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1981 Mercedes-Benz 280S


Believe it or not, at the beginning of W126 Mercedes-Benz S-class production, you could still spec one of these luxury sedans with a carbureted engine. Built from the beginning of production up to the 1985 facelift, a little over 42,000 280S models with the M110 inline-6 were manufactured, none of which were sold new in the US market. This 280S for sale in Aachen, Germany has yet to break the 30,000 mile mark and comes equipped with features not commonly seen in US spec W126s, such as cloth interior, rear crank windows and a 4-speed manual gearbox. With prices trending upward on all W126 variants, an extremely well-preserved example is a tempting proposition, no matter how base level the spec might be.

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Year: 1981
Model: 280S
Engine: 2.8 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 43,957 km (~ 27,313 mi)
Price: €14,950 (~ $16,569 USD)


280S in like new condition with very low mileage.

Three owners. Mercedes Maintenance Guide.
Interior fittings:
570 Center armrest with storage compartment
583 Electric windows

Outside amenities:
590 Metallic Paint
Electric sunroof

516 Radio Mercedes Benz Classic
531 Electric antenna with radio installation

470 Anti-lock brake system (ABS)

Manual transmission
Central locking

Vehicle location in our office in the Netherlands / Heerlen (8 KM from Aachen):
Autosportbrouns BV
Schelsberg 175
NL-6413 AE Heerlen
Opening times:
Monday – Friday
09:00 to 18:00
10:00 to 17:00
and by appointment.

Autosport Brouns was founded in the 1st generation 1967th Each of us for sale pending vehicle is tested technically accurate and a varnish layer measurement is performed. Of course you can also visit the car test drive and on the lift on site. We look forward to you! Please contact us before making their way to us to ensure that the vehicle is also in our office and is still available. We are looking forward to your visit! Your team from Autosport Brouns.

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While this S-class might not be for the traditional luxury car buyer, there’s something charming about the mix of base spec with features such as ABS and a sunroof. Thistle Green Metallic works well with the light beige cloth interior on this example and the wheel covers and flush headlamps give this 280S that Euro look that many here in the states prefer and try to emulate. The asking price here is not unreasonable, but for those stateside looking to import this W126 would have to really want this combination of spec, as you could easily source a later (and undoubtedly more powerful) 300SE/SEL or even one of the V8 versions. There is something charming, however, about a big Mercedes sedan like this with a third pedal.



  1. Greg young
    Greg young August 10, 2016


  2. audifan
    audifan August 10, 2016

    The car has the optional Velour interior. Cloth would be standard. No AC, stick and non fuel injected kills it. Price is crazy. They can be bought in Japan as LHD for less than half of the asking price WITH AC and Auto.

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