1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet Conversion: Professionally Converted from a Genuine 3.5 Coupe
This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet Conversion offers a driving experience indistinguishable from an original and represents an incredible value. Silver with black leather. Automatic with Behr Air Conditioning and Becker Europa radio. The car began life as a factory original 3.5 V8 Hardtop serving the previous owner until approximately the mid 1980s when award winning coachbuilder and famed metal fabricator Steve Moal converted the car to factory convertible specifications. A brand new factory top including factory mechanism and top bows, latches and correct rubber were purchased along with factory floor stiffeners. In 2001, the A/C system was professionally converted to R134, a major engine service was performed and new brakes installed. Over the past 18 years, the car has been regularly serviced and is offered with its factory owner’s manual, tools, jacking equipment, top boot cover, original type wheels (not pictured) and wheel covers, wheel opening trim, and service records performed since 2001.
This 280SE Cabriolet presents very nicely with glossy metallic paint with only minor blemishes evident in a few small areas. The chrome bumpers and trim are in excellent condition. The silver metallic exterior, contrasted by the black top and black leather interior evokes a stately presence, elegantly conveying the highly refined and enduring luxury convertible design. The interior is beautifully finished using correct and high quality materials, displaying excellent fit and finish. The front leather seats are supple and nicely bolstered. The dash is quite nice showing excellent and rare burled walnut wood. The trunk is very nicely finished with correct materials, spare tire, and proper tools. The engine compartment and engine have been properly maintained and serviced. The engine presents a very honest combination of original features and properly maintained components. The car starts easily, delivering a very smooth idle with no smoke or excessive noise. Driving manners are wonderful in every respect. Mechanically the car performs as one might expect, offering smooth and ample power delivery. The undercarriage and chassis components are well maintained, clean and properly presented.
Offered at a fraction of the price of a factory convertible, this is a great opportunity to acquire one of the finest luxury cars built by Mercedes-Benz, further enhanced by the professional conversion performed by legendary Moal Coachworks. Beautifully presented and ready for enjoyable open air driving.