Mercedes 230CE 1983 coupe W123

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Seller: tricycle40 (114) 100%, Location: Sheffield, Ships to: GB, US, AU, Item: 332882525535 Looks can be deceiving - has an MOT until July with no advisories and drives great. Unfinished project - though virtually all done apart from the respray! I managed to get all the mechanical, engine and interior work done, and started the respray before we had a baby, and now I don’t have the time to finish it. It’s taken my wife and I to Tuscany on holiday twice and not missed a beat (drove it back from Chamonix to Sheffield in one go one time with no problems at all). I’ll be completely honest in the description as I’m not looking to rip anyone off. Main points: I converted it from a 280CE to a 230CE, using a really nice engine from a 230E saloon (original engine was quite worn). Bodywork is in really good shape with very little welding done and none needed. It needs the respray finishing though (unless you like the rat look). Interior has been re-trimmed in tan leather (seats), and matching vinyl (door cards, parcel shelf), with carpets replaced with very high quality dark blue wool carpet. A few bits of interior work to finish; mainly the headlining and one of the rear quarter panels. Suspension is Spax gas adjustable struts and slightly lower Spax springs, with many new bushes all round. Bodywork In great condition, other than needing the respray I started to be completed. I bought the car on the strength of its bodywork, as W123s really can rust. There’s no major rust, including underneath. I cut out and replaced the bits of both rear arches that had rust, and both front wings are replacements (one was on the car when I bought it but is in very good shape, the other one I replaced about 2 years ago. The few bits of surface rust there are, I’ve treated with rust cure and painted over. All the fuel and brake lines were replaced around 5 years ago (when I did the engine swap) The left rear quarter is in grey primer, with epoxy primer underneath, so no worries about rust under that. I primered the whole quarter ready for flatting back for painting, even though it’s only a fairly small section of arch/wing I replaced. The bumpers are in good condition - one rear quarter could do with being re-chromed, but there’s no rust on it, just the plating is a bit manky. The driver’s door has a new seal on it. The rear windscreen seal still keeps water out but is a bit ropey-looking. It could do with being replaced when the body’s resprayed. I have one available that can be bought separately if needed. All the trims are included - some aren’t on the car as I removed them for the respray but I have them all and they’re included with the car. I’ve put quite a bit of dynamat in the car, to cut noise. The doors now sound even more like a bank vault than they did originally! Body has around 150k on it (the engine’s done around 95k). Paintwork The paint is by far the worst part of the car! I got part way through the respray, but now don’t have the time (or ability/equipment if I’m honest) to finish it off. The front part of the car and one door are painted in Rolls Royce/Bentley ‘Oxford Blue’. It’s a lovely colour, and included with the car is around 2.5l of cellulose paint which should be enough to paint the car. The parts that have been painted will need respraying as I sprayed it on too thick and got blooming in the paint. When it’s finished it’ll look great in this dark blue with tan leather interior and blue carpets. Engine: I bought the car for the bodywork, not the engine. The original 2.8 was pretty tired, and the auto box was very whiny so I removed those and replaced them with a very good condition, 2.3 and matching auto box from a 230 saloon I had with bodywork that wasn’t worth restoring. It’s done about 95K (the clocks are from the car that donated the engine, so show the mileage of the engine rather than the body). It has fantastic compression, and has had the oil and filter changed every 3,000 miles or couple of years (I’ve only driven in a few hundred miles a year the last few years). Antifreeze has been replaced a couple of times in the last 5 years as well. Gearbox oil and filter were changed around 5 years ago. Exhaust gaskets were all replaced when I swapped it into the coupe. I replaced the engine mounts at the same time, along with the propshaft ‘doughnuts’. The battery tray is in great condition (they commonly rust through) - I’ve taken a couple of W123s apart for parts over the years so I’ve used the best one I had. Suspension, steering and tyres When I did the engine swap, I also replaced the dampers with Spax gas adjustables, and the springs with Spax lowering springs. These only lower the car by around an inch (which they need really - they look like 4x4s on standard springs. Initially it was too low at the front, so I’ve put thicker spring pads on the front (3 different spring pads are available from Mercedes, to tune the hight of the car for different engine weights, and to raise the ride height for African roads). It now sits really nicely without looking ‘slammed’. I also replaced all the ball joints (there are a lot on a W123), including the ones in the steering knuckles and the huge ones that bolt to the chassis. Most of the bushes were replaced at the same time, including the rear sub-frame bushes, the rear trailing arm bushes, and the front anti-roll bar bushes. When I did most of the mechanical work around 5 years ago I rebuilt the brake callipers (replaced all pistons, shot blasted the callipers and bores, replaced all seals) and replaced all the pads and discs. The steering box is the lowest mileage one I’ve been able to lay my hands on (from a 40,000 mile saloon). There’s minimal play in it; there’s always some due to the design. Fluid and filter were replaced around 5 years ago. Tyres were fitted around 5 years ago, and are Uniroyal rain experts. They’ve got fairly stiff sidewalls, which (along with the adjustable suspension) manage to stop the car feeling like a blancmange, which happens when you fit soft side walled tyres to a W123. Interior Originally the car had white velour seats and white carpets, which after 30 years of use didn’t look that great. I re-trimmed the seats in tan leather around 3 years ago, when I was learning trimming with a view to setting up a trimming business. As they’re the first set of seats I did they’re not perfect, but they’re not bad either. I’ve also re-trimmed the door cards, the A-pillar trims, the C-pillar trims, the parcel shelf, and one rear quarter panel. The other quarter panel and the panel at the front where the sun visors attach need trimming, and the headlining needs fitting. I’ve hand-stitched the headlining in white perforated vinyl (including stitching the fixing strips to it), but it needs to be fitted - ideally when the body’s resprayed. I’ve trimmed the sunroof panel in the same vinyl already. The panels under the dashboard are trimmed in black vinyl (they were cream originally). The carpets are navy blue 80% wool (which isn’t cheap!), edged in tan vinyl to match the seats. Some parts are still cream (door handles, door kick trims) - the contrast looks alright to me, but they could easily be sprayed/dyed to match the tan. It’s a difficult car to value because it’s unfinished, and isn’t original. I’d rather not break it, but I won’t sell it for less than what I’d get for it in parts. I’m not kidding myself it’s going to fetch concourse-level money, but I don’t want to give it away. Thanks Mike Condition: Used, Year: 1983, Manufacturer: Mercedes-Benz, Model: W123, Body Type: Coupe, Doors: 2, Colour: Blue, Mileage: 95000, Engine Size: 2300, Modified Item: Yes, MOT Expiry: 20190700, Transmission: Automatic, Fuel: Petrol, Seats: 4, Drive Side: Right-hand drive, V5 Registration Document: Present

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