280 SE Convertible
- 40 years with the last owner
- Very good condition
- fresh maintenance and TÜV
For me, the Mercedes-Benz W111 Cabriolet is one of the most versatile and beautiful classics ever. Few cars offer so many positive features in one package.
In 1967, Mercedes introduced the new 2.8-litre M130 engine with 160 hp (117 kw) to the W111 and named the new most powerful model in the 280 SE series.
The large, luxurious coupés and cabriolets were hand-built about four times as much as the saloons and, along with the discontinued 600, were the last Daimler-Benz models where so much work was still done by hand. In addition to a high quality of workmanship, this also led to very high costs, which is why a 1970 280 SE Automatic Cabriolet, for example, was considerably more expensive at DM 32,580 than a 280 SL Pagoda for DM 26,640.
This original factory convertible was delivered new in Germany on 08.05.1969.
The car was sold as a new car to an entrepreneur from Mainz and was moved a lot in the first years, as can be seen from the original cheque book. After only a few years, the car had already reached 100,000 km, until it was sold on and from then on moved much less.
As with many cars of the time, the car had already received a new exchange engine of the same type in the 1970s, in the form of a factory exchange unit from Daimler-Benz.
The current owner bought the car more than 40 years ago with approx. 130,000 km from a family friend and has maintained the car very well and driven it regularly until today.
About 30 years ago, due to an accident, he decided to have the car extensively restored, whereby he decided to convert the car to the more modern flat radiator look. Wherever possible, only original Mercedes-Benz parts were used in the work. The quality of the work is still evident today in the car’s good overall condition.
In the course of the restoration, the car was completely painted in Mercedes-Benz silver metallic 180G. The original colour was light ivory. The interior in the colour cognac was also completely renewed.
Since then it has been kept in excellent condition and regularly driven to keep the mechanical components in good condition and the car really drives exceptionally well. The manual gearbox also makes the car much more agile to drive than with the automatic gearbox that is often fitted.
The last service took place in May 2021 at a mileage of 60,801 km, so the car is immediately ready to start for the new season.
The cognac leather upholstery is in excellent condition, with only some very light creasing. There is a small stain on the leather covered dashboard to the right of the steering column.
The switchgear controls are said to be a little sluggish and the radio transmits some background noise.
The chequebook is well kept and has received 9 entries over the decades, 7 of them in Mercedes-Benz service workshops. This cannot be guaranteed for a vehicle of this age, but we and the owner assume that the total mileage of the car is 160,864 km.
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