1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe 4-speed manual

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Ask anyone what their favorite classic Mercedes-Benz may be and no doubt many will point to the 300SL Gullwing. This limited production sports car put Mercedes-Benz on the map in the United States shortly after the end of World War II and established its reputation as an innovator in automotive engineering. One of my favorites from years gone by in the Mercedes-Benz portfolio is a dark horse to many. Sure, even the uninitiated may instantly recognize the W111 Coupe as a Mercedes-Benz. Few, however, know of a powertrain combination that was available late in the production run that would make this classic an ultimate sleeper. This would be the 280SE 3.5 Coupe with the rare 4-speed manual option. A mere handful made it to the US and production figures are said to barely break into the three figures. This 3.5 Coupe for sale in Texas was sourced from California, having been stored for a number of years. It’s not in pristine condition, but is far from a basket case.

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1987 BMW M6

Want a classic 1980s BMW, a race-bred motor, and a car nearly guaranteed to appreciate over the coming years? The S38 powered M5 and M6 are the place to look right now, since the only other two options – the M1 and M3 – aren’t the best options right now. Traditionally, the M6 held higher values than the long-unappreciated M5; a great looking grand tourer, the M6 is certainly capable of keeping up with sports cars in a straight line and around curves. The other nice thing about the M6 was that unlike the E28 M5, it was available in many shades. Today’s example shows that off nicely in Cinnabar Red with Lotus White Nappa leather:

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1977 Mercedes-Benz 350SLC 4-speed with 24,500 miles

A few weeks ago I wrote up a Euro-spec 1979 Mercedes-Benz 350SE; often overlooked in favor of their larger capacity brothers. That’s unfortunate for the reputation of the smaller V8, but it means for enthusiasts you can grab a great deal if you’re willing to take the lesser car. Today there’s an even more appealing version on Ebay – a 1977 350SLC with low miles, but more importantly a manual transmission!

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Tuner Tuesday: 1988 BMW 535i Alpina Tribute

About a month ago, I wrote up a 2002 M20 Turbo built by a company called Manofied. Well, the Manofied folks have been at it again, this time with a 535i. They’ve fully built the car in the style of the Alpina B9, replete with plenty of Alpina parts, some Euro bits, and what appears to be a fantastic individual throttle body engine. The downside? As with the 2002, the price for this build is quite high for a non-original car. But before you jump to conclusions, take a look:

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1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe 4-speed manual

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At the outset of the 1970s, the Mercedes-Benz model range was about to have an overhaul, with a new SL roadster and S class on the way. Meanwhile, the W111 coupes and convertibles would get one last refresh in the form of the 3.5 liter, M116 engine. This small displacement V8 would live on until the early 1990s in later 3.8 and 4.2 guise. While these M116 engined 280SE Coupes are rare, add in the manual gearbox and you have a car that is extremely exclusive. Some estimate that just over 100 were produced. This example was imported to the US via Italy in the 1980s and has covered just under 50,000 miles.

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Belated Motorsport Monday: 1973 BMW CSL Race Car

One of the best ways to get into a classic race car is to buy a fully built replica. While everyone really wants the real deal, no one wants to step up to pay the bills; and even if you did, would you really have the serious coin necessary to race a near priceless original race car to the max? While undertaking one of these race replica projects can be entertaining to say the least, more often than not the best way to get into one of these cars is to buy one that’s done. Today’s CSL replica is no stranger to the interweb faithful; it’s been featured on sites such as Bring A Trailer multiple times, and it’s up for sale again. In one of the most recognizable liveries run on German cars from the 1970s, sit back and soak up this awesome visual feast:

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1988 Alpina B11 3.5

Back in June, we featured an E32 Alpina B11 for sale from our friends at North Shore Autosport. Only 332 of these were produced and here comes yet another for sale in Germany. However, if you weren’t keen on the automatic gearbox in the one featured in June, then you’re in luck. This one has three pedals.

