1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe - £59,995

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This is a 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe RHD finished in metallic burgundy with a cognac interior. The clock reads just less than 6000 miles; prior to an early 90s restoration the car had covered 97,000 miles.

The ultra-luxurious 280 SE Coupé/Cabriolet and 300 SEL saloon were chosen by Mercedes-Benz to launch its magnificent new 3.5-litre V8 engine in 1969. An over-square design featuring a cast-iron block and aluminium-alloy cylinder heads, each equipped with a single overhead camshaft, this all-new, state-of-the-art power unit produced 200bhp courtesy of Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorised ignition. Thus equipped, the Coupé/Cabriolet was good for 125mph with 60mph reachable in 9.5 seconds, a substantial improvement on the six-cylinder version's figures. Although the equivalent SEL saloon used the 'New Generation' bodyshell, the Coupé and Cabriolet kept the elegant coachwork that had debuted back in 1959 on the 220 SE and, as befitted top-of-the-range luxury models, came equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and stereo radio as standard. Significantly, the 280 SE 3.5 was to be the final model to feature this long-established and much admired body style, and today these last-of-the-line classics are highly sought after by discerning Mercedes-Benz collectors.

This Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé was acquired in 1979 by the previous owner, who used it as a second car until the mid-1980s when the mileage total was 97,244. The car was professionally restored in 1991, the rebuild taking over two years to complete. Works undertaken included fitting new a new floor pan and front wings, while the engine and gearbox sent away for reconditioning. The exterior colour was changed from blue to the vendor's choice of metallic burgundy as it presents today. Since completion the car has been kept in the previous owners storage facility. Driven, started and run on special occasions, it has covered only 5,982 miles since the rebuild. Photographs of the restoration are on file. Since restoration, the Mercedes has been serviced on two occasions by marque specialist Roger Edwards (in 2004 and 2012).

Accompanying documentation includes MoTs dating from 1992 to 2022, various bills for general maintenance, a set of original handbooks and a V5C document. The car has not received an advisory on its MoT history over the last 5 years and the current clean MoT expires in January 2023. The car also comes with two sets of keys.

This is a nicely restored example of the most luxurious coupe from the 70's and might represent your last chance to purchase in this price bracket.