Our Classic 1984 Mercedes 200 Auto W123


This is absolutely one of those occasions where I was in the right place, at the right time. I knew a local business owner called Simon who I used to visit while passing through Ham, South West London.

One day I was visiting Simon and he told me that he might be buying a classic Mercedes. I said that I might be interested and to let me know when it arrived. As I got into my car and began driving home, I saw a black 1970s style Mercedes drive into the car park, so I immediately stopped my car and walked over.

Introducing Leonard The Upholsterer

It turned out that Leonard bought it new in 1984 as his upholstery business was taking off. Leonard is an absolute gentleman and after taking a look I took it for a test drive and fell in love.

The car had a few dent, the wheel trims had seen better days and it was beginning to show its age in places. But crucially, it was totally original and perfectly maintained with just 90k miles on the clock.

I knew that I had to have it, so we agreed on a price and I had just enough money in my bank to do the deal right then.

For the past five years, the car had only been used for trips to the supermarket and as Leonard and his wife were of retirement age, they had decided it was time to say goodbye. 

Restoring it to oem condition

With the help of a few close friends, we have restored the car to its original glory using OEM Mercedes parts and full concours paintwork.

I have never owned a car that gets such a positive reaction as this one. There is something about the boxy but timeless design, the endless chrome trim and the colour that just works. It has a subtle class, without being ostentatious.

The full model is a 1984 Mercedes 200 with a 2.0 petrol carburettor-fed engine and a four-speed automatic transmission. It’s finished in Schwarz black with tan MB-Tex vinyl interior and a large sunroof.

Leonard kept the original service book and sales invoice showing the original order specification. It was factory supplied without a model designation badge or a radio cassette, because Leonard’s wife used to sit in the back while he pretended to chauffeur her around London.

Petrolicious says the W123 was “engineered like no other car in the world” and we couldn’t agree more.

Shot by @Banksyyy on a rooftop in Bristol.