Mercedes-Benz cars from the early 1970s hold a special place in the hearts of many car enthusiasts. They were the last of the true coach-built Mercedes-Benz automobiles. They’re as much pieces of art as they are a beautiful expression of automobile design. These luxurious and elegant machines demanded a premium price and a lot of attention and respect when sold new. Today, they still do.
Currently for sale at auction, you can have this gorgeous German classic if you can outbid the competition. If you have a penchant for classic luxury cars, plenty of horsepower and a love for German engineering and just beautiful things in general, you can hardly do better than this Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe.
A Marvel of German Engineering
The 280SE 3.5 Coupe is a highly sought after model from this era. The 3.5-liter V8 model was the top of the line version of a car made with exceptional care. There’s superb attention to detail on a Mercedes of this time period. That laser focus on every piece and component doesn’t seem to exist in most modern cars. The materials themselves in the 280SE are of the highest quality and you won’t find cheap plastic anywhere on this car.
The 3.5-liter V8 is mated to a 4-speed floor-mounted automatic transmission. When Mercedes produced this engine it was seen as the engine of the future. It produced enough power to shoot the car to a top speed of almost 130 mph. This car isn’t about straight-line speed, though. It’s a cruiser built to impress pedestrians and other motorists alike. It’s the kind of car you could drive all day at high speeds or low.
The numbers-matching engine has undergone approximately 3,000 miles since restoration, and the car has been serviced meticulously. The interior is a vision of the past, with creamy dark tan leather, wool carpets and gorgeous, refinished wood trim throughout the cabin. The white steering wheel stands out as an eye-catching accoutrement.
A Perfectly Restored Classic
This particular Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe is a beautifully restored vehicle. It received a mechanical and cosmetic restoration in 2008. The engine and transmission were rebuilt, it was professionally repainted, received new chrome pieces, new suspension and a complete refurbishment of the interior.
As you may expect, all the equipment and switches work as originally designed. Factory options on this particular car include a Behr A/C system and a K7 Becker radio. The car also has all power windows, steering, sunroof and antenna. The original tool kit, spare tire, owner’s manual and service booklet are intact as well.