The 280 SE, with its timeless styling, was first introduced in August of 1961, a derivative of the 220 Sedan introduced in 1959. The basic design and chassis—internally designated W111—endured more than a decade, receiving over the course of its production five single-overhead cam engines, four six-cylinder engines, and a V-8, offering more horsepower with each iteration. Mercedes-Benz introduced the 280 SE 3.5 in the fall of 1969. It combined the classic styling of earlier Mercedes-Benz models with an all-new 230-brake horsepower V-8 engine featuring Bosch D-Jetronic electronic fuel injection. A fully independent suspension with disc brakes at each wheel was standard.
Sumptuous accommodations for four included a fully lined top in the traditional stacked German cabriolet layout. The framework of the convertible top was concealed from view by a full interior headliner; each top required more than 16 hours of hand labor. On average, only 13 cars were finished weekly, with Mercedes-Benz producing just 1,232 examples between 1969 and 1971. This was the Marque’s final, truly hand-built automobile.
The magnificent 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet featured here is finished in gorgeous and highly desirable Grey-blue metallic (DB906) over an impeccably kept dark blue leather interior with a matching folding convertible top. This exquisite motorcar was just released from one of the largest car collections in the world after over 20 years of meticulous care and is now ready for its next caretaker. Fitted with every available option including the desirable floor-mounted shift automatic transmission, Becker Europa radio, power windows and factory air conditioning. With only 347 produced in the final year production, I personally believe the investment potential of this iconic hand-built model will grow beyond your imagination. As one of the most desirable luxury vehicles of the early 1970s, this 280 SE 3.5 with its enduring design and exquisite craftsmanship will never go out of style, making a choice acquisition for collectors seeking a sophisticated and capable luxury convertible. We are proud to offer this exceptional example to the most demanding collector investor or enthusiast who understands and appreciates the investment potential of this great classic!
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