1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet

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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet

Chassis No. 111025 12 002159
Engine No. 130980 12 016264
Paint: 180 – Silver Grey Metallic
Upholstery: 241 – Black Leather, Dark Grey carpeting
Top: 740 – Black Soft Top

European Specification Example of the Prestigious W111 Cabriolet
Powered by its Matching-Numbers Engine
File Including Service Receipts & Mercedes-Benz Data Card
1 of Only 1,390 Examples Produced from November 1967 to May 1971
2019 Inspection & Mechanical Service – Over $11,000 Invested
An Honestly Preserved and Well-Equipped 280SE For Immediate Enjoyment
Includes Desirable Floor Shift Transmission and Added Air-Conditioning
Full Set of Custom Coco Mats

In 1968, the “New Generation” of upscale Mercedes-Benz models, alternatively known as the S-Class, was introduced. These carefully refined five-passenger automobiles continued a tradition of hand-crafted quality and superior engineering, while their formal, classically-inspired styling featured the discreet use of chrome to produce what many consider to be a timeless design. In particular, the Cabriolet variant featured a padded folding top, while its unitized chassis featured an advanced design with structural reinforcements that provided great rigidity and safety. As expected, interior appointments were a magnificent combination of leather, wood and chrome. In SE trim, the “E” stood for “Einspritzung” or fuel injection, and horsepower rose to 180. Capable of top speeds of 120 miles per hour, the 280SE utilized a sophisticated, fully independent suspension, resulting in taut, responsive handling that made the 280SE one of the most satisfying Mercedes-Benz models to drive.

11102512002159, this 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet, was completed in February of 1969 for home-market delivery in Silver Grey Metallic paint over Black leather upholstery - additionally optioned with:


While the Cabriolet's early history is unknown, the 280 eventually made its way to the States, where its has remained in thoughtfully preserved condition with recent notable services. The exterior received a repaint in correct 2-stage Glasurit early this decade, while the top is an older replacement. A boot cover conceals the top during open motoring. The cabin displays what appears to be its original leather upholstery throughout (with an older re-dye), as well as the original Dark Grey carpeting – protected by custom black and grey Coco mats. A period Becker Europa complements the glossy Zebrano wood across the dash and matching floor shifter knob. All electronics, lights and safety equipment are in proper working order, including the clock and cold air conditioning.

Both engine and luggage compartments appear orderly and correct, with original paint visible in both. This includes the original chassis stamping along the passenger front fender, stamped and tagged original number's-matching engine. Original grey vinyl mat (with protective matching Coco mat on top), spare wheel, jack and WeatherTech car cover reside in the trunk. Original fender bolts and spot welds are visible throughout the vehicle – down the sills, up the rear and into the boot. The car's undercarriage has been recently detailed and reflects equally as tidy and honest with factory sealant, coatings and appears very solid and free of corrosion concerns. A five 14” wheels are date stamped 3/68, 5/68, 7/68, 7/69, 11/69.

The Cabriolet performs very well in all traffic and weather conditions, thanks to regular upkeep and a 2019 major service. Notable recent work includes a 2017 fuel pump rebuild and February 2019 oil change and valve adjustment. As well as an April 2019 service addressing new 195/75R14 whiteline tires on cleaned and resealed rims, 4-wheel alignment, king pins and wheel bearings, front shocks, exhaust hangers, R134a A/C conversion and HVAC control knobs, fluid flush, differential pinion seal, soft top seals, wipers and miscellaneous adjustments. Over $11,000 invested. An additional inspection and follow up adjustments were performed in Fall 2019.

Engine Compression PSI/Cylinder

1. 150 PSI
2. 140 PSI
3. 145 PSI
4. 150 PSI
5. 140 PSI
6. 145 PSI

We offer this honestly presented and complete numbers-matching 280SE Cabriolet for immediate worldwide purchase and delivery from our Houston, Texas showroom.

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