Lot 6

2020   |   Scottsdale 2020

1978 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

SOLD $78,400


$60,000 - $80,000| Without Reserve




Car Highlights

Desirable European-Specification, Fuel-Injected, Four-Speed Manual W116
Era-Evoking Mimosa Yellow Paint with Avocado MB-Tex and Plaid Cloth Upholstery
Exceptional Original Condition with Just 32,800 Miles from New
Continuous Known Ownership in Germany Before Importation in 2017
Accompanied by Data Card, Owner’s Manual, Warranty Book, and Brochure

Technical Specs

2,744 CC M110 DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch K-Jetronic Fuel Injection
182 BHP at 5,800 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Front Independent Coil-Spring and Double-Wishbone Suspension
Rear Independent Coil-Spring Suspension with Semi-Trailing Arms
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Sold from 1972 through 1980, the W116-generation 280 S and fuel-injected 280 SE models consolidated the position of Mercedes-Benz at the pinnacle of the upscale European sedan market. Featuring a wide array of built-in safety features, exceptional handling, and a high-revving DOHC six-cylinder engine delivering 182 hp with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection in ultimate 280 SE form, these cars continue to enjoy wide acclaim for their excellent driving dynamics and 124 mph top speed – perfect for fast European highways.

Finished in rare and extremely captivating Mimosa Yellow (DB 618) paint over Avocado MB-Tex and plaid cloth upholstery, this exceptionally original 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE is a desirable Euro-specification model with a sporting four-speed manual gearbox. An original home-market example sold new in Germany and serviced by Mercedes-Benz Kundendienst (Customer Service) in Munich, it carries continuous known ownership in Germany with original registration cards on file before importation to the US in 2017. Most recently, it was acquired by a sophisticated collector of interesting and original European cars located in Cleveland, Ohio. Just 52,800 documented kilometers (32,800 miles) have been traveled from new. Included with the sale of this stunningly original and beautifully preserved 280 SE are the original keys, plus a wealth of documents: service receipts, prior ownership documents, correspondence, German TÜV paperwork, manuals, stamped service booklets, the original Mercedes-Benz factory Data Card, and an original sales brochure.