1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5

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White | Coupé | 4 Speed Automatic | 3.5 litre V8 | 70,651 miles | SOLD

WPCS 2.1.0

Among the most recognisable classic cars of all time and the best of the breed, offered here is among the finest in the country, one of just a handful of Australian delivered 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 litre V8 Coupé’s .

With 230hp, Bosch electronic fuel injection, a four-speed automatic transmission, independent front and rear suspension as well as four-wheel power-hydraulic disc brakes launched in 1962 the 280 SE was aimed at the velvet clad prestige buyer, a time when seeing a Mercedes-Benz on road was something altogether special.

Sold new by York Star Motors, Sydney in September of 1971 the same year Apollo 14 landed on the Moon, this artfully restored Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 litre V8 presents in Pastel White over Tobacco trim and still features its numbers matching engine, transmission and original air-conditioning.

Offered with its original Periodic Maintenance booklet verifying the exceptionally low mileage of just 70,000 miles, Owner’s Manuals bound within the vinyl Mercedes-Benz wallet, original set of tools and Jack, offered in turn-key condition, this leading edge 280 SE is a credit to its last custodian and an absolute asset to the next.

Behind the wheel, from every conceivable detail the interior switch gear, iconic horn-ringed Bakelite steering wheel, correct carpets, perforated leather seats and flawless gauges aren’t just correct, they’ve been masterfully refurbished and re-fitted. Even the Becker Mexico stereo is still fitted and functional.

To drive, this car oozes finesse; the V8’s torquey power transfers to the road with ease, the steering is well balanced and finger-tip light, the weight and feel of the pedals is as though they’ve been cut from one piece, gear changes are near seamless in feel and the overall atmosphere is totally engaging from the smells, sounds and interior textures- never, ever boring.

The combination of its handsome design, increasingly harder to find originality and paperwork as well as its masterful restoration, make this already rare and internationally desirable classic something extra special.

If prices overseas are an indication of where values of these W108 Series Mercedes-Benz’s are headed, this is a very savvy buy.

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