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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
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Asking Price Shipping Amount Condition
$143,500.00 None Auction Results
Description: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
RM Auctions
Automobiles of Amelia Island Collector Car Auction
Amelia Island, Florida
March 13, 2010
AUCTION RESULTS: Lot 211 - Sold at a price of $143,500


230 bhp, 3,499 cc overhead cam fuel injected V8, three-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108.3"


Introduced in 1970, the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet was identical to the standard 280SE Cabriolet, with the exception of the engine. In place of the modest, standard issue inline six-cylinder engine, customers enjoyed spirited performance from an all-new 3.5 liter V8 that offered more than a 25 percent increase in power.


Referred to as the "engine of tomorrow" by Mercedes, the company threw much of its technical prowess into making the engine both smooth and powerful. With an over-square combustion chamber, aluminum alloy cylinder heads, a cast iron block and featuring Bosch electronic fuel injection as well as transistorized ignition, power output was a healthy 230 hp. This helped propel the 280SE 3.5 to 60 mph in less than 10 seconds.


The comprehensive list of amenities included power steering, power brakes, stereo, radio, air conditioning, electric windows and an automatic transmission. Further luxuries aimed at pleasing up to five passengers included a genuine leather interior and beautifully polished wood trim. Only 4,502 of these cars, in both coupe and cabriolet form, were sold between 1969 and 1971. Apart from the Mercedes top of the line 600 series, this car was the flagship model in the lineup. At $14,509 in 1971, it was also one of the most expensive.


The 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet pictured here was purchased by the vendor five years ago. Restored within about the last 15 years in Orange County, it formerly resided in sunny, dry Southern California and as such remains in excellent condition throughout. Currently showing 79,000 miles, the owner reports the car to be in excellent mechanical condition and has undertaken such cosmetic work as redoing the interior with new light tan upholstery. Finished in navy blue with a light tan convertible top and boot, the car is reported to be in as-new condition, from the paint and chrome to the interior. Furthermore, it is equipped with factory air conditioning and a floor-shift automatic transmission – both very desirable features.


Many astute collectors feel that 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolets are among the best looking and most collectible cars of the era. They are prohibitively expensive to restore, and correspondingly difficult to find in the superb condition of the example offered here.
Keywords: 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet


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