Silverstone Auctions’ sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show on the 15th of November will be your chance to buy one of the rarest Mercedes’ ever produced. We are talking about a 1970 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet in black with a V8 engine. Mouthwatering, innit?
Now, an untrained eye may recognize this Benz as the car from The Hangover movie. But this one’s a lot cooler, and rarer, than that 220SE. For starters, It’s a V8 280 model, and it’s a right-hand drive floor mounted automatic. Only 68 Cabrio 280s were ever produced in this spec.
This Mercedes 280SE was first registered in the UK in the 70s, until 11 years ago when it exported to Australia. There it went under a five-year meticulous, and hugely expensive, full restoration in Brisbane, and is now back in the Blighty in concours condition looking for a new owner.
Back in its days, Mercedes 280SE Cabriolet was known as “the finest automobile in the world”. It has a powerful V8, sumptuous looks, a prestigious badge, and impeccable quality. And of course it was a convertible which made it doubly desirable.
The auctioneers have not released an estimate for this car, but they did say the restoration alone has cost over $200,000, and that the more abundant left-hand drive models have topped $425,000 in auctions. So whatever it is, the cost of this Benz is over half a million dollars.