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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Convertible Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 11102512002329

Estimate: £135,000 - £145,000
Lot 321
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Convertible
Registration no. to be advised Chassis no. 11102512002329

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Convertible
Registration no. to be advised
Chassis no. 11102512002329

*Left-hand drive
*Manual transmission model
*Fully restored in Germany
*UK registered and MoT'd


Publicly displayed for the first time at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1967, Mercedes-Benz's fifteen 'New Generation' models went on sale the following January. But although the fuel-injected 280SE saloon shared its bodyshell with the 'New Generation' 280S, the 280SE Coupé and Convertible retained the elegant looks of the outgoing 250SE that had debuted back in 1959 on the 220SE, designed by Paul Bracq. The 2,778cc overhead-camshaft six-cylinder Type M130 engine though, was all new. In fuel-injected 'SE' form the seven-bearing M130 produced 160bhp at 5,500rpm, an output sufficient to propel the manual transmission model to 118mph with the automatic, an increasingly popular choice, not far behind. Just as important in an age when automobile induced atmospheric pollution was becoming a hot political issue, was the fact that the M130 brought with it improved fuel economy and more efficient emissions control. The suspension was essentially the same as that of the equivalent saloon model, albeit reconfigured for a lower ride height, with braking courtesy of discs all round. Plush and well appointed, the interiors featured a leather-covered dashboard, (usually) leather upholstery, Becker radio, and round speedometer and rev counter flanking vertically stacked gauges. The thickly padded convertible top was manually operated, while air conditioning, electric windows, central locking and power assisted steering were among the several options listed. Production of the 280SE Coupé and Convertible totalled a little over 5,000 units between 1968 and 1972 when production ceased, and today these timelessly elegant Grand Tourers are keenly sought after by connoisseurs of fine automobiles.

The left-hand drive example offered here is one of just of 1,950 these luxuriously appointed Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Convertibles and Coupés produced for the 1969 season. Imported into Germany from the State of Mississippi, USA, it has been the subject of a full, restoration in Germany, including an interior re-trim and new soft-top. The car is most handsomely finished in black with Cognac interior, and has the desirable four-speed manual transmission. UK registered, it comes with an original handbook and MoT to 21st April 2016, and is expected to possess an up-to-date V5C registration document by time of sale.

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This car is an automatic, not a manual transmission as catalogued.

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  • 25 June 2015, 10:00 - 17:30 BST
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