This dreamlike Mercedes Benz 280 SE convertible of the series W111 is already in our network for quite a long time and we were able to broker it to its present owner. It is a factory convertible which was produced for the German market. The car was delivered on the 5th of May 1970 in the still preserved color combination light ivory (DB670) with the interior in leather bamboo (249). The interior is the original one from 1970 and has a beautiful patina with no cracks. Also the numbers stamped and found on the car match those on the data card. It is therefore a "Matching Numbers and colors" vehicle.
In 1969, with the introduction of the more powerful V8 version (280 SE 3.5), the 280 SE was also stylistically revised. The radiator grille became lower and a bit wider and the hood was flattened. This 280 SE is also one of the now more desired and more valuable "flat radiator" variant.
In 1990, the car was repainted and received a new soft top. Both the paint and the soft top are still in excellent condition. During this process, the convertible was fitted with the 300 SE chrome trim above the wheel arches, which further enhances the car's design language with its high gloss finish.
The engine is very smooth running and the gears of the 4-speed manual transmission are easy and smooth to engage. The gap dimensions of the body are excellent and speak for a very original vehicle. The last appraisal from 2017 gives the car a market value of 150,000.00 euros. A more recent appraisal would be significantly higher.
Really a first-class vehicle and rarely found with a manual transmission, most of these vehicles were ordered with automatic transmission.
The model series began in 1961 with the 220 SE Cabriolet, followed by the 250 SE Cabriolet in 1965 and the 280 SE Hochkühler Cabriolet in 1967. After the model update from 1969, it was completed by the 280 SE Flach¬kühler Cabriolet and the 280 SE 3.5 litre Cabriolet.
Just 1,390 of the 280 SE Cabriolets were produced between 1967 and 1971 in two different versions - the high and flat radiator versions, which differed only in the height of the front section.
Thanks to its low number of units and solid engineering, this model is a real collector's item with appreciation potential. At the same time, however, it is also one of the few family-friendly convertibles available on the classic car market.