Lot 183 - 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet (3.5 Litre)

Lot 183 - 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet (3.5 Litre)

Lot 183 - 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet (3.5 Litre)

Lot Number 183
Registration KBJ 69J
Chassis Number 11102712001702
Odometer reading 56,536 miles
Estimate £165,000 - £200,000
  • One of only 1,232 ever made
  • Numbers matching example

Publicly displayed for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1967, the car quite rightly caused a sensation. For buyers that were in the market for a convertible there was no finer choice than the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet, it was the fastest, most lavish, and most expensive convertible offered by Mercedes-Benz. For those who appreciate the finest things in life, this car more than lived up to those expectations. A silky-smooth ride was courtesy of a delightful V8 engine that was manufactured using a cast-iron block and aluminium cylinder heads, each equipped with a single overhead camshaft. Capable of reaching speeds around 125mph and 0-60mph in less than ten seconds, performance is best described as brisk. Inside the car, passengers are treated to the level of understated elegance that one would expect in a car of this calibre and financial investment. Burled walnut dashboards and sumptuous leather seating ensured that the passengers not only drove in style, but in utmost comfort. Equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, electric windows and a radio were all standard fitments.

This stunning, highly desirable and collectable,  original 111.027 3.5 litre 280 SE Cabriolet is finished in deep green with contrasting biscuit leather trim and tan hood. The car is in fabulous order and a credit to an extensive restoration and recommissioning in the early 2000’s. As with all 280SE Convertibles, the interior is the real ‘pièce de resistance’ along with chromework, of which there is a plentiful supply on this car. Originally supplied to the USA, the car went through an exhaustive mechanical overhaul by Mercedes-Benz specialist Black Forest in Glendale, Wisconsin before being purchased by the current owner from William Loughran in the UK in 2011. This Mercedes-Benz has been the pride and joy of the present owner and he has had it stored for several years.  Recently, serviced and maintained by Windrush, this rare luxury cabriolet looks fabulous.  This is an ideal classic, perfect for every driving especially when the sun comes out, providing open top touring and attracting admiring glances everywhere. Supplied with a tool roll, a V5/C registration document, original book pack and invoices, this 3.5 litre, 280 SE Cabriolet is the perfect example for the discerning collector. This is the one to have!

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