Selling a 1969 Mercedes Benz 280SE Cabriolet
The movie The Hangover aided in bringing this beautiful Mercedes Benz 280SE to light. Despite the fact that producers saw it fit to destroy the light blue Cabriolet enough in the movie that they actually needed 16 models to complete filming, it brought attention to a car that has long been loved by many. Mercedes had developed new perspectives in car building in the late sixties, where assembly line products were put together next to hand built cars like the 300SE. Based on the infamous W108 platform, Mercedes built over 91,000 280SE models. Refusing to compromise on build quality, however, the 1969 Mercedes Benz 280SE Cabriolet was quickly established as a reliable, durable car and a stellar example of excellent German engineering. In Convertible form, the car has the same incredible lines from the “fin” era of the late 50s, but without overly accentuated fins of its American counterparts. It contained a 2.6L inline six engine that was capable of producing 160 horsepower and 180 lb. feet of torque, propelling the car from 0-60 mph in 10 seconds and delivering a top speed of 124 mph.
1969 Mercedes Benz 280SE Cabriolet Seller’s Guide
When selling a 1969 Mercedes Benz 280SE Cabriolet, several key considerations should be taken into account. First, the W108 platform is built with unit-body construction, meaning both the body and frame are built as one unit. Unit-body construction offers unparalleled stiffness for ride quality, but doesn’t offer the same simplicity for re-building, removing rust, or making major fixes. Always be sure to inspect your car for any rust, particularly under the hood in the engine bay, in the trunk, and under the vehicle. Buyers will want to know the overall condition of the car. Parts for the 1969 Mercedes Benz 280SE (and other model-years) are difficult to find, especially if you’re attempting a numbers-matching restoration, so a fully functioning engine and transmission can often boost the value of your classic considerably. Since it’s a 280SE Cabriolet, the condition of the top is always important to buyers. Ensure there are no tears, worn parts, and it has no issues raising or lowering if you’re selling your model as an excellent condition example. If you’re selling an example that is a good candidate for restoration, just be honest with any potential buyers about the overall condition.
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These are just some of the Seller’s Tips offered by the team of experts at AlexManos.com. A California classic car dealership renowned for their fair and honest car deals, they are always in the market to buy 1969 Mercedes Benz 280SE Cabriolet models of all conditions and locations and look forward to discussing your car with you. Connect today to learn more and to get started finding a new home for your treasured classic Mercedes. Connect today!