At the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1969, Mercedes-Benz launched the 3.5-litre V8 engine to fill a gap in their range, and fitted it to the existing 300, renaming it the 300 SEL 3.5. It was also available in both fixed head coupe and cabriolet two door body styles, which used the extremely handsome W111 type 280 SE body shell. The new model was distinguishable from its six cylinder predecessors by a lower and wider radiator grille necessary to accommodate the larger V8 motor, which fortuitously greatly improved the style of the frontal aspect.
Otherwise, these 280 SE 3.5 models were identical in appearance to the earlier cars, with exposed twin headlights, rounded (rather than the earlier finned) rear wings, and two inches extra width compared to the 220 and 300 saloons of the early 1960s. Underneath there was all-independent suspension and disc brakes front and rear, while the fuel injected 3,499 engine, producing an impressive 200bhp at 5,800rpm and 211 lb/ft at 4,000rpm. It could be was mated to either manual or automatic transmission; whichever was chosen, performance was impressive, the V8 propelling the 280 SE 3.5 to a top speed in excess of 120mph, with 0-60mph reached in under 10 seconds.
This 1970 3.5 SE is finished in Impala brown with a wonderful magnolia hide interior, and is described by the vendor as being in excellent condition throughout having been fully restored. The all-round electric windows combined with frameless doors allow for relaxed window-down motoring.
This stylish coupe is ready to be used and enjoyed, and is a splendid example of this stylish and usable Mercedes-Benz.
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