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.
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé 111.026-12-000881 – sold for €70,150 One of only 4,502 examples produced, this delightful 280 SE 3.5 was delivered new via the Mercedes-Benz agency in Berlin. Probably its first owners, the latter used the car as a demonstrator, which also explains the lavish and luxurious equipment, something not to be taken for granted at that time. Its specification includes sand beige metallic paintwork, tobacco brown interior leather, automatic transmission, electric sliding steel sunroof,
electric windows, original Behr air conditioning, and a Becker Mexico radio/cassette.
The accompanying original service book lists a Mrs Lorenz of Frankfurt as the second owner. She purchased the car with some 9,881 kilometres recorded on the odometer and continued to enjoy its effortless pace until 1983 when she sold it to the current vendor. He first registered the Mercedes in his company’s name and then from 1985 as his private car. During his ownership it was re-sprayed in its original livery and has always been maintained, as documented in the aforementioned service book. Described as in generally good working order, the car also comes with sundry invoices, German registration papers and a copy of the Mercedes-Benz Kardex. Auction Source: The Mercedes-Benz Sale 2015 by Bonhams