Lot #45: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Convertible (Not an Auction Lot) (Not Available)
A truly amazing restoration on the iconic V-8 powered touring convertible...
On display at Monterey for Private Treaty Sale
- 040 Black with Dark Brown Leather Interior
- Beautifully Restored Zebrano Wood
- Correct German Black Canvas Convertible Top
- 3.5 litre V8 engine
- Floor Shift Automatic Transmission
- Behr Air Conditioning
- Power Windows
- Becker Grand Prix Radio
An all-time favourite of Mercedes-Benz connoisseurs from new, and one of the company's last models with extensive hand-work lavished on them at the factory. A technical and stylistic tour de force and one of the fastest-appreciating modern classics in today's market. Featuring outstanding colors, and excellent presentation.
Specifications: 3,499 cc SOHC V-8 engine, Bosch fuel injection, 230 bhp (SAE), 197 bhp (DIN), 4-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent coil-spring suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108.3" Fast-appreciating, superbly presented Mercedes-Benz icon. Luxurious hand-built leather, wood, and wool-trimmed interior. Powerful yet smooth 3.5-liter SOHC V-8 and automatic. Highly rare example of one of Mercedes' final hand-built models
In 1965, the "New Generation" of upscale Mercedes-Benz models (S-Class) debuted and formed the basis of some of the most coveted, collectible, and enjoyable automobiles to emanate from Stuttgart. Carefully refined, these luxurious yet athletic five-passenger automobiles continued a tradition of handcrafted quality, vault-like solidity, and superior engineering, while their formal styling by Paul Bracq remains an unqualified design benchmark today.
When introduced in late-1969, the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet and Coupe were virtually identical to the six-cylinder 280SE models, with the exception of Mercedes' all-new and uncannily smooth 3.5-liter V-8 delivering a 25-per cent power boost. Dubbed the 'Engine of Tomorrow' by Mercedes-Benz, the V-8 produced an SAE-rated 230 bhp in America and 197 bhp under the strict German DIN testing regime. The engine's highly advanced engineering included lightweight aluminum-alloy cylinder heads, each with a single overhead camshaft and sodium-cooled exhaust valves, a sturdy cast-iron cylinder block, Bosch electronic fuel injection, and transistorized ignition. Performance of the V-8 280 SE 3.5 was brisk and belied the car's considerable size, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph possible in just 9.0 seconds en route to top speeds over 120 mph.
A four-speed automatic gearbox, fully-independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes endowed the 280SE 3.5 with further refinement and remarkable poise during spirited drives. Leather upholstery, real wood interior trim, and useful instrumentation enhanced the rich driving experience. When production ended in 1971, just 4,502 examples of the 280SE 3.5, in both Coupe and Cabriolet form, were built in total. Of those, just 1,232 were Cabriolets. Apart from Mercedes' formal 600, the 280SE 3.5 was the company's flagship model. A 1970 road-test report by Car and Driver summed up the 280SE 3.5 experience best, boldly declaring "...if you feel obliged to quibble over the price, to seek a $13,430 justification, you probably can't afford the 280SE 3.5, and wouldn't appreciate what you had if someone gave you the car." Demand for these very fine automobiles has always exceeded available supply and the V-8 powered 280 SE 3.5 simply remains an undisputed 20th Century icon.
Treated to a full restoration in the mid 2000's by respected Southern California restorer Bruce Strauss, this US Delivery 1971 3.5 Cabriolet is a long time California car and is simply one of the finest restored examples we have ever seen. It shows next to no wear from top to bottom and the color combination really accentuates what the 3.5 Cab represents as a marque classic. The cosmetics on this stunning example are extraordinarily nice and the cars runs as good as it looks. Less than 500 miles since restoration. This masterfully restored and cared for 1971 3.5 Cabriolet is the embodiment of the elegance and power the model has come to represent over the years as it has ascended into a truly elite collector car.
Simply outstanding throughout, this final-year 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet marks an exciting find at Monterey and stands ready to continue to deliver a great open-air experience with an abundance of Continental flair. The car is fully serviced and needs nothing.