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1972-1980 MERCEDES-BENZ 280S/SE (W116) specifications


This is the second generation of S-class cars, and the one that cemented Mercedes’ reputation at the top of the saloon car pecking order. The 280s were the basic models, though not that basic, and came with a twin-cam straight-six that produced either 160bhp with carbs (S) or 185bhp using fuel injection (SE). To say they led the market in safety features might sound boring, but they also had a fair turn of speed and excellent roadholding thanks to their new semi-trailing arm rear suspension. Now much cheaper than they deserve to be.

Production

  • Production:
    273,623
  • Price at launch:
    £5,597
  • Price (excellent)
    £4,750
  • Price (good):
    £3,750
  • Price (average):
    £2,000
  • Price (project):
    £750

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    10.5secs
  • Top speed:
    124.0mph
  • Power:
    182.0bhp
  • Torque:
    176.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    19.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    mechanical fuel injection

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, wishbone, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, semi-trailing arm, coil spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4960mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2865mm
  • Width:
    1870mm
  • Height:
    1425mm
  • Weight:
    1610kgs

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