Restorations are pointless if you’ve kept something in great condition in the first place. So is the case with this 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet. Towards the end of the 10 year production run of the model, Mercedes-Benz built a wall batch of coupes and cabriolets that used the 3.5-litre v8 engine that would form the basis for Mercedes’ next generation of cars. This is one prime example of that small batch.


What’s even more rare about this car is that it’s largely in original condition. The green leather upholstery of the interior and the carpeting is unchanged. A few years ago the engine bay and chassis were finely detailed and in October of 2018 this Cabriolet earned AACA National Senior Award honours.

So, a largely unchanged, award-winning, limited run Mercedes-Benz is up for sale and you have the change of owning it, what are you waiting for?

For full auction information, head to the Gooding & Co website and be sure to follow them on Instagram, @Goodingandcompany, to keep up to date with all of their latest lots. 

All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company.

Photos by Anna McGrath.

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