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Euro Spec Coupe: 1978 280CE

Listed for sale in Los Angeles, CA, this Euro spec 1978 280CE seems to have a lot going for it. With a long list of newer parts and decent photos, the asking price of $8,999 seems very reasonable. Currently the mileage shows just under 108k. The seller states that they are looking for a quick sale as they need cash and room for. a new Fintail project. Seems like an opportunity to make a deal with a fellow Mercedes enthusiast which is a win win.

The car is finished in Black over Black and looks especially good as a Euro Spec. The Euro cars were fitted with skinnier bumpers and full glass lens headlights as opposed to the USDM version which had to meet different safety standards. The paint shines nicely and looks to potentially have received a repaint at some point in it's life. The chrome Bundt wheels compliment the black well and are wrapped in new Michelin tires. The front bumper is fitted with an AMG front lip which is always highly desired on any W123. Completing the look with skirts and a rear apron would really be stunning.

According to the seller, a long list of new items adorns the car and includes the following:

- Bosch Euro Headlights

- Bosch Euro Amber Corner Signals

- Bosch Euro Rear Tailights

- Battery

- Alternator

- Brakes

- Michelin tires

- OEM Pilkington Dual Laminated rear heated glass

- OEM Pilkington Windshield

- Newer suspension

- Recent Transmission service

Modifications in addition to the AMG front lip includes a Nardi steering wheel and Eisenmann exhaust. The seller also states an upgraded audio system with new speakers throughout, 2 Orion Amps, and Kenwood Head Unit with Bluetooth has been installed.

The interior appears to be in good shape overall. There doesn't appear to be any dash cracks and the seats appear as though they may have been recovered at one point. Considering the car seems to have undergone a heavy bit of restoration at some point based on the list of new or replaced parts, we wouldn't be surprised if this is the case. Our only word of caution to potential buyers would be why. Asking for before pictures and an explanation as to why both the front and rear glass were replaced should be a must. The wood veneer does show some hairline cracks which is very normal for W123s of this vintage. Notably, the 280CE floormats are a very nice touch and accent the rest of the interior well.

While most W123s we're accustomed to seeing stateside are diesel powered, this Euro spec is gas-powered by a 2.8L 6 cylinder rated at 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque when new. Assuming this Euro coupe is story free, the recent parts and condition seems to warrant the asking price. This should make a fun classic cruiser for someone but strongly recommend an in-person inspection. If anyone gets more information on this 280CE be sure to let us know!



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