Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088

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Lot 162
1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate
Registration no. BAH 766X Chassis no. WDB123098822006088

Sold for £ 13,225 (US$ 16,769) inc. premium
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees
1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate
Registration no. BAH 766X
Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Purchased by Sir Barry Gibb in 1988
• Owned by him for 29 years
• Rare air conditioning option
• Featured in Mercedes Enthusiast and Classic & Sports Car
• Well documented

Footnotes

  • 'Mercedes-Benz estate cars are widely regarded as among the best load-luggers you can buy, traditionally offering a winning blend of practicality with great comfort. They were never cheap, but the pedigree inherent in the three-pointed star atop the bonnet will always go hand in hand with a premium price.' – Paul Hudson, The Telegraph, 6th November 2018.

    Introduced in 1976, the W123 series was notable as providing the basis for Mercedes-Benz's first factory-built estate car, the 280 TE, which made its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 1977. Special features of the estate version included a strengthened rear chassis and tailgate, and hydraulic self-levelling rear suspension.

    A good clean car, this example spent most of its life garaged at Sir Barry Gibb's estate near Beaconsfield and is very original. It stayed in Gibb's ownership until July 2017, almost 30 years. According to Gibb's manager, they spent some time looking for a 280 TE, specifically with air conditioning - a rare optional extra – and purchased this one from its first owner early in 1988. Finished in Chamonix White with black half-leather interior, the car was also supplied with electric windows, central locking, and Mercedes-Benz mud flaps.

    'BAH 766X' was used sporadically and only when the Gibb family returned from their home in Miami, Florida for summer vacations. Expired MoTs dating back to 1989 confirm the recorded mileage, although the speedometer was changed the year Gibb purchased the car, the original unit being faulty (details on file).

    The Mercedes is presented in very good order inside and out. Recent works carried out includes refurbishing the sills and re-upholstering the driver's seat, while new parts fitted include a headlight lens; Alpine speaker system; Pioneer under-seat sub-woofer; and a period-style radio head unit.

    This car has featured in two magazine articles this year: one in Mercedes Enthusiast and more recently in a Classic & Sports Car 'Giant Test' with marque specialist Mark Cosavich (of W123 World). MoT'd to September 2019, it comes with the owner's manual, service booklet, and two sets of original keys. Accompanying documentation includes the V5C Registration Certificate; some service history and the aforementioned MoTs; and a copy of the seller's document and a signed photograph of the car, both from Sir Barry Gibb.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the correct chassis number is WDB12309322011314.
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Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
Formerly the property of Sir Barry Gibb, CBE of the Bee Gees,1982 Mercedes-Benz 280 TE Estate  Chassis no. WDB123098822006088
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