Classy Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet - Optical and technical the best of the sixties.
Type280 SE Cabriolet - Typ W111
Time of production1967-1971
SteeringLeft hand drive
Engine6 Cylinder in a row
Engine Power 118kW 160HP
ExtrasAutomatic transmission, Radio, air conditioning, luggage set, electric windows
Availabilityavailable On demand - Vehicle is still under restoration
Or what was it actually like in those days?
With the 250S, 250SE and 300SE models Mercedes presented its new, luxury range in 1965. After the distinctive tailfin era, it was now up to Paul Bracq to present a new style, based on softer lines. The result was a series of classic, timeless elegance, especially true of the Coupé and Cabriolet versions. The models now had disc brakes all round and so were more advanced than most competitors. In 1967, the success of the models prompted Mercedes-Benz to offer new, advanced engines with 2.8 litre displacement and fuel injection. The 2.8 litre engine is still used in its basic form today.
The vehicle is currently being restored.
Or what is it like to drive?
Its beautiful wooden interior and leather nature, co-ordinate beautifully with the anthracite grey exterior paint. More than almost any other vehicle of the 60‘s it conveys the style of expensive cars of that era, with all the comforts. Stylish trips and comfortable cruising are its forté, with plenty of space for up to five persons, even over longer distances. A beautiful car to enjoy good times with family or friends. Certainly a stable investment. Even in 1969, its original purchase price was around 33,000 Deutschmarks.