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Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 36

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 V8 LHD
Recently recommissioned and only two previous keepers

Sold for £12,375

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: FHH 451K
Chassis No: 10805712004753
MOT: Exempt

  • Finished in original factory colour of Mittelblau complimented by contrasting Light Grey upholstery
  • Supplied new in 1971 to the Netherlands in LHD configuration
  • Only 2 previous keepers with the first of some 45 years
  • Third & current keeper imported to UK 2018
  • Current owner spending £15,000 recommissioning and maintenance

Among the fastest, most luxurious saloons of its generation, the four-door Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 was introduced at the 1970 Amsterdam Motor Show. The work of Paul Bracq, its elegant, understated lines were shared with the rest of the W108 range but gave little clue as to the newcomer's reputed 125mph potential. Based around a beautifully engineered monocoque bodyshell equipped with all-round independent suspension (double-wishbone front / swing-axle rear), power-assisted recirculating ball steering and four-wheel disc brakes, the model was powered by a freshly developed 3499cc SOHC V8 engine allied to four-speed automatic transmission. Credited with developing some 200bhp and 211lbft, the all-alloy powerplant was feted for its flexibility, refinement and punch. Only in production between July 1970 and September 1972, the 280SE 3.5 is notable as one of the last Mercedes' saloons to be handbuilt.

Finished in Mittelblau with Light Grey upholstery, chassis 004753 was reportedly supplied new to the Netherlands and retained by its first keeper for some forty-five years. Imported to the UK in 2018, ‘FHH 451K’ is said to have benefited from approximately £15,000 worth of recommissioning and maintenance work during the current (only third) ownership. A handsome and usable 1970s sports saloon with undeniable style.

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