Lot 170 - 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupé (3.5 litre)

Lot 170 - 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupé (3.5 litre)

Lot 170 - 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupé (3.5 litre)

Lot Number 170
Registration UK registered
Chassis Number 11102622003786
Engine Number 11698022003407
Result Sold
  • From a deceased estate
  • Desirable V8 example
  • Original right hand drive example
  • In current ownership since 1977

In the summer of 1965, Mercedes-Benz launched its new replacements for both W111 and W112 saloons, the W108 and W109 respectively. In a bizarre twist of fate, this car's design was based on the W111 coupé but widened and squared off as the fintail fashion was quickly fading by the mid-1960s. However, both W111 and W112 models were modernised; the 220 SE was superseded by the 250 SE which featured the new 2,496cc engine, producing 150bhp at 5500rpm, giving it a significant improvement in top speed.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 disc 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 In November 1967, the 250 SE was superseded by the new 280 SE.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 larger engine, the car's front grille was widened, and front bumpers were modified.

This original right hand drive Mercedes is the much sought-after 280 SE Coupé V8 example and is presented in gold metallic paintwork. Offered in good order throughout, this Mercedes was previously restored and has been dry stored ever since. The paintwork is generally good however it is starting to show some signs of age, notably to the boot and sunroof where the colour has faded over time. The interior and engine bay are both in good order. The history file presented with this Mercedes-Benz contains many invoices for work done over the years, accompanying this are many previous MoT test certificates and photos of the car. Having been used sparingly in recent years we would advise a light recommissioning before road use. Offered with a very attractive estimate, this is truly a rare gem and is sublime in its aesthetics.

 

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