Sold for $74,250 at 2012 RM Auctions. The Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet was introduced in 1970 and was identical to the standard 280SE cabriolet, with the exception being under the hood. In place of the standard-issue six, the 280SE 3.5 was given an all-new 3.5-liter V-8 and featured Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorized ignition. The 280SE 3.5, with its 230 horsepower, was capable of going from zero-to-sixty in less than 10 seconds.
Standard equipment included power steering, power brakes, stereo radio, air conditioning, electric windows, and automatic transmission. Inside, there was leather upholstery and polished wood trim. Between 1969 and 1971, there were 1,232 examples produced with the convertible bodystyle. Priced at $14,509, they were very expensive.
This example is a two-owner car. It has been given just on repaint (in the 1990s) and is finished in dark blue with a tan upholstery and a blue convertible top. The odometer shows approximately 98,500 miles.
In 2012, this car was offered for sale at the St. Johns Concours auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $70,000-$90,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $74,250 inclusive of buyer's premium. By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
This 280SE Cabriolet is an original, unrestored car with less than 100,000 miles over nearly 39 years, yet it is in top condition. The high level of build quality, top-shelf materials and components, and excellence in engineering apparent in Mercede [Read More...]
Sold for $58,300 at 2013 Bonhams. 280SE Coupé, Cabriolet and 300SEL saloon models were chosen by Mercedes-Benz to carry its new 3.5-liter V8 engine in 1969. It was an over-square design with a Bosch electronic fuel injection system, transistorized ignition, and a cast-iron block and [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2013
Sold for $148,500 at 2015 Gooding & Company. This Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 is one of only 3,270 coupes built and is fitted with a floor-shift transmission, air-conditioning, and power windows. It was delivered new to France in two-tone Anthracite Grey Metallic with a black roof and black leather uph [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | May 2015
For 1970, the flagship vehicle from Mercedes-Benz continued to be the W111 and W112 series cars. They were hand-built vehicles produced in limited numbers and lined with luxurious Burl walnut wood trim and leather accents. In 1968, the full-size Merc [Read More...] By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2017
The Mercedes-Benz 280 SE was produced from 1965 through September 1972. Mounted under the bonnet as a six-cylinder engine fitted with a fuel injection system. (The 250S and 280S had carbureted engines.) By 1970, Mercedes-Benz introduced a larger, eight-cylinder engine displacing 3.5 liters. It was available in a sedan, coupe, and convertible bodystyles with a total of 5187 examples of the coupe and convertibles being built. The standard sedan was far more popular with 91,051 examples produced. Part of the popularity was the price tag which was almost half the cost of the convertible option, which carried a sticker price of $12,444.
A four-speed manual gearbox was standard with an automatic available as option equipment. Disk brakes could be found at all four corners. With just under 100,000 examples produced during their short lifespan, these were very important and popular for the Mercedes-Benz company. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2010
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