The W123 is still the car that epitomises Mercedes Benz to many people - solid, well engineered, long lasting and reliable. A huge number of the 2.6 million built are still on the roads today.
The car debuted in January 1976 and was initially only available in the saloon body style. The Coupe, Estate and long wheelbase variants came along in 1977.
Production ceased in November 1985 for everything bar the Estate, which carried on for slightly longer, until January 1986.
After 20,000 miles' hard use the case for investing in Mercedes' highest priced estate, the 280TE, is convincing but not perfect
There is more to this AMG modified Benz 280CE than gaudy paintwork as Gavin Green (expensively) finds out. Jaguar and Aston Martin drivers should take note