1971 Mercedes 280 S.E 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111027120022615 Engine no. 116980-12-002331

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Lot 277
1971 Mercedes 280 S.E 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis no. 111027120022615 Engine no. 116980-12-002331

Sold for € 126,500 (US$ 150,421) inc. premium
1971 Mercedes 280 S.E 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis no. 111027120022615
Engine no. 116980-12-002331
‘...the company should continue to enjoy the patronage of all who, being able to afford it, value the qualities of superb engineering above the attractions of superficial appearance or custom-trade exclusivity.’ – L J K Setright, ‘On Four Wheels’, 1975.

The 3.5-litre version of the 280SE typifies the resurgence of larger-engined Mercedes-Benz models that began in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the progressive easing of fiscal constraints that had dissuaded customers from buying cars with large capacity engines encouraged the Unterturkheim giant to offer bigger, more potent power units. Thus the ultra-luxurious 280SE Coupé/Cabriolet and 300SEL saloon were the models chosen by Mercedes-Benz to launch its magnificent new 3.5-litre V8 engine in 1969. An over-square design featuring a cast-iron block and aluminium-alloy cylinder heads, each equipped with a single overhead camshaft, this all-new, state-of-the-art power unit produced 200bhp courtesy of Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorised ignition. Thus equipped, the Coupé/Cabriolet was good for 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 transmission, 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 Mercedes-Benz collectors.
Originally delivered to US specification, this Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet is finished in golden sand with dark brown leather interior, the latter featuring Behr air conditioning and a Becker Mexico radio. The car is presented in extremely nice condition, boasting ‘as new’ brightwork and shut lines to factory specification, and comes with factory data card and Netherlands registration papers. This lovely left-hand drive 280SE 3.5 cabriolet is one of only 1,232 examples produced.

Footnotes

  • Livré neuf aux spécifications américaines, ce cabriolet Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 est peint en sable métallisé avec intérieur en cuir brun foncé. Il est équipé d'un dispositif d'air conditionné Behr et d'un autoradio Becker Mexico. Cette voiture est dans un très bel état de présentation, dotée d'enjoliveurs "comme neufs" et d'ouvrants ajustés conformément aux spécifications d'usine. Accompagné de sa fiche d'usine et de papiers d'immatriculation hollandais, ce séduisant cabriolet 280 SE 3.5 conduite à gauche est l'un des rares 1 232 exemplaires produits.
1971 Mercedes 280 S.E 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111027120022615 Engine no. 116980-12-002331
1971 Mercedes 280 S.E 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111027120022615 Engine no. 116980-12-002331
1971 Mercedes 280 S.E 3.5 Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111027120022615 Engine no. 116980-12-002331
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