Lot 137 - 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL (3.5 litre)
|Odometer reading||28,850 km|
|Estimate||£14,000 - £19,000|
|Result||Sold - £13,584|
- Rare 3.5 litre model
- One of only 951 built
The Mercedes-Benz W108 and W109 were luxury cars produced from 1965 through to 1972 and 1973 in North America only. The line was an update of the predecessor W111 and W112 fintail saloon. The W108 models were the 280S and 280SE, with production starting in November 1967. These replaced the 250S, 250SE and 300SE, however production of export-designated 250S would continue until March 1969. In January 1968, the model line was joined by yet another car, the 280SEL. The car had the longer wheelbase of the W109, but lacked the expensive and problematic pneumatic suspension and other features of the 300SEL. Hence the chassis code remained W108.
Imported from Japan, this lovely very original example is presented in black with grey interior which is half cloth and half MB-Tex. Its smooth and rare 3.5 litre V8 is mated to an automatic gearbox and with its sprung suspension, this model is one of the most desirable for the discerning collector. These luxury saloons were the choice of Embassies and Royalty around the world and were a delight to drive, performing well on those long journeys which ate up the miles effortlessly and in comfort. This particular car us showing a mere 28,850km (17,926 miles) on the odometer. A very nice example indeed and ready for a new custodian.
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