Lot 305 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Saloon
|Odometer reading||114,203 miles|
|Estimate||£9,000 - £12,000|
|Result||Sold - £10,416|
The first 'S-class' Mercedes-Benz arrived in 1968 in the form of the 280 S and 280 SE 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" 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 280 SE to the model range. The 280 SE 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 280 SE 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.
Manufactured in the last year of production, this splendid V8 example is finished in maroon with a black Tex interior. The paintwork, transmission, chassis and body are all described as being in excellent condition throughout and rust-free by the vendor. The engine has just been serviced by Mercedes-Benz specialists SS Motors at an approximate cost of £700 and is described as being a 9/10. The car is supplied with an MoT test certificate valid for one year and has had two former owners. A fantastic opportunity to purchase one of the desirable V8 saloons and offered at a very realistic reserve price.
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.