In terms of luxury and build quality, few cars in history are able to match to the Mercedes-Benz 280 SE in this department.This was Mercedes’s answer to the battle for which manufacturer would build the ultimate 4-seater convertible car. These cars are beautiful inside and out, and are definitely a candidate for the most beautiful Mercedes. The design is credited to Mercedes stylist Paul Bracq. The V8 cars and the cabriolets are the most collectible, but the six-cylinder variants offer an equal amount of style at a more affordable price point and are not to be overlooked.
The 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet is powered by a fuel injected, single overhead cam, 3.5 liter V-8 producing 200 horsepower. This cars smooth and powerful engine features a cast-iron block and aluminum cylinder heads and weights only 55 pounds more than the 6-cylinder engine commonly used in this car.
This V-8 was the most technically advanced production motor produced by Mercedes-Benz in 1971. Capable of propelling this luxury car from 0-60mph in less than 10 seconds with a top speed over 120mph. (200 Kmph)
The basic body style dates back to the 1961 220SE with some slight alterations. Only 1,232 convertibles were produced between 1969 and 1971. With the exception of the 600 series these cars were the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz production line.
The styling, build quality and driveability of the Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 coupes and cabriolets have made them two of the most prized automobiles of the 60s and early 70s.
Collectors have recognized the build quality and low production numbers make these cars special and subsequently the prices for nicely kept or restored examples have increased dramatically in recent years.
In terms of luxury and build quality, few cars in history are able to match to the Mercedes-Benz 280 SE in this department. All examples where hand crafted and built to the highest possible standards and were created in order to help Mercedes-Benz take on the might of convertibles produced by companies such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley.
As an investment, these beautiful automobiles have been increasing in value dramatically over the past 5 years as the first-class cars become harder and harder to find. Not only are they very rewarding, but they are exceptional piece of engineering and a pleasure to drive.