This is simply the coolest saloon on the planet today, bar none! It is a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Saloon, UK supplied Right Hand Drive, Automatic, finished in Sand Beige with Cognac MB Tex interior. It is wonderfully scruffy but drives really well! It has Electric Windows and Sunroof and is showing 64,000 Miles on the clock.
Mercedes-Benz' new 3.5-litre V8 engine debuted at the 1969 Frankfurt Show in the 280 SE coupé and convertible, and the 300 SEL saloon. 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 M116 power unit produced 200bhp (DIN) at 5,800rpm courtesy of Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorised ignition. This was some 40 horsepower more than those models' existing 2.8-litre six, so performance was greatly increased.
From 1971 the new V8 was available in the 280 SE saloon, the marriage resulting in a fast and well equipped 'gentleman's express' combining 200km/h performance with considerable luxury. Running gear was pretty much state-of-the-art from the time, consisting of independent suspension all round and four-wheel dual-circuit disc brakes.
The 3.5-litre version of the 280 SE saloon typifies the resurgence of larger-engined Mercedes-Benz models that began in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the progressive easing of fiscal constraints, which had dissuaded customers from buying cars with large capacity engines, encouraged the German manufacturer to offer bigger, more potent power units. One of the rarer mass-produced Mercedes-Benz saloons - a little over 11,000 being built between March 1971 and September 1972 - the 280 SE 3.5 is today much sought-after by collectors.
Our car has only had 4 owners from new, comes with its original book pack and service book. It has a long MOT and has old certificates going back to 1981 when the car was 9 years old showing 28k Miles from new. Our car has been the subject of over £5,000 of service work from a Mercedes specialist in the last 12 months with many invoice to show, and drives well as a result of this.
These cars are rarely available in Right Hand Drive, this is in the perfect colours, is ready for daily use and the cosmetics can be improved upon with time. The interior is absolutely superb and really needs nothing except rubber heel mats. Please be quick at this price, I couldn't see another for sale for less than double my asking price.