Manufactured between 1976 and 1985, the 280CE continued the Mercedes-Benz tradition of building luxurious coupé versions of its class-leading saloons. A short-wheelbase version of the contemporary W123 (200-series) 'small' saloon, the 280CE was mechanically similar to the smaller-engined 230C but came with the 280E's superb 2.8-litre, double-overhead-camshaft straight-six. According to The Motor magazine, 'the 280CE has the performance to justify the sporting 2+2 concept. And this performance enables the car's outstanding road manners to be explored and appreciated to the full.'
With 185bhp on tap, the 280CE did indeed offer a more than adequate level of performance, with a top speed of 118mph and a 0-60mph time of 9.5 seconds, while official fuel consumption tests returned a figure of 27.4mpg at 56mph. There was an extensive list of available extras, which if specified in its entirety, pushed the UK base price from £11,950 to getting on for £15,000.
The current vendor purchased this 280CE around eight months ago and had it serviced (including an oil change, etc) at a local Mercedes-Benz specialist (bill unavailable). Scarcely used because of the vendor's ill health, the car is now for sale and comes with current road fund licence and Swansea V5 registration document. After-market alloy wheels and a wood-rim steering wheel are the only notified deviations from factory specification.