Lot 264 - 1972 12987 280SE 3.5 Saloon
|Odometer reading||44,730 miles|
|Estimate||£11,000 - £15,000|
|Result||Sold - £14,280|
The first "S-class" Mercedes arrived in 1968 in the form of the 280S and 280SE which were large comfortable sports saloons offering powerful touring capabilities and luxurious interiors with space to seat five occupants. Known as W108/109 models, they were constructed on 108 inch wheelbase and the new S-Class saloons were much heavier than earlier models. The styling was updated using a thoroughly modern design featuring the attractive stacked layout of the headlights which was popular during the period. Although the 280 was usually powered by a 2.8 litre straight six engine, Mercedes-Benz rather confusingly added a V8 engined 280SE to the model range. The 280SE 3.5 had a 3.5 L V8 engine and came with both automatic and manual transmission and power steering. These saloons were well equipped and extremely powerful. The 280SE 3.5 would reach a top-speed of 125mph and offered effortless high-speed cruising mated with supple ride comfort. Between 1971 and 1972 Mercedes-Benz produced 11,309 examples and they have always been popular with collectors and enthusiasts alike. The 300SE and 300SEL were especially well appointed, featuring burled walnut dashboards, automatic transmission and power windows. When the eight cylinder cars were introduced in 1970, the standard transmission was the four-speed automatic box driven via a fluid flywheel rather than the more conventional torque converter; however buyers could specify a four-speed manual gearbox.
This Mercedes-Benz 280SE saloon is the sought after model fitted with the 3.5 litre V8 engine coupled to the four speed automatic gearbox. The vendor has described the car to be in very good condition throughout and believes that, due to the condition of the car and the information available in the history file, the mileage is correct at 44,730 miles. The last service was carried out 2,000 miles ago, at the Mercedes specialists at Brooklands, Surrey. Finished in Silver with Black Tex interior this 280SE is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in June 2014, a handbook pack and a large history file containing invoices for all works carried out to the car. With prices appreciating for the W108/109 models, this United Kingdom delivered 3.5 litre example is competitively priced and offers excellent value in today's market place.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.