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Lot 335
 

1973 Mercedes-Benz 280 CE

Sold for £14,625

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: BKW584L
Chassis No: 11407222006045

Motor Car Location: Cheshire

  • Supplied new to J.W. Pickles & Son Ltd of Ossett and four registered keepers since then
  • Original Maintenance Booklet with service stamps up to 48,574 miles and sundry maintenance invoices from 1985 onwards
  • Believed but not warranted to have covered 75,700 miles from new
  • Treated to a full, glass out, opening panels off respray by its previous registered keeper in circa 2008
  • Scarcely driven after being serviced by SPR Autos Independent Mercedes Specialists during November 2018 at a cost of £1,378.44 and as such would benefit from recommissioning
  • Uprated W123-series front disc brakes, custom longlife exhaust and factory-fitted sunroof
  • Entrusted to Bespoke Car Interiors of High Legh for £2,220 worth of interior smartening in October 2019 (headlining, carpets, spare wheel cover etc)

According to its accompanying original maintenance booklet, ‘BKW 584L’ was supplied new by C. Sidney Ltd of Bradford to J.W. Pickles & Son Ltd of Ossett on April 6th 1973. Sold to S.F. Osborne Esq. of Welwyn some fourteen months later for £3,900, the Mercedes-Benz was to remain in his care for twenty-years. Subsequently purchased by J. Odling Esq in 2003 from his brother-in-law who had been a friend of Mr Osborne, the 280 CE was treated to a full, glass out, opening panels removed respray some five years later. Passing to the current (fourth) registered keeper during August 2017, the Coupe was serviced by SPR Autos Independent Mercedes Specialists the following November at a cost of £1,378.44. Barely driven since then, ‘BKW 584L’ started unaided upon inspection but would benefit from some recommissioning. Entrusted to Bespoke Car Interiors of High Legh for £2,220 worth of interior smartening in October 2019 (headlining, carpets, spare wheel cover etc), the Mercedes-Benz appears to pleasingly retains its original Blue upholstery. Sporting a factory-fitted sunroof, the 280 CE also boasts uprated W123-series front disc brakes and a custom longlife exhaust. Offered for sale with history file including the aforementioned original maintenance booklet (stamped up to 48,574 miles), sundry invoices dating back to the mid 1980s, copy despatch document, Mr Osborne’s 1974 bill of sale, Autocar road test reprint, original plastic wallet and numerous old MOTs.

Model Background:

Penned by the celebrated French designer Paul Bracq, the Coupe version of the Mercedes W114 was unveiled in 1969. Of pillarless construction, it featured windows that could be fully lowered for optimum open air motoring and a notably longer boot lid than the related Saloon. There was the choice of 2.5 (250) or 2.8-litre (280) straight-six engines coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. Just 67,048 such Coupes were produced prior to the cessation of production in 1976, 24,669 of which had the larger engine.

 

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