The car is finished in dark blue, lending an air of refinement to this 50-year-old coupe. The rich and deep blue is a re-paint in the original colour – since it was applied, the trunk lid 280C emblem has not been replaced, the owner is including one in the sale. The original 14-inch Bundt wheels remain in place, skinned in General RT rubber measuring 205/70. The General RTs were installed in 2022 and the seller estimates that they have rolled fewer than 1,000 km. A common feature today, but much less so in 1973 is the power sliding sunroof. As the photos illustrate, the sunroof is a prominent feature, both in form and function. It gives the car a sophisticated aesthetic. The big three-pointed star hood ornament, upfront, is set atop a substantial grill bookended by period fog lights. The chrome grill is complemented by chrome bumpers, front and rear. Another sure sign of early ‘70s luxury: exterior mirrors are in place, topped by vent windows, and remain in good condition, same for the glass.
The inside is trimmed in light grey leather, with blue carpets and wood veneer accenting. Up front, there are two bucket seats with their recognizable trademark Mercedes head rests for the period. In the rear, there are seat belts for three passengers. The dashboard is a contrasting, black, with the familiar white on black gauges, analog clock, black steering wheel with horn pad featuring a three-pointed star emblem. This car is well-equipped, featuring power windows, power sliding sunroof (see its functionality demonstrated in the videos), power antenna, air conditioning and cruise control. The radio is a modern Pioneer head unit and comes with an upgraded Pioneer speaker system. The gallery also shows a trunk-mounted subwoofer and amplifier. As well, found in the trunk is a covered spare tire.
Under the hood is a clean presentation of a carbureted six-cylinder engine with a displacement of 2.8 L which starts, idles and runs well. This power plant yielded 130 hp when new, at 5000 RPM, torque was rated at 150 lb.-ft (3500 RPM). Mated to the 2.8 inline-six is a four-speed automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. A previous owner replaced the transmission and the original will be made available to the new owner. Recent work includes spark plugs and new brakes, owner has shop invoices on hand for this work. The owner states that only regular maintenance is required at this time. As shown in the gallery and in a detailed video, the underside is clean – remarkably so for a car this age.
This 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280C coupe is being represented by the seller on behalf of the owner, his father-in-law, and is available with one key and original owner’s manual in Ancaster, Ontario.
More videos and Photo Gallery appear below the bidding section.