By 1971, the last year of production, the highly coveted Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 had become the car that defined the era. With one glance at the car it is easy to understand why it is one of the most sought-after automobiles that Mercedes Benz ever produced. Launched at the 1969 Frankfurt Auto Show with much acclaim, the 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE Cabriolet and Coupe models were the final curtain call in a long line of stylish Mercedes that bad began with the 220SE back in 1961. After captivating the American and European markets for more than a decade, it would be time for Mercedes to switch their focus to other lineups. Interestingly, it would not be until 1992 that Mercedes would make another four-seat convertible, the E320 Cabriolet. Due to their ever-increasing rarity and the hefty price tag placed on top models, finding a 280SE 3.5 can be quite the challenge. There is a small list of A-List owners such as David Gooding and Ralph Lauren that have meticulously maintained their 280SE Cabriolet models and most 280SE's that you find will be in relatively good condition.
The 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE Cabriolet was offered in standard form with a 2.8L engine, as well as in the powerful 280SE 3.5 version with a 3.5L V-8 engine. In total, 1,390 280SE standard version models where produced, while only 1,232 Cabriolets were made in the 3.5L design. If you're thinking about buying a 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE Cabriolet, consider the following Buyer's Tips. First, always look for the most complete example you can find. These cars have a large, commanding presence and are quite costly to restore. Furthermore, because all the metal on these classics has to be hand fabricated, it is important to focus on finding and example with a quality body; mechanical parts are relatively easy to come by. When buying a 280SE, youll also want to have the car looked over for rust by a professional, as rust is the number one culprit in the deterioration of these Mercedes classics. Lastly, you'll always want to ask the seller for any information or documentation they have on the cars history including maintenance and restoration records.
These are just a few of the Buyer's Tips that The Beverly Hills Car Club can provide you when searching for a 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE Cabriolet. They encourage you to browse their online inventory to view the classics currently at their Los Angeles classic car dealership and welcome you to contact them with any questions you may have. They look forward to hearing from you and to helping you purchase the 280SE youve always desired. Connect today!
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