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Details about  1979 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series

1979 Mercedes 280CE Convertible - Rare Coach Built Survivor W123

1979 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series

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See Description. Rare, custom, coach built car, inspection recommended before bidding.

Aug 10, 2014
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US $8,500.00
Approximately C $10,384.88(including shipping)
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Item location:
Decatur, Georgia, United States
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Vehicle Specifics for 1979 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series
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1979 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series
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Item specifics

Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
A vehicle is considered used if it has been registered and issued a title. Used vehicles have had at least one previous owner. The condition of the exterior, interior and engine can vary depending on the vehicle's history. See the seller's listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller Notes: See Description. Rare, custom, coach built car, inspection recommended before bidding.
Year: 1979 Number of Cylinders: 6
Make: Mercedes-Benz Transmission: Automatic
Model: 200-Series Body Type: Convertible
Trim: MB Tex Vehicle Title: Clear
Engine: Gasoline Options: Cassette Player
Drive Type: Automatic Transmission Fuel Type: Gasoline
Mileage: 124,200 For Sale By: Private Seller
Exterior Color: Cypress Green Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Interior Color: Tobacco
Up for auction is my 1979 280CE (W123) convertible.  This car is rare, recently updated with a bare-metal repaint and looks fantastic.

Born as a coupe, this car was professionally transformed into a convertible in the 1980s by Niko-Michaels (New York).    A 2010 Hemmings Daily (reviewing a similar convertible conversion of a Rolls Royce) is quoted as saying "Niko is regarded as one of the finest and most talented "old-world" craftsman whose hand craftsmanship is legendary and unsurpassed" (  

Also noted in a recent "German Cars for Sale" blog (

Although the car was mechanically great and it had no body damage, it was taken through a restoration (including the following):
  • Bare Metal Repaint in Cypress Green (correct 1979 Mercedes W123 paint code 876)...because the previous paint was looking tired
    • Not body-off restoration
    • No accident damage or body repairs were uncovered during repaint
  • Engine taken out of car during repaint with following replaced proactively:
    • front crank seal
    • rear main seal
    • drain line from head to oil pan
    • transmission front seal
    • steering idler arm bushings
    • new Mercedes OEM motor mounts
  • New convertible top
  • New carpet throughout

Apart from the obvious (and the radio upgrade), the car remains very original.

The car starts, runs and drives, shifts smoothy and stops on solid brakes.     I have just had it professionally tuned before listing.   Current odometer shows just under 124,200 miles and it may have a few more as I continue to enjoy the summer in Atlanta....but it won't be over 124,300 at time of sale.

Car has a full size spare and original tool kit and jack in the trunk... clear signs of a car that has been well cared for over its life.

Interior:   No cracks in the dash - it looks like new.   All four windows go up and down.  The two rear windows are slow, but make the trip.    I would say the wood trim is an 7/10 with the console showing need of refinishing/replacement (you can buy a refurbished one for $180 ish).

For what it's worth on a convertible like this, the central locks (vacuum system) for the two doors, gas tank and trunk are in good working condition.    A brand new multifunction switch has recently been installed.  This switch controls the headlights, high beams, turn signals, cruise control - all functioning as they should   All gauges on the dash, including the clock are working as they should.

The original radio was replaced with a Blaupunkt radio/cassette deck some time ago.   Speakers were likely also upgraded as the sound is very good for a car of this age.   Unfortunately, the antenna was broken at some point before I acquired the car and it doesn't work - but doesn't seem to affect the radio reception - so it hasn't been priority for me and doesn't affect the look of the car at all.   I have also not tackled the AC which is not functioning.   

The custom manual convertible top retracts into a custom well and is protected by a custom canvas tonneau cover.

Engine bay is clean and freshly painted from the restoration with no surprises.

I put up lots of pictures including solid original trunk floor, spare wheel well and tool kit in original Mercedes tool wrap.

I'm selling it because I have a car that needs the garage space...and I never leave this one outside.    I've spent way more on this project than I'll get out of it - but that isn't why I did this restoration.   I've always wanted a W123, and while this one is not stock, I love how it looks and believe I'm not alone.

It is for sale locally and I reserve the right to end the auction early.   For sale as is/where is with clear GA title.   I'm happy to work with the buyer on arranging transportation.

This is a rare opportunity - don't miss it.

This is a 35 year old.  I'm not presenting it to you as a Pebble Beach show car or perfect and it does have imperfections.  This is a well sorted, great looking and driving convertible and the pictures don't lie.    The rubber and chrome trim is in good shape but isn't perfect with a few small dings and scratches on various surfaces.     I urge all bidders to come and inspect the car for yourself before bidding.   The car is sold as is - where is with no warranty.

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