1972 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Saloon
The W108 saloon with the 3.5 V8 engine was one of ultimate sporting saloons of the early Seventies and this rare UK supplied right hand drive example must be the finest having covered only 12,000 miles in the hands of three owners from new.
It was supplied when new on 2nd November 1972 by Mercedes dealer Charles Sidney Ltd in Bradford to the owner of Calder Motors Ltd as detailed in the original sales invoice on file and in the original stamped service book. It further details the exquisite colour combination retained to this day of DB 862 Metallic Green with Bamboo 167 tex upholstery. Desirable extras included limited slip differential and tinted glass with a heated rear screen. The invoice amounted to £5,112, a significant amount of money at the time, helping to explain the rarity of UK supplied examples.
This original owner used the car very carefully and sparingly until his passing in 2007 at which point it passed to his son. A letter on file from him confirmed the single ownership and original mileage at 11,580 miles in October 2007. The car was not used for the last 26 years of the original owner’s tenure, it remained on show in the Calder Motors showroom, then a Honda dealership but was regularly run to temperature.
In 2007, the original paint had lost its original lustre and the decision was made to refinish it to the highest standards. Extensive photography on file illustrates this work and also shows the original factory fresh condition of the structure.
In 2008 the 3.5 was purchased by a Norfolk based enthusiast with a significant collection and very critical eye who was only interested in acquiring the finest examples. Following the disbanding of this collection in recent years the car entered the ownership of another significant collector who has added only a few hundred miles of use.
A real reference example of a great Mercedes model and the amazing original build quality just shines through. Every component feels beautifully made and operates with a preciseness that most car manufactures could only dream of even today. Again, on the road, the 3.5 is remarkably capable and refined with a surprising turn of speed.
The car comes with a good history file as referred to above, all original books, tools and keys.
What a delightful and special car for not a lot of money really.