1982 MERCEDES-BENZ (W123) 230 TE

Lot Description


  • A fantastic modern classic in an eye-catching colour scheme, and with only one previous owner.
  • Under the bonnet is the 136hp 2.3-litre inline-four with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, coupled to a four-speed manual transmission.
  • Numerous desirable factory features, including power steering, central locking, and a sliding sunroof.


  • Finished in its original and lesser-seen hue of Cactus Green, this 230 TE has a black MB Tex leatherette and cloth interior.
  • It was specified with a factory sunroof and a heated rear window, and also features power steering, rear headrests, central locking, metal roof rails, and tinted glass.
  • A Blaupunkt Nashville radio cassette head unit is fitted, which is believed to be original.
  • It rides on 14-inch steel wheels with colour-matched hub caps, shod in Hankook tyres.
  • A catalytic converter was installed in 2001.
  • The car comes with its original title, original sales invoice for the car, as well as some old invoices.
  • First registered in February 1982, it was acquired by the vendor to join the collection around five years ago.


  • There is no known serious bodywork damage, though the rear left wing has been repainted.
  • Overall its Cactus Green paintwork is in good condition, with some superficial swirl marks and general ‘wear and tear’, but no unsightly damage.
  • The interior is believed to be wholly original. The door panels have some ripples in the vinyl coverings, but the seats are in fantastic condition for their age - a testament to the robust materials and build quality of the W123 generation model.
  • There are no known mechanical or electrical faults.
  • It was put through the rigorous inspection German historic plates in 2018.


This Mercedes-Benz 230 TE is a popular modern classic, which boasts superb provenance having only one owner until it joined the current collection in 2016. The W123 model is famous for its reliability and quality, and the estate variants in particular are sought after for their style and practicality. This particular car presents in very good order, remaining highly original, and finished in a wonderful factory colour scheme.

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Car Overview

  • 164,606 km
  • manual
  • LHD
  • Cactus Green (880)
  • Black Cloth MB Tex
  • 2.3L
  • VINWDB12328310001168

Lot Overview

  • Lot #04013
  • private Sale
  • Bielefeld, Germany


  • Nilsw

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Interior  (57)

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