joi, 25 februarie 2016

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé 1970 - World Of Classic Cars -

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé 1970

The late ’60s and early ’70s were a defining era for Mercedes-Benz, when its subtle Paul Bracq-influenced designs were finding a new generation of well-heeled buyers. To fulfil demand, Mercedes-Benz decided on a new V-8 engine aimed at the critical US market whilst meeting new stringent emissions requirements. As such, in 1970, the M116 engine was added to the W111 model range as an option over its six-cylinder rival for those who desired more ample performance. Hand-built, the 280 SE coupé was praised by contemporary car magazines for its quietness, refined performance, and handling, particularly at high speed.
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé 1970

Presented here is a pristine example that remains in the original specification as when it left the production line on 30 January 1970. Also ordered were air conditioning, power windows, a Becker radio, individual front seats, an automatic antenna, and radial tyres. The car also has the rare electric sunroof and correct Mercedes-Benz R14 alloy wheels instead of steel. The leather interior has been refreshed, and the only change is the upgrade of the radio to a modern digital Becker unit set into the immaculate walnut dashboard.
It has been the subject of a recent full restoration, detailed in an extensive engineer’s report, using genuine Mercedes-Benz parts while retaining key components. The result is a car to appreciate in both value and as a rare piece of automotive art.