Selling A Mercedes 280SE 3.5?

Often considered to be the epitome of the “fin-body” Mercedes-Benz W111 model series, the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 made its appearance in 1969, and is today one of the most sought-after models in the series and for the classic Mercedes brand more generally. With only 4,502 units produced – including both Cabriolet and Coupe models – the 280SE 3.5 continues to draw attention for its German engineering and exceptional design.

Interestingly, the new 4.5-liter V8 engine was considered for this model, but was dismissed because it was too expensive to be justifiable for this low-volume, time-expired design. Therefore, the Mercedes W111 280 SE 3.5 was only produced for two full seasons, and in the middle of 1971, both it and the 280 SE were withdrawn from the range.

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1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet

Similar to the 280SE Cabriolets, because of the demand for the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet models, many Coupes have been cut and converted into convertibles. Many unprepared buyers lacking knowledge have been taken advantage of in this way. If you are looking to sell Mercedes 280SE 3.5 models, be sure to verify you are indeed dealing with an original Cabriolet by checking the chassis prefix. On the Cabriolet, the prefix is 111 027, and the engine prefix is 116 980/990. Rare even in its production days, only 1,232 examples of this Cabriolet model were ever produced.

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The Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Coupe saw more production than the Cabriolet models, with approximately 3,270 examples being produced from 1969 to 1971. Similar to the Cabriolet models, these are highly desired amongst Mercedes and German auto enthusiasts. If you are looking to sell Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Coupe models or to sell classic Mercedes of any model, the team at Alex Manos wants to speak with you.

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05-27-2024
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1979 Mercedes 280SLC Euro
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1959 Mercedes 300D
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1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
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1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet
03-7-2024
Forestville, CA

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