In 1968, the 'New Generation' of upscale Mercedes-Benz S-Class models débuted. These carefully refined five-passenger automobiles continued a tradition of handcrafted quality and superior engineering, while their formal styling remains a design benchmark. The coupe was designed with 'practical sportiness' in mind while its chassis featured advanced design and structural reinforcements, providing immense rigidity and safety.
Introduced in 1970, the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 coupe was identical to the standard 280SE coupe, with the exception of the engine. In place of the modest, standard issue inline six-cylinder engine, customers enjoyed spirited performance from an all-new 3.5-liter V-8 that offered more than a 25 per cent increase in power.
Referred to as the 'engine of tomorrow' by Mercedes, the company threw much of its technical prowess into making the engine both smooth and powerful. With an over-square combustion chamber, aluminum alloy cylinder heads, a cast iron block, and featuring Bosch electronic fuel injection, as well as transistorized ignition, power output was a healthy 230 horsepower. This helped propel the 280SE 3.5 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds.
The comprehensive list of amenities included power steering, power brakes, a stereo, a radio, air conditioning, electric windows, and an automatic transmission. Further luxuries aimed at pleasing up to five passengers included a genuine leather interior and beautifully polished wood trim. Only 4,502 of these cars, in both coupé and cabriolet form, were sold between 1969 and 1971. A part from the Mercedes top-of-the-line 600 series, this car was the flagship model in the line-up.
This accurately restored 280SE 3.5 liter coupe is finished in medium blue metallic with a blue leather interior. It has been well maintained throughout its life and careful inspection reveals that it has always been a well cared for and solid vehicle prior to its restoration. It features newer carpets and excellent interior wood. The leather seats, door panels and headliner are in excellent condition showing hardly any signs of wear. The paint is extremely well presented showing an even gloss throughout and no signs of underlying damage or repair. The fit and finish of the body panels is excellent and the body lines are crisp and clear. The chrome and stainless trim items are excellent. Under the hood, the engine bay is tidy and well detailed. Inside and out, this is really a great example that is ready to drive and enjoy.
Many astute collectors feel that 280SE 3.5 coupes are among the best looking and most collectible cars of the era. These extremely comfortable tourers offer their owners the optimum amount of performance and comfort and are considered highly usable classics.
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