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With formal Paul Bracq-penned body lines and fuel-injected, six-cylinder power, the 280 SE took pride of place atop the Mercedes-Benz S-class model range. Delivering 160 hp (DIN rating) and improved fuel economy with revised Bosch fuel injection, the 280 SE, whether in cabriolet or coupe form, delivered renowned driving dynamics and conservative panache. Already quite rare as one of just 1,390 280 SE Cabriolets produced from November 1967 to May 1971, this example from 1970 is even more exceptional as one of the rare and coveted Flachkuhler, or low-grille, six-cylinder 280 SE Cabriolets. Only an estimated 200 such cars were produced.
Benefitting from comprehensive restoration and a consistent program of thorough maintenance and improvement from the mid-2000s led by marque expert Andrew Bach and confirmed and documented by a staggering dossier of supporting invoices and work orders, this 1970 280 SE Cabriolet is simply outstanding. According to its documented history, the Mercedes-Benz was owned in Iowa from the late 1990s until mid-2003, when it was sold to an enthusiast in New York. Very well-equipped with original features and options, it includes power-operated brakes, steering, and windows, plus an automatic transmission, air-conditioning, and a Becker radio with power antenna. Classically styled and luxuriously appointed, this 280 SE most capably represents one of the final Mercedes-Benz models built with extensive handwork in the assembly process and would be a wonderful addition to any collection showcasing hand-built luxury.