1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe 4-Speed

1971 Mercedes-Benz 200-Series 280SE

Condition: Used
Make: Mercedes-Benz
Model: 200-Series
Type: Coupe
Trim: 280SE
Year: 1971
Mileage: 109,150
VIN: 1971
Color: Beige
Engine: Numbers matching 3.5L SOHC
Cylinders: v8
Transmission: Manual
Interior color: Cognac
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Local pick-up only

Description for Mercedes-Benz 200-Series 1971

This 1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Coupe is a Euro spec manual transmission example of the stately W111 class Mercedes. The car is very original inside and out. The Mercedes-Benz Data Card verifies that the car retains its numbers matching engine and factory options including sliding sunroof. These cars are an appealing mix of old and new, combining the last iteration of the Fintail body style first seen in the 1950s with the new M116 SOHC V8 engine that saw use into the 1990s.
The car was originally Metallic Beige and was repainted in the current off white some years ago. The exterior is in very well preserved condition with original body panels. The body is straight with no evidence of any accident damage in the past, and the paint finish is in excellent condition overall.
The extensive brightwork is all intact and nicely polished with no pitting. Original wheels with body colored hubcaps are installed and complement the formal styling perfectly.
The interior is very presentable for a driver. Cognac leather seats, the wood on the dashboard, the original carpets, door panels, headliner, and upper dash are all in good condition.
Notable interior options include front bucket seats, sliding sunroof, and power windows. A period correct Becker Grand Prix radio is installed and works well. The ivory steering wheel was replaced with a good used OEM unit and is correct for the car. The odometer currently shows just over 9k miles and is believed to have turned over once.
The car is equipped with a four-speed manual transmission and limited slip differential, setting it apart as more of a driver’s car than the typical Mercedes coupe.
The undercarriage is solid and rust free with the factory undercoating intact.
This is an attractive original driver that combines classic Mercedes styling with a strong V8 engine, and the manual gearbox is a rare bonus for this model.