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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe

This 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe was built in June 1971 and is one of the last hand-built models. The gold metallic exterior paint is a rare color that was only available late in the production run. The Coupe was produced from 1968-1971; this car is one of about 3,200 built.

Options include full leather interior, power windows, a BEHR air-conditioning unit and a Becker Europa stereo.

The seller purchased the car in May 2008 from a collector in Venice, California with 72,000 miles on it, then added 2,700 miles in his 8 years of ownership, an average of 340 miles per year.

When the car was restored by the previous owner; everything in the interior was replaced using all factory materials.The paint was redone in the original color and to a very high standard.

The book-matched burled walnut has been refinished to show quality, as has the leather interior. The car has always been garage-kept and covered. Mostly, the seller drives it on nice days and displays it at car shows and concours events.

The 3.5L 8-cylinder engine is strong and well-maintained; the floor-shift automatic transmission has been rebuilt. Everything in the car works as it should.

There is said to be no rust visible on the car – and no evidence that it ever had any rust, prior paintwork or body damage.

The odometer reads 74,727 miles, believed to be original. It has the optional BEHR A/C unit, as well as all of the original USA-model equipment.

Included are two sets of new Wilton wool carpets, new headliner, and new factory vinyl mat with custom matching Wilton carpet on top in trunk area. The original books, spare tire and jack also come with the car.

A small folder of prior maintenance records and receipts is included, as are documents since the seller’s 2008 purchase.

California title, current registration.

Located in Los Angeles, CA 90016

[ ID# MERCEDES71COUPE ]  Asking: (contact us)


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BOTTOM LINE: This is a case where it pays to do your homework. Be careful what you buy, you may not be able to drive it in some states, including California.




Vehicle Details:
  • Engine: 3.5L 8-cylinder
  • Transmission: Automatic (floor shift)
  • Mileage: 74,727 Miles
  • Doors: 2
  • Exterior Color: Gold
  • Interior Color: Chocolate Brown

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