1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635
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1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 COUPE
Sold for US$ 99,000 inc. premium

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1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SE 3.5 COUPE  Chassis no. 111026.12.002949 Engine no. 116980.12.002635
1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 COUPE

Chassis no. 111026.12.002949
Engine no. 116980.12.002635

3,499cc SOHC V8 Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
200bhp at 5,800rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Matching numbers example
*Restoration completed in 2015
*Desirable 3.5 with floor-shift and air conditioning
*One of the last great classics from Mercedes-Benz
*Offered with factory records and tools



THE MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5

"If you feel obligated to ask about the price you not only will never understand the car, you have branded yourself incapable of ever appreciating its virtues even if someone gave you one". Car & Driver on the Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5.

The 3.5-liter version of the 280SE typifies the resurgence of larger-engined Mercedes-Benz models that began in the late 1960s. The ultra-luxurious 280SE Coupe, 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" body-shell, the Coupe and Cabriolet kept the 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. The 280SE 3.5 was to be the final model to feature this much admired body style, and today these last-of-the-line top quality classics are highly sought after by discerning collectors.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Completed at the Mercedes-Benz's Stuttgart factory in October of 1970, this exceptional 280SE 3.5 Coupe was prepared for the US market, and finished in DB50 White over a Blue interior. The car was optioned with air conditioning, power windows, a Becker radio and column shift automatic transmission.

The cars early history remains unknown, but the elegant V8 Coupe is believed to have stayed with the previous owner in Northern California for more than two decades. Soon after being acquired by the consignor, the 280SE was treated to a restoration overseen by Steve Stimson of Cameron Park, CA. The smart Coupe was repainted, and the interior completely redone with a new headliner, carpets, new leather seats, new leather dash, door and kick panels. The engine and transmission was removed and refurbished as needed, and the factory air condition was converted to R134. A new battery, four new tires and a new exhaust system were also installed, and the cars brake and suspension systems were rebuilt. Much of the cars brightwork was re-plated, and rubber grommets and gaskets replaced where needed.

Today this beautifully presented, top-of-the-range V8 Mercedes Coupe shines in its factory-correct, although refinished White over Blue upholstery. The car is equipped with the desirable floor-mounted gear lever, air conditioning, power windows and the classic Becker radio, and the history file includes copies of the Mercedes-Benz factory build records, and tool roll and jack are neatly situated in the trunk.

These incredibly high quality, stylish V8 powerhouses are the last of the classic, hand-built cars to come out of the Mercedes workshops in Stuttgart; they offer timeless styling and extreme luxury in a very usable package. This gorgeous Coupe must be one of the finest examples on the market today.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1971.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this car is a 1971 model year.
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