1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5
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Exquisite Floor-Shift, Final-Year Example


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Engine No. 116980.12.003049

• Matching-Numbers per Copy of Accompanying Data Card
• Desirable Floor-Shift, Final-Year Example
• Stunning Color Combination
• Beautifully Restored and Presented
• A Pillar of German Design Excellence

Launched in 1969, the 280 SE 3.5 was the final evolution of the w111. It used the brand-new M116 engine, endowing the 280 SE with a top speed of around 125 mph. Referred to as the “engine of tomorrow” by Mercedes, the new V-8 featured Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorized ignition. In addition, all of the 3.5-engined cars featured the updated and highly attractive low-grille design. Representative of the end of an era, Mercedes would not build another four-place convertible for over 20 years.

The 280 SE 3.5 was always expensive and exclusive, and this example is one of just 1,232 Cabriolets produced. It is one of comparatively few equipped with the highly desirable floor-shift option. As a US-delivery model, it is fitted with Behr factory air-conditioning, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, and the correct Becker Europa radio.

This stunning Cabriolet presents beautifully in its original color of Dark Green (269) and, befitting a top-of-the-range model, high-quality wood veneer is featured throughout the interior. The wood and supple leather upholstery remain in beautiful condition throughout and a tonneau cover is included to keep a clean flowing look when the top is down. This Mercedes was restored by noted Mercedes-Benz specialist Hatch & Sons well known for their quality craftsmanship. The high level of work is evident, as the 3.5 is beautifully presented, with excellent panel fit and impressive road manners. Importantly it retains its matching-numbers engine and is complete with books, copy of the factory data card, tool kit, jack, and spare.

280 SE 3.5 Cabriolets are among one of the finest and quality hand built cars in the Mercedes linage and they have continuously set a benchmark for high performance grand touring motorcars. It is a timeless and ageless design that can impress at all type of events and venues. For those collectors and enthusiast alike who demand a high degree of all-around usability, outstanding design, and manufacturing excellence we strongly recommend close attention to this example. Now available for worldwide delivery from our Houston, TX showroom.

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