of tread.
Inside, the car shows in good condition with relatively few marks seen on the cloth seats. The driver’s seat has become saggy with wear. Carpeting presents in varying condition, with the notable bad points being the driver’s footwell and boot area (hidden by mats). The dash is cracked which is common, though this is hidden by another mat, while the wood trim has flaked in some parts. The headlining and vinyl pillars show some signs of deterioration.
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 registered in NSW until 18/8/22 and there are no security interests registered on the PPSR against the serial number. It is not recorded as stolen or written off.
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