Lot 213 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Saloon (3.5 litre)
|Odometer reading||33,037 miles|
|Estimate||£10,000 - £14,000|
|Result||Sold - £15,680|
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 a 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 added a V8 engined 280SE to the model range. The 280SE, 3.5 had a 3.5 litre 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.
This low mileage example 280SE Saloon has had four owners from new and has been fully maintained until being taken off the road in 2008 to have the rust free bodywork restored and repainted, changing the colour from white to silver over black and being completed in 2010, at that time the car had been driven just 31,000 miles from new. This extremely flexible V8 has now covered only 33,037 miles which is confirmed by the mileage log on the MoT. The interior is in blue velour and the car is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate with no advisories, a complete handbook pack and a file containing invoices, correspondence and old MoT certificates. 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.