For Sale: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 in Houston, Texas

Vehicle Description

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5L Cabriolet

Chassis No. 111027 12 001042
Engine No. 116980 12 000737 (Matching Numbers)
Transmission No. 38
Production No. 970467
Body No. 00164
Order No. 07079926
Completed: May 19, 1970

The Pinnacle Model for Mercedes-Benz in 1971
One-Year Production for the U.S. with Just 802 Examples Imported
Powered by its Desirable 3.5-liter V-8 Numbers-Matching Engine
Presented in Striking Original Factory Color Combination
Includes Mercedes-Benz Data-Card

Offered with Original Books & Manuals, Weather Equipment, Spare Assembly, Tool Roll & Emergency Equipment
For the buyers who were in the market for a convertible in 1971, there was no finer choice than the 280 SE 3.5 cabriolet. It was the fastest, most lavish, and most expensive convertible offered by Mercedes-Benz - arguably the finest automobile manufacturer in the world at the time. In addition to the mechanically advanced and uprated V8 engine, inside the car, passengers are treated to the level of understated elegance that one would expect in a car of this caliber. Burled walnut dashboards and sumptuous leather seating ensured that the passengers not only drove in style, but in utmost comfort. 1971 was the only year that this model was imported into the U.S., with just 802 reported entering the U.S. Mercedes would not build another four-place convertible for over 20 years.

Offered here is an ultra-desirable U.S.-delivery 3.5L, column-shifted automatic cabriolet. 001042 was completed in May of 1970 wearing Tobacco Brown paint with Dark Brown top, over Bamboo Leather appointments and Dark Brown carpeting. A copy of the vehicle's original Mercedes-Benz DataCard confirms this 280SE was equipped with the following options:

Paint: 423 Tobacco Brown
Upholstery: 249 Bamboo Leather
401 Single Seats
421 Automatic Transmission, Steering Column Shift
461 Instruments with Miles in English Writing
491 US Version
503 Driver Outside Rear View Mirror
513 Becker Europa Radio (STEREO - U.S.A.)
570 Folding Armrest Front with Stowage Box
586 BEHR Air Conditioning and Electric Window Lifters (FRONT AND REAR DOORS)
595 Tinted glass, windshield and doors, darker on top
641 1-Piece Hubcap, Whitewall Tires
663 50 Liters of Fuel

Rarely Ordered Options:
746 Folding (Soft) Top Fabric Dark Brown 8023

According to a previous caretaker, this 3.5 Cabriolet has resided in California for the last several decades where it is believed to have been sold new. Within the last decade, the Low-Grill Cabriolet has received a number of cosmetic and mechanical services, freshening and restoration work. Overall, the Mercedes-Benz presents well with honest finishes, excellent panel fit and impressive road manners. The luxurious cabin features cold air conditioning, power windows and Becker Europa radio, complemented by bespoke 4-piece Coco mats - paired to a matching top boot cover for open motoring.

The cabin's Parchment leather seating is correct in appearance and well-kept in condition, as is the complementing Brown carpeting and Burlwood dash wood. The recent Tobacco Brown paint remains in beautiful condition throughout. A set of top latch handles reside in the glove compartment. All lights, instruments, and weather equipment operate as they should, including cold air conditioning - which has been upgraded with modern refrigerant and lines. The current mileage of 84,000 is believed to be original. All four steel wheels are date stamped September 1969.

The undercarriage appears very solid, with spot welds and factory finishes visible throughout the vehicle, along with structural integrity. Both engine and luggage compartments display correct and bright finishes, along with decals, plaques and tags. The Mercedes' original engine 116980.12.000737 remains in place, as does its 111027.12.001042 fender / chassis stamping. The engine bay finishes and many rubbers appear in excellent, like-new condition, as does the front suspension. Engine compression reads 140, 150, 155, 150, 150, 145, 150, 145 psi. The rear trunk contains a correct vinyl mat, tool roll, spare tire assembly and emergency accessories.

The 3.5L Cabriolet is supported by a copy of its DataCard, supplied by Mercedes-Benz Classic, along with important original manuals and booklets in vinyl folio, such as the Owner's Manual, Notice for US Tourists Buyers, Air Conditioning System Operation and Maintenance brochures, Mercedes-Benz Service Stations book, Kangol Use, Maintenance and Operating Instructions, Becker Europa Warranty Ticket and all Booklets in vinyl sleeve.

Is this the most refined Mercedes-Benz classic model? We think so, the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolets are among the finest and final hand-built motorcars of the Mercedes-Benz linage, and a lasting benchmark for grand touring, crafted luxury vehicles. For those collectors and enthusiast who demand a high degree of usability, outstanding design and manufacturing excellence, we strongly recommend close attention to this example. Now available for worldwide purchase and delivery from our Houston, Texas showroom, will not last!


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Vehicle Details

  • 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280
  • Listing ID:CC-1522652
  • Price:$339,500
  • Location:Houston, Texas
  • Year:1971
  • Make:Mercedes-Benz
  • Model:280
  • Exterior Color:BRN
  • Odometer:500
  • Stock Number:D2194
  • VIN:11102712001042

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