Lot 198 - 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupé
|Odometer reading||8,385 miles|
|Estimate||£45,000 - £55,000|
|Result||Sold - £89,600|
In the summer of 1965, Mercedes-Benz launched its new replacements for both W 111 and W 112 saloons, the W 108 and W 109 respectively. In a bizarre twist of fate, this car's design was based on the W 111 coupé but widened and squared off as the fintail fashion was quickly fading by the mid 1960s. However, both W 111 and W 112 models were modernised; the 220 SE was superseded by the 250 SE which featured the new 2,496cc engine, producing 150bhp at 5500rpm, giving it a significant improvement in top speed.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 In November 1967, the 250 SE was superseded by the new 280 SE. Inside, the car received wood veneer on the dashboard and other minor changes. A final model was added in August 1969, the 280 SE, 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.
Documentation in the file includes a storage bill dated 28th May 1999 from Pentagon Mercedes-Benz in Eastleigh, Hampshire, confirming the mileage at 6,744 miles. The car was first registered in the UK in 2007 and comes with an age related registration number; an MoT test certificate from 2010 records the mileage at 8,196 miles and it is currently showing 8,385 miles with no advisories on the MoT test certificate.
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