Type: Used Year: 1970 Make: Mercedes-Benz Model: 280 SE Body: Coupe Trans: 4-Speed Manual Stock 71280SE Mileage: 81000 Engine Size: 3.5 Ext Color: Silver Int Color: Burgundy/Maroon Vin: 111026
Mercedes-Benz’s W111 chassis traces its roots back to 1959 when it first appeared in the form of the “Heckflosse” fin-tail sedan. The fresh new sedan replaced the ageing Ponton series with a crisp and heavily Americanized body design. The fins were a direct appeal from the American importer Max Hoffman, who was working hard to secure Mercedes Benz’s place in the US market. Typical for Mercedes, the W111 was very well engineered with safety and solidity playing key roles in the design. The same floor pan and basic mechanical underpinnings also formed the 4-cylinder, entry level W110 models, as well as the luxurious, fuel injected and air-suspended W112. Two years after the sedan debuted, the coupe and cabriolet versions appeared, though with significantly revised styling that reflected the Stuttgart bosses’ reluctance to adopt American styling cues. The haunches of the two door cars were more subtle and elegantly styled with a more cohesive and attractive appearance overall. The superior looks allowed the two-door cars to outlive the four-door finned cars by several years, and went on to inspire the W111’s replacement, the W108. Mechanically, a wide variety of gasoline and diesel engines were offered. However, since the coupe and cabrio were reserved for the higher classes, choices were limited mainly to six cylinder carbureted and fuel injected engines. Late in production, Mercedes shoehorned their all-aluminum 3.5 liter V8 into the W111 chassis, which transformed the car from an elegant cruiser into one of the most capable and advanced GT cars of the era. The 280SE 3.5 is one of the most desirable of all post-war Mercedes this side of the 300SL. They represent the end of the hand-built era and are exceptionally fine cars to drive. Collectors have taken notice and values have risen dramatically in the past several years. This handsome 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet is a very desirable later low-grille example. It is well-equipped with a Becker radio, floor shift automatic transmission, color-matched wheel covers, and air conditioning. It presents beautifully thanks to a comprehensive mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment, and the paint and bodywork are in excellent order. It has been resprayed in its original colors of Silver Gray metallic (code 180G) over a black leather interior and black cloth top. Panel fit is excellent and the general fit and finish live up to the high standards originally set by the factory. The extensive chrome trim is in similarly excellent condition, with straight, tidy bumpers and very good fit. The cabin of a 280SE 3.5 is a fine display of Teutonic luxury; reserved and functional yet filled with exquisite quality materials and perfectly judged design. The black leather is inviting and in very good order, showing some signs of light use but remaining very attractive. Wood trim on the dash and windscreen surround set the 3.5 apart from some lesser models, and it is in very good condition. The fully lined black convertible top is excellent inside and out, upholstered as original in black canvas. Mechanically this example is very well sorted and ready for use. The engine bay has been recently detailed using mainly correct finishes and fittings, and the car performs very well out on the road; the light alloy V8 returning effortless thrust with just a slight burble to hint at the power under the hood. These are exceptionally good cars that perform in a way that makes them seem much younger than they are. Strong brakes, excellent steering and a crisp automatic transmission all combine to make the 280SE 3.5 a surprisingly good all-round touring car. With the added cachet of a top that goes down as well as strong collectability in today’s market, this 280SE is sure to please its next keeper.
