1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 CabrioletSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 3,499 CC SOHC V-8 Engine Bosch D-Jetronic Electronic Fuel Injection 230 BHP at 6,000 RPM 4-Speed Automatic Transmission 4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Disc Brakes Independent Coil-Spring Front and Rear Suspension About this Car: The 280 SE of 1971 marked the end of an era for Mercedes-Benz. Up to that point, the sedans, coupes, and elegant cabriolets were largely crafted by hand, and the quality of these cars remains legendary. 1972 brought major changes to production methods and a completely redesigned model line. Regardless, the V-8 engine that was designed to increase US sales in the coming years was ready in time to create a few special gems for the outgoing line. The beautifully maintained 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet presented here was sold in mid-January 1971 to Harriet Sivia Schwam of Boca Raton, Florida, in the elegant and traditional Mercedes- Benz color combination of Silver (DB 180) over a code 241 black leather interior. A dash plaque bearing Ms. Schwam’s name, supplied only to new cars, is included among the car’s manuals and records. Outfitted with the desirable floorshift option, BEHR air-conditioning, and a very rare code 256 limited-slip differential, this is a very well-appointed example of Mercedes-Benz’ top offering for the model year. Ms. Schwam still owned the 280 SE as late as February 2008, when she applied for a title to replace the original, which was apparently misplaced some time before. The title application bears an odometer statement that reads: “17,562 miles 02/28/08 Actual,” attesting to this 280 SE’s uncommonly low mileage. The following month, the car was sold to the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California, where it was sold to an Idaho-based enthusiast shortly thereafter. In late 2009, the 280 SE was acquired by the consignor, a Southern California Mercedes-Benz collector. In his care, this 280 SE has been treated to new paint in the original Silver (DB 180) by noted Mercedes-Benz restorer Scott Melnick of Calabasas, California. In addition to the finish, many pieces of exterior trim have been re-chromed as needed and mechanical refurbishment has been performed to ensure that the Cabriolet performs properly. Through selective restoration and detailing efforts, great care has been taken to ensure that this Cabriolet presents at a very high standard capable of exhibition on the local concours level, while still retaining the irreplaceable atmosphere of a factory-original sub-20,000 mile car. The last of their kind in craftsmanship and detail, yet comfortable and capable in modern traffic, these high-horsepower, five-passenger cabriolets are the embodiment of the term “modern classic.” As they grow in popularity among today’s enthusiasts, the finest examples are joining many of the most noteworthy collections the world over.

Reference Number 206516

as of 2/15/2013

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Car 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet
VIN 111.027.12.003266 
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