Mercedes-Benz’s elegant Paul Bracq-designed W111 made its debut in 1959 and was produced, in its many variations, through 1971. Among the most desirable variations were the two-door models—the 280 SE Cabriolet and Coupe—which were expensive, virtually hand-built automobiles hailing from the great tradition of German craftsmanship. The acres of wood trim throughout the interior were all genuine solid hardwood, accented by the gentle use of brightwork. The upholstery was thick and comfortable, and both the ride quality and handling were (and continue to be) superb. Unsurprisingly, these cars rapidly became favorites of international socialites and celebrities, and they were frequently seen cruising in all of the world’s most posh destinations. Just less than 1,400 280SE Cabriolets were assembled from 1968-1971. Their rarity, performance, handling, craftsmanship are all blended perfectly into a design that has become iconic. It is no wonder why the 280SE has become one of the most recognized classic Mercedes-Benz models sought after by collectors today.
The 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet featured here is finished in stunning Moss Green with a new Cognac leather interior and a brown convertible top. This 280SE was previously owned by the same family for over 30 years and was originally from Southern California. The data card copy on file confirms that this example is still propelled by its numbers matching engine and automatic transmission while the odometer displays only 85,167 miles. Nearly $200,000 was invested, which resulted in a 17-month restoration that included an all-new leather interior, fresh chrome, and bright work, a gorgeous paint job in factory correct Moss Green, vibrant refinished woodwork and much more! Simply put, this 280SE Cabriolet is one of the best-restored examples that can be found on the market today. We are proud to offer this gorgeous example to the most astute collector, investor or enthusiast who appreciates the legendary status of the Mercedes-Benz 280SE. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014 and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions you may have. Buy with confidence.
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