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Year: 1988
Model: Alpina B11 3.5
Engine: 3.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 125,000 km (~ 77,671 mi)
Price: €29,950 (~ $40,300 USD)

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The ’89 Alpina B11 that was for sale at North Shore Autosport was up for sale at $23,800. While dear for an E32, that’s at least a more believable figure than what is being asked for this example, manual transmission or not. It’s hard to place a value on rare machines like this, but it would take a special person to bite on this B11 at this price. In a few years times, these may start pulling big dollars, but if other performance oriented BMWs are any indicator, it will be the smaller 3 and 5 series Alpinas that will bring the big money, with the larger, more luxurious models slightly lagging behind.

-Paul

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe

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Many enthusiasts still lament the passing of the Mercedes-Benzes from the 1980s and 1990s, as these cars are put on a pedestal as a monument to the last vehicles from this company engineered to a point, not a price. Mercedes has made strides to recapture the magic of their old tagline “engineered like no other car in the world,” but it will never quite be the same. As they say, time marches on. If you ask me, however, Mercedes reached their watershed moment with this very car, the 280SE 3.5.

Available in either coupe or cabriolet form, these were truly the last hand-built Mercedes to leave the factory. Copious amounts of leather and wood line the cabin, while fit and finish, right down to the elegant, upright grille is exemplary. Old world craftsmanship allowed these cars to stand apart from the competition, but underneath they sported a new heart: the M116 3.5 liter V8. Available with either a 4-speed automatic or 4-speed manual, this fuel injected engine gave this car modern day performance that belied its classic looks. In the last few years, values have been strong for this model, particularly the cabriolet version. This coupe for sale in Southern California had a repaint about ten years ago and its chrome tended to at the same time. This example looks positively stunning in navy blue over parchment.

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Year: 1971
Model: 280SE 3.5 Coupe
Engine: 3.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 90,442 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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Offered for sale is an absolutely gorgeous 1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Coupe with all of the desirable options: sunroof, floor-shift transmission, air conditioning and power windows. Finished in Navy Blue over Parchment leather with Navy carpeting, it’s hard to imagine a more tasteful example of Mercedes’ “Heckflosse” (fin-tail) coupe, the color combination complimenting the enduringly elegant, yet masculine design perfectly. Always a Southern California car, this example has been lovingly maintained and cared for, most recently in a sizable collection in San Diego. Roughly ten years ago the prior owner commissioned a high quality repaint and had everything re-chromed and consequently the car is truly nice as it appears in the photographs.

The paint is excellent, a rich and lustrous finish that shows only the most insignificant of imperfections. All of the car’s chrome is fantastic, as is the rubber and all of the original glass. Panel fits and gaps are excellent and the car shows no evidence of any accidents. Always garaged and cared for, the car’s undercarriage and body are both rust-free. The car’s original wheels with color-matched hubs are wrapped in brand new white wall tires.

The car’s Parchment leather interior is in great original condition and it perfectly offsets the Navy exterior. The seats show minimal and only typical wear, the carpets are in excellent condition and the headliner shows hardly any wear at all. The wood dash inserts are free of cracking or splitting and the dash houses fully functional gauges. The sunroof, power windows, heat, air conditioning original Becker radio work as they should.

Mechanically the car is in excellent condition, starting easily, idling consistently and pulling strongly and smoothly through each of the gears. It drives and brakes straight and requires nothing but a new owner. Whether tooling through town or cruising down the highway, the car is an absolute joy to drive – modern enough to be comfortably enjoyed but also visceral enough to provide that great vintage drive quality. Whether its next owner will be a weekend enthusiast or whether the car will be a worthy and appreciating addition to any serious collection, this 3.5 Coupe is undoubtedly going to provide another 42 years of “pride of ownership” for its next owner.

We want this car to go to great home and would be happy to further discuss it and answer any questions, so please feel free to email us or call us at 805-202-4557. You can also visit us online at GoodmanReed.

We’ve always had an appreciation for classic European cars and over the years have created an eclectic personal collection. We only buy cars that we’d personally be interested in owning and generally only sell them to make room for other acquisitions. That time has come for this Mercedes (if the price is right, of course – this isn’t a fire sale). We try to give accurate descriptions of the cars we’re selling, but we’re enthusiasts, not experts, and we encourage and are happy to help facilitate personal or professional inspections. But please do so before bidding, as the alternative harms our ability to make sales to other interested parties who have done their proper due diligence before bidding.

