1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

3.5 Convertible W111 | Perfect restoration | Matching numbers & colors | German delivery


  • Year of manufacture 
  • Mileage 
    4 000 km / 2 486 mi
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
  • Engine number 
  • Electric windows
  • Drive 
  • Condition 
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Blue metallic (387)
  • Metallic 
  • Interior colour 
  • Interior brand colour 
    Leather red (242)
  • Interior type 
  • Number of doors 
  • Number of seats 
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
  • Gearbox 
  • Performance 
    200 PS / 148 kW / 198 BHP
  • Drivetrain 
  • Fuel type 


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The Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 convertible of the W111 series offered for sale here was delivered to its first owner in Ratzeburg (Germany) in June 1971 via the Hamburg branch. Later it was purchased by an American who took the vehicle back home. In 2014, the convertible was returned to its home country, where it was purchased by the current owner in 2018.

Between 2018 and 2019, it underwent a top-level restoration, during which the vehicle was completely overhauled. All parts were touched, so it’s no surprise that the car today convinces with every detail. The numbers of the vehicle match those of the data card ("matching numbers"), and it is still in the original color combination ("matching colors"). Detailed image documentation as well as the corresponding invoices ensure that the completed work is traceable down to the smallest detail. The detailed expert's report issued after that confirms the condition with a grade of 1 (perfect).

Ex-factory equipment included the middle armrest and headrests, electric windows, the ivory colored steering wheel and a radio with automatic antenna. For the next generation, a Mercedes-Benz child seat was also procured, which was equipped with the matching leather.

This vehicle is really perfect in detail and has only been moved about 4,000 km since the restoration. A feast for the eyes for the garage but also a pleasure for the road – for us the most beautiful four-seater convertible from Daimler-Benz.

Equipment and special features
• Automatic transmission with central shifting
• Electric windows
• Radio Becker Europa & autom. antenna
• Armrest front & headrests
• Steering wheel in ivory color
• Mercedes-Benz child seat with fitting leather

• Copy of the original Daimler-Benz data card
• Extensive foto documentation of the restoration
• Expert's report grade 1 (2019)
• German registration documents

History of the series
The Mercedes 280 SE 3. 5 has always been referred to as the top model of the W111 series, which was produced between 1959 and 1971. Both the Cabriolet and the Coupé are top class vehicles with style and elegance.

It took ten years for a V8 engine to be installed in the W111 series. With its 3499 cm³ cylinder capacity, it brought an astonishing 200 hp on the road at that time. However, the car was not only technically but also visually optimized. The front of the car was fitted with a flatter bonnet and a lower radiator grille – which also gave rise to the designations “high- and flat-coolers".

The flat-coolers (and thus our W 111) are considered the most sought-after variant today. Of course, these vehicles are also particularly valuable because of their small number of units. Only 1,232 of the 280 SE 3. 5 Convertibles were produced and delivered between 1969 and 1971.


The vehicle is located in our showroom in Stuttgart-Plieningen, close to the airport/trade fair. A test drive and an inspection on the car lift are possible by arrangement.

The sale takes place on request with new inspection, service and TÜV. We also offer a wide range of accessories for your new dream car. If required, we can also deliver the vehicle to you in a closed trailer.

Opening hours: Mon - Sat by appointment

Carola Daimler Cars is a company owned by the great-granddaughter of inventor and visionary Gottlieb Daimler. We collect, trade and broker classic cars, youngtimers and collectibles with potential and history. We place particular emphasis on quality, history and preserved charm.

Leasing/Financing: We would be happy to have our partner provide you with a tailor-made leasing & financing offer for this vehicle.

Subject to prior sale and errors for this offer excepted. The vehicle description on the Internet serves only for the general identification of the vehicle and does not represent a warranty in the sense of sales law. Only the agreements in the purchase contract are decisive.