Used Car of the Day: 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280ce Euro

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today's UCOTD is a rare bird -- a 1981 Mercedes-Benz 280ce Euro that was imported from Japan.

It has the original M116 engine with about 92,500 miles on it and new tires.

It's all Euro-spec and the only issues seem to be some minor paint peel and a bit of surface rust.

The seller asks $15,000.

There's not a lot of text in the ad, so take a gander at the photos instead.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • 95_SC 95_SC on Mar 28, 2023

    15k for some old rusty 80s junk that is slower to 60 than the Exxon Valdez? Pass. Plus no TikTok on the old Mercedes

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    • Kevin Kevin on Oct 10, 2023

      This has a twin-cam six with ~180hp and zero emissions controls. By modern standards, it is feather light. It's not slow, at all. Lovely howl when you get on it too - friend of mine had a gray-market 280E sedan back in the day. That thing would rip up to 135mph and sit there all day long. It wanted nothing more than to cross continents at triple-digit speeds.

  • Tassos Tassos on Mar 28, 2023

    Strictly a collectible, nota daily driver. Way too old. Even the Awesome S class from 1991-99 is getting to old to be a daily driver these days.

    • Sundance Sundance on Mar 29, 2023

      Too old for a daily? No, that's absolutely wrong. Of course you can drive a C123 on a daily base. That's not so rare here in Germany. And regarding the S Class you mentioned: My CLK W208 is from 1998 and a daily. No problems with that.

  • Theflyersfan I guess I should have kept my first ever car which was also a 1987 Nissan. Probably could have sold it for $50,000 by now if I was living in this fantasy world where used up 37 year old Nissans sell for the same price as a new Versa. I wish a link was here so all of us can check out this treasure among junk 200SX. The only way this car is even remotely worth that kind of money is if there are illicit substances hidden somewhere in the frame that, as part of the sale, you have to drive across the border and "make a delivery." Otherwise, get that thing off of my lawn.
  • Sobro Needs moar Roots.
  • RHD Questions? None, no, not really. Interested in some random Hyundai? No, not at all. Yawn.
  • Formula m Alfa-Romeo had the great idea to unveil my all time favourite car at the world expo in Montreal. Never built or Sold in North America. The called it the Alfa Romeo Montreal. Never even sold in North America.