The epitome of the fin-body W11 series, the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 was launched in 1969 and is today the most sought-after of the entire series. With just 4,502 units produced, offering Cabriolet and Coupe models, these were some of the most exceptional autos of their day and continue to be classics of German engineering and design. Interestingly, the new 4.5-liter V8 engine was considered for this model, but was dismissed because it was too expensive to be justifiable for a low-volume, time-expired design. Therefore, the 3.5-liter was produced for only two full seasons and, in the middle of 1971, both it and the 280SE were withdrawn from the Mercedes range.
Because of the high demand for 280 SE Cabriolet models, many Coupes have been cut and converted into convertibles, especially the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 as they are the most sough-after of the Cabriolets. Many unprepared buyers lacking knowledge have been taken advantage of when searching for this particular model. Be sure to check the chassis number to verify if you are looking at a true Cabriolet. The chassis prefix for 280SE 3.5 Cabriolets is 111 027, and the engine prefix is 116 980/990. When looking to buy Mercedes 280SE Cabriolet examples, be sure these numbers match. Only 1,232 examples were ever produced between 1969 and 1971.
The Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Coupe saw more production than the desired Cabriolet, with 3,270 examples rolling out of production during its two-season span. The chassis prefix for the Mercedes W111 Coupe is 111 026, while the engine prefix is 116 980/990, the same as the Cabriolet. If you are looking to buy Mercedes 280SE Coupe models for your private collection or have one youd be interested in selling, the Beverly Hills Car Club team wants to speak with you.
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