Lot 269 - 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Fixedhead Coupé (3.5 litre)
|Odometer reading||99,487 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
|Result||Sold - £75,040|
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 However, both W111 and W112 models were modernised; the 220SE was superseded by the 250SE which featured the new 2,496cc engine, producing 150bhp at 5500rpm, giving it a significant improvement in top speed.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 In November 1967, the 250SE was superseded by the new 280SE.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.
THe condition of this example should be seen, the meticulous owner has spared no expense in the preparation and presentation of this car. Indeed, as a collector of some note, his attention to detail is well known. The engine and drive train was removed recently and a significant amount was spent on a complete rebuild of the mechanical elements. The paintwork, in lustrous black, dates to a slightly earlier restoration and the interior, in keeping with its age and condition, has been left in its original state to enhance the quality and patina of this most elegant of coupés. It also benefits from electric windows, power-assisted steering and a factory sunroof. Powered by the coveted 3.5 litre engine, this great-looking car not only looks superb, but is in fantastic order under the skin and is reported to drive faultlessly.
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.