1973 Mercedes-Benz 280E W114

Transmission: Manual
Mileage: 59300
Colour: Green

Background and history

Quite apart from their incredible build quality, there were several things that were significant about the Mercedes-Benz “W114” models, launched in 1968.

The car was styled by Paul Bracq, who had previously designed the iconic ‘Pagoda’ roof Mercedes SLs, and the W114 featured a number of styling cues carried staright over from the iconic sports car, namely the fluted wheel arches and stacked front headlamp lenses, along with its narrow A-pillars and steeply curved windscreen.

It also had an entirely new suspension system, consisting of an advanced multi-link wishbone front end and swing axles at the rear, which gave it a bouncy but pliable ride, along with excellent durability.

It was a strikingly handsome design and one that looked sharp and modern alongside its contemporaries.

The W114 was also the first Mercedes to move towards a naming strategy based on its engine size – from the four-cylinder 200 to the fuel-injected six-cylinder 280E flagship, which is what we have here.

Imported from South Africa, the car has lived in a dry climate and is largely original. It’s a very early facelift car following some major enhancements in 1973, which included slimmer bumpers, an improved cabin and lower headlamps, as well as alloy wheels on higher specification cars.

What makes it special?

This car is has been owned by the same family from new and has covered just 102,000km from new, or around 60,000 miles. It is completely original, with its factory paint and an unusually high specification featuring air conditioning, a sunroof and a factory Bosch AM/FM radio with wood fascia to match the car’s dash. It’s a lovely old thing, beautifully set-off by its period MB-Tex leather-effect upholstery. This car also has the very rare electric sunroof option.

Outside

It’s a real testimony to Mercedes-Benz build quality of the era that the 280E still wears its original factory paintwork, which is in superb order. It looks fantastic in white, while the alloy wheels set it off beautifully and are the only real giveaway – aside from the badge – that this is the top model.

There’s the odd small nick or scratch as you’d expect from a car of its era, but there’s absolutely no corrosion anywhere to be seen, while the chrome and trim is all in very good condition – it has all the hallmarks of a beautiful and well looked-after car.

The alloy wheels are in exceptional order, while it has new tyres all round.

Inside

The cabin is what will attract most people to this 280E as it’s an amazing colour scheme – bronze-beige MB-Tex leatherette upholstery topped off with matching door cards and a wood-effect fascia. Grey carpets and an ivory headlining complete the effect.

The dash is reassuringly old-fashioned but straightforward, with a pod containing a three-dial VDO instrument panel and a large steering wheel, with traditional horn rings at odds with its 1970s impact pad.

There’s very little in the way of sun damage despite the car spending most of its life in a hot climate, with only some cracks to the steering wheel trim detracting from its otherwise immaculate appearance.

Engine and running gear

The fuel-inject six-cylinder engine is sweet running and lively, firing up on the button and settling to a steady idle. It’s coupled to a three-speed automatic transmission that’s both smooth and responsive.

Despite its age, the W114 feel surprisingly agile, thanks in no small part to its relatively complex suspension set-up, which gives it a decent balance between handling and comfort, while the steering and brakes are both in fine order.

The appeal

There are three key things that stand out about this car. First, it’s a top spec model which makes it the most desirable W114 derivative. Second, it’s a low mileage example with a one-family history. And last but far from least is its incredible originality – it’s never been restored, yet it looks amazing both inside and out. It’s a car that has clearly been loved and cherished throughout its life and is just waiting for a new owner to come along and continue that level of care.

Location: Road and Race Automotive, United Kingdom
Contact:
Jack – +44 7545 301656

www.roadandrace.co.za

Description

1973 Mercedes-Benz 280E W114

Transmission: Manual
Mileage: 59300
Colour: Green

Background and history

Quite apart from their incredible build quality, there were several things that were significant about the Mercedes-Benz “W114” models, launched in 1968.

The car was styled by Paul Bracq, who had previously designed the iconic ‘Pagoda’ roof Mercedes SLs, and the W114 featured a number of styling cues carried staright over from the iconic sports car, namely the fluted wheel arches and stacked front headlamp lenses, along with its narrow A-pillars and steeply curved windscreen.

It also had an entirely new suspension system, consisting of an advanced multi-link wishbone front end and swing axles at the rear, which gave it a bouncy but pliable ride, along with excellent durability.

It was a strikingly handsome design and one that looked sharp and modern alongside its contemporaries.

The W114 was also the first Mercedes to move towards a naming strategy based on its engine size – from the four-cylinder 200 to the fuel-injected six-cylinder 280E flagship, which is what we have here.

Imported from South Africa, the car has lived in a dry climate and is largely original. It’s a very early facelift car following some major enhancements in 1973, which included slimmer bumpers, an improved cabin and lower headlamps, as well as alloy wheels on higher specification cars.

What makes it special?

This car is has been owned by the same family from new and has covered just 102,000km from new, or around 60,000 miles. It is completely original, with its factory paint and an unusually high specification featuring air conditioning, a sunroof and a factory Bosch AM/FM radio with wood fascia to match the car’s dash. It’s a lovely old thing, beautifully set-off by its period MB-Tex leather-effect upholstery. This car also has the very rare electric sunroof option.

Outside

It’s a real testimony to Mercedes-Benz build quality of the era that the 280E still wears its original factory paintwork, which is in superb order. It looks fantastic in white, while the alloy wheels set it off beautifully and are the only real giveaway – aside from the badge – that this is the top model.

There’s the odd small nick or scratch as you’d expect from a car of its era, but there’s absolutely no corrosion anywhere to be seen, while the chrome and trim is all in very good condition – it has all the hallmarks of a beautiful and well looked-after car.

The alloy wheels are in exceptional order, while it has new tyres all round.

Inside

The cabin is what will attract most people to this 280E as it’s an amazing colour scheme – bronze-beige MB-Tex leatherette upholstery topped off with matching door cards and a wood-effect fascia. Grey carpets and an ivory headlining complete the effect.

The dash is reassuringly old-fashioned but straightforward, with a pod containing a three-dial VDO instrument panel and a large steering wheel, with traditional horn rings at odds with its 1970s impact pad.

There’s very little in the way of sun damage despite the car spending most of its life in a hot climate, with only some cracks to the steering wheel trim detracting from its otherwise immaculate appearance.

Engine and running gear

The fuel-inject six-cylinder engine is sweet running and lively, firing up on the button and settling to a steady idle. It’s coupled to a three-speed automatic transmission that’s both smooth and responsive.

Despite its age, the W114 feel surprisingly agile, thanks in no small part to its relatively complex suspension set-up, which gives it a decent balance between handling and comfort, while the steering and brakes are both in fine order.

The appeal

There are three key things that stand out about this car. First, it’s a top spec model which makes it the most desirable W114 derivative. Second, it’s a low mileage example with a one-family history. And last but far from least is its incredible originality – it’s never been restored, yet it looks amazing both inside and out. It’s a car that has clearly been loved and cherished throughout its life and is just waiting for a new owner to come along and continue that level of care.

Location: Road and Race Automotive, United Kingdom
Contact:
Jack – +44 7545 301656

www.roadandrace.co.za