Chassis n° 11102712002667
Engine n° 11698012002233
Collection Mercedes-Benz France
Rare model (1 232 examples)
Outstanding blend of luxury and performance
A genuine four-seater cabriolet
The 3.5-litre 280 SE is one of the most highly sought-after touring Mercedes. Given its rare combination of features, this is not at all surprising. The design, a masterpiece of understated elegance, was perfected by Bruno Sacco, the marque's head of styling, and this was complemented by a luxury finish and level of equipment. At the time, this model was one of the most expensive in the Mercedes range, topped only by the 600. To ensure that the car's performance matched its appearance and satisfied a demanding clientèle, Mercedes developed an all-new aluminium 3.5-litre V8 engine that was lighter and less thirsty than the 600's giant 6.3-litre engine. With 200 bhp under its belt, this handsome machine could travel from 0 to 100 km/h in 10 seconds and had a top speed of 210 km/h. The cabriolet version was the rarest, with just 1 232 examples built.
First registered on 4 November 1970, the car on offer joined the fleet of Mercedes-Benz France on 3 April 1998. Three years later, in 2001, it was restored and the original " Tunis " beige livery changed to metallic grey. The car has survived the passage of time reasonably well, but we have noted the presence of mastic or some synthetic material as well as significant areas of corrosion on certain parts of the bodywork. The door openings are correctly aligned and the chrome-work, that has been replaced or restored, is in good condition. The black leather interior, corresponding to the original colour, has a lovely patina, despite the presence of a few tears on the seat pads of the front seats. The beautifully crafted wooden dashboard is fitted with a Becker Europa TR radio linked to two speakers, with an aerial on the right front wing. Re-done in the past, the black Alpaca hood is in good condition apart from a small tear.
On the mechanical side, the top engine was serviced in 2002 and the automatic gearbox replaced in 2003. In 2017 the car was serviced by the manufacturer including the replacement of fluids and all four tyres. The car comes with an inspection report from 2015, maintenance history since 1998, and a maintenance manual for the model.
A particularly rare and sought-after model, equipped with its original engine, this 3.5-litre 280 SE cabriolet offers luxury, performance and elegance, to add to the enjoyment of open-top driving.