For U.S. buyers a 10% non-refundable deposit is required within 3 days of the auction’s end, the balance to be paid within 7 days of the auction’s end. Foreign buyers must pay in full within 7 business days of the auction’s end. Buyer is responsible for shipping, however we’d be more that happy to help with recommendations and arrangements. The car is listed locally and we reserve the right to end the auction at any time should it sell prior to auction’s end. Thanks for your interest.

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This is one of those coupes that brings to mind the term “they don’t make ‘em like they used to.” Fitting, then, that automotive journalists of the day exalted this car’s future classic status when it was new, as it would be succeeded in the Mercedes lineup by the smaller, sportier R107 based SLC coupe. Prices for the 3.5 Cabriolet have hit the stratosphere, bringing upwards of $200,000 at auction in some cases for the very best vehicles. The coupes can be had for less money, but they still command a presence on the collector car scene. A very well fettled car like this should bring somewhere between $50,000 and $65,000. Cars that are a little more rough around the edges but in good driving condition can be had for a little less, usually around the $35,000 to $45,000 mark.

-Paul

1989 Alpina B11 3.5

BMW M cars are some of the most sought after performance machines on the road today. But with the proliferation of the Motorsports badge across the entire lineup, what if you want something a little bit more exclusive? Something just a bit more special? Alpina is a good place to start. Not just any other tuner, Alpina works closely with BMW to maintain the integrity of their vehicles which they seek to modify, something they have been in the business of doing since the late 1960s. Unlike many other tuners, they have earned the recognition as an official vehicle manufacturer by the TÜV in Germany, or Technical Inspection Association.

This 1989 B11 3.2, based on the E32 7 series, is for sale from our friends at North Shore Autosport in Chicago. It’s one of 332 built, having been imported to Canada via Japan about a decade ago. It has since been federalized upon arriving in the US.

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Year: 1989
Model: Alpina B11 3.5
Engine: 3.5 liter inline six
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 84,261 miles
Price: $23,800

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Originally a Japanese spec Alpina and then imported to Canada in the mid 2000s. This is B11 is owned by me, (Frank), personally. I hired a US approved importer from Washington State to federalize this B11, as they were near to Alberta, Canada where I found this unmolested Alpina. It was EPA exempt due to the year, but was still subject to some lighting, gauges and side impact requirements to be in accordance with NHTSA and DOT. This was a painstaking process and was quite expensive. Nevertheless, it is a completely street legal vintage Alpina with low original miles and unaltered original condition.

All original Alpina components are intact and nicely preserved. It does have some paintwork as many BMW’s of this vintage were plagued with lackluster paint quality. The hood, roof and deck lid had clearcoat damage and were refinished in the original diamond schwarz metallic. A new Alpina deco set was also installed to replace the aging original pieces. The wheels have also been refinished and are like new. The interior is completely original and well intact. All leather, door panels, dash and headliner are virtually flawless. No rips, tears, sagging or fading. The stereo was removed at some point for a Sony unit & Changer. The wood is real and in good shape, free of any cracking. It has a few spots that are not perfect, but mainly due to the clear finish.

The B11 3.5 boasted a higher performance version of BMW’s venerable 3.5-liter inline six-cylinder. Alpina hand built this engine, starting with polished and balanced internals, larger valves, ported cylinder heads, camshaft profile changes, fuel injection recalibration, engine management reprogramming and ultimately a higher compression ratio of 10.4:1, making a healthy 260hp (DIN) @ 5700 rpm. Finally, a free flowing stainless exhaust and a shorter drive ratio of 3.73 make this B11 a much more spirited luxury cruiser than the standard 735i. Unique 17×8.5 & 17×10 staggered Alpina wheels, stiffened & slightly lowered Bilstein suspension help transform this 7-series to an agile sports car, all while maintaining a pleasant ride.

This is a truly unique vehicle and would be an excellent addition to any BMW/Alpina enthusiast’s collection. Appointments can be made by appointment and third party inspections can be arranged by calling Frank @ 312.884.1149 or via email: frank@northshoreautosport.com

We do offer financing and can arrange shipping worldwide. Please go to our finance tab above for a complete online application or contact Frank for a shipping quote.

