Mercedes-Benz 280SE

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Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5

1969 - 1971
Country:
Germany
Engine:
V8
Capacity:
3499cc
Power:
200hp
Transmission:
4 spd. auto
Top Speed:
205 km/h
Number Built:
4,502
Collectability:
5 star
Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 5

Introduction



The 280SE 3.5 luxury coupe and convertible were introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1969. The basic body style actually dated back to the 1961 220SE model, and it was only slightly altered.

The engine, however, was the most advanced one produced, with transistorised ignition, three phase generator, and Bosch electronic fuel injection. Such accessories as stereo radio, air-conditioning, automatic transmission and electric windows were all standard.

Upholstery was of real leather and the elegant wood trim was especially selected. The new V8 engine, displacing 3,499 cubic centimeters and developing 200 horse-power was brand new and did not share any components with the earlier and larger 6.3 litre unit.

With the cast iron block and aluminium head, it weighed only 55 pounds more than the six-cylinder power-plant and gave the cars acceleration rate of 9.5 seconds to 100 km/h and maximum speed of 205 km/h.

These luxurious models were the last of the long line of convertibles and coupes - and their beautiful bright-work, classic lines and the hallmark Mercedes attention to detail now make these vehicles very desirable and especially today bring premium prices.

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