The car that defined an era, the 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 – specifically the convertible model – is one of the most sought-after automobiles ever produced by Mercedes Benz. First introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1969, the 3.5 Coupes and Convertibles were the final example in a long line of stylish Mercedes Benz coupes, which had debuted in 1961 as the 220SE. In fact, it wasn’t until 1992 that Mercedes would offer another four-seat convertible, the E320 Cabriolet. A hefty price tag on these remaining models has made finding a 280SE 3.5 not only a challenge, but one left to a short “A List” of owners and collectors – including Ralph Lauren and David Gooding. If you’re searching for a car with style, quality, performance, rarity, reliability, practicality, and unparalleled charm, the 1971 280SE 3.5 may be for you!
Throughout its production, the 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 saw 1,232 cabriolets produced, with approximately 802 imported into the United States. At the time, the price in the United States was just over $14,100. One interesting point of note is that the new 4.5-liter, V8 engine was considered for the 280SE, but was inevitably decided against, as Mercedes executives thought it was too expensive to be justifiable for a low-volume, time-expired design. After two full seasons, in the middle of 1971, both the 3.5-liter and the original 280SE were pulled from the Mercedes line. Because of the high demand for these 1971 Mercedes SE models, it is imperative for you to secure the assistance of a qualified California classic car dealership like The Beverly Hills Car Club. Deciding to find one of these models on your own, and validating its identity, can be a costly mistake should you purchase a model that is not original. Specialists in European and American cars, and having assisted countless clients find their dream cars, it would be their great pleasure to help you find the perfect 280SE 3.5 for your collection.
Start your search for the 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 today. The team at The Beverly Hills Car Club is standing by to take your call. They look forward to hearing from you and to earning your lasting trust and continued business – whether buying or selling. Connect now!
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