Bonhams | 2018-06-03 | Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction | Venue : 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT 06830
Lot No. : 112
Year : 1971
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : #111026.12.003702
Engine No. : #116986.12.003263
Estimate : US$ 90,000 - 120,000
US$ 76,160
Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe Sold


3,499cc SOHC V8 Engine
Bosch Fuel Injection
200bhp at 5,800rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Top-of-the-line, hand built Mercedes-Benz
*Attractive Dark Blue over Parchment color combination
*Equipped with sun roof and Becker Grand Prix radio
*Offered with history file including manuals and service records
If you feel obligated to ask about the price you not only will never understand the car, you have branded yourself incapable of ever appreciating its virtues even if someone gave you one. Car & Driver on the Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5.
The 3.5-liter version of the 280SE typifies the resurgence of larger-engined Mercedes-Benz models that began in the late 1960s. The ultra-luxurious 280SE Coupe, Cabriolet and 300SEL saloon models were chosen by Mercedes-Benz to launch its magnificent new 3.5-liter V8 engine in 1969. An over-square design featuring a cast-iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, each equipped with a single overhead camshaft, this all-new, state-of-the-art power unit produced a torquey 200bhp, courtesy of Bosch fuel injection and transistorized ignition. Thus equipped, the 280SE 3.5 was good for cruising speeds up near 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 body-shell, the Coupe and Cabriolet kept the coachwork that had debuted back in 1959 on the 220SE and, as befitted top-of-the-range luxury models, came equipped with automatic transmissions, air-conditioning, power windows and stereo radio as standard. The 280SE 3.5 was to be the final model to feature this much-admired body style, and today these last-of-the-line top quality classics are highly sought after by discerning collectors. Both 280SE models featured a widened front grille plus other minor detail changes like trim and taillights. The new motor was a success, with 3,270 280SE 3.5 Coupes being built over two model years - quite impressive considering it took four model years to sell 3,797 280SE Coupes with the six-cylinder engine.
This elegant Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 is a lovely example of Mercedes' large and powerful, hand-built Coupe. Finished in a stunning dark blue metallic over a parchment leather interior, this example retains its original engine and presents beautifully throughout. The bold Friedrich Geiger-designed body is quite straight and the dark blue paintwork suits the car well, adding to the elegance of the lines. The brightwork accents are acceptable, though it does show some signs of age. The parchment leather interior is in similar condition and largely original, with signs of age and good patina. This elegant Coupe offers an abundance of power and torque form the venerable SOHC V8 engine, and overall, this car is an honest, solid example of Mercedes-Benz top-of-the-line Coupe. The 280SE 3.5 Coupe is equipped with a sun roof - a desirable option on a closed car naturally - a stylish Becker Grand Prix radio and Behr air-conditioning. Further luxurious amenities include power windows for all 4 passengers, and a beautifully wood trimmed cockpit. This Mercedes-Benz is offered with books and manuals, tools, and a history file which includes service history. These 280SE 3.5 Coupes epitomized an era of luxury, performance, and design for Mercedes-Benz that many consider the pinnacle of the legendary automakers Golden Era to date.

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