20th Sep, 2023 12:00

30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 398

1975 Mercedes-Benz 280SE
No Reserve

Sold for £6,750

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: JVA 142N
Chassis No: 11602422039746
MOT: Exempt

  • A very original example that has been well maintained
  • Only 4 owners from new, all around the Cambridgeshire area
  • Only 57,955 miles from new

The W116-series of flagship models was manufactured from 1972 to 1979 and the first to be officially christened S-Class. It incorporated a number of innovations including: four-wheel anti-lock brakes; ultra-rigid passenger cell for added protection of the occupants, deformable switches; fuel tank sited above the rear axle for increased rear-end crash safety. The 280SE variant was powered by a fuel-injected straight-six engine of 2746cc that boasted an output of 182bhp.

First registered on the 4th of June, 1975, to P Watts & Son of Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, JVA 142N was delivered by Normands Mercedes of Cambridgeshire and still retains its original Pre Delivery Check Sheet. The V5C states that the car has three previous keepers and it is of our understanding that it has only ever been owned by owners in the Cambridgeshire area. The car retains its original document folder with service stamp book that show all necessary services up to 29,757 miles and all services were completed by Maloney & Rhodes of 121-129 Perne Road, Cambridge. The current owner acquired the vehicle on 18th May 2015 and has kept the car in fantastic condition with the mileage now still only equating to 57,995 miles. The vendor has completed a service only 400 miles ago and also recently fitted new soft brake lines, suspension bushes and kept the car wax-oyl’d to preserve it.

On inspection, the car presents extremely well given that it has never been restored and it has evidently been cherished throughout its life. The paintwork is very presentable overall in the original silver colour and we believe that that the engine bay may have been painted at some point in its life as we noted some of the brake lines lower down the firewall have been painted. We noted very slight bubbling on the rear arches which is to be expected on a car of this age but overall, it appears very solid and original indeed. On opening the doors you are immediately taken back by the superb, original condition of the blue cloth interior with the original blue carpets being in fantastic shape. The engine appears to run with relative ease and the vendor is confident of it being in fine fettle.

For more information, please contact:
Lucas Gomersall
07484 082430


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: 30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 20th Sep, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Now owned by its employees and trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe.


Buyers, bidders and attendees will enjoy a special day in the prestigious Imperial War Museum with some fantastic treats including.
Drinks Reception   |   Music   |   Guest Speakers

With each successful bidder receiving a specially selected hamper.

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Tuesday 19th September 2023 from 1pm to 8pm
Wednesday 20th September 2023 from 9am


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