Mercedes-Benz W 111 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet

  • One of 1.232 ever built 280 SE 3.5 Convertibles
  • Fully restored including documentation
  • Inclusive fresh service and TÜV
Paintwork:180 Silvergrey metallic
Interior:Leather | black
Gearing Type:Automatic
Mileage:45.491 KM
Power:200 HP
Price:364.000,- € (TAX paid)

* Fuel consumption: (DIN 70030) 13.6 L Super determined at 3/4 of maximum speed, maximum of 110 km / h below surcharge of 10% (factory specification)

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The Mercedes-Benz W 111 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet

The Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 is regarded as the top model of the W111 series, which was produced by Daimler-Benz from 1961 to 1971. In both the coupé and cabriolet versions, this classic car still captivates today with its style and elegance. Mercedes-Benz began selling the W111 models as early as 1961, setting completely new standards in terms of safety. A major innovation was the bodywork: for the first time ever a passenger car was equipped with a stable passenger cell and an effective crumple zone. In addition, the W111 models were equipped with wedge pivot door locks that couldn't jump open accidentally. This was important, among other things, because - as was the case with many cars of the time - not every W111 had safety belts for passengers. But the cars had other modern security measures inside: For example, the steering wheel was fitted with an impact plate with a soft cover, and the dashboard was also cushioned and equipped with partially elastically recessed controls. The engine performance of the various models increased repeatedly over several years until the real gem of the series - the Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 - finally reached its pinnacle. But the model also had other features that set it apart from its predecessors.

It took Daimler-Benz eight years after the introduction of the model to introduce a 3.5-litre V8 engine to the 280 SE 3.5 in 1969. The 280 SE 3.5 had a displacement of 3499 cm³ and a full 200 hp (147 kW), which enabled it to reach a top speed of 205 km/h. However, the Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 was not only technically different from its previous siblings, which had at best touched 170 hp. Also externally the car was given a clear facelift - the front part of the car was given a flatter bonnet and a lower radiator grille. Since then, we have distinguished between the models by calling them the older "high grille" and the more recent "low grille". The latter are now considered the most coveted models in this classic car series. These gems are particularly valuable today because only a small number of them left the Daimler-Benz production halls. Between 1969 and 1971, a total of just 3,270 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 coupés and even fewer cabriolets - namely just 1,232 - were put on the road.

According to the data card, the Mercedes-Benz W111 280 SE 3.5 cabriolet on sale here was completed on 9 April 1970. The vehicle was delivered in 180 silver grey metallic with a black convertible top and red leather interior. The coveted air conditioning system and halogen fog lights were also installed ex works. As per the first vehicle registration document, which still exists, the vehicle was initially registered just a few days after leaving the production halls, on 10 April 1970 in Kassel, Germany. The first owner, a civil engineering contractor named Friedrich Radde, registered the vehicle with the registration number KS-EC 36. The vehicle was sold on six years later, in March 1976, to Mr. Manfred Bürchert who registered the vehicle on 24 March 1976 in Berlin with the registration number B-ZZ-696. This Mercedes had found its home for the next 25 years until the owner decided to sell it in summer 2001. The buyer was none less than the Behrmann brothers' car dealership which still exists today. The history of the Behrmann name is deeply rooted in the Mercedes-Benz brand, and it is not without reason that these letters adorn one of the most legendary Mercedes models of all time. The W109 300 SEL 6.8. And precisely this vehicle is in our in-house collection and so these two vehicles are reunited again after decades.

The 280 SE 3.5 Cabrio, still in its original condition in 2001, could no longer hide its age and the associated defects and so the Behrmann brothers decided to carry out an extensive restoration. Lasting for over one year and devouring more than EUR 100,000, this investment turned out to be worth more than the money it cost. The documentation of the restoration is, of course, at hand. The quality of the restoration is beyond all doubt and even 20 years later the overall result is impressive. The cabriolet, meanwhile registered to the company Gebrüder Behrmann KG Automobile, stayed in its undoubtedly enviable home for the next 15 years. In late summer 2016, the car changed hands for the last time and went to a car enthusiast and collector near Bonn.

The complete and undoubtedly sublime history of this vehicle combined with its overall flawless visual and technical condition make this Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 cabriolet a very attractive offer. For detailed questions, please contact our sales staff at any time.