Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet 1970
Very rare Mercedes-Benz 350SE 3.5 "W111" from 1970 in blue with grey interior and a dark blue hood cover. Original European version (with the odometer in kilometers and without the inelegant side indicators). nevertheless equipped with electric windows and air conditioning, options much sought after nowadays.
Chassis number 07292
Engine type M116.980 / V8
The 3.5 liter Mercedes 280SE produced between 1969 and 1971 was the first sporting car to be equipped with the marque's new V8 engine with electronic injection and transistorized ignition. Its 200 hp at 5,800 rpm and its 30m/kg of torque made it a powerful and stable car, enjoyable to drive and rare with 4,502 units produced.
Of those 4.502 units, 3.270 were in the coupé version and only 1.232 in the cabriolet version.
1st owner: 1970-1992 Mr. DT, Munich, Germany
2nd owner: 1992-2001 Mr. V, Singen, Germany
3rd owner: 2001-2007: Mr. A, Taunustein, Germany
4th owner: 2007- ….: Auto Boutique Sinsheim, Germany
Very detailed documentation included such as service history, ownership history, booklets, 2 keys etc.
General model information:
As wartime austerity receded and fiscal restraints were relaxed, encouraging customers to buy cars with larger engines, Mercedes-Benz responded by offering models with bigger, more potent power units. Thus the ultra-luxurious 280 SE Coupé/Cabriolet and 300 SEL saloon were the models chosen by Mercedes-Benz to launch its magnificent new 3.5-litre V8 engine in 1969. An over-square design featuring a cast-iron block and aluminium-alloy cylinder heads, each equipped with a single overhead camshaft, this all-new, state-of-the-art power unit produced 200bhp courtesy of Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorised ignition. Thus equipped, the Coupé/Cabriolet was good for 125mph with 60mph reachable in 9.5 seconds, a substantial improvement on the six-cylinder version's figures. Although the equivalent SEL saloon used the 'New Generation' bodyshell, the Coupé and Cabriolet kept the elegant coachwork that had debuted back in 1959 on the 220SE and, as befitted top-of-the-range luxury models, came equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and stereo radio as standard. Significantly, the 280 SE 3.5 was to be the final model to feature this long-established and much admired body style, and today these last-of-the-line classics are highly sought after by discerning Mercedes-Benz collectors.
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