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Lot 36: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Litre Coupe
22 October 2016
Melbourne, AustraliaLive Auction
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Litre Coupe
Chassis No. 111026 22 003369
Engine No. 116980-22-002996
Gearbox No. 005316
Body No. Coupe
Year of Manufacture. 04 December 1970
Frame No. W111
In September 1969, clearly more powerful versions of the 280 SE 3.5 Coupé and Cabriolet were introduced. The completely newly developed 3.5-litre V8 engine with an output of 147 kW excelled in particularly smooth running characteristics and gave the car a sports-car-like performance. The new models had been stylistically refined, like the versions with 2.8-litre six-cylinder engines which continued to be on sale: the radiator mask was lower and wider, with a correspondingly flatter front end of the engine hood. Due to this characteristic feature, the face-lifted Coupés and Cabriolets were often referred to as the 'flat radiator' models by insiders. As on the Saloons, the bumpers of the Coupés and Cabriolets were now fitted with rubber strips. In purely visual terms, the eight-cylinder models did not differ from the face-lifted six-cylinder versions.