1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

The glorious run of the Mercedes-Benz W108 and W109 wrapped up production in 1972 to make way for the W116 that launched the S-Class name. Except for us lucky North Americans who got another model year of the W108 and W109 in 1973. I think the fine people at Mercedes probably just wanted to dump the last of the remaining stock across the ocean because what are buyers really going to do about it? Get on the internet in 1973 to complain about it? That leads me to today’s car. This 1973 280SE 4.5 up for sale in New Jersey isn’t perfect and has a few flaws, but that is the beauty of this one.

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1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

Normally most of the Mercedes-Benz W108/W109 cars I look are at the M100-powered 6.3s and for good reason, they are really cool cars and the market on them is as hot as it has even been for them. Luckily for most of us, if you want a W108 or W109 and don’t want to pay a minimum of $35,000 just to have a seat at the table, you have some options. Today, we have one of those options. This 1971 280SE for sale in California is painted in the rare Arabian Grey and believe or not, has nearly 150,000 miles on it.

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1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

I’ve said before that I’m a really big fan of cars that are conservatively styled on the outside but have pretty wild or unique interior setups. Today’s car, a European-spec 1980 Mercedes-Benz 280SE, is exactly that. This is a very early build of the W126 S-Class as the W116 was still being sold in North America as a 1980 model year and the new W126 didn’t hit dealers until that fall of 1980 to be sold as 1981 models. The 280SE also was never sold in North America either so this is a rare bird to say the least. But remember how I said about the wild interior? Well, I hope you like the color green.

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1973 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

I never get tired of a really nice Mercedes-Benz W108/W109. From the 2.5 liter up through the legendary 6.3 and with a bunch of options in between, you can get your fix just about any way you want with them. Honestly, this thing is so handsome it could have a tiny OM615 that makes 55 horsepower and I’d still be happy with it. The square contours on this thing are all sized perfectly but at the same time doesn’t feel like a small car. Despite only having an eight year production run from 1965 to 1973 and pumping out over 380,000 examples, these sedans have stuck around. You can find them in almost every condition for almost every price. Today’s example, a 1972 280SE 4.5 up for sale in California, is one of those better ones.

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1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Hearse

Continuing this weeks theme of strange builds from coachwork companies, I present to you none other than a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE. This W116 comes to us from the hills of Italy with the first ever “mayoral guarantee” I’ve seen attached to a description for a car listing. I can only assume a guarantee from a mayor of an Italian village is basically worth as much as the Sistine Chapel itself. Of course, as with any other custom conversion, this hearse has a bunch of odd things about it and me wondering if anyone ever actually buys these things. So let me try to break everything down before my mind wonders to the next crazy creation.

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Year: 1972
Model: 280SE Hearse
Engine: 3.0 inline-5 cylinder
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: Unknown
Price: Auction

 

I am advertising this to the mayor of my village in Italy, where i have a Holiday Home.. The vehicle is in Italy at the moment and if anybody is interested

Can be viewed at location. Sounds daunting however you can get a flight to Pescara from £31, each leg and takes only a little over an hour. I live in Devon, it would take longer and more expensive if one is coming from London. Do the math!
I have seen the car once when a local neighbour died and it looks very posh and the Mayor guarantee in perfect working order. I would vouch for his word because he is a honest respectable person, who supported me 100% when I bought my farm there and I trust he as my neighbour would never stir me wrong.

As to delivery or pick up. I imagine who view the car would want to drive it back but if one don’t have the time, I offer the service for delivery, providing travel expenses are met.

I personally vouch for the integrity of the car and if one buy’s and feel it does not meet the expected stander, it doesn’t have to take it. But I am sure it would meet your needs for whatever purpose.

Also arriving in Pescara Airport, you can get a train to Vasto in less then an hour where pick up can be arranged. There is a local B&B for 20 Euro’s per night.

I hope this clarifies better and please do not hesitate to contact me for further questions.

Thanks for considering.

I’m really surprised to see this is a very early 1972, the first year for the W116, that was probably taken straight to the coach builder for the conversion. It’s as bare-bones a model as I’ve ever seen, with manual everything along with no radio and no air conditioning. What is even more surprising is that if you are wondering why the straight-six M110 engine looks a little odd it’s because it has been tossed away for none other than the legendary OM617. This looks to be the OM617.910 or OM617.912 because it is the non-turbo model from probably a W115 or W123 300D. It isn’t getting you or the deceased anywhere fast but of course it is robust as granite. This is a little odd in my eyes, but I guess they didn’t mind a little soot on the coffin every now and then. Also, I should mention that this W116 has the wheels from the W126 which I’m not a huge fan of as I much prefer a clean set of the 14 inch Bundts.

