Mercedes-Benz 230

This im­mac­u­lately main­tained four-cylin­der Mercedes sa­loon is def­i­nitely a vi­sion in back-in-vogue beige (or Ivory Pearl)

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Nick Larkin

What’s it like TO drive?

There’s of­ten a mis­con­cep­tion that four-cylin­der ver­sions of cars you as­so­ciate with a six-pot are hideously slow. This cer­tainly doesn’t seem to be the case here, with a bul­let­proof torquey and flex­i­ble 2299cc en­gine giv­ing ex­cel­lent bot­tom to mid-range ac­cel­er­a­tion, al­lied to a sym­pa­thetic four-speed au­to­matic gear­box. The car hap­pily winds up to mo­tor­way speeds and eats up the miles with­out flus­ter. The power steer­ing of­fers a sur­pris­ing amount of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and the car cor­ners quickly with­out flus­ter. Ev­ery­thing here seems just right, as if we are driv­ing some­thing hewn from solid ma­te­ri­als rather than merely built. The brakes in­spire con­fi­dence too.

Body­work check

You can’t help but love the vast ex­panses of beige which, to be hon­est, do suit the car’s lines re­ally well. Every bit of the body­work looks orig­i­nal and the car is im­mac­u­late. Even the whee­larches and front valance are pris­tine. The vast ra­di­a­tor grille has noth­ing more than the tini­est sur­face marks, which would eas­ily buff out. Even the trim is crease free. The rather fine wheeltrims (fea­tur­ing more beige) are as they left the fac­tory too, fur­ther ev­i­dence of the metic­u­lous care lav­ished on this car.

HOW’s the in­te­rior?

This in­side of the car seems as if it has never been used, the con­di­tion is so good. Ma­te­ri­als used are of top qual­ity – the seat fab­ric looks un­blem­ished. Even the car­pets are in 1983 con­di­tion. The steer­ing wheel and dash­board are pris­tine and all the gauges read as they should. The Philips ra­dio-cas­sette looks to be orig­i­nal.

Un­der the Bon­net

The car has a full Mercedes-Benz dealer ser­vice his­tory, and has ob­vi­ously wanted for noth­ing. The un­der-bon­net area is vir­tu­ally as new. There’s not a sin­gle sign of any leaks – all is com­pletely dry. It looks as if some of the hoses have been re­placed re­cently, judg­ing by their con­di­tion. The gear­box works per­fectly, and even the cas­ing looks like new. The sus­pen­sion seems to do its job per­fectly. Noth­ing neg­a­tive to re­port.

Our Ver­dict

This car, which has been in Nor­folk since new, is in in­cred­i­ble con­di­tion, a trib­ute to its pre­vi­ous own­ers and the spe­cial­ists who have main­tained it. You would be for­given for think­ing that this Mercedes has trav­elled far less than even its truly in­signif­i­cant mileage. You could ob­vi­ously pay less for a Mercerdes-Benz 230 but be­fore you do, you re­ally need to see just how good this car is. With its full his­tory and main dealer ser­vic­ing you re­ally can’t go wrong here.

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