If you're a big fan of classic Mercedes open-top models, this pristine 280 SE is worth a look.
The saying “they don’t make them like they used to” may not be generally applicable, but you can’t deny the fact there’s something almost magical about this hand-built 280 cabrio. It’s actually quite rare, with only 68 cars made by Mercedes in right-hand-drive specification, and this particular car is advertised as being in a “near-concours condition.” Using less fancy words, it’s almost perfect from both mechanical and visual point of views.
Available for purchase in U.K. at Hexagon Classics, the highly desirable four-seater convertible comes with a six-layer black fabric top and was specified back in the day with the a four-speed automatic transmission to ensure relaxing cruises. The strong yet silky smooth V8 engine and the power steering both contribute to make the car ideal for sunny days. The original owner also spent extra to get the front headrests and power windows and he ordered the car with an elegant black exterior contrasted by the predominantly red leather cabin.
According to the seller, it might just be the only RHD convertible 280 SE 3.5 up for grabs in the world right now. It looks as if it just came out of the assembly line thanks to the skilled folks at Sleeping Beauties of Brisbane from Australia. They were in charge of subjecting the lovely cabriolet to a full restoration to bring back its shine and also make sure all of the hardware runs as advertised by Mercedes when the model originally came out several decades ago.
Pricing is only available upon request and Hexagon Classics says you can check out the car at its showroom in central London. To sweeten the deal, the future owner will also receive the vehicle’s original handbook as well as a complete photo gallery of the full restoration process to better understand the changes the car went through to look as it does today.
Source: Hexagon Classics