Lot 236 - 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Pillarless Coupé
|Estimate||£44,000 - £50,000|
In the summer of 1965, Mercedes-Benz launched its new replacements for both W111 and W112 saloons, the W108 and W109 respectively. In a bizarre twist of fate, this car's design was based on the W111 coupé but widened and squared off as the fintail fashion was quickly fading by the mid 1960s. However, both W111 and W112 models were modernised; the 220SE was superseded by the 250SE which featured the new 2,496cc engine, producing 150bhp at 5500rpm, giving it a significant improvement in top speed. Visibly, the changes only affected the new 14" rims with new wheel trims; this was to accommodate the larger disk brakes and the new rear axle. In November 1967, the 250SE was superseded by the new 280SE. Inside, the car received wood veneer on the dashboard and other minor changes. A final model was added in August 1969, the 280SE, 3.5 litre. It was fitted with the brand-new M116, 3,499cc, V8 engine with 200bhp at 5,800rpm, a top speed of 130mph and a 0-100 at 9.5 seconds. To accommodate the large engine, the car's front grill was widened and front bumpers were modified. This change was carried across the standard 280SE.
This delightfully handsome Mercedes-Benz is a lefthand drive example, finished in grey with black leather trim. The seats on these stylish cars are supremely comfortable- almost armchair like.
Fitted with air conditioning and a sunroof, these coupés are realistically priced, given the stratospheric cost of the 280SE convertibles. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 12th September 2015 within the history folder, this is a splendid example and one for the future.
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