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This is a beautiful US delivery 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet that is thoroughly documented with 61,000 miles and three owners from new.This Mercedes has been well cared for in every respect, being one of the most coveted models ever produced. It has been thoroughly restored and is in gorgeous condition today. The condition, history, documentation and provenance associated with this example makes this an investment-grade collector car. This is a complete, numbers matching motorcar and one of only 1,232 produced.
The livery is crisp and elegant in its original White (Paint Code 050), contrasted with the Black Haartz cloth canvas convertible top (Code 9001) and complemented by beautiful chrome that is all in as-new condition. Barrington Coach Haus set out on a bare metal repaint about 15 years ago, disassembling the car as needed. As per the factory order, this has the completely painted undercarriage which was also painstakingly repainted during the restoration. This is documented well with receipts as well as complete photos, as seen in our photo gallery.
The Black Leather (Code 241) has been replaced and looks and smells as-new. Complimenting the leather is the beautifully refinished and plentiful use of rare Zebra wood. Importantly, this 3.5 Cabriolet was ordered new with many rare options, including the Behr air conditioning, tinted glass, center console, folding arm rests and power windows. And of course, it features its original Becker Europa radio with its automatic antenna. We love the two-tone horn, as well. The black convertible top looks new and the gray headliner is also in excellent condition.
The original numbers matching engine was fully rebuilt in 2003 by Manfreds Import Autos in Illinois. It now runs and drive beautifully with approximately 2,000 miles added since the rebuild, and less than 61,000 miles accumulated since new. The 280SEs are incredibly tight and nimble, and with such low mileage this is exceptional even for this model.
This 280SE Cabriolet was delivered new on September 4 th , 1970 and was purchased new by Rich Schulze of Elmwood Park, Illinois on September 7 th , 1970. Mr. Schulze enjoyed this Cabriolet for three decades underscoring his adoration of this motorcar. Scott Davis acquired the Cabriolet from Mr. Schulze and had it for the next six years. The last owner was Ralph Furra from Newport Beach who acquired it in 2006.
This 280SE 3.5 is fully documented with five decades of receipts, service records, the original data card, Protecto Plate, owners manuals and numerous photos of the in-depth restoration work performed. It also comes complete with its tool roll, first aid kit, warning triangle, spare tire, jack and tools. The inspection confirms that the car has never had rust and that all instruments and accessories function as they should, including the original factory air conditioning.
This Cabriolet is available for inspection in NYC, New York. The winning bidder has the ability to negotiate a trade toward the purchase of the Mercedes. For more details and information, please call or text Harry Clark at 1.602.245.7200 or [email protected] .