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Old 05-25-2004, 07:05 PM
Dave Hancock
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1985 280ce information

I recently purchased a mb 1985 280ce. I am unable to find anything about it on the internet. all the manuals only go to 1981. it has a 110 engine and I guess it was called a grey market car sold in the uk only. In 85 there were only 665 made. any info would be appreciated thank you
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Old 05-25-2004, 08:43 PM
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Dave, you don't seem to be having much luck with replies here..try using the 'search' button with '280CE' and see what it turns up. -J
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Old 05-25-2004, 11:05 PM
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Dave, if it's an '85 it's a W123 coupe, the generation sold in the US from 77-85. BTW, is it right hand drive (UK model) or left hand drive (Euro)? Here's a couple of associated W123-specific sites that you'll find more info. at:

Also try the "Vintage Mercedes" and "Featured Cars" forums on this site; they cover cars built before and after 1979, your generation overlaps both. You could also post questions in the "Diesel Discussion" forum on this site; most of the W123s sold in the US were diesels, and there's a lot of W123 knowledge in that forum. In particular, posts on the 300CD will be useful; that's the turbo-diesel form your coupe took in the US. For technical questions, post in "Tech Help". You'll get more feedback in any of those than you will in Open Discussion.
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Old 05-25-2004, 11:50 PM
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What do you want to know?

The engine is a hemi fashioned twin cam 2 valve per cylinder unit with EFI. It is revered as perhaps the most durable I6 Mercedes has ever made.

In Euro form, it puts out 185 hp @ 5800 rpms, and 177 lb/ft of torque at 4500 rpms. So you won't feel the most power until you're past 90 - 100 mph.

The S-Class 280 gearing was 3.46 :1. Not sure about the Euro W123.

I used to get 20 - 21 mpg on regular unleaded in the W126 280SEL I had. This was mostly highway driving.

The top speed potential is higher than an American 500SEL.

Top speed of a W123 sedan 280E is 124 mph. Man would I LOVE to see a W123 sedan going that fast, lol!

In fact, my dad's got one on the lot that I can play with in the future. It is US spec, however, but it is an M110. Imagine a W123 body with a US spec speedometer of 140 mph and no tach. Ratio of gearing in the US spec is short. 3.69 :1 in top gear.

Ah, but that 6500 rpm redline was so fun to listen to and peak everytime I pulled out on the open road.
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