In September 1969, clearly more powerful versions of the 280 SE 3.5 Coupé and Cabriolet were introduced. The completely newly developed 3.5-litre V8 engine with an output of 147 kW excelled in particularly smooth running characteristics and gave the car a sports-car-like performance. The new models had been stylistically refined to a certain extent, like the versions with 2.8-litre six-cylinder engines which continued to be on sale: the radiator mask was lower and wider, with a correspondingly flatter front end of the engine hood. Due to this characteristic feature, the face-lifted Coupés and Cabriolets were often referred to as the “flat radiator” models by insiders. As on the Saloons, the bumpers of the Coupés and Cabriolets were now fitted with rubber strips. In purely visual terms, the eight-cylinder models did not differ from the face-lifted six-cylinder versions.
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 111.027.12.001038 – sold for $330,000 Two private California owners from new; only 55,000 actual miles. Desirable console shift, Behr air conditioning, and Becker radio. Superb, rare original color combination. Fresh engine-out cosmetic restoration, including new paint and top. Show-detailed presentation, including the undercarriage. Includes owner’s books, jack, and tools. Auction Source: RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet 111.027.12.002871 – sold for $429,000 Two-year, show-quality restoration by Road Scholars in breathtaking dark blue over tobacco. Powered by its original matching-numbers 3.5-liter V-8 engine. Rare and desirable floor-shift automatic model. Features desirable factory air conditioning and a Becker radio. Includes a proper set of tools, a jack, and a correct owner’s manual. Enjoyed over the past 30 years by just two long-term owners. Auction Source: RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2015
The 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet offered here is an excellent example both aesthetically and mechanically. Having spent many years within the private collection of noted Mercedes-Benz collector Stuart Roffman, it received exemplary care. In 2004, it was given a bare-metal refinish in its original color of Signal Red; the following year a correct leather interior was installed, and the car was mechanically serviced, with all work performed by Mercedes-Benz expert Jim Cosgrove of Old Timer Restorations.
The 1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 offered here is a very clean example with a four-speed column shift automatic transmission and air conditioning. With 9,470 miles indicated, the overall condition is very good. The chrome work is showing only slight signs of age. Its brick-red leather interior is exceptionally well maintained, and the burgundy carpeting is just as clean – a nice contrast to the silver finish and black top. The car has also benefitted from recent mechanical service.
The 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet pictured here is a lovely example of this very sought-after model. Presented in white with its original soft top and a handsome brown leather interior, it is also fitted with electric windows and still retains its rare original steel wheels, complete with stainless steel painted wheel rims. The car has covered 58,500 miles from new and is in very good overall condition with a fresh MoT.
Reported to drive capably and shift smoothly, this distinguished 280 SE 3.5 still features all of its original body panels and its stock Becker Europa radio. It is equipped with power windows and Behr air conditioning, and has recently had its brakes and suspension evaluated and serviced as needed. Wonderfully restored and cared for by marque experts with decades of collective experience, this highly desirable Mercedes-Benz Convertible is a pristine example of the marque’s last great 5-passenger luxury convertible of the post-war period. Auction Source: 2010 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
The beautiful 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet presented here in white with a dark blue top and interior has always been very well maintained and cared for. Notably, it was recently treated to a full mechanical service that included refurbishing the AC sys