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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280

Chassis number : 111.027.12.001042

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Sold for $346,000 at 2022 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island Auction.
Just 1,232 examples of the Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet were produced from August 1969 through July 1971. They were the last four-place Mercedes-Benz convertibles produced until the 1990s.

This particular U.S.-delivery example was completed during May of 1970 and finished with a Tobacco Brown (DB 423) paint with a dark brown convertible top, Parchment leather upholstery, and dark brown carpeting. It is believed to be one of as few as 802 U.S.-delivered examples. Factory original features included front bucket seats, US instruments, driver's side and rearview mirrors, and a column-shifted automatic transmission. Additional features included a folding armrest with stowage box, electric window lifts, tinted windshield and door glass, Behr air conditioner, a Becker Europa radio, and steel wheels with one-piece hubcaps mounting whitewall tires.

It is believed that the car was sold new in California and resided there for many years. Since new, the car received selective cosmetic and mechanical freshening including a repaint in factory-specified Tobacco Brown. The Parchment leather seating surfaces are believed to be original, as are the dark brown carpeting and burl-wood dash inserts. There are currently 84,000 miles on the odometer.

The engine is the original M116 SOHC 3.5-liter V-8 engine with Bosch D-Jetronic Electronic Fuel Injection and paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. There are four-wheel servo-assisted hydraulic disc brakes and an independent suspension with coil springs. It had correct vinyl floor mats, a tool roll, spare, and emergency accessories in place.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2022

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2022 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $325,000-USD $375,000 
Sale Price :
USD $346,000

2020 RM Sothebys : Open Roads, Fall

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $270,000-USD $300,000 
Lot was not sold

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Mercedes-Benz 280

(Data based on Model Year 1971 sales)
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
Chassis#: 111.026.12.001918
Sold for USD$132,500
  2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : Monterey Jet Center Auction
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 'Sunroof' Coupe
Chassis#: 111.026.12.002445
Sold for USD$379,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 111.027.12.002696
Sold for USD$676,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
 
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 11102712004457
Sold for USD$208,320
  2022 Bonhams : The Greenwich Auction
 
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe
Chassis#: 111.026.12.004428
Sold for USD$109,200
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  
1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280 SE 3.5 CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 111.027.12.001042
Sold for USD$346,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island Auction
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 111027.12.002151
Sold for USD$324,000
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 111.027.12.003563
Sold for USD$357,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe
Chassis#: 111026.12.002322
Sold for USD$145,600
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 111.027.12.001412
Sold for USD$285,500
  2021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe
Chassis#: 111026.12.003665
Sold for USD$89,600
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 11107.12.004058
Sold for USD$379,000
  2021 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE
Chassis#: 11102610000079
Sold for USD$77,000
  2021 Mecum : Monterey
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 image  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe
Chassis#: 111.026.12.002887
Sold for USD$88,000
  2021 Gooding : Geared Online : Scottsdale Auction
 
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE
Sold for USD$68,200
  2020 Mecum : Houston
 
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé
Chassis#: 111.026.22.001559
Sold for USD$81,201
  2020 RM Sothebys : London Online
 
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe
Chassis#: 111.026.12.004325
Sold for USD$83,600
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 111.027.12.003241
Sold for USD$302,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Shift/Monterey
 
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet
Chassis#: 111.027.12.004198
Sold for USD$297,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Driving Into Summer
 
1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe
Chassis#: 11102612001787
Sold for USD$93,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online
 

Mercedes-Benz 280s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe111026120039432022 Mecum : Monterey$80,000  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet111.027-12-0044732022 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques a Monaco $300,000$380,000
1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280 SE 3.5 CONVERTIBLE111027120029262021 Bonhams : Goodwood Festival of Speed $170,000$220,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet 2021 Mecum : Glendale$210,000  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet111.027.12.0014122021 Gooding : Geared Online : Scottsdale Auction $250,000$300,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet111.027.12.0010422020 RM Sothebys : Open Roads, Fall $270,000$300,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe111.026.12.0039432020 RM Sothebys : Open Roads, North America $75,000$90,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe 2020 RM Sothebys : Driving Into Summer $80,000$100,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet111.027.12.0027302020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online $275,000$325,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe111026120043252020 RM Sothebys : Palm Beach Online $120,000$140,000
1971 MERCEDES 280 SE 3.5 2020 McCormick's Auction # 68$70,000  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL 3.5 Limousine108058.10.0065112020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $60,000$90,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet 2020 Mecum Auctions : Kissimmee$300,000$375,000$425,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Sunroof Coupe111026120028062019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Riyadh Auction   
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE108067120031632019 Historics at Brooklands Motor Museum $25,000$30,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe111026120042722019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale   
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet111.027.12.0025772019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island $275,000$350,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe111026.12.0041972019 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona $150,000$180,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 V8 Coupe111026220035502018 Silverstone Auctions : NEC Classic Motor Show   
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible 2018 Russo & Steele : Monterey   
1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 Sunroof Coupe 2018 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale   
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Saloon 2017 Shannons Melbourne Summer Classic   
1971 MERCEDES 280 SE 3.5 CABRIOLET 2017 McCormick's Auction # 63$320,000  
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet 2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $280,000$300,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet111027120029212017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction $320,000$360,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupé111026220020082017 Silverstone Classic   
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet111027120015892017 RM Sothebys : Santa Monica $240,000$280,000
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet 2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale $400,000$450,000
1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 CABRIOLET111-027-12-0037852017 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $275,000$325,000
1971 MERCEDES BENZ 280 2.0L 2016 Leake Dallas Market Hall$55,000  

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