1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet

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80000 - 100000 EUR
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet
Serial number 111025-10-001616 Rare manual gearbox Nice restoration condition French Title « Baroque » A wind of modernity blew over the Mercedes Benz range in September 1959 when the star brand presented its new car series at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is by emphasizing the dimension, the finishes and the motorizations that the firm stands out from the old Ponton, a post-war model whose design was beginning to date. With the internal code W111 E28; the Mercedes Benz 280 SE was produced between November 1967 and May 1971 in more than 5,000 units (coupes and convertibles). Designed by Paul Bracq, the cabriolet and coupé were offered with two engines: 6 cylinders in line of 2.8l or 8 cylinders in V of 3.5l then 4.5l destined for the American market. Statuesque and prestigious, the cabriolet is above all a true S-class with its unrivalled comfort and a cabin made entirely of leather and wood. With a base price of 29,200 Marks, the 280 SE is aimed at a wealthy clientele sensitive to a certain discretion compared to luxury limousines such as Bentley or Rolls-Royce, which can be defined as real competitors as the finishing qualities of the Mercedes are so perfect. Ideal for cruising, it does not however lack power with 160 horsepower and enough torque to drive the ton and a half of the convertible; Mercedes claimed that it could reach 200 km/h, a small revolution for this kind of car at the end of the 1960s. Paradoxically, some W111s were seen racing in European rallies with the 300 SEL winning in Poland, Greece and Finland between 1960 and 1963; not forgetting that the mythical 300 SEL powered by a 6.3l then 6.8l V8 prepared by AMG won the 24h of Spa in 1971 with top speeds of up to 265 km/h, its red colour and pachydermic dimensions gave it the nickname of "Rote Sau" (red pig in German). The Mercedes Benz 280 SE Cabriolet that we offer for sale was first registered in October 1968, equippe
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