Lot 162

2018   |   Scottsdale Auctions 2018

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe

SOLD $145,750


$150,000 - $200,000| Without Reserve


Car Highlights

Originally Owned by Television Legend Ed Sullivan
The Final Model of the Venerable 111-Series Coupe
Features Air-Conditioning, Power Windows, and Optional Floor Shift
Recent Comprehensive Refurbishment in Original Color
Includes Owner’s Manuals, Tools, and Jack

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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For just two model years, Mercedes-Benz imported its V-8 version of its celebrated W111-generation coupe to American shores. Named the 280 SE 3.5, these final 111-series cars were capable of a top speed approaching 130 mph. With a price more than double that of a contemporary Cadillac coupe, the luxurious and exclusive 280 SE 3.5 was favored by captains of industry and celebrities alike.

The 280 SE 3.5 offered here was first owned by pioneering television star Ed Sullivan, whose venerable Sunday night variety show introduced the Beatles to America in 1964. In 1978, Mr. Sullivan’s family gave the car to March Schwartz of Beverly Hills, who kept it for over 35 years. Following the consignor’s purchase of the 3.5 in 2015, he retained Legendary Classic Center of Costa Mesa, California, to perform a comprehensive refurbishment.

Refinished in its original Tunis Beige (DB 462) exterior and complemented by a new Parchment leather interior, this 280 SE 3.5 retains its original “Sullivan Productions” warranty plate and is equipped with the desirable floor-shift option. On a recent test drive by a Gooding & Company specialist, the coupe exhibited good road manners, brisk acceleration, and the solid feel for which Mercedes-Benz cars of its era are renowned. With its polished presentation and early ownership by a television legend, this beautiful Mercedes-Benz 3.5 Coupe is a truly significant find.