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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE

Having grown up with Mercedes-Benzes in the family, I think that experience is part of the reason why I am sometimes a bit dismayed at the current crop of cars to wear the Three Pointed Star. There’s no doubting that Mercedes-Benz is still at the forefront when it comes to automotive technology and safety, but in terms of design, I feel as if a bit of tradition has been lost in the styling language. Perhaps that exposes my propensity for nostalgia that goes hand in hand with being Portuguese, but the days of predictable design evolution under designers such as Paul Bracq and Bruno Sacco have been usurped by a decidedly progressive attitude.

Time marches on though, but in light of that, I look at cars like this 1969 280SE with admiration. Sure, they are a bit staid looking, but underneath they were rather technically advanced. Compared to new cars they might seem rather simple, but there are few classics like this out there that you could conceivably use daily.


Year: 1969
Model: 280SE
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 74,614 mi
Price: $7,950 Buy It Now

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1969 Mercedes Benz 280SE Sedan
Arabian Grey (DB124) with Light Red Leather
S/N: 108018-12-033449
74,614 Miles
Highly Original
One family owned since new (father & son)
Asking $7,950

Purchased new in August, 1969 in Wilmington DE by a chemist at DuPont.
In 1994, his son became the owner and remains the owner to this day.
Automatic transmission.
Becker Europa MU radio.
No air conditioning or sunroof.
Car is original except for repaint in original Arabian Grey the late 1990’s.
Serviced annually.
Passed Pennsylvania safety inspection about 100 miles ago.
Michelin radial tires.
All books including service manual stamped for dealer service from 1969 to 1986.
Original factory data card and metal warranty imprint card.
Kangol seat belts.
If you have a serious interest in purchasing this Mercedes, please contact me through the eBay “Ask the seller a question” function.

Selecting the buy-it-now price option is a binding contract and is not an “option” to buy.
Pre-purchase inspections are welcome and must be completed prior to executing the Buy-it-now option. Please feel free to ask me any questions via the ask the seller questions feature.
The car is sold as-is, where-is, with all faults. No warranties are expressed or implied.
The car is located in Wayne, PA, approximately 15 miles from center city Philadelphia. The private party owner has a clear PA title. You will be buying the car directly from the private party owner.
The car can be seen by appointment.
The car is available for sale locally and I reserve the right to end the eBay advertisement at any time.
The winning bidder shall send a deposit of 10% of the selling price by wire transfer or cashier’s check within 48 hours of the end of the auction, and pay the balance in full within 7 days of the end of the auction.
I can assist you in locating a professional transporter.


Family owned Mercedes like this don’t surprise me. My mother has driven her 2000 C280 now for almost 13 years and has no plans of getting rid of it anytime soon. Older Mercedes seemed to always become a part of the family in our household; you have a hard time parting with them. This 280SE has a nice patina indicative of a car like that, with one respray and leather that looks worn but not abused. With the 2.8 liter inline six and automatic transmission combination, the 280SE isn’t terribly quick, but there is adequate power to keep up with traffic. Considering what you pay for the 6.3 and Cabriolet variants of this generation S class, these fuel-injected six cylinder sedans are a bargain by comparison, as seen from this particular example.