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1971 280se 3.5 coupe fully restored floor shift AC USA model

Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 200-Series
Type: Coupe
Year: 1971
Mileage: 91,121
VIN: 11102612001996
Color: silver beige
Engine: 3.5 L 8 cyle
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: parchment
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Newport Coast, California, United States

1971 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series Additional Info:

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe

Chassis no. 11102612001996

230 bhp, 3,499 cc OHV V-8 engine with Bosch electronic fuel injection, four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length control arms and an anti-sway bar, independent rear suspension with a low-pivot swing axle and trailing arms, and four-wheel power-hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108.3 in.

· Ultimate development of the classic Mercedes-Benz coupe

· One owner car belonging to Ed Sullivan of Sullivan productions

· Fresh ground up restoration with 92121 miles showing on the odometer

· Perfect for long-distance touring, regional shows, and club outings

· One of 818 USA build cars

Special coupes and cabriolets have been a part of the Mercedes-Benz line-up almost continuously during its history, largely handmade on standard chassis in small numbers with luxury trim to attract customers to the showrooms and gain prestige on the boulevards. For over 10 years, from 1961 to 1971, the W111 chassis was the basis for a succession of such automobiles styled by Paul Bracq, who also designed the “pagoda” roadsters. They were upgraded year by year with more powerful engines and improved amenities.

The 280 SE 3.5 represented the ultimate development of this line, with the powerful 3.5-liter V-8 engine that Mercedes-Benz introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1969, as well as Behr air conditioning, a Becker Europa radio, and a redesigned grille and hood that shared styling cues with the latest Mercedes-Benz models. Due to high production costs, the coupe retailed for twice the cost of the best Cadillac on the market at the time. Nevertheless, it was the car of choice for bankers and corporate presidents, while the flashier cabriolet was in demand by Hollywood stars and starlets. Only 3,200 coupes were ever produced before production ended, with a mere 818 exported to the United States.

The car being Auctioned here is offered with fresh ground up restoration, including a bare metal repaint, Brand new interior, complete burl wood re-veneer, complete rebuild of engine, transmission and all mechanical systems. Desirable options include the original Becker radio, center console floor shift. The original books, tools, and accompany the car.

There is a sweet spot in almost every classic car marque represented by a model that is rare enough to be collectible, stylish enough to be a treat for the eyes, comfortable enough to be a joy to drive, and still affordable enough to permit active use. Such is the 280 SE 3.5, which was hand-built by Mercedes-Benz for only two years, 1970 and 1971. The collecting world has long since discovered the flashy cabriolet version, but the coupe—as stylish and much more practical for long-distance touring—is now being recognized for its intrinsic value. This 280 SE is ready for long-distance touring or pleasant Sunday drives with friends.

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