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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe (W111) #2159 Restored SOLD

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  • £129,995 As stated
  • 1971
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Mercedes
Model 280
  280SE 3.5 Coupe
Year 1971
Mileage 36,140 miles
Country UK
Region Warwickshire
Status Trade
Ref C1153348
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe (W111)

136,140 miles

Production of the W111 Coupe began in 1960. The launch model featured the 2195 cc M127 engine, which remained until the W111 / W112 arrived in 1965. The 2.2 litre engine was joined by a range-topping 300SE, utilising the 2996cc M189 engine. The 220SE was superseded in August 1965 by the 250SE, using the 2496cc M129 engine and offering 150hp. This was then superseded in 1967 by the 280SE when Mercedes-Benz introduced the 2778cc M130 engine rated at 160hp.

Finally in 1969 the coveted 280 SE 3.5 arrived, with the al-new M116 3499cc V8 engine and 200hp. The last 280SE was produced in 1971. Over ten years Mercedes-Benz produced 16,902 SEbs, 6,213 250SEs, 5187 280SEs and 4502 280SE 3.5s.

It wouldn’t be replaced until the C126 arrived in 1981.

The car you see here is an incredible car in it’s own right, with a service history and documentation file that can only be described as enviable. The same classic Mercedes-Benz specialist looked after this car for more than 20 years, and documents detailing parts, service and maintenance work date back to 1978.

Often with cars of this age we might find a stamped service book with documentation that tails off as the printed dates get closer towards the build year, but the history file of this car is a delight to peruse.

In 2016 this car underwent a complete restoration, which is demonstrated by photos on a USB stick that is present within the file. The extent of this work is impressive, with corroded areas cut out and replaced with the correct gauge metal. Following the restorative work to the body, the car was repainted in the original shade of blue.

The interior was then trimmed with Autocalf 7501 Wentworth Cream Hide (283 sq ft of it to be precise), the net result being one of the most enticing interior. Contrasting thick pile carpets complete the luxurious picture.

An incredible opportunity to acquire one of the most iconic, comfortable, collectable coupes for a fraction of what it would cost to build to this high standard.


As Europe’s leading SL specialist, it is our duty to select only the very best examples of the many cars we are offered. Our showroom has been hand picked to give us a wide variety of cars from across the decades. Every car has to pass rigorous inspections and checks before being offered for sale. Our cars are prepared and detailed to the highest standards.

With each car we offer a full hand over, showing you the ropes, walking around the car and introducing you before handing over the keys. Our reputation as an industry leader in classic car sales is built on matching the perfect car to the right customer.

When you buy an SLSHOP classic Mercedes-Benz you are buying more than just a motorcar. With our service and parts department, events and experiences you’ll soon feel like part of the family. We want our customers to enjoy these cars, and offer a range of ideas and inspirations to get you out on the road.

Each car featured has an extensive 2 year mechanical warranty and 3 year bulkhead warranty. It is this attention to detail and our exceptional after service support that put an SLSHOP car head and shoulders above all others.

Whether you are looking for an SL to suit your home, or want to find a new home for your SL, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

To discuss any of the vehicles we have for sale please contact Bruce Greetham on the details below, thank you.
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