Bonhams | 2018-10-08 | Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum | Venue : Philadelphia, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Lot No. : 101
Year : 1971
Engine Size : -
Chassis No. : #111.026-12-001897
Estimate : US$ 40,000 - 55,000
US$ 38,080
Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe Sold


3,499cc SOHC V-8 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
*Elegant optioned with ivory over navy leather interior
*Desirable large displacement 3.5 liter engine
*Unrestored example with 37,000 km from new
The 3.5-liter version of the 280SE typifies the resurgence of larger-engine 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 electronic 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.
This lovely example of the Mercedes-Benz 280SE coupe was purchased by the seller in San Francisco in 1999, immediately attracted to its classic beauty and signs of its hand-built construction.
Residing in California for the last three decades, very little is known about the car's early history. Several years before the seller acquired the car in 1999, it had received a full exterior repaint to the ivory finish you see today. Under its current ownership, this 280SE was lovingly driven until it was placed into storage in 2008 where it has remained untouched. The seller states that regular maintenance was completed on the car during its years of use. It should be noted that the fuel pump and fuel injection system will need to be evaluated and repaired for the car to run properly, and that the bodywork shows some corrosion in areas.
This 280SE is elegantly optioned with ivory paint over navy blue leather interior and hand-crafted wood interior trim. Fitted with Mercedes largest engine offered for the model run, the 3.5 liter V8 supplies 200 bhp to the wheels and is equipped with Bosch fuel injection and 4 wheel disc brakes. Showing signs of nearly 50 years of road use, this honest example is presented in unrestored condition with the potential for continual driving or restoration. The 280SE 3.5 coupe 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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