Lot 43

2021   |   Pebble Beach Auctions

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet


$250,000 - $300,000| Without Reserve




Car Highlights

Equipped with Desirable Floor Shift and Air-Conditioning
One of Just 1,232 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolets Built
Finished in Factory-Delivered Silver Grey Metallic
Serviced by Marque Experts
A Classic Hand-Built Expression of 1970s German Luxury

Technical Specs

3,499 CC SOHC V-8 Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
230 BHP at 5,800 RPM
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Suspension with Coil Springs
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Hans Wurl

Mercedes-Benz has routinely produced uniquely optioned, handmade automobiles. The V-8-powered W111-series 280 SE was conceived as a personal car for customers who wanted the power and prestige of the 600 series without the formality of a chauffeur. The modern design combined a tailored upright grille, crisp fender lines, and low profile, creating a fresh, elegant design. The last car to be hand built at Mercedes-Benz, each was priced at an astonishing $13,000.

This example has benefited from extensive restoration work, including a respray in the original exterior color Silver Grey Metallic (DB 180) and a re-trimmed black leather interior. The previous owner, a fastidious collector of multiple classic European cars, tended to the Mercedes-Benz with his typical care. In October 2017, Mercedes-Benz experts at Rudi & Company in BC performed comprehensive maintenance totaling over $15,000. Invoices accompanying the sale show services to the engine, brakes, steering, and electrical systems. The 3.5 Liter V-8, while a proper type, is not original to this car. Since that time, this charming Cabriolet has been enjoyed and driven sparingly.

This wonderful Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet is accompanied by a spare tire, lug wrench, and car cover, as well as an owner’s pamphlet containing a copy of the factory data card, owner’s manual, factory reference literature, Becker radio manual, and the 1968 Mercedes-Benz Dealer Directory. Ready for enjoyable open touring, this hand-built example of luxury excellence is sure to please its next fortunate caretaker.