The 1970’s, particularly the early years, were a difficult and interesting time for the automotive industry. Faced with the oil crisis of 1973, the industry as a whole would see dramatic shifts in both production and sales. However, with the release of several SL-Class models and the 300SL Gullwing in the 1960’s, would defy the odds with a continued increase in both sales and production during this time. They would give consideration to taking over several smaller competitors during this era, but would later decide to focus on growth from within. The 190SL, for example, would offer a mid-range, more affordable option for the typical buyer, while upper end examples like the 280SE and 280SL would continue to bring innovation to the luxury, high-end sector.
When buying a classic Mercedes from the 1970’s it is imperative to understand the model that you’re considering, as well as its features and benefits. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular examples from the 1970’s.
1971 would be the last year of production for the Mercedes 280SL. Often referred to as the W113 Pagoda, thanks to its angular appearance and flat roofline, the 280SL offered a M130 engine that was capable of more than 180hp. If you’re thinking about buying a 1971 Mercedes 280SL, those with manual transmission can often have a higher value, as the majority of those sent to the United States were actually automatic transmission.
The 1970’s, particularly 1971, would also be the last year of production for the Mercedes 280SE, which was one of the most popular of the “Ponton” series thanks to its overwhelming luxury and class. Seen in movies like The Hangover, this stately automobile debuted in 1967 and saw a long run as one of Mercedes’ premier autos. Today, be sure to look for models that are as complete as possible within your budget, as parts can be expensive and, depending on the part, difficult to find.
One of the other Mercedes classics of the 1970’s that is widely sought-after is the 280SE 3.5L. Considered by many collectors and enthusiasts to be the epitome of the SE line during this era, the 280SE 3.5L boasted style, performance and elegance that was simply unmatched. In fact, it is hard to find a car today that exemplifies such grace and beauty. Luxury wood and leather appointments and exceptional craftsmanship make this particular model highly desired. If you’re looking to purchase one of the best German cars of the 1970’s, the Mercedes 280SE 3.5L should be on your list!
Always adding new inventory to their collection of European and American classics, The Beverly Hills Car Club would be delighted to introduce you to the 1970’s Mercedes classics currently in their inventory. They invite you to browse their online inventory to get an idea of the cars they currently have in inventory and are expecting soon, and welcome you to contact them with any questions you may have. Connect today to learn more!