Extremely rare Mercedes-Benz put up for sale
Only 68 right-handed versions of the classic were believed to have been manufactured, and this model, which has been completely restored by Sleeping Beauties of Brisbane, Australia, is in pristine condition. The model has been placed up for sale at an undisclosed price by Hexagon Classics of South Kensington.
This Cabriolet was originally built in 1970; five years after the model had been released to rival the dominant Rolls-Royce and Bentley Corniche Convert and was constructed by hand. The finish is jet black with a red leather interior.
Under the bonnet, there’s a hugely potent 3.5-litre V8, managed by a fantastically smooth, four-speed, floor mounted automatic gearbox. The cockpit has been well served by hugely efficient sound deadening, which keeps noise to a minimum.
Other fun little creature comforts included are: power steering, electric windows, front headrests, and a tightly fitting six-layer folding roof.
Chairman of Hexagon Classics, Paul Michaels, said: “Seeing a right-hand drive Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 for sale is extremely rare, let alone one like this in such incredible condition. It’s one of the greatest cars in the German brand’s history and certainly deserves all the plaudits it gets.
“Sleeping Beauties of Brisbane has done sterling work restoring this stunning car, and a lucky buyer can now profit from their brilliance and Mercedes’ expertise.”
The car comes with the original handbook and detailed photos which document the restoration procedure, so if you’ve got a sizable amount of cash to spare, you could certainly do a lot worse than this stylish, Australian/German offering.