Lot 9

2019   |   Amelia Island 2019

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet


$275,000 - $350,000


Car Highlights

Well-Preserved, Largely Original, Two-Owner Example
One of Just 1,232 Examples of the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolets
Finished in the Unusual Combination of DB 50 White over Green Leather
Accompanied by Books, Tools, Numerous Service Invoices, and Data Card
Recipient of AACA National Senior Award Honors

Technical Specs

3,499 CC SOHC V-8 Engine
Bosch D-Jetronic Electronic Fuel Injection
230 BHP at 5,800 RPM
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
4-Wheel Independent Coil-Spring Suspension
Register to Bid

At the tail end of the 10-year W111-Series production run, Mercedes-Benz built a small number of coupes and cabriolets that featured the newly developed 3.5-liter V-8 on which the marque’s next generation of cars would be based.

This outstanding Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet presents in largely original condition. It has not been comprehensively restored; rather, it has been meticulously maintained and preserved throughout its life. Finished in white (DB 50) and green leather upholstery, the Cabriolet was purchased new by Dr. Austin O’Malley of Massachusetts. The O’Malley family enjoyed it on weekends and at their Cape Cod vacation home until, via a broker, it was acquired by the consignor in 2003, when this Cabriolet had 63,217 miles. Just over 5,000 miles have been added since.

According to the consignor, the 280 SE 3.5 retains its original Roser leather interior upholstery and carpeting. A large file of receipts and photographs reveals respectful and dutiful maintenance and sympathetic refurbishment. In 2015, the engine bay and chassis were finely detailed by Jim Cosgrove of OldTimer Restoration in Massachusetts, and in October 2018, the Cabriolet earned AACA National Senior Award honors.

Accompanying the sale are the original spare tire, tool kit, convertible-top boot, manuals, and service and maintenance records. Clearly benefiting from the loving care of just two owners from new, this award-winning 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet embodies the original character of the last hand-built Mercedes-Benz model.