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1977-1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 230/280CE (C123) specifications


Based on the W123 saloons, but with 10cm nipped out of the wheelbase, these pillarless coupés shared the same sumptuous interior. Top of the range was the fuel-injected 177bhp 280CE, while entry level was covered by the 230C, which put out 109bhp on carbs. Some markets got the in-between 280C with 156bhp, again on carbs. Both of those were dropped in 1980 to make way for the 230CE, which not only got fuel injection, but an new 2.3-litre engine to go with it. Output was now 136bhp, while the 280CE crept up to 185bhp.

Production

  • Production:
    79,147
  • Price at launch:
    £8,951
  • Price (excellent)
    £4,750
  • Price (good):
    £3,500
  • Price (average):
    £1,900
  • Price (project):
    £600

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    11.5secs
  • Top speed:
    112.0mph
  • Power:
    134.0bhp
  • Torque:
    151.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    20.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    mechanical fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, double wishbone, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, semi-trailing arm, coil spring, anti-roll bar
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4640mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2710mm
  • Width:
    1786mm
  • Height:
    1395mm
  • Weight:
    1380kgs

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