Lot 62

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet

SOLD $101,750


$125,000 - $150,000| Without Reserve


Car Highlights

Single Family Ownership Through 2017
85,000 Documented Original Miles
One of 1,390 Cabriolet Models Built from 1968 to 1971
Recent Mechanical Refurbishment
Copious Documentation Includes Original 1969 Sales Contract and Owner’s Manual

Technical Specs

2,778 CC Inline SOHC 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
160 BHP at 5,500 RPM
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
Front Independent Double-Wishbone Suspension with Coil Springs
Rear Swing-Axle with Coil Springs and Torsion Bar
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After decades of racing and engineering refinement, Mercedes-Benz evolved into a prolific luxury brand, exporting exciting production series cars and earning new and dedicated North American customers. Introduced in late 1961, the clean, elegant, and largely handmade W111 280 SE Cabriolet appealed to upscale customers seeking quality workmanship, bespoke accessories, and open motoring pleasure.

This handsome cabriolet was ordered new in 1969 with automatic transmission and air-conditioning and delivered to McNey Motors in Bethesda, Maryland. The 280 SE was retained by the original owners, residing entirely in Bethesda under the care of the family patriarch, from 1969 through the early 1990s. In 1992, his son inherited the car and proudly maintained it, including giving it a repaint in the original factory color in 2001. Throughout the family’s ownership, which ended just last year, the elegant Mercedes-Benz was properly maintained and serviced as needed, accumulating just 85,000 documented miles.

Recent comprehensive maintenance includes new engine and transmission mounts, driveshaft flex joints, new fuel-pump mounts, front shock absorbers, and a new battery. The factory owner’s manual and detailed records accompany the car. These highly sought 280 SE Cabriolets are a welcome offering to the collector who seeks motoring pleasure, comfort, and prestige in a very driveable, open, modern classic.