Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabrio

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Pricing : € 285.000,00
  • German delivery
  • Completely documented history with five registered owners
  • Always registered in Germany
  • Including the original first German title documenting all owners
  • Including the original service booklet
  • automatic gearbox with steering column shifter
  • Radio Becker Grand Prix
  • Beautifully preserved original interior
  • 1 of only 1232 built factory convertibles

The Mercedes-Benz W111 series replaced the large pontoon models in 1959 and provided the technical basis for the Mercedes models until the end of the 1960s. The new series offered a level of passive safety never seen before and was one of the first vehicles ever to feature a stable passenger cell and defined crumple zones.

On February 24, 1961, Mercedes-Benz presented the coupé version of the W111 series with the 220 SEb/C at the opening of the Mercedes-Benz Museum. In contrast to the saloon, the rear fin of the coupé was now much less pronounced and the car had a somewhat lower and more elegant body. The 220 SEb/C was also the first Daimler-Benz model to be equipped with disc brakes on the front axle as standard.

With the large, luxurious coupés and convertibles the amount of manual labor was about 4 times higher than on the saloons, and apart from the 600, which was being phased out, it was the last Daimler-Benz model where so much was still made by hand. In addition to the high quality of workmanship, however, this also led to very high costs, which is why a 1970 280 SE 3.5 Automatic Cabriolet, for example, was considerably more expensive at DM 37,351.50 than a 280 SL Pagoda for DM 26,640.

In September 1969, the W111 Coupés and Cabriolets series was crowned with the completely newly developed 3.5 l V8 engine with 200 PS (147 kW) - a significantly more powerful version than the previous 280 SE and 300 SE variants.

In addition to its power, the new V8 was particularly distinguished by its smooth running. It enabled the new top model to achieve driving performance at sports car level. Stylistically, the new models were slightly revised, for example, the radiator grille was about seven centimeters lower and wider and the bonnet was flattened towards the front. This characteristic feature gave the car the popular name "low grille", which is still used today. Another change concerned the bumpers, which were now fitted with rubber strips. Externally, the eight-cylinder models could not be distinguished from the well-maintained six-cylinder models, which were now also delivered with the "low grille".

Particularly as an elegant convertible, there is hardly any comparable vehicle that offers as much as the 280 SE 3.5 litre convertible at such a high level. First of all, it is a very rare and exclusive Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet, largely built by hand, which has only been produced 1,232 times. Then it is a fast and reliable touring car that can be driven in traffic without any problems even today. And it is one of the few cabriolets with five seats. The steering column shifter even gives the opportunity to register it for 6 passengers.

This car offered by us was ordered in 1969 by a Bielefeld entrepreneur from the local Mercedes-Benz dealer Kirstein & Sauer and then registered on April 15, 1970. 

As extras the car was delivered ex works:

46/2 Rear fog light 49.95 DM
51/6 Radio Becker Mexico 666.00 DM
53/1 Antenna automatic 249.75 DM
55/1 Steering wheel ivory -
61/6 Fog lights 138.75 DM
63/0 Belted tyres 58.83 DM
67/3 Battery with larger capacity 29.97 DM


Including these extras, the list price was thus a proud DM 38,544.75. 

The original color ex works was "light ivory" 670.

After 1.5 years the first owner sold the car to a well-known Bremen shipping company and shipyard. In 1979, after eight years in the service of the company, the shipowner took over the car privately and kept it in his possession until 1988. So, from 1971 to 1988 the car had one owner and due to the transfer from the company to private ownership two registered owners. The third owner, a fashion entrepreneur from the Stuttgart area then kept the car for 26 years until he sold it to the current owner in 2014.

The service booklet is well kept and has received 17 entries over the decades, 12 of them from Mercedes-Benz authorized workshops. Although one can never guarantee for a vehicle of this age, we therefore assume that the total mileage of the car is actually only 120,700 km. 

It is rare to find a 50-year old car with so few previous owners and a fully documented history. The car was registered in Germany throughout and was always in good hands.

Accordingly, it is in a very nice original condition, which also shows in the very good original interior. Hoods and doors close perfectly and without effort, as you would expect from good, unrestored Mercedes-Benz cars. About 25 years ago the car was repainted by its third owner in plain black 040, which harmonizes very well with the dark red interior. The engine and the gearbox were exchanged over the decades. The rear axle has the long gear ratio 3.69.

The car drives very well. The engine runs very clean and powerful and the automatic transmission shifts perfectly.

The car can be visited by appointment at 33415 Verl. A lift is of course also available.

Please contact us if you are interested in further information.

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