1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 4.5 Sedan
Chassis no. 108 067 12 004644
4,520cc SOHC V8 Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
198bhp at 4,500rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Coil Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Less than 15,000 miles covered
*Original color scheme
*Factory air conditioning
The W108 Series Mercedes-Benz
Forerunners to the S-Class, the W108 Mercedes were introduced in 1965. The fins of the predecessor W111 cars were eliminated, and the overall appearance was smoother, more sophisticated. Initially powered with six-cylinder engines, a V8 engine was made available in 1970 first as a 3.5 liter unit, then a 4.5-liter version of the M117 engine was added to the U.S. model range the following year, resulting in the somewhat cumbersome nomenclature of 280SE 4.5. The engine was rated at 230 bhp, and a three-speed automatic transmission with torque converter was standard.
Although W108 sales worldwide reached nearly 383,000, the 280SEL 4.5 achieved fewer than 22,000, making it fairly rare in today's collector market. They were the last team-built cars at Daimler-Benz, aside from the current AMG variants, and they exhibit the build quality expected from a hands-on assembly team. They were also the last with stacked headlamps.
The Motorcar Offered
This extremely tidy and original Mercedes was acquired by the current owner directly from the family of its meticulous long-term owner. The Auto Engineering plate on the dashboard shows the car was delivered and likely maintained by the prestigious Lexington, Massachusetts dealership.
Viewed today, the car remains in its original paint scheme of DB291 - Dark Green and displays a near immaculate interior in cognac fleck patterned leather. Both are believed to be as new with only very minor evidence of paintwork in the car's more than 40 year existence. The interior retains the original Becker Europa U.S. Version stereo, with which it was supplied according to its data plate, together with factory air conditioning and the obligatory period accessory of an '8 Track' unit (a sympathetic and reversible installation). The engine bay presents cleanly and the trunk shows very modest use, when all aspects are taken into consideration, and combined with the very solid and unworn door and trunk lid mechanisms, all endorse its stated teens mileage.
- Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit. This Mercedes is a SE, not a SEL.