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1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 Series

Mercedes-Benz produced the W108 and W109 luxury cars from 1965 through 1972 and 1973 in North American only. They were an update of the predecessor W111 and W112 fintail saloon. The fins of the predecessor W111 cars were removed and the overall appearance became smoother and more sophisticated. The W108 models were the 280S and 280SE, with production beginning in November of 1967. They served as a replacement for the 250S, 250SE and 300SE (production of the export-designated 250S would continue through March of 1969). The Mercedes-Benz 280SEL was added to the lineup in January of 1968. It rested on the longer wheelbase platform of the W109, but without the problematic and expensive pneumatic suspension of other features of the 300SEL.

These Mercedes-Benz cars were large comfortable sports saloons that offered luxurious interiors and powerful touring capabilities. They rested on a 108-inch wheelbase and were much heavier than earlier models. The styling was modern with stacked headlights which were popular during the period. The 280 was powered by a 2.8-liter straight six engine, and confusingly the 280SE was powered by a V8. The V8 was made available in 1970 and by 1971, displacement had raised to 4.5-liters. The 2880 SE 3.5 was fitted with a 3.5-liter, V8 engine that could be fitted to either an automatic or manual transmission. It engine propelled the car to a top speed of 125 mph and provided effortless high speed cruising with supple ride comfort. The 4.5-liter overhead cam engine had 230 horsepower and 278 lbs-ft or torque. The engine had a cast-iron block and aluminum-alloy cylinder heads, each equipped with a single overhead camshaft. It had Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorized ignition.

Worldwide sales of the W108 reached nearly 383,000, with the 280SE 4.5 accounting for fewer than 14,000 of those sales. These were the last team-built cars at Daimler-Benz, aside from the current AMG variants. The 280 SEL 4.5 achieved fewer than 22,000 sales. The 'SEL' versions were built on the longer (112.2-inch) wheelbase.


by Daniel Vaughan | May 2019

Related Reading : Mercedes-Benz 280 SE History

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....
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1972 Vehicle Profiles

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 Series vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 11102712003798

The 'SE' designation on the Mercedes-Benz first appeared in 1958 with the 220 SE. The 'E' represented 'Einspritzung', meaning injection. In 1970, the newly developed 3.5-liter V-8 could be found in the 280 SE 3.5 convertible, which had seating for ....[continue reading]

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 Series vehicle information

Sedan

The W108 and W109 were produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1965 to 1972, with a handful of cars sold in 1973. They were the end of the line for a generation of Mercedes cars that looked more visually related to the cars of the immediate post-war era than ....[continue reading]

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 Series vehicle information

Sedan

With 35,000 miles on the odometer, this car has never been restored or modified. Since the mid-1980s when the original owner passed, it has been housed in a garage. Although it was found in Easton, Maryland, with years of dust collected on it. It has....[continue reading]

Convertible
Chassis #: 11102712003798 
Sedan
 
Sedan
 


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Mercedes-Benz Monthly Sales Volume

November 2019
33,721
October 2019
27,867
September 2019
27,433
August 2019
24,771
July 2019
24,612
May 2019
27,080
April 2019
22,949
March 2019
27,004
January 2019
22,507
Additional Sales Volume Data


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Price Comparison

1972 280 Series
$13,770-$500,000
1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 Series Price Range: $9,500 - $13,770

$7,220 - $8,070
$32,700 - $37,935

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Mercedes-Benz
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)401,250
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)370,348
1975Chevrolet (1,755,773)Toyota (1,714,836)Ford (1,569,608)356,477
1974Chevrolet (2,333,839)Ford (2,179,791)Renault (1,355,799)340,006
1973Chevrolet (2,579,509)Ford (2,349,815)Fiat (1,390,251)331,682
1972Chevrolet (2,420,564)Ford (2,246,563)Fiat (1,368,216)284,230
1971Ford (2,054,351)Chevrolet (1,830,319)Volkswagen (1,128,784)284,230
1970Ford (2,096,184)Chevrolet (1,451,305)Volkswagen (1,193,853)280,419
1969Chevrolet (2,092,947)Ford (1,826,777)Volkswagen (1,241,580)256,713
1968Chevrolet (2,139,290)Ford (1,753,334)Volkswagen (1,191,854)256,713
1967Chevrolet (2,206,639)Ford (1,730,224)Toyota (1,068,321)20,691

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