Lot 251 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (3.5 Litre)

Lot 251 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (3.5 Litre)

Lot 251 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (3.5 Litre)

Lot Number 251
Registration FTM 493L
Chassis Number 10805722011702
Odometer reading 17,700 miles
Result Sold - £7,840

The first 'S-class' Mercedes arrived in 1968 in the form of the 280S and 280SE 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 an 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 280SE to the model range. The 280SE 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 280SE 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.

The 300SE and 300SEL were especially well appointed, featuring burrwalnut dashboards, automatic transmission and power windows. When the eight cylinder cars were introduced in 1970, the standard transmission was the four-speed automatic box driven via a fluid flywheel rather than the more conventional torque converter however, buyers could specify a four-speed manual gearbox. 

This Mercedes-Benz 280SE saloon is the desirable model fitted with the 3.5 litre V8 engine mated to the four-speed automatic gearbox. Originally painted in Icon Gold metallic, it had a colour change in 1984 and it is now finished in black with Cognac interior and comes with the added benefit of an electrically operated, factory fitted, sunroof.The present owner purchased this car from a deceased estate and then lightly recommissioned it in April 2021 to get the car to start, run, drive and stop, although a full recommissioning of this rare saloon is necessary before being driven on the road. A great project!

List of parts accompanying Lot 251

2 x headlights

2 x headlight chrome surrounds

Chrome front grill

2 x black behind grill plates

2 x wiper blades and wiper arms

2 x boot interior side cards

Injector pump


Injector pipes

Air intake manifold

2 x exhaust outlet manifolds


Clutch master cylinder

Fuel pump

Earth strap


Distributor cap

Ht leads

2 x horns

Propshaft bolts and locking plates

Rear mount bush plate and bolts

2 x accelerator linkage arms

Oil filter housing


Radiator fan

Water pipes

Battery cable

Bonnet pull cable and handl

Windscreen, with rubber and chrome

Please note whilst a majority of the parts listed above are new/prepared ready to be fitted onto the vehicle, no responsibility is taken for condition of any parts supplied with this vehicle.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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