1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet

1970 MBZ 280 SE Front Left
1970 MBZ 280 SE Left Side
1970 MBZ 280 SE Left Rear
1970 MBZ 280 SE Front
1970 MBZ 280 SE Front Right
1970 MBZ 280 SE Right Side
1970 MBZ 280 SE Right Rear
1970 MBZ 280 SE Rear
1970 MBZ 280 SE Interior
1970 MBZ 280 SE Engine
1970 MBZ 280 SE Trunk

Delivered with the following options:
401 – Single seats
420 – Automatic Transmission, floor shift
461 – Instruments in English
491- USA version
503 – Side view mirror, left
513 – Becker radio
524 – Paint coat preservation
531 – Automatic antenna
570 – Folding armrest
586 – Air conditioner / Automatic windows
595 – Heated insulated glass
641 – White wall tires
669 – Mode of packing: VE I
744 – soft-top fabric, dark blue

Mileage: Less than 58,000 miles from new
Exterior Color: White/blue top
Interior Color: blue
Body Style: Convertible
Engine: 3,499cc SOHC V8 Engine, Bosch Fuel Injection
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Drive Type: RWD
Fuel Type: Gasoline
Doors: Two
VIN: 11102712000998

The 3.5-liter version of the 280SE typifies the resurgence of larger-engined Mercedes-Benz models that began in the late 1960s. The ultra-luxurious 280SE Coupe, Cabriolet and 300SEL saloon models were chosen by Mercedes-Benz to launch its magnificent new 3.5-liter V8 engine in 1969. An over-square design featuring a cast-iron block and aluminum cylinder heads, each equipped with a single overhead camshaft, this all-new, state-of-the-art power unit produced a torquey 200bhp, courtesy of Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorized ignition. Thus equipped, the 280SE 3.5 was good for cruising speeds up near 125mph, with 60mph reachable in 9.5 seconds, a substantial improvement on the six-cylinder version’s figures.

Completed at the Mercedes-Benz’s Stuttgart factory in the latter part of 1970, this extraordinary 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet was prepared for the US market, and finished in DB396 Medium Blue over a blue leather interior and blue convertible top. The car was equipped with the desirable floor mounted shift lever, a Becker radio, air conditioning, folding armrest and white wall tires.

This elegant Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet is believed to have resided on the East Coast since new, and kept mostly as a “special occasions” collector’s car, as the mileage of less than 58,000 attests to. By the early 2000s, the Mercedes-Benz was owned by enthusiast Warren Greene of Atlanta, Georgia. Soon after acquiring the car, Mr. Greene decided to have the Mercedes-Benz cosmetically restored, treating it to a re-paint in it’s current white, new interior and many other details. The 280SE 3.5 had at that time accumulated just over 50,000 miles since new so was a very original and solid example to refurbish.

The Mercedes-Benz remained in Mr. Greene’s collection until 2010, when purchased by Mr. Gene Taggart of South Carolina. While in Mr. Taggart’s ownership, the car was treated to a comprehensive service and tune-up, as well as a refurbishment of the air conditioning system. This work was performed by the renowned, Hilton Head, South Carolina based classic Mercedes-Benz specialists at Modern Classic Motors.

Today this beautifully presented, top-of-the-range V8 Mercedes Cabriolet presents exceptionally well in a period-correct white over blue interior. It is a rare model as well; only about 800 examples of the luxurious 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet were specified for the US market. The car’s comprehensive history file includes copies of the Mercedes-Benz factory build records and receipts from service and maintenance work. A tool roll is neatly situated in the trunk.

These high-quality, stylish V8 powerhouses are the last of the classic, hand-built cars to come out of the Mercedes workshops in Stuttgart. They offer timeless styling and extreme luxury in a very usable package, accounting for why they are so highly prized today. With fewer than 58,000 miles from new, this beautiful Cabriolet is a great way to experience the legend of the opulent and powerful 280SE 3.5, a model carrying the distinction of being one of the marque’s most highly prized models of its generation.

200bhp at 5,800rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Offered with copies of factory build sheets and restoration receipts

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