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  • Four previous registered owners from new
  • Attractive blue over tan colour scheme
  • Rare right-hand drive production model with an automatic transmission
  • An excellent first-time collector car

Please note that this lot will need to be collected in Chobham, U.K.

Following in the footsteps of Paul Bracq’s iconic fintail models, the Mercedes-Benz W108 models are considered to be some of the most impressively built cars of the time. Boasting four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes, a range of engine options were available throughout production, but the connoisseur’s choice is considered to be the M116 3.5-litre V-8.

Aimed primarily at the American market, this engine produced 200 bhp and 211 lb ft of torque with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection and quickly developed a reputation for its reliability and would become the basis for Mercedes-Benz engines through 1991. It utilized a cast-iron block for rigidity, economy, and better sound damping, and it featured cross-flow wedge cylinder heads with rocker-operated valves, which were driven by a single overhead camshaft per bank. The cams were chain-driven for a long life.

Alongside coupe and convertible bodystyles, the saloon was first introduced in 1971, providing a top speed of 125 mph alongside the build quality and luxury that one would expect with a Mercedes-Benz. Just over 11,000 examples 280 SE 3.5s were built between July 1970 and September 1972.

This particular right-hand drive example is fitted with an automatic transmission, making for comfortable cruising. First registered in the U.K. in October of 1972, this 280 SE 3.5 saloon has enjoyed just four registered owners from new. From 1984 to 2010, the car was registered as 124 AH in the U.K., and was later reunited with its original registration number, FKA 114L. Finished in an attractive shade of blue with a tan interior, it is described by the consignor as being in good condition throughout, and is offered with its original owner’s manual, a handful of previous service invoices, as well as a V5C, a clear HPI report, and a tax disc dated December 1972.

Compared to its coupe and cabriolet siblings, the 280 SE 3.5 Saloon offers incredible value for money and increased practicality, making for an ideal first-time collector car. A car that can be driven regularly and enjoyed by the whole family, this 280 SE 3.5 Saloon begs to be driven and enjoyed by its next owner.

Please note that this lot is currently on display at CARS in Chobham at Alpha 319 Chobham Business Centre, Chertsey Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8JB and can be viewed on appointment on Thursday October 29th and Friday October 30th between 9am and 5pm. Please contact our office at +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 or email Britta Buchmann at [email protected] to secure your appointment. Should you want more information on this lot, feel free to email [email protected] view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/lf20.

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