1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Liter Convertible  Chassis no. 111 027 12002059 Engine no. 116 980 12 000 860

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Liter Convertible
Chassis no. 111 027 12002059 Engine no. 116 980 12 000 860

US$ 110,000 - 130,000
£ 93,000 - 110,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Liter Convertible
Chassis no. 111 027 12002059
Engine no. 116 980 12 000 860
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. For the all-important United States market, these 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.

The present owner purchased this car in 1999 at that time taking possession from its owner of the past 27 years, who it is thought must have bought the car from the original owner. This succinct ownership trail of long term owners must account for the car's fine condition today, and endorses its quoted mileage of just over 63,000. Painted in 1999, its metallic Champage paint is in reported to be in excellent condition and the car is said to be structurally rust free. New rubber has been fitted on all the windows.

A new top in black canvas and new correct Mercedes pattern interior have been fitted, but otherwise the car remains to original specification including period features such as its Becker Mexico stereo and electric antenna, Behr air conditioning, color glass, fog lights and column shift auto transmission. It is complete with spare tire, jack and tools, along with owners and shop manuals.
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Liter Convertible  Chassis no. 111 027 12002059 Engine no. 116 980 12 000 860
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Liter Convertible  Chassis no. 111 027 12002059 Engine no. 116 980 12 000 860
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Liter Convertible  Chassis no. 111 027 12002059 Engine no. 116 980 12 000 860
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Liter Convertible  Chassis no. 111 027 12002059 Engine no. 116 980 12 000 860
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Liter Convertible  Chassis no. 111 027 12002059 Engine no. 116 980 12 000 860
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Liter Convertible  Chassis no. 111 027 12002059 Engine no. 116 980 12 000 860
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