1972-1980, 273623 produced. (122848 280S/150775 280SE)
Saloon,4 doors,5 seats
The second Mercedes S-Class models appeared in 1972, the 280S and 280SE. These new S-Class saloons were even more imposing than the original car and had a slightly longer wheelbase to improve passenger space. Some of the suspension components were actually shared with the SL sports models which really improved handling, sadly this time there were no Coupe or Cabriolet versions.
The 280 used a 2.8 litre, six cylinder engine mated to either manual or automatic transmission. As before the SE model offered better performance, although both models were rapid by early 70's standards!
The 280S was known as the "Best car of the 70's" The most sought after model out of the saloons are the initial 280S's built between late 1972 and end of 1973. Not many are surviving today and the 280S is a highly collectible motor car now.
|2746cc||S6 DOHC||Mercedes S6|
|ISBN||Title||Publisher||Buy this book|
|1855201879||Mercedes-Benz Road Test Book: Mercedes S Class 19672-79||Brooklands Books|
Mercedes-Benz W114/5 - (1968-76)
|Publication||Classic Cars July 2004|
|Mercedes-Benz W114/5 - (1968-76) - The mid-size Mercedes W114/5 was light and lively with advanced suspension and exceptional build quality. Few good ones survive, but we’ll help you find the best.|
|Publication||Classic Cars September 2003|
|Our Cars - 1977 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0-Litre-Phil Bell. 1985 Fiat 124 Spider-Ben Field. 1972 Fiat 130 Saloon-Martin Buckley. 1969 Triumph Vitesse, 1967 Jaguar 420-Malcolm McKay.|
Merc to Monte-Carlo
|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|
|Aston Martin V8 Volante vs Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet. All other cars suffer punishing depreciation on their way to secondhand bargain status, but these two convertibles have never really fallen out of the desirability tree.|