Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Saloon
1971-1972, 11309 produced.
Saloon,4 doors,5 seats
The first "S-class" Mercedes arrived in 1968, the 280S and 280SE. The 280 saloons were large, full size saloons which offered comfort and luxury to its five occupants. Built on a 108ins wheelbase the new S-Class saloons were much heavier than earlier models, although the styling was more subtle and lass garish.
Although the 280 was usually powered by a 2.8 litre six Mercedes rather confusingly added a V8 engined 280SE to the range. The 280SE 3.5 had a 3.5 litre V8 engine and came with automatic transmission and power steering. These massive saloons were well equipped and extremely powerful. The 280SE 3.5 would reach a top-speed of 125mph and offered effortless high-speed cruising coupled with supple ride comfort.
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|Publication||Classic Cars May 2007|
|21 Hottest ragtops - Summer's nearly here and you need a convertible to make the most of it. Whether your top priority is style, speed or space for you and the kids, look no further. We've got the best topless options for you in the next 21 pages. Ferrari mondial, Austin-Healey 3000, Triumph TR6, MGF, Porsche 911 Cabriolet, Alfa Romeo 2600 Spider, Jaguar XK8, Ford Zephyr, TVR Griffith, Lancia Aurella B24 Spider/America, BMW Z1, Ponitac Bonneville, Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5. MGB, Mazda MX5, Ford Mustang, Morgan Plus 8, Honda S2000, Jaguar E-Type V12, Alfa Romeo Spider, Lotus 340R.|
|Publication||Classic Cars September 2003|
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|Publication||Classic Cars May 2002|
|Merc to Monte-Carlo - Experience 500 miles in three days: crossing the Alps in a Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'Pagoda' from Stuttgart to Monaco.|
Classic Cars February 2002 pg 58
|Publication||Classic Cars February 2002|
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|Publication||Classic & Sports Car June 2007|
|Heart of the matter - Can modern running gear transform the sublime Mercedes-Benz W111? Martin Buckley drives a mint original 280SE 3.5 Coupe to Stuttgart to meet a Cabriolet featuring a 5.6-litre transplant.|
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|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 9 December 2004|
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