In 1968, the ‘New Generation’ of upscale Mercedes-Benz S-Class models débuted. These carefully refined five-passenger automobiles continued a tradition of handcrafted quality and superior engineering, while their formal styling remains a design benchmark. The coupe was designed with ‘practical sportiness’ in mind while its chassis featured advanced design and structural reinforcements, providing immense rigidity and safety. Introduced in 1970, the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 coupe was identical to the standard 280SE coupe, with the exception of the engine. In place of the modest, standard issue inline six-cylinder engine, customers enjoyed spirited performance from an all-new 3.5-liter V-8 that offered more than a 25 percent increase in power. Referred to as the ‘engine of tomorrow’ by Mercedes, the company threw much of its technical prowess into making the engine both smooth and powerful. With an over-square combustion chamber, aluminum alloy cylinder heads, a cast iron block, and featuring Bosch electronic fuel injection, as well as transistorized ignition, power output was a healthy 230 horsepower. This helped propel the 280SE 3.5 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds. The comprehensive list of amenities available included power steering, power brakes, a stereo, a radio, air conditioning, electric windows, and an automatic transmission. Further luxuries aimed at pleasing up to five passengers included a genuine leather interior and beautifully polished wood trim. Only 4,502 of these cars, in both coupé and cabriolet form, were sold between 1969 and 1971. A part from the Mercedes top-of-the-line 600 series, this car was the flagship model in the line-up. This accurately restored 1971 280SE 3.5 liter coupe was sold new in Santa Monica, California, and lived there until 2002 when it was purchased by a collector from Kansas. In his stewardship, the car was restored, including a complete rebuild of its original matching number engine and transmission in 2012. The car has been beautifully finished in its original color combination of 906G grey blue metallic with a fabulous original black leather interior. The leather seats, fabulous zebra wood, door panels and headliner are in excellent condition showing hardly any signs of wear. A desirable floor shift model, it is also equipped with its correct Becker Europa radio and Behr air conditioning. The fit and finish of the body panels is excellent and the body lines are crisp and clear. The chrome and stainless trim items are excellent. Under the hood, the engine bay is very well detailed. Inside and out, this is really a great example that is ready to drive and enjoy. Included with the car are restoration receipts and the original owner’s manual, service booklet with stamps, and chassis book in the original pouch. Mechanically the car is excellent, fully sorted and ready to enjoy. These were the last of the hand built Mercedes, and this fabulous example has been well maintained throughout its life and careful inspection reveals that it has always been a well-cared for and solid vehicle prior to its restoration, a testament to that original build quality. Many astute collectors feel that 280SE 3.5 coupes are among the best looking and most collectible cars of the era. These extremely comfortable tourers offer their owners the optimum amount of performance and comfort and are considered highly usable classics.
In the late 1950s, the elegant 300S and 300SC sat at the top of the Mercedes-Benz lineup. But these largely hand-built cars were very expensive to produce, and their body-on-frame construction made them feel a bit old-fashioned on the road. For the turn of the next decade, Mercedes-Benz made an effort to modernize their offerings and reduce production costs. The new W111 range 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 yet still maintained Mercedes’ famous quality and bank-vault feel on the road. The first W111 sedans wore styling that was heavily influenced by the American market. The “heckflosse”, or “fintail” had pronounced tail fins and an upright, American sedan appearance. 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 was so successful in appearance that it outlived the sedan by several years, eventually lending its styling cues to the Heckflosse replacement. Range-topping 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, transforming the luxurious coupe into one of the finest four-seat GT cars ever produced. Today’s enthusiasts relish in the unrivalled quality and presence of these magnificent luxury cars. This wonderful and elegant 1970 280SE 3.5 coupe is a very fine example that has been lovingly cared for by two long-term owners. This car was originally ordered by a Mercedes-Benz executive in Germany. Surely taking advantage of an opportunity to drive a top-spec company car, he special-ordered his with just about every bit of equipment one could get on a European spec car. Ticking every box he could, the car was equipped with a sunroof, Hella fog lamps, electric windows, floor shift, air-conditioning and a Becker stereo, all of which remain with the car to this day. According to records, he drove the car through the 1970s, when in 1979 it was sold and exported to Japan. The Japanese owner was also connected with Mercedes-Benz and he fastidiously maintained the car using only Mercedes-Benz authorized agents in Japan. From there, it remained in his family until it was only recently brought to the United States, making this a very low ownership, and exceptionally original automobile. Even today, the maintenance items under the hood are genuine, NOS factory Mercedes parts, with no sign of aftermarket components. A large 3-ring binder of receipts and records, though most are in Japanese, shows that this was clearly a cherished automobile. The silver-gray metallic paintwork (Code DB180) is correct to this car, and it presents in great condition. Panels are straight and clean with excellent reflections and consistent gaps. These were largely hand-assembled automobiles, and that original level of quality is still very apparent on this example. The beautiful leather interior is in remarkable condition, original and un-restored and presenting beautifully with no rips tears or excessive wear. The only restoration work carried out in the cabin is the wood which was recently refurbished to gorgeous standards. As stated earlier, the engine bay is very clean and tidy. It has never been restored but rather, expertly maintained to a very high level. Extras include the aforementioned service history, a fitted car cover, correct spare wheel and a rare, 280SE-specific jack in the trunk. This is a unique opportunity to acquire a largely original 280SE 3.5 in such honest and appealing condition. It is fully serviced and ready for the road. Anyone familiar with the W111 coupe knows that they are among the best cars of the era for long-distance cruising. Even cars 20 or more years its junior will be hard-pressed to match the 280SE 3.5 for its quality, performance and unrivaled style. .
