1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupé
Chassis no. 111026.12.001918
Engine no. 116980.12.001680
3499cc SOHC V8 Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
200bhp at 5,800rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Delivered new to California
*Matching numbers example
*Delivered with factory sunroof
*The quintessential GT Coupe
The Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5
The ultra-luxurious 280SE Coupé, Cabriolet and 300SEL saloon models were chosen by Mercedes-Benz to launch its magnificent new 3.5-liter V8 engine in 1969. An over-square design featuring a cast-iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, each equipped with a single overhead camshaft, this all-new, state-of-the-art power unit produced a torquey 200bhp, courtesy of Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorized ignition. Thus equipped, the 280SE 3.5 was good for cruising speeds up near 125mph, with 60mph reachable in 9.5 seconds, a substantial improvement on the six-cylinder version's figures.
Although the equivalent SEL saloon used the 'New Generation' bodyshell, the Coupé and Cabriolet kept the elegant coachwork that had debuted back in 1959 on the 220SE and, as befitted top-of-the-range luxury models, came equipped with automatic transmissions, air conditioning, power windows and stereo radio as standard. Significantly, the 280SE 3.5 was to be the final model to feature this long-established and much admired body style, and today these last-of-the-line classics are highly sought after by discerning collectors around the world.
The Motorcar Offered
This lovely example of the timeless 280SE Coupe was finished at the Stuttgart works during the summer of 1970, during the second production year for the 3.5 models. Specified for the US-market, the 3.5 was delivered to its first owner in September of 1970, though Allen Auto Leasing in Culver City, California. The car remained in the Los Angeles area for years, where it received regular service and maintenance by local specialist shops. It is not clear for how many years the car remained in Southern California, but by 1991 the car had relocated to Massachusetts where it was owned by the Satran family. The Satran's treated the fine classic to restoration and refurbishing work perfomed by Hudson, Massachusetts-based Hatch and Sons Automotive. Among many other details, Hatch and Sons repainted the 280SE, and refinished the fine wood trim.
The Satran's finally parted with their luxurious classic in 2004, and in September of 2005 it was purchased by the vendor, a noted collector of fine European classics. While in his ownership, additional restoration work has been carried out, including further refinishing of the interior wood, a new leather interior, a new headliner, new carpets, and a thorough service of the A/C system. Finished in elegant Dark Blue with lovely Parchment upholstery, the 280SE looks as luxurious today as it did in 1970. It is fitted with a long list of power amenities, such as power steering, power assisted disc brakes, and power windows. The car is also equipped with a highly desirable factory sunroof. Offered with books, tools, a jack and a copy of the Mercedes-Benz Wagenkarte, this splendid 280SE is reported to be in good running condition, and with working air conditioning, it is a great touring GT car for weekend getaways both near and far.
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