Selling A 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5?

The 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5, particularly the convertible, was a car that really defined the era. First debuted at the 1969 Frankfurt Auto Show, the 3.5 coupes & convertibles were a final launch in a long line of exceptional autos which started with the 220SE in 1961. The fact that Mercedes would not offer another four-seat convertible until 1992 with the E320 cabriolet only increased the draw to these cars.

It may come as no surprise that a high price tag also accompanied these models, and made finding and purchasing a 280SE 3.5 even more difficult. In total, the 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 saw 1,232 cabriolets produced, with approximately 802 of those being exported from Germany to the United States. Well-known owners included Ralph Lauren and David Gooding. Whether it was the performance, the rarity, the reliability and practicality, or the unparalleled charm that drew you to the 1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5, the team at Alex Manos knows that sometimes you have to sell.

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1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet

Whether you’re trying to make room in your garage, are ready to add a new car to your collection, or simply don’t have the time to enjoy your 1971 Mercedes anymore, they would be delighted to speak with you regarding the sale.

Specializing in European and American classic sport and luxury cars, Alex Manos and his team of Los Angeles classic car dealership professionals have the in-depth knowledge of the classics market needed to make your sale as smooth and successful as possible. Here’s some Seller’s Tips to help you prepare for the sale.


First, it is always a great idea to have your 1971 280SE 3.5 checked out by a third-party prior to the sale. Because you will have knowledge of exactly how the car is or is not operating and what work needs to be done, you will have better negotiation power. Their team also encourages you to be prepared for the sale with detailed documentation, if available, of any owner history, maintenance records, or restoration. It is also important to be up front with any known issues. If you’re thinking about selling your 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5, be sure to contact Alex Manos and his team today.

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1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe
Richard S.
1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe
Scottsdale, AZ

“Our experience working with Alex was excellent. He sent a rep to look over the cars we were selling and after the price was agreed to, his office arranged the shipping of the vehicles immediately. The sum agreed to was wired to our account even before the cars left our garage. We only wish we had more cars to sell to Alex!”

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300C Adenauer
Thomas B.
1956 Mercedes-Benz 300C Adenauer
Fairfield, CA

“The process of selling a classic car can be difficult. Alex Manos and his team of experts made everything seamless from start to finish. Alex himself is extremely easy to work with. Every promise made was a promise kept. Without any doubt, should I have another classic car to sell, I would most definitely choose Alex Manos.”

1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
Robert H.
1988 Mercedes-Benz 560SL
Ellicott City, MD

“You know, I am not sure I would call my interactions with the Alex Manos Group a ‘customer service’ contact but rather a ‘customer focused’ contact. Parting with my beloved 27 year-owned 1988 Mercedes Benz 560SL roadster was one of the potentially toughest tasks I have faced in a long time. But Valarie Van Dam and the team (thanks Salina, Camille and Derek) were so personal, professional and efficient that I immediately felt like one of the family. How many car transactions fall into that category….none in my decades on earth. The transaction, the pricing, the follow up, the paperwork, the transportation arrangements from the East Coast to LA…..all flawlessly handled. I am anxious for my 560 to find a new home and I am sure this team will do just that. I have not spoken with Alex but I can truly say that he has built a fine organization based on what we as clients want….honesty, transparency, efficiency and a caring attitude. Thank you Valarie for spearheading this transaction as you took a stressful moment in my life and made it somehow pleasant….amazing! I highly recommend Valarie and the entire team to be your ‘go to’ for classic car transactions!”

1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S
Victor W.
1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S
Riverside, CA

“I corresponded only with Valerie, Tina and Derek. The driver who did the pick up was really personable, good and helpful. I took me 6 months to decide to sell, but at my age I needed to pass my project along to a new owner. I was treated very well by the company.

1977 Mercedes-Benz 240D
Susan W.
1977 Mercedes-Benz 240D
Salem, NJ

“The whole team made this a seamless transaction. What a group of professionals! These folks go above and I appreciate all the help they provided. Very fair price as well. Highly recommend them!”

1969 Mercedes 300SEL 6.3
Michael G.
1969 Mercedes 300SEL 6.3
Everett, WA

“I’m in my mid 70’s and I knew deep down I was never going to get these 3 cars running again which I neglected for many years after I purchased an older boat. They were a 69 and 70 Mercedes 300SEL 6.3 and and 86 Mercedes 560SEC. Alex agreed to purchase all 3 with very little haggling. I probably didn’t get top dollar for the cars but the transaction was very easy and I really needed the space in my garage and at my commercial property. I got what I asked and was promptly sent the monies even before the cars were picked up. His staff was very professional about getting all the paperwork done and arranging the transportation. In less than 2 weeks after my initial call to Alex, the cars were picked up and shipped from Everett, WA to Los Angeles. Selling these cars has given me a lot of peace of mind.”

1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL
Kate L.
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL
University Park, FL

“After my father’s passing I became the new owner of a classic car – a 1966 Mercedes-Benz – and it seemed that everyone had advice for me on its value, and how I should go about selling it. The only voice of reason through the whole process was Alex Manos. Alex and his team make the experience of selling a classic car straightforward and easy. When life got busy and I didn’t return Alex’s email, he would call me to follow-up. Alex had answers for every one of my questions, and when we made the deal, the money was wired to our account within minutes. Of all of the issues I had to work through during the settling of my father’s estate, selling his classic car was the easiest and most positive experience, all thanks to Alex and his team. If you’re wondering whether to work with Alex Manos to buy or sell your classic car, I recommend him highly. An absolutely frictionless experience, from beginning to end. Thank you Alex & team!”

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300D Adenauer
Hal B.
1958 Mercedes-Benz 300D Adenauer
Oshkosh, WI

“When it was time to sell a classic project car, Alex gave me the best offer, provided all of the paperwork, made all of the arrangements for shipping, and paid me in less than a day. I couldn’t get over and smooth and easy everything was. I would happily sell to them again!”

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