Throughout the 1960s, Mercedes-Benz manufactured some of the most exclusive and luxurious machines to grace European roads, building a reputation for supreme quality that persists to this day. A standout among these exemplary models were the saloons, coupés, and convertibles of the W111 series—hand-built masterpieces of engineering that exude quality from every screw, veneer, and hide.
The top-of-the-line 280 SE 3.5 Coupe features the first engine over 3.0-liters in a post-war Mercedes-Benz coupe; a fitting last hurrah for the W111 chassis in its final years of production from 1969 through 1971. Wrapped in a pillarless Paul Bracq design that remains stunning to this day, the 280SE 3.5 was rated at 200 horsepower and 231 pound-feet of torque when new, with impressive features like Bosch electronic fuel injection, a four-speed automatic transmission, limited-slip differential, and leather interior with wood accents. Car and Driver’s 1970 review found the 280SE 3.5 “astonishingly agile,” representative of Mercedes’ commitment to “excellence for its own sake.”
There is a sweet spot with almost every marque represented by a model that is rare enough to be collectable, 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, hand-built by Mercedes-Benz for only 1970 and 1971. The collecting world has long since discovered the flashier cabriolet version, but the coupe—just as stylish and more practical for long-distance touring—is now being recognized for its intrinsic value.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 59,000 Miles indicated (Odometer accuracy is unknown)
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Registered in Hong Kong in 2003, 4 previous owners noted on registration
THIS MOTOR CAR:
This masterfully restored 1969 example was originally a Moss Green car that was refinished in a much more popular Silver-Grey Metallic over black leather and desirably equipped with a power sunroof, Becker Europa radio with automatic antenna, BEHR air conditioning, power windows, insulated glass, whitewall tires, and floor-mounted transmission lever.
The current owner, a Mercedes collector and restoration specialist acquired the car and soon after commenced a complete restoration on the body, interior and all mechanical components. This comprehensive project returned the vehicle to like-new condition. Today, the car shows in spectacular condition and ready to enter a new stable. Available for viewing by appointment for serious interest only.
A wonderfully restored example of the marque’s final hand-built model
Nicely equipped with Behr air conditioner, Becker Grand Prix radio, rear speaker, and a sunroof
Fully Serviced, nothing needed and ready to Enjoy
Classic Insider condition score: 95 points out of 100
Original, Look factory fresh and restored to showroom condition. Well-kept and consistently maintained. The bodywork is in excellent condition. The paint and chrome look great and it is just a wax and polish away from show-ready, and the interior is excellent. Underbody has been restored and shows no driving use. Unblemished upholstery and interior trim has seen no wear since it was redone. The engine bay is immaculate and has seen negligible use, about as good as it gets. Spare wheel and Jack are present.
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SERVICE HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS:
Fully body and mechanical restore from A to Z
Service records available upon request by serious buyer
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