Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet

In 1968, the “New Generation” of upscale Mercedes-Benz models, alternatively known as the S-Class, was introduced. These carefully refined five-passenger automobiles continued a tradition of hand-crafted quality and superior engineering, while their formal, classically-inspired styling featured the discreet use of chrome to produce what many consider to be a timeless design. In particular, the Cabriolet variant featured a padded folding top requiring 16 hours of hand labor to complete, while its unitized chassis featured an advanced design with structural reinforcements that provided great rigidity and safety. As expected, interior appointments were a magnificent combination of leather, wood, and chrome.

Base power for “S” models was provided by a 2.8-liter, inline six-cylinder engine with an overhead camshaft and dual carburetors, producing 157 horsepower. In SE trim, the “E” stood for “Einspritzung” or fuel injection, and horsepower rose to 180. Capable of top speeds of 120 miles per hour, the 280 SE utilized a sophisticated, fully independent suspension, resulting in taut, responsive handling that made the 280 SE one of the most satisfying Mercedes-Benz models to drive.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

180bhp, 2,778 cc single overhead cam, inline six-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, four-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with double wishbones, coil springs, and stabilizer bar, independent rear suspension with swing axles, radius arms, and coil springs, and four-wheel power assisted hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108.3".

Source: RM Auctions

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