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Sporting gorgeous styling and a distinctive roofline highlighted by curved rear glass, the 280 SE was the final word in understated sophistication. The car offered here, presenting in its original color of Silver Gray Metallic (DB 180), is a well-optioned, highly attractive example of an exquisitely crafted and engineered creation from the German carmaker.
The last model of the iconic W111 range featured the alloy 230 bhp M116 V-8 engine, making this Coupe the most powerful since the debut of the series in 1959. Believed to have been ordered new by a Mercedes-Benz executive in Germany, it was specified with an electric sunroof, fog lamps, and center floor shift. An aftermarket air-conditioning system was also added. By 1979, the car was sold to a fastidious owner in Japan, and extensive documentation shows that owner’s careful use, with service by authorized Mercedes-Benz agents.
Now having resided in the US for several years, this 280 SE Coupe remains a wonderful example today, retaining its gorgeous European-specification headlights. Correct Michelin XWX tires and a Becker Mexico AM/FM cassette player accent the period details. A recently detailed engine bay, along with its well-preserved interior, indicate how owners have cherished this car. Accompanied by a copy of its factory data card, this Coupe represents a compelling opportunity to acquire one of Stuttgart’s most elegant models.