1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 CabrioletSOLD

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet

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To be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM’s Amelia Island event, March 9, 2013. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmauctions.com/Amelia Island.

Chassis No.
111.027.12.003753

Estimate:
$175,000 - $225,000 US

230 bhp, 3,499 cc overhead cam fuel-injected V-8, four-speed automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108.3 in.


Bob Hatch & Sons restoration
Desirable console shift

Mercedes-Benz's second V-8, after their mighty 6.3, was a hot rod engine. Just as with a small block American V-8, the compact, fuel-injected, 3.5-liter unit would fit under the hood, where a straight six would have previously been the top offering. The new 280 SE Cabriolet looked like the six-cylinder 280, but it had big, reliable power from the new engine to power it into the 1970s and to 60 in under 10 seconds, with a 130 mph top speed. This wasn't muscle car territory, but it was highly respectable for a full-on luxury cabriolet weighing over 3,600 pounds. The high-revving, very over-square engine displaced only 213.5 cubic inches, and so, it blew through the one-horsepower-per-cubic-inch barrier..

Reference Number 211745

as of 3/21/2013

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Car 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
VIN 111.027.12.003753 
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