"Mercedes-Benz introduced the W123 four-door versions in January 1976. While there were some technical similarities to their predecessors, the new models were larger in wheelbase and exterior dimensions. The styling was also updated, although stylistic links with the W114/W115 were maintained. Initially, all models except 280/280E featured quad unequal-size round headlights and the latter large rectangular units. When facelifted these units became standard across the range. All W115 engines were carried over. It is a tribute to the car's instant popularity – and possibly to the caution built into the production schedules – that nine months after its introduction, a black market had developed in Germany for Mercedes-Benz W123’s available for immediate delivery. Customers willing to order new cars from their local authorised dealer for the recommended list price faced waiting times in excess of twelve months. Meanwhile, models that were barely used and were available almost immediately commanded a premium over the list price.
This relatively low mileage 230E is fitted with manual transmission, has only had one owner from new and presents in very good original condition. The gold paintwork is in good order and she shows no sign of corrosion. The beige interior is equally as tidy and is remarkable taking into account this Mercedes-Benz has been on the road for close on 40 years. In recent times she has been stored in a dry environment although we are advised she has been run regularly and driven very short distances. Supplied with a V5C registration document and the original service books, a Mercedes-Benz W123 is rare to find in this condition.The health and safety of both our customers and team remains the utmost priority, we are therefore operating to Government guidelines throughout viewing and auction day.