Mercedes-Benz created a continuing success when it combined its competent, elegantly styled, luxurious 280SE 111-series chassis with its 3,499cc single overhead camshaft Bosch electronic fuel injected V-8 engine. Introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1969, the hardtop coupe cost $13,766 POE in 1971. With 230 SAE brake horsepower, 232 ft-lb torque, transistorized ignition and a smooth 4-speed automatic transmission, the 280SE 3.5 was fast (9.5 seconds 0-60), comfortable and had superior road holding. Over the years they have continued to satisfy collectors seeking the finest quality, luxury and performance. This 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe is nicely equipped with automatic transmission, power steering, power disc brakes, power windows, a JVC stereo and Behr air conditioning. The wheels have full Mercedes-Benz hubcaps painted to match the silver body and whitewall radial tires while the trunk has the spare wheel and tire and correct original jack. The silver paint has been redone at some point over a straight body and is sound with some checking noted on the hood. The black leather interior is original and in good condition as is the interior wood trim. The wood under the windshield shows the effects of condensation moisture and needs to be refinished. The engine bay is tidy and orderly with an expensive Mercedes-Benz branded battery but it has not been restored. This is a good-looking sound and usable largely original car that offers unusual value for money.
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