In the early 1970's Mercedes-Benz built what many people believe was the finest automobile in the world. For the buyers who wanted wind in their hair there was no finer choice than the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet which combined with the powerful 3.5-liter V-8 was the fastest, most sumptuous and most expensive convertible that money could buy at a Mercedes-Benz dealership. It was a car that appeals then and now to great enthusiasts. This model should not be confused with the other similar looking Mercedes-Benz Coupes or Cabriolets that were available in vast numbers since 1963, (220, 250, 300 or even 280SE V6); as this was Mercedes' first V8 and to accommodate this superb engine the grill had to be designed lower & wider.
Offered here today is the rarest of all variants - one of just 68 right hand drive floor mounted automatics ever produced.
Purchased by our vendor in the UK eleven years ago it was exported to Australia. Immediately after arriving in Australia the owner decided due to the extreme rarity of the model that the car should be entrusted to ‘Sleeping Beauties' restoration in Brisbane Australia. ‘Sleeping Beauties' are officially recognised Mercedes-Benz expert restoration specialists. The car began what was a five year $200,000 plus restoration.
Upon the car returning to possibly one of most particular collectors it was scored at 95.5 out of 100. The owner, who himself owns one of the worlds largest restoration companies, sent it to his facility with the instructions "Make it as good if not better than the way it came from the factory". The car is now presented in concours condition to match the best in the world. Photographic evidence follows this magnificent automobile through the nut and bolt process which was completed this year.
A full rotisserie bare metal re-spray was conducted in Black, all chrome work re-chromed, succulent Ox Blood red leather fitted to the interior with deep red carpets to match. The 3.5 litre V8 engine has been completely rebuilt along with the 4 speed automatic transmission, brakes and suspension. The tight fitting six layer convertible top has also been renewed. Wiring and all electrical components replaced.
As this beautiful 280SE was previously registered in the UK it will not attract import tax and re-registration with the DVLA a matter of process. We request that buyers outside of the UK satisfy themselves regarding Tax and Duties as the car is currently registered in Australia but will be sold via the UK with customs clearance.
This resplendent and truly rare example is worthy of serious consideration as prices for the more abundant left hand drive model have topped $425,000 recently.
At the time of writing the history files and documentation are in transit with the vehicle and will be available for inspection before the auction.