Lot 232 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Saloon

Lot 232 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Saloon

Lot 232 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Saloon

Lot Number 232
Registration BTR 343K
Chassis Number 10805722007656
Engine Number 11698022009873
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £5,886

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 the 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.

This Red 280 SE was recently subject to a partial cosmetic restoration which included a full respray. The interior is in good condition throughout however the vendor informs us that the bumpers could do with being re-chromed. Despite having been running recently this example has developed a fault after a replacement fuel tank was installed and is now sold as a non running partial restoration project. A 3.5 litre example first registered in January 1972, it is believed to have just two owners from new and is showing just 40,000 miles, despite evidence of some old MoT test certificates and service documents we could not, unfortunately, verify that figure at this time. 1970's Mercedes-Benz saloons are having somewhat of a resurgence at present, seen as ultra cool and a favourite of TV personalities and with a little bit of mechanical work this could be yours at a very attractive 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.

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