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One of the final evolutions of Mercedes-Benz’s celebrated W111 platform, the 280 SE was introduced in 1968. Employing the new inline six-cylinder M130 motor, the 280 SE became one of the automaker’s premium offerings – continuing the tradition of W111 “Fintails” dating to 1959. The last of Mercedes-Benz’s hand-built model lines, only 1,390 examples of the 280 SE were bodied as cabriolets over a three-year production period ending in 1971 (compared to almost 3,800 coupes).
This faithfully restored and beautifully maintained 280 SE Cabriolet was first delivered to a Canadian owner, Ms. Holly Maxwell, before being discovered 30 years later by a marque enthusiast from Austria, Mr. Langer. Importing the Mercedes-Benz back to Europe in the late 1990s, Mr. Langer had the car restored in 2002 before it was acquired by the consignor in 2007. The 280 SE remains in fresh yet authentic condition, with clean brightwork, lovely shine to the ivory paint, supple bamboo leather upholstery, and a well-detailed engine bay.
According to Mercedes-Benz records, the 280 SE Cabriolet was factory-equipped with power windows, a folding armrest, and a Becker Mexico radio, and is currently documented with owner’s manuals and sales brochures. Exhibiting timeless qualities of design and craftsmanship, this beautiful 280 SE is among the last of a special breed, promises a luxurious experience, and would be an excellent entrant at finer Mercedes-Benz events.