Introduced for 1970, the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Coupe was fitted with a powerful V-8 engine. Referred to as the ‘engine of tomorrow’ by Mercedes, they put much of their effort into making the engine both powerful and smooth. Featuring electronic fuel injection and transistorized ignition, the power output was a robust 230hp. No American car of that time could match the new Mercedes’ mix of engineering, design, performance and quality.
Mercedes produced a total of 3,270 coupes and 1,232 cabriolets of the 3.5 between 1969 and 1971. Other than the 600 Grand this was said to be Mercedes’ flagship model, made to compete with the Rolls Royce Corniche (and priced within $500). At around $14,000 with options (almost everything came standard on the North American version), it was priced at almost twice that of a 280SL roadster. You really have to drive one of these unique cars to be able to describe the difference.
This very original 52,000 mile 3.5 coupe has the same beautiful color combination displayed in the sales brochure in 1970, dark red paint (542G) with cognac leather interior. It is complimented with beautiful burlwood on the dash and “A” pillars.
The cognac leather interior is original and has the “proper patina” as one would expect on a car of this caliber. The chrome really tells the story of the car. (To re-plate chrome to look like this you would have to pay about $25,000). Personally, I have never witnessed original chrome of this condition on any other 3.5.
The previous owner had it in Arizona for approximately 15 years, and it is believed to have been in a similar climate most of its life. I have had a few of these 3.5 coupes (including top award winners) and yet none compare to the way this car feels & drives. Priced to sell at $169,000. Contact mbclassics for additional information.
Email: bill (at) mbclassics.com