The mid-sized Mercedes-Benz coupes and cabriolets, built from 1965 through the early 1970s, were built to the highest standards of German production cars and this 1971 280 SE 3.5 is one of the most desirable and collectible of all. Powered by a 3499 cc single overhead camshaft V-8 making 230 SAE brake horsepower and 232 lb-ft torque, it was also loaded to an impressive level with comfort and convenience features.
This exceptionally clean example is finished in green and has a tan leather interior, chrome wheel arch moldings, full color-coded hubcaps, radial tires and sunroof. Over the years, this car has received careful attention when necessary including a bare metal respray, new leather in the front, refinished interior wood and new carpets.
The 280 SE 3.5 is especially coveted by collectors who appreciate its legendary build quality, ample power, great roadholding, luxury and exclusivity. Production of both coupes and cabriolets totaled only 4,502 during the three years they were built, making the 280 SE 3.5 one of the most rare and distinctive of all Mercedes-Benz automobiles. This example more than lives up to this reputation, as it gracefully wears its restoration work and both runs and drives extremely well. It is ideal for the smooth, luxurious motoring that only a vintage 111-series Mercedes such as this can provide.
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