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It’s no secret that these E32s can be a handful to maintain as they get older, but if there was ever an E32 to preserve, it’s one of these Alpinas. Then again, this car doesn’t need much more preservation, as the condition and mileage reveal. Alpina made a B12, featuring the 5.0 liter V12 engine, but this B11 with the 3.5 liter inline six offers relatively cheaper running costs and a bit less mass hanging over the front axle. With a bump in horsepower over the standard 3.5 liter BMW lump, it should make for a lively cruiser. These B11s were available with a 5-speed manual transmission, which is about the only thing that would improve the desirability of this car for me.

-Paul

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 Coupe with 4-speed Manual

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Mercedes-Benz was in a period of transition at the outset of the 1970s. A new SL would be launched in 1971, replacing the popular Pagoda roof 230/250/280SL range. The new R107 SL would move the car further in the direction of a boulevard cruiser rather than a sports car. The large W112 coupes and convertibles were also on their way out, but not before the engineers at Mercedes had one last go at making these special cars into something even more special. Arriving in 1969, the new 3.5 liter, single overhead cam V8 engine was slotted into these stately cars, giving them a new lease on life. These were largely hand-built machines that were seriously expensive in their day, and to this day, still command big dollars.

Amidst the short production run from 1969 through 1971, a few 280SE 3.5 Coupes left the factory optioned with a 4-speed manual transmission. Seemingly out of step with the rest of the car’s character, this was nevertheless a popular option for those German businessmen who would pony up cash for such a car and were looking for something with long legs for Autobahn cruising. This 280SE 3.5 for sale in California is one such coupe with the 4-speed manual.

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Year: 1971
Model: 280SE 3.5 Coupe
Engine: 3.5 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 51,325 mi
Price: $65,000 Buy It Now

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We are honored to be able to present to you this very rare European-Spec 1971 280SE 3.5 Coupe with only 51,311 original miles. These Grand Touring coupes are not only beautiful, but thanks to the 3.5L V8, it eats up miles effortlessly. This particular Mercedes features 2 options: An incredibly rare 4-speed manual transmission (thank you Europe!), believed to be 1 of only 122 built with this option, and also Sunroof Delete. It presents itself in excellent overall condition, with the red leather interior being original (never dyed), and in remarkable shape considering these are the hides that it left the factory with in 1971. The body was repainted (engine out) in its original White color in 2008. It also had a original style air-conditioning system installed by the dealer when delivered new in Italy. Even though the Interior is 100% original, the leather as soft/supple as when new, having never been dyed! The fact that this car was also shown at the 2009 Hillsborough Concours d’ Elegance in Nothern California is further testament to its overall condition!

51,325 ORIGINAL Miles
30+ Years of continuous California ownership
Euro Spec Car that was Originally Delivered New to Italy
Documentation/Service Records From 1983
COPY OF ORIGINAL BUILD SHEET
Major Service (approx. $5,430) Completed in November of 2012
Alpine White over (original) Red Leather Interior
Wood Dash Accents Re-Finished to As-New Condition
3.5L V8 Engine
Hella H4 Sealed Beam Headlamps
Original Becker AM/FM Radio
Original VDO Kienzle Dash Clock
New 14″ Michelin Harmony Tires
Don’t miss your opportunity to own this magnificent and very unique & ultra-rare Grand Touring Mercedes-Benz that is sure to not only please you, but the crowds wherever you go.

Please contact Cardiff Classics in North County San Diego at (760) 632-5555 with further questions.

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At first, the price for this 280SE 3.5 might seem a bit steep, but keep in mind that the open roofed variants regularly bring six figure sums and if you have a concours quality coupe, you might see the better side of $75k. I’d say this one is priced within reason, given its condition and rare transmission option. While I’ve driven some Mercedes sedans of this vintage, I’ve never gotten behind the wheel of a 3.5. With precision build quality, a 4-speed gearbox and a V8, I’m certain that it would not disappoint.

-Paul