1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupé
|Odometer reading||91,876 miles|
|Estimate||£120,000 - £170,000|
- From a private collection
- Original right hand drive example
- Subject to an extensive restoration
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 However, both W 111 and W 112 models were modernised; the 220 SE was superseded by the 250 SE which featured the new 2,496cc engine, producing 150bhp at 5500rpm, giving it a significant improvement in top speed.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 In November 1967, the 250 SE was superseded by the new 280 SE.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.
This fabulous and original right hand drive example of this much sought after classic is presented in pristine silver/blue metallic with light beige leather interior. The wood panels and facia are in exemplary condition throughout, as are all the leather seats. This model is powered by the smooth three and a half litre straight-six engine which is wonderful on long journeys, coping effortlessly with motorway cruising but is just as at home in the winding country roads. There is a substantial history file presented with this Mercedes-Benz which contains many invoices for work done over the years, accompanying this are original Mercedes booklets and many previous MoT test certificates. Restored to a very high standard by the current vendor, this car was taken back to bare metal and the body and chassis were repaired and treated where necessary, the photos on file showing just how thorough the restoration was. The engine, interior and paintwork were also extensively renewed by marque specialists and present in excellent order throughout. This is one of best examples of this model available on the market today.
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