Monday, April 27, 2009

1975 Mercedes-Benz 280C

This is a car that looks "good". It doesn't look sporty like the SL does, but it doesn't look stoic like a Mercedes sedan. It looks good.

The 280C was based on Mercedes' 250 sedan. Instead of the 2.5 liter engine found in the sedan, the coupe got a 2.8 liter 6. Both engines were tough, dependable engines that have been known to go 200,000 miles or more without any real problems.

Styling, like I said, was not sporty, but classy. The hard-top style, with the windows rolled down, give it a classic seventies look. The big, chromed, upright Mercedes grill and the round foglights look great. The body colored hubcaps were a Mercedes-Benz styling cue for many years and they look better on this car than any aftermarket wheels ever could. The only thing that lets this car down are the US spec bumpers. I'm not sure how tough it is to do, but I would change them over to European bumpers.

The interior is standard issue late sixties / early seventies Mercedes-Benz. It's minimalistic, well laid out and durable. It's tough to tell from the pictures, but this car appears to have either an underdash FM converter or cassette deck mounted to it. Both are archaic and pretty useless these days, but it adds to the overall seventies appearance of the car.

Very little goes wrong with these cars. The carburetor can be a pain in the ass and the timing chain should be periodically replaced, but everything else is damn-near bulletproof. Older Mercedes' do rust, but this is a southern car and appears to be rust free.

This 53,000 mile car has been owned by the same person since 1977 and is now being offered by a Raliegh, NC, dealer. Click here to see the Craigslist listing.

Click here to find the Mercedes-Benz Club of America website

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