THE CCW VIEW

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

You’ll ei­ther be won over by the 280CE’s gen­tly un­der­stated looks and re­laxed char­ac­ter or be left ut­terly in­dif­fer­ent to its sa­loon-es­que dy­nam­ics and un­ad­ven­tur­ous styling – but it’d take a heart of stone to hate this car, be­cause it’s so dev­as­tat­ingly ef­fec­tive at what it does. It’s as at home in a su­per­mar­ket car park as it is on Sun­set Boule­vard, and its broad range of tal­ents en­cour­ages you to use it as much as pos­si­ble. It’s also far cheaper than a straight-six, chrome­laden ‘bahn­stormer ought to be – you can pick good ones up for well un­der £15,000, which makes it as­ton­ish­ing value. It’s a con­sum­mate all-rounder with the sub­stance to back up its re­strained style.

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