I honestly don’t know who buys cars like these. I guess if you wanted a wagon you could strip out all the cabin rollers and giant a bit of storage space but a W123 wagon would serve you just as well. The car looks presentable on the outside but the interior has seen better days with heavy wear in some spots. I don’t know if  anyone is lining up to bid on this W116 for 5,000 GBP ($6,435), but who knows how much that mayoral tax guarantee is worth, maybe it could be worth someone’s while.

– Andrew

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5

Earlier this week I looked at a 1972 Mercedes-Benz 600, one of the most legendary sedans of all time. Today is another 1972 Mercedes-Benz sedan, although this one is a little easier on the wallet both in purchase price and cost of upkeep. This 280SE 4.5 for sale in Santa Monica, California is not only a clean example but also sports a rare color in Phantom Gray.

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Year: 1972
Model: 280SE 4.5
Engine: 4.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 43,200 mi
Price: Buy It Now $24,500

West Coast Classics are proud to present an exceptional example of this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108.067 Series) 4.5L V8 Sedan (built between the dates 4/71-11/72 with this particular car being one of the last models built in 7/1972) and obviously always coveted with no signs of any accidents and reportedly owned by only 3 careful and mature owners since new with a Stuttgart ‘Zeritifikat’ ‘Mercedes-Benz Classic Heritage Certificate’ to confirm it’s heritage and original specifications. The car was originally ordered and built in thei original ‘Phantom Gray’ (Color Code 733) color paint matched to a ‘Black Leather’ (Trim Code 241) interior.

The car is mostly still in all original and stock condition with a beautiful and professional repaint in its original ‘Phantom Gray’ color paint and the car boasts a gorgeous original ‘Black leather’ interior with the highly desirable 4.5L/230HP V8 cylinder engine and this is a car loaded with factory options including power steering, power brakes, power windows, air conditioning, matching factory color Mercedes hub cap wheels centers, original ‘Becker Europa’ AM/FM radio, stunning and all original optional ‘Black leather’ interior with matching carpet and kick panel carpet and heat absorbing glass and central locking!

The car has reportedly had only 3 owners since new and has 43K original miles and has exceptional condition chrome, including both front and rear bumpers and all the typical rust-prone areas are rust-free and there are no signs of any accidents or damage whatsoever! This car must be seen to be seen and driven to be fully appreciated – the engine is extremely strong and responsive with excellent oil pressure and no oil leaks and which sounds absolutely magnificent and the recently rebuilt transmission shifts smoothly through the gears and the engine temperature always remains cool. All the power options are working as they should including the air conditioning.

This is one exceptionally fine example of a mostly completely original 1972 Mercedes 280SE 4.5L V8 Sedan in rare turn-key ready daily appreciating, daily driving and daily head-turning condition! Perfect for the Mercedes collector or enthusiast or any classic car enthusiast looking for an affordable and reliable daily driving classic European car!

For further information contact West Coast Classics through EBay or on 310-399-3990 during regular California business hours.

Phantom Gray reminds me of Audi’s Aviator Gray – a color that looked really great on the MK1 TT. It’s a hue that has just enough shine that it doesn’t look like primer and not too light that it ends up looking silver. The black interior was a great matching choice along with gray carpet to give it a bit on contrast. This being a W108 that has a functioning air conditioning is a giant plus; despite it being in California, operational air conditioning in these is no guarantee.

This is a really nice example of a W108 and a price tag of $24,500 sure reflects that. In my opinion, you are paying top of the market for this car and aren’t getting much value. I recently saw a California W109 6.3 sell for $20,000 and for my money, it’s 6.3 or bust. While you’ll get no argument from me saying that this isn’t a really great car, it’s just I’m not the one to pay top market value for it.

– Andrew

Barn Find: 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

For every 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Coupe that Wayne Carini finds in barn, there are hundreds of other cars sitting in barns — usually for a reason. The thing about the barn find is that the hunt is usually the best part. Once you actually find the car, reality sets in and your left with a ton of unknowns with maybe a handful of logistical issues. It’s tough to separate the emotions of finding a gem and really stepping back and thinking through whether or not you should actually buy a barn find car. This 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE in a barn outside of Jackson, Mississippi isn’t a ’38 Bugatti but it’s not exactly a Chevy Chevette either. So lets take a look to see if this W108 is worth saving.

