A high-end derivative of the 220 Sedan, the 280 SE was introduced in 1959 featuring its timeless styling and incredible build quality. The basic design and chassis — internally designated W111 — endured for more than a decade. Over its lifetime, the car could be had with one of five single-overhead cam engines: four six-cylinder motors along with a 3.5 Liter V8. Each update brought more horsepower and torque, improving drivability and the feeling of luxury. The V8 was released in the fall of 1969, around a full ten years after the model’s inception. The combination of classic styling of the earlier models and an all-new 230-brake horsepower V8 featuring Bosch D-Jetronic electronic fuel injection proved irresistible to critics then and now.
A full leather interior with accommodations for four along with a fully lined top in the traditional stacked German cabriolet layout meant the 280 SE Cabriolets could easily be driven all-year ’round. A fully independent suspension with disc brakes at each wheel was standard, further increasing comfort and safety. Due to their complexity, only 13 cars were finished per week on average. For example, each top required roughly sixteen hours of work apiece, with the robust metal framework being entirely concealed from view by a full interior headliner. In total, Mercedes-Benz produced just 1,232 examples between 1969 and 1971. As one of the marque’s last hand-built models, 280 SEs are highly vaunted by collectors and enthusiasts alike.
The exquisite 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet featured here is finished in stunning Dark Olive Green over Beige leather with a matching Beige folding convertible top. This exquisite 280 SE was retained by its original owner for over three decades with meticulous care. A comprehensive show quality restoration was performed by its last owner and it is now ready for its next caretaker. We are proud to offer this investment-grade Mercedes-Benz Cabriolet to the most demanding collector, investor, or enthusiast who desires to own one of the very best!
Daniel Schmitt & Co. is located in beautiful and historic St. Louis, Missouri. Our dealership spans 4 acres, boasts 3 luxurious showrooms, a state-of-the-art service department, a world-class restoration facility, and is only minutes away from Lambert International Airport. While we offer our cars for online sale and auction, we do also encourage you to visit our beautiful classic car showroom!
Family owned and operated for over 50 years, we are a classic and luxury car gallery, committed to delivering some of the rarest, highest-quality classic cars, to customers worldwide. Throughout the years, our classic car dealership has built its reputation as one of the most trusted providers of classic cars to enthusiasts, collectors or investors. We offer truly unique and beautiful motorcars for sale.
As Daniel Schmitt & Co. reviews will attest, we focus on providing a world-class automobile shopping experience with thorough descriptions and detailed images - an absolute must in the digital age, when many of our classic and investment cars are sold online. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
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Finance rates as low as 8.9%.
We know that classic car financing can pose a unique challenge. Although a vintage or exotic car can be an excellent investment, some financial institutions attempt to apply standard “used car” rules for financing a classic car, which in many cases can make loan approval difficult.
We work closely with many banking institutions that understand and recognize the collector value of classic cars and view them as an investment, which allows us to help you get the financing you need so that you can have the car you have dreamed of.
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Vehicle may be sold by our dealership before the end of auction.
Daniel Schmitt & Company has described the above-mentioned vehicle to the best of our ability. However, as with all pre-owned automobiles, the condition is subjective, and we recommend that the potential buyer fly out to inspect, as well as test drive any of our vehicles before finalizing their purchase. If it is not feasible for you to personally perform an inspection, we will gladly help facilitate an inspection by an independent service center of your choice and will make delivery arrangements of the vehicle for this purpose. All vehicles are sold in “AS IS” condition. Extended warranty options are available on most vehicles. Please be advised that no verbal statements concerning any vehicle constitutes a representation or warranty of said vehicle. Our goal is to provide you with the best service and buying experience as possible. All purchases include an additional $385 processing fee which covers the processing of paperwork, pre-vehicle delivery costs, FedEx shipping fees, and a 30-day temporary registration plate so that the vehicle can be driven prior to the title transfer. (ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: Please be aware that you will be responsible for the Federal Reserve fee(s) charged for all incoming wires).
In regards to winning bidders and Buy It Now customers: All winning bidders and Buy It Now bidders are encouraged to fly out and personally inspect the vehicle. If you deem the vehicle is not as represented upon personal inspection, we will not only refund your deposit, but will also reimburse your airfare at the cost of a coach ticket. Feedback must be left at the time of delivery upon final inspection.
Pertaining to non-eBay winners: Anyone who has provided a deposit but whose purchase is still pending, please note that said vehicle will not be held and is subject to being sold at any time until all contingencies are removed and the purchase order is signed.
The advertised mileage represents the actual miles when the car was posted online. These vehicles are test-driven and actual mileage may vary at the time of sale.
All used vehicles should be assumed to have some degree of wear. We do not manufacture our product. Each vehicle’s brand has its strengths, styles, tendencies, and shortcomings. Despite our best efforts to verify a vehicle’s mechanical condition, we are not able to warranty a manufacturer’s workmanship or a previous owner’s diligence in care of said vehicle. Due to this reason, all vehicles are sold “AS IS”. There are no mechanical guarantees, expressed or implied.
Daniel Schmitt & Co. reserves the right to end the auction at any time.
Showroom Hours Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Saturday: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (open until 5:00 by appointment) Sunday: Closed