Lot 241 - 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL (4.5 litre)

Lot 241 - 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL (4.5 litre)

Lot 241 - 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL (4.5 litre)

Lot Number 241
Chassis Number 10806812021681
Odometer reading 80,539 miles
Estimate £15,000 - £18,000

The Mercedes-Benz W108 and W109 range of motor cars were styled by the noted designer Paul Baraq. These hand built luxury cars were manufactured in Stuttgart from 1965 through to 1972 with further production continuing in 1973 in North America only. The 280SEL was offered with a range of engines starting with the 2.8 litre straight six, 3.5 litre V8 and the 4.5 litre V8 (only available in North America). The line was an update of the predecessor W111 and W112 fintail saloons. The cars were successful in West Germany and in export markets including North America and Southeast Asia.

We are delighted to offer this 1973 US market W108 (non air suspension) 4.5 litre example today. When thinking of a classic Mercedes-Benz, this is often the model that springs to mind, with its stacked headlights and curvaceous bonnet proudly boasting the Mercedes-Benz badge mounted on top of the large radiator grill; it is a true classic saloon driven by the wonderful V8 engine that delivers enormous amounts of power and torque. Presented with grey coachwork and contrasting black trim, this SEL certainly looks magnificent in its period colour and does not disappoint on the road. During a recent test, the 4.5 litre 280SEL performed with incredible ease demonstrating astonishing acceleration for a motor car of its size with the three speed automatic gearbox operating smoothly and immediately on demand. With disc brakes all round (ventilated at the front), the big Mercedes-Benz stopped with ease, filling the driver with confidence. The instruments displayed as they should and even the air conditioning worked well. Close up, the classic grey finish looks magnificent with all panel work appearing straight with excellent panel gaps; the doors shutting with a re-assuring clunk. On the inside, the black leatherette is in good condition and the woodwork, being a particular feature, is in top order. A delightful, surprising addition is the Becker radio that has been converted to an iPod; telephone calls being very clear via the car's speakers.

On inspection of the US Title documents which accompany the car, it appears that this US supplied Mercedes-Benz has only had two American owners, the first being a Mr. Eric Miller of Portland, Oregon. In addition, a full US Mercedes-Benz service history confirming the mileage and all bills from 1973 to 2012 are included. Imported into the UK in June 2015, this 280SEL has an MoT test certificate valid until 26th June 2016 and will arrive at the sale UK registered and with UK import duties paid.

With the 4.5 litre 280SEL not available in Europe, this truly magnificent, powerful and graceful automobile is a rare offering especially given its very tempting estimate.


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