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Year: 1972
Model: 280SE
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 81,288 mi
Price: $5,000

$5000 OR BEST CASH OFFER WILL GET IT!!!
True Barn Find! Discovered in an abandoned shop, this beauty has been untouched for over 20 years! It will be sold AS IS, where is, and you must arrange for your own pickup. Inspection before purchase is welcome, but remember this is an AS IS auction, and there will be no refunds after the sale. It appears to be complete, and all original untouched not restored. The only visible flaw is the front driver side headlight casing is missing, see pics.
We have not attempted to start the vehicle, but I’m certain it won’t take but a simple service to fire it up. We were told by the family that owned the property, that the owner passed away some time ago, and his children left it untouched as you see it. According to them, it was in running condition when it was parked!
A thick layer of dust covers the whole car, but I can just tell you from close inspection that the body appears to be flawless! If there is any body damage, it is minor if found at all. The only visible defect seen on the exterior is the front drivers side headlight casing to be missing. It may be in the shop/barn still, and we will continue to look, otherwise it is missing. The car does appear to be a shade of brown, with leather brown interior.
The interior seems to also be pretty dusty and dirty, but nothing a good cleaning can’t solve! The tires are all flat, but should be able to be aired up for transport when purchased,
If you have any questions prior to buying, please ask us and we will respond quickly. Bare in mind we are NOT mechanics, and will NOT make attempts to move or work on the vehicle. We can assist in setting transport up with you with local tow truck companies, that is it.
Clean clear title in hand!

This 1972 looks free from any obvious rust but it’s really tough to tell with it being covered in a layer of dust and dirt. Being a Mississippi car surely helps its cause but there is a lot of work to be done here. Molded over interiors always scare me and this one doesn’t look too bad, but again, you can’t make any kind of judgement without seeing it in person. As far as mechanicals go, this one will take some effort. All the fluids (if there are any left) would need to be drained and the motor would need to be turned by hand to see if it’s free. I’d probably even go as far as pulling the valve cover to see if there are any sludging issues before even thinking about throwing parts at this car. Usually cars that find themselves deep inside a barn are there because there is some kind of issue with them. With 20 years of sitting, there is just so many things that could be going on with this car.

In my opinion, $5,000 is a pipe dream. You have to assume that this W108 will never run again and is a parts car given it’s current state. It would be really easy to dump $10,000 into this car to get it road worthy and you’d be left with a $12,000 car at best. I’d be surprised if this thing could even be rolled if you put some tires on it. It’s probably closer to $2,000 and that would even make me uneasy.

– Andrew

1985 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

The other day, Carter wrote up a gray-market, Signal Red 280SE. The Euro options and unusual color made for an attractive proposition, but that particular car had some mechanical needs making it a light project. This car, on the other hand, appears to be in need of no such work. Available in Europe but not sold in the US, the 280SE paired the 2.8 liter, six cylinder M110 gasoline engine with the short wheelbase version of the W126 chassis. While that might seem a small motor for such a large car, it made about 185 hp in Euro guise, a perfectly adequate, though certainly not blistering, amount of power. Like the US-spec 300SE/SEL, it might need a bit of shove at the low end, but once up to highway speeds it should cruise around capably.

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Winter Project: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

While Andrew and Craig have been the typical purveyors of all-things Mercedes-Benz over the past few months, I’m always drawn to the clean, simple and classic look of the 70s and 80s MB products offered in the rest of the world. Today’s 1982 280SE is a perfect example of this. A W126.026, this European specification S-Class is powered by the M110 double-overhead cam inline-6 which was never offered to U.S. customers. Admittedly, the engine looks a bit lost in the bay you’re used to seeing V8s in, but it’s a proven unit with adequate power – 185 raging ponies, to be exact. However, the 280SE is the short wheelbase model and with European bumpers and missing some of the heavy luxuries, performance should be on par with some of the U.S. spec early V8s, if not better. Even if buying the short wheel base, six-cylinder model may sound a bit ego-deflating, these Euro-spec cars always get my attention:

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1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet

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In the last few years, the Mercedes-Benz lineup has grown substantially. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any bigger, along comes the S-class Cabriolet. While the myriad of SUVs that Mercedes sells are responses to growing trends in the marketplace, the S-class Cabriolet is a revival of an old theme, the car you see here: the 280SE Cabriolet. The 280SE Coupe and Cabriolet were the swan song of the W111 chassis, with production of the 3.5 V8 variant lasting through the summer of 1971. This restored 1970 280SE Cabriolet for sale in Chicago is fitted with a 4-speed manual gearbox, an option not often seen on these grand tourers.

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