1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 “Fintail” Cabriolet (W111)SOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $95,000 - $135,000

OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$121,000 Sold

Specifications:
230bhp, 3,499cc overhead cam fuel-injected V8, three-speed floor shift automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108.3"

Introduced in 1970, the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet was identical to the standard 280SE Cabriolet, with the exception of the engine. Instead of the modest, standard issue six, customers enjoyed spirited performance from an all-new single overhead cam 3.5 liter V8.

Referred to as the ‘ engine of tomorrow ’ by Mercedes, the company threw much of its technical prowess into making the engine both smooth and powerful. Featuring Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorized ignition, power output was a healthy 230hp. This helped propel the 280SE 3.5 to 60mph in less than 10 seconds.

In addition, accessories like power steering, power brakes, stereo, radio, air conditioning, electric windows and automatic transmission were standard. A genuine leather interior and polished wood trim helped to keep up to five passengers comfortable. Only 4,502 of these cars, in both coupe and convertible form, were sold between 1969 and 1971. Apart from the Mercedes' top of the line 600 series, this car was the flagship model in the line- up. At $14,509 in 1971, it was also one of the most expensive.

The 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet offered here is an excellent example both aesthetically and mechanically. Having spent many years in private collection of noted Mercedes-Benz collector, Stuart Roffman, it received exemplary care. In 2004, the Cabriolet was treated to a bare metal respray 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 expert Jim Cosgrove of Old Timer Restorations.

This lovely example, restored to its original configurations, features the very rare and desirable floor shift automatic transmission, Behr air conditioning, power windows, a Becker Europa radio, and comes with an original specification sheet and an official Mercedes-Benz Zertifikat of Authenticity. The Mercedes is reported to be in excellent running condition showing less than 85,000 documented original miles on the odometer.

It comes as no surprise that many astute collectors feel that the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolets are among the best looking and most collectable cars of the era. Rarely seen at auction, opportunities like the one presented here should not be missed.

Reference Number 6351

as of 1/21/2007

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Car 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 “Fintail” Cabriolet (W111)
VIN 11102712001432 
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