Date Posted: 15-05-2018
title status: clean
1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Coupe
Exceptional numbers matching two owner rust free car with full documented history from new. Bought new from EuropeanMotors SF California, original salesman's card and first trip permit. Paint is superb, no dents or waviness, excellent gaps, chrome like new, engine starts immediately and runs strong, stored in temperature controlled garage all its life. Underside is solid and untampered. I have owned this car for 21years.
This car runs and drives excellent and is in great condition. One of the last hand-built production automobiles to come from Mercedes-Benz. Many astute collectors feel that 280SE 3.5 coupes are among the most collectible cars of the era.
Two Owner Car History From New: In 1971 I was four years old and our family bought Saga Hedlund's 1967 250SE coupe as she was moving to Finland. Importing a used car into Finland was more expensive at the time than bringing in a new car so she bought this 1971 3.5 coupe new from European Motors LTD on 1740 Van Ness Ave San Francisco California and immediately had it shipped over to Finland. Saga kept extensive documents including the original sales person's card and first trip permit, and show the car's use in Finland with registrations and maintenance records as Saga and her husband Nils used the car (see photos). It is great to follow the history of the car from day one. The owner's manual is the nicest one I have ever seen I don't think it was ever touched till I pulled it out last week. Our family drove Saga's 1967 250SE coupe for 17 years and it was one of the cars I learned to drive on. Fast forward 25years to 1996 and the 1971 3.5 coupe had returned to Oregon after Saga past away and was in hers son's possession. By lucky chance I got in contact with him through a mutual friend and went to look at the car in Grants Pass Oregon. I bought it on the spot. I have owned the car since 1996 (21 years). Saga had the car painted in Finland from the original tobacco brown (423 H 1968-1971) to a lighter cream color, although it was a high quality paint job it was not my favorite color. After driving it for a few years I had the car painted to show quality standards in (571H) red. I am a stickler for originality but since the car had already had a color change I felt ok picking a color I liked. These cars were only built for a short period of time, less than two years from August 1969 to July 1971.This car was built in November 1970. Only 3,270 coupes were ever built. This car has never been hit, never any rust, total history from new and is in amazing condition, a real pleasure to own and drive.
Engine & Transmission: The mechanics on this car are very well sorted. The automatic transmission shifts smoothly and the alloy M116 V-8 engine starts immediately and runs strong. The car has been maintained very well over the years and all of Saga's maintenance records are the glovebox binder. While I have owned the car it has been serviced by Burback Motors in Portland Oregon. All gauges work, turn signals, fog lamps, and lights work as they should. The car is responsive and nimble and enjoys long-distance cruising. The Bosch electronic fuel injection works excellent and the car runs strong. This is a great example that is ready to drive and enjoy.
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