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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1979 Mercedes 280SLC Euro
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“My experience with the Alex Manos staff was a dream come true after the nightmare of my husband’s sudden death. He had a 1979 280SL Euro model sedan that was cosmetically lovely but mechanically ‘frozen’. After scouring my local mechanics for help, I realized no one here had the resources, personnel or interest to take it on. I was told the only option was to sell it to a junk yard, where it would surely lay rusting into the mud as parts would not be available, and fixing it would be twice the cost of what it was worth. I contacted the Alex Manos company, and after an uplifting phone call with Valerie, we agreed on a sale. Immediately after, they coordinated transportation, Title transfer & bill of sale processes, and within a week it was on its way to CA. With great relief, I was assured the car wouldn’t be sold for scrap or parted out, that it would be detailed and fixed and sold…which felt like the best possible outcome for a weary widow liquidating assets toward closure of the estate. As I said in my letter to them, they are famous for ‘spinning straw into gold’ (as their many website photos prove) They are the one company with the resources, the personnel and the *heart* to restore treasured-yet-challenging vehicles, and I & my family recommend them without reservation and with grateful hearts.”

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1959 Mercedes 300D
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