1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5SOLD

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Exterior Color: Red
Doors: 0

The Mercedes W108 and 109 models were the flagship luxury models built between1965 and 1972. By 1969, however, it was recognized that the lack of a V-8 was a hindrance in the U.S. market, so a 3.5-liter power plant, designated M116, was developed. Using a cast iron block for rigidity, economy, and better sound damping, it had cross-flow wedge cylinder heads with rocker-operated valves driven by a single overhead camshaft per bank. Cams were chain-driven for a long life. Bosch transistorized the ignition, and electronic fuel injection was utilized. The British magazine AutoCar called it "a copybook example of how experience plus careful design can create a simple-to-make high output engine of considerable refinement." Initially with 3,499-cubic centimeter displacement, it was followed by a 4,520-cubic centimeter "big block" M117 version in 1971. Mercedes designated the new W108 as the 280 SE 3.5, to distinguish it from its six-cylinder counterpart. Production began in August 1969 and continued through July 1971. Total production in 24 months was 3,270 coupes and 1,232 cabriolets. The Mercedes-Benz Classic Zertifikat that was issued in 2004 indicates that this 280 SE 3.5 Coupe was dispatched from the factory on August 26, 1969. Its distinctive chassis sequence number, 000001, gives it the unique significance of "car number one." Metric instrumentation suggests it was initially intended for the European market. Interestingly, it was first titled in the United States in 1971 and resided in California until 2005 where it is believed to have had only three owners. In 2005, it was purchased by John O'Quinn of Houston, Texas, a became part of his famous collection until recently sold by his estate. Today, this significant Mercedes coupe remains in very good to excellent overall condition. It has been sympathetically restored as needed while still retaining many original and well preserved features. The paint has been refinished in the original Daimler-Benz 571 Red Poly color which remains in excellent condition. It has had a new windshield, door, and trunk gaskets installed and the chrome is extremely nice as well. The fit and finnish of the body panels is excellent with even gaps and margins throughout. The interior is the original perforated biscuit leather and, as expected, shows normal wear but still remains extremely presentable. The engine and transmission are reported to have been rebuilt about 5,000 miles ago. This example is quipped with sunroof and air conditioning in addition to the standard features of power windows, radio, and an automatic transmission. With its Car Number 1 designation, this significant Mercedes will be a welcome addition to any collection. Yes, it's the first 3.5 coupe built !

Reference Number 248234

as of 10/12/2013

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Car 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5
VIN 11102612000001 
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