Lot 25: Mercedes-benz 200 Saloon
Mercedes introduced the unitary, all steel four-door saloons from its new W123 model range in January of 1976. The four-seat coupe derivatives were launched in the spring of the same year and the long wheelbase saloon and estate car variants followed in 1977. While there were some technical similarities to the W115 Series cars they replaced, the new models were longer in the wheelbase and slightly larger overall. They also featured some worthwhile updates to the styling, instrumentation and ventilation.
The smallest of the initial seven engine options was the SOHC, four cylinder unit of 1987cc that featured an alloy head atop a cast iron block. Maximum power was 94bhp - sufficient to accelerate the Mercedes to 60mph in 15.1 seconds and on to a top speed of a whisker under 100mph. The engine was mated to a four-speed manual gearbox (an automatic was not offered). The suspension was independent all round with double wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll bar at the front and semi-trailing arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar at the rear. Steering was by power assisted Daimler-Benz recirculating ball and the braking by servo assisted discs all round. The handbrake, of unusual design at the time, was operated by a pull-out handle to the right of the steering wheel. Steel wheels were standard equipment - alloy ones were an option.
Beautifully constructed touring cars, the W123 range continued to sell well until 1985, despite their relatively high asking price. By the time they were replaced by the W124 lineup, 2.7 million examples had been produced, making them the most successful of all 'three-pointed star' models to that date. The build quality of the Mercedes of this period was such that many continue to give first class service to this day - often with several hundred thousand miles behind them. It is small wonder that they were the chosen steed of many a German taxi driver.
The righthand drive Mercedes-Benz 200 offered was first registered in January 1983 and is finished in white with a blue cloth interior. It has remained in its current ownership since 1992 and is taxed and MOT'd until March of next year.
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£1350|
|Engine capacity (cc)||1997|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||4|