1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet VIN: 11102712004293 Built by Mercedes-Benz in May of 1971 this 3.5 was purchased new at Beverly Hills Mercedes later that year. The car's first owner would keep the car for the next 31 years servicing it regularly and keeping extraordinary care of the car, as documented in over 20 years of service records and hand written notes. Highlights include the 3.5 receiving a complete engine rebuild in November of 1988 at 108,591 miles that included pistons, valves, and rebuilt heads. In 1991 the transmission was replaced at 112,489 miles. Dozens of records refer to routine maintenance on the suspension, brakes, air conditioning, electrical, and other systems. The next owner, also from Southern California, obtained the car in 2002 and would keep the car as the valuable collectable it had become. Driving it less than 5,000 miles and keeping the car well stored and maintained, he would continue the careful stewardship of this beautiful Mercedes until 2015. Since arriving at Canepa the 3.5 has been completely revived mechanically and cosmetically. We started with fashioning a completely new and correct interior that included leather seats, door panels, d
Type: Used Year: 1971 Make: Mercedes-Benz Model: 280 SE 3.5 Body: Cabriolet Trans: Automatic Stock 1971280SE Mileage: 61000 Engine Size: 3.5 Ext Color: Brown Int Color: White Vin: 11102600
1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet, S/N 11102712001038, DB304 Horizon Blue with blue leather, blue convertible top, 3.5 litre V8 engine, floor shift automatic transmission, Behr air conditioning, power windows, Becker Europa radio, 55,100 miles from new, extensive refurbishment completed 2016 including bare metal re-painting, major servicing to all systems, new convertible top, original owner’s manuals and pouch, tools and jack, acquired from a longtime Pebble Beach resident who was just the second owner from the early 1980’s, a low mileage, authentic 111 chassis 3.5 cabriolet in original colors and one of just 801 USA examples in the final year of production.
1968 Mercedes Benz 280SE cabriolet, S/N 11102512000436, authentic 111 chassis cabriolet, DB291 Dark Olive with cognac leather, tan convertible top, 2.8 litre in-line 6 cylinder engine, column shift automatic transmission, power windows, Kuhlmeister air conditioning, Becker Grand Prix radio, recent repainting, interior retrim and wood refinishment in original colors, owner’s manual, tool roll and jack, just serviced and always cared for by the same California owner for the past nearly three decades.
In the late 1950s, Mercedes Benz was facing a problem. The elegant 300S and 300SC sat atop the range but these imposing and hand-built cars were becoming prohibitively expensive to produce. In comparison to the revolutionary tubular chassis 300SL sports car, the big 300S and SC’s body-on-frame construction made felt a bit old-fashioned on the road and a new model was needed that could be comparably prestigious, yet cost a fraction of the expense to produce. For the turn of the next decade, Mercedes-Benz focused intently to modernize their offerings and reduce production costs across the range. The new W110 and upmarket W111 series of four-door sedans and two-door coupes were built using unibody construction on a shared common platform. This new car was significantly cheaper to build, shared common components across the range yet still maintained Mercedes’ famous quality and bank-vault road feel. The first W111 cars were sedans that wore styling that was heavily influenced by the American market. The “heckflosse”, or “fintail” had pronounced tail fins and an upright, conservative appearance meant to appeal to American buyers. The coupe, however, shared little of the sedan’s styling and was more understatedly elegant with a distinct roofline highlighted by deeply curved rear glass. The coupe’s styling was so successful that it outlived the sedan by several years, eventually lending its styling cues to the Heckflosse replacement. Top line models were initially powered by the classic, 3.0 liter Mercedes inline six, fitted with proven and reliable Bosch mechanical fuel injection. But some customers wanted more power and exclusivity, so in August of 1969 the all-new, alloy M116 V8 engine was fitted to the 280SE coupe – along with a host of luxury options and equipment - to become the 280SE 3.5. The 200 horsepower 3.5 liter V8 breathed new life in to the W111 for the final three years of production, transforming the luxurious coupe into one of the finest four-seat GT cars ever produced. Today’s enthusiasts relish in the unrivaled quality and visual presence of these magnificent luxury cars. This 1971 280SE 3.5 Coupe is a very desirable example, finished elegantly in white over beige leather. It presents in superb driver condition and features many sought-after options such as a sunroof, fog lights, floor shift automatic transmission, electric windows and air conditioning. The older restoration still presents beautifully and there are receipts totaling over $25,000 for recent mechanical work and details. Finished in its original color of DB 050 white, the paintwork is very attractive and exhibits excellent, consistent panel fit and detailing throughout. Chrome trim is superb from the grille to the window surrounds to the bumpers. The classic Mercedes full wheel covers are color matched and fitted to steel wheels with whitewall radial tires. Tan leather and burl wood trim feature heavily in the luxurious interior. The upholstery is in very good condition, showing only minor signs of use but no excessive creasing or cracking. The restored wood on this example is very attractive and shows no signs of the typical cracking or delamination that often plagues the W111. Power steering, power brakes, electric windows, sunroof and air conditioning all function as they should, as does the original Becker radio. Grand Touring cars of this era often leaned heavily toward the sporting side, yet Mercedes-Benz staunchly held to their traditions and imparted the 280SE 3.5 with a heavy emphasis on luxury and easy performance. The 3.5 liter V8 is a beautiful engine, producing a modest 200 horsepower but delivering seamless power through the rev range, and this car retains its original matching numbers motor. The SE had a 130mph top speed and was the perfect tool for effortless continental cruising. As with all 3.5 liter W111 cars, the engine is dominated by the signature alloy air cleaner. Most of the fittings and brackets wear the correct gold-cadmium plating in good condition. Recent servicing means it is reliable and ready for use. As the last of the truly hand-built Mercedes Benz coupes, the W111 280SE 3.5 holds a special place among collectors and enthusiasts. These cars form the bridge between the modern-era, shared-platform Mercedes and the classic, hand-crafted Mercedes. Beyond their historical place in Stuttgart lore, they are simply outstanding cars to drive and own. This fine example is ready for its next owner to cherish and hopefully enjoy some effortless miles.
Features : French car, the first owner is the Belgian ambassador to France having in his custody property in southern France for 30 years. The last owner is the fully restored. Comment : The car comes in exceptional condition and in perfect working condition.
1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe W111 Finished in deep red metallic with beige leather interior. Factory specification includes electric sunroof, power steering, front and rear electric windows. This beautiful vehicle has been the subject of a complete restoration by renowned Mercedes restoration specialist T & D Heaney which included a full body strip-down restoration, complete re-trim to exceptional standards (the seats are trimmed to the correct M-B patterns with correct seams and perforations), all suspension components were renewed/refinished and all brightwork re-chromed. A brand new modern air conditioning system has been fitted along with rear seat belts. As you can imagine this vehicle comes with a large file of service and restoration invoices totalling many thousands of pounds. Previously sold by ourselves, this was the cover feature car in classic Mercedes Magazine, indeed the editor quoted ‘When encountering an example in as fine shape as this, the W111 coupe is reaffirmed for my 10 cars to drive before you die list’.
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