- Superb restoration
- Air-conditioning and electric windows
- Stunning colour combination
- Matching numbers
The Mercedes 280 SE cabriolets and coup‚s were the first sporting models of the marque to be given a V8 engine. The combination of a superb performance with elegant styling made these 3.5-litre cars highly desirable. They used the same platform and bodies as the 6-cylinder models, but were more luxurious. An abundance of leather in the passenger compartment was standard, as was a greater use of wood trim. These cars were produced in limited numbers, with just 4,502 examples built featuring more cabriolets than coup‚s. The 3.5-litre V8 engine was a very modern design and the 1970s class 5 engines had an electronic injection system and transistorised ignition.
The performances were impressive with a top speed of 205 km/h and 0 to 100 km/h in 9.5 seconds.
The car in the sale was completely restored some years ago and subsequently sold by the German dealer Thiesen. The bodywork is very sound and the underneath has been protected with an anti-corrosion coating. It is equipped with air-conditioning, four electric windows, power steering and automatic gearbox. The doors are all very well aligned and the paintwork is of excellent quality. The same is true for the upholstery, which conforms to the original and is enhanced by the superb rosewood trim. A period Becker radio adorns the dashboard and two long-range Bosch headlamps provide a more powerful light. The car has been maintained by the Classic Mercedes specialist workshop in Stains, where the gearbox and steering were refurbished recently. The Mercedes W111 cabriolets represent an excellent investment, as these 4/5 seaters with modern road handling are rare.