Mercedes-Benz W111 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet

  • Fully restored by Mechatronik
  • Datacard spec
  • Extensive restoration documentation
Year:1971
Paintwork:670 Hellelfenbein
Interior:Leather Cognac
Gearing Type:Automatic
Mileage:400 KM
Power:200 HP
Fuel*:Petrol
Price:Up on request

* * Fuel consumption: (DIN 70030) 15,3 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.

The Mercedes-Benz W111 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet offered here was completed in the factory in June 1971 and delivered to the United States of America. On July 1, 1971, the car was first registered in sunny Los Angeles in California. In the following decades, the convertible remained in California before the purchase was finally made by the Mechatronik GmbH in spring 2010. The company acquireed the car as a restoration base after the convertible had been damaged in a fire in the engine compartment and had been in a garage in San Diego for years. It should take a few years after arriving in his home country before the elaborate full restoration was finally started in our house in autumn 2017. An extensive documentation of all work is of course available. The vehicle was restored strictly according to the data card, the only difference is the conversion to EU standards. We hand over this Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabrio including a fresh service and a new TÜV to its future owner. For detailed questions, please contact our sales staff at any time.