Lot 63 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 litre Saloon
|Odometer reading||85,356 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £15,000|
The first ""S-class"" Mercedes-Benz arrived in 1968, the 280S and 280SE. The 280 saloons were large, full size saloons which offered comfort and luxury to its five occupants. Built on a 108 inch wheelbase, the new S-Class saloons were much heavier than earlier models, although the styling was more subtle and lass garish.
Although the 280 was usually powered by a 2.8 litre, six cylinder engine, Mercedes-Benz also added a V8 power plant 280SE to the range. The 280SE 3.5 had a 3.5 litre V8 engine and came with automatic transmission and power steering. These massive saloons were well equipped, extremely powerful and would reach a top-speed of 125mph offering effortless high-speed cruising coupled with supple ride comfort.
Acquired by the current owner in 2005 from a family friend emigrating to Guernsey, this elegant saloon has had extensive care lavished upon it. Its current owner, a long term specialist in the motor industry has ensured that all necessary works have been carried out over and above its normal service schedule. Not only does it now sport a full stainless steel exhaust and fresh tyres but it also benefits from a new alternator and starter motor. It was serviced immediately prior to the Goodwood Revival this year to include fresh gearbox oil, hydraulic oil and differential oil, an event it is a regular attendee at. Complete with a fully functioning factory fitted electric sunroof, this extremely original example is not used in the rain and a brief inspection of the underside will confirm this. With the market appreciating these models more so these days, this represents extremely good value for money.
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