This model was first shown at Frankfurt in 1965 and this S-Class Mercedes-Benz range was outwardly distinguishable from preceding models by a sleeker bodyshell with lower roof and waistlines and an increased glass area creating a very attractive Coupé style. All models featured similar all-independent suspension as well as four-wheel disc brakes and power-assisted steering. However, although the saloon used this ‘New Generation’ bodyshell, the Coupé and Cabriolet kept the timelessly elegant coachwork that had debuted back in 1960. The 280 SE used a fuel-injected version of Mercedes-Benz’s new, overhead-camshaft, 2,778cc engine which developed 170bhp. There was a choice of either four-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while the rear suspension featured Mercedes-Benz’s hydro-pneumatic compensating spring. Today all examples of these classic Coupés and Cabriolets are highly sought after.
This nice original example is presented in dark blue with a blue velours interior. This elegant and sought after model is powered by the smooth 2.8 litre engine mated to an automatic gearbox, providing effortless touring capabilities which these Mercedes-Benz were famed for. The boot space has more than adequate luggage room for modern travel and in this wonderful original condition, one can certainly use it everyday as indeed it was intended when first manufactured.
The car is being sympathetically restored to its former glory, with a high quality paint job, technical overhaul and interior refresh.