280se 3.5

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1961 Mercedes-Benz 220 SE (W111).

This 220 SE expands our W111 coupé/convertible range to the „lower“ end, if one may say so. To be exact, only the 300 SE convertible and 280 SE coupé and convertible are missing to complete the series on Autowahn. As of May 2017, our lineup includes:

• the 220 SE coupé

• this 220 SE coupé here

• the 250 SE coupé

• the 250 SE convertible

• the 280 SE 3.5 coupé

• the 280 SE 3.5 convertible

• the iconic 300 SE coupé

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 (W108).

Possibly the nicest 4-door sedan ever made. If you see one, take a second and walk around it. Perfection from every angle. It’s hard to find one in good shape today, especially 3.5/4.5-liter V8 models. The power unleashed when you hit the gas is just too seductive to not hit it all the time …

Interior of a W111, 280SE 3.5 coupe.

Very near the top of the range (only the 600, 6.3, and convertible version were higher), yet ordered with manual transmission, no air conditioning, no sunroof, and manual windows.  

On the positive side, those missing options resulted in lower weight, and when coupled with a manual transmission and fuel-injected V8, was the sportiest of all W111’s. (as far as I know, the manual was not available in the convertible).