In 1968 a new generation of upscale Mercedes-Benz models known as the S-Class were introduced. These refined motor cars continued a tradition of hand-crafted quality and superior engineering while their formal classically-inspired styling featured the discreet use of chrome to produce what many consider to be a timeless design. Base power for S models was provided by a 2.8-litre inline six-cylinder engine with an overhead camshaft and dual carburettors producing 157 horsepower. The model was capable of top speeds of 120 mph and the 280SE benefits from a sophisticated fully independent suspension resulting in precise, responsive handling that made the 280 SE one of the most impressive and satisfying Mercedes-Benz models to drive. We are delighted to offer this ultra-low mileage manual column change Mercedes Benz 280SE that has had just one UK owner, former England Rugby World Cup winning Captain Martin Johnson CBE. This Bottle Green Mercedes with Fawn upholstery was originally supplied new in Gibraltar and was first registered on the 16th June 1970. The car has covered just 33,000 miles from new, the KM speedometer records over 53000. The car has had just three owners from new in Gi
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.
In the summer of 1965, Mercedes-Benz launched its new replacements for both W 111 and W 112 saloons, the W 108 and W 109 respectively. In a bizarre twist of fate, this car's design was based on the W 111 coupé but widened and squared off as the fintail fashion was quickly fading by the mid 1960s. However, both W 111 and W 112 models were modernised; the 220 SE was superseded by the 250 SE which featured the new 2,496cc engine, producing 150bhp at 5500rpm, giving it a significant improvement in top speed. Visibly, the changes only affected the new 14" rims with new wheel trims; this was to accommodate the larger disk brakes and the new rear axle. In November 1967, the 250 SE was superseded by the new 280 SE. Inside, the car received wood veneer on the dashboard and other minor changes. A final model was added in August 1969, the 280 SE, 3.5 litre. It was fitted with the brand-new M116, 3,499cc, V8 engine with 200bhp at 5,800rpm, a top speed of 130mph and a 0-100 at 9.5 seconds. To accommodate the large engine, the car's front grill was widened and front bumpers were modified. Documentation in the file includes a storage bill dated 28 th May 1999 from Pentagon Mercedes-Benz in Eastle
1969 Mercedes 280SE Cabriolet. Grey with black leather interior. Same owner for the last 37 years. Excellent condition. For only $129,500.
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’.
Lowered price from €8.950 -> €7.950 " S-Class " is the anglicized version of "S-Klasse," an abbreviation of the previously mentioned Sonderklasse . In automotive terms it refers to "a specially outfitted car." Although used colloquially for decades, following its official application in 1972, six generations of officially named S-Klasse sedans have been produced. Previous two-door coupe models of the S-Class were known as SEC and later S-Coupe. In 1998 the S-Class coupe was spun off in a separate line as the CL-Class, however as of June 2014, it has been re-designated as the S-Class Coupé for the 2015 model year, doing away with the CL-Class. In 1972, Mercedes-Benz introduced the W116 line, the first to be officially called the S-Class . Produced from 1972 through 1980, the W116 series featured a four-wheel independent suspension and disc brakes The 280, 350, and 450 (4.5L version) models featured SE and SEL versions. Production of the W116 totaled 473,035 units. This was a groundbreaking sedan for Mercedes-Benz, and for the first time in the company history, the car had an obvious, blatant and outward emphasis on safety placed above a pure styling viewpoint. The overall design inc
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