THE CCW VIEW
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.