vineri, 25 martie 2016

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

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe 1970

In every period, Mercedes-Benz has produced what their archives call “representation” automobiles—coupes and cabriolets that were based on standard chassis but hand-built in limited numbers with luxurious wood and leather interiors for the discerning customers whose own stature would lend cachet to the marque. The 280 SE 3.5 Coupe offered here, built in 1970, is an example of one of those icons, based on the W111 unibody chassis and designed by Mercedes stylist Paul Bracq.
Though selling well in the early years, by 1968 the W111 was slated for replacement. To buy time until the next generation of luxury cars was ready, Mercedes-Benz installed its first V-8 engine, a 3.5-liter producing 230 horsepower, in the high-end 280 SE Coupes and Cabriolets, changing only the model designation. These 280 SE 3.5s would be produced in limited number from August 1969 until July 1971. The production included 3,200 coupes, of which only 800 or so were exported to the United States, all of which included a large complement of power accessories.
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe 1970

Adding to the production rarity, the two-owner car here was built, most likely on special order, in an unusual and very pleasing two-tone Papyrus White over Midnight Blue color scheme, which is validated by its production card. The interior is trimmed as original in beige leather with burled walnut trim, a perfect complement to the exterior colors. It is fitted with the correct Behr air conditioner and Becker radio, as well as the desirable options of floor shifter and center console armrest. It comes with over 20 original owner documents, as well as the tools in their original leather tool roll matching the interior trim.
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupe 1970

Since being acquired by the consignor, the car has been freshly repainted in the original colors, with all chrome redone by a renowned refinisher. The interior has been completely re-trimmed to original specifications, and the extensive burled walnut interior trim has been expertly refinished. This exhaustive effort has been recognized by enthusiasts of the marque, earning First in Class at two Mercedes-Benz Club of America Concours d’Elegance events in 2014 (New England and National in New Jersey).
The car has recently received a complete mechanical servicing by noted marque specialist Jim Cosgrove, proprietor of the Oldtimer Restoration Center, replacing shock absorbers, brake hoses, pads, front rotors, and suspension buffers. The driveshaft was balanced and the AC system was recharged with R134. The exhaust system is new-original stock with manifolds and pipes ceramic-coated for heat management and corrosion protection. The engine and transmission have been checked with all evident issues addressed as necessary. Previously, a valve job and new timing chain were done with the assistance of Star technical writer Pierre Hedary to ensure reliability. New tires were also mounted.