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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Cabriolet

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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Cabriolet

Chassis No. 111025 12 00322
Engine No. 13098012023766 (Matching Numbers)
Transmission No. 000524 (Matching Numbers)
Retail Date: August 29, 1969

U.S. Specification Example of the Prestigious W111 Cabriolet
Numbers-Matching Engine & Transmission per Mercedes-Benz DataCard
1 of Only 1,390 Produced from November 1967 to May 1971
A Well-Equipped & Well Presented 280SE For Immediate Enjoyment
All (x5) June 1969 Date Stamped Wheels
- New 185/75R14 Maxxis ¾“ Whitewall Tires (x4)
Engine Compression: 165, 165, 170, 170, 168, 180 psi.
Supported by Original Owner's Manual and Books in Vinyl Folio, Ivory Key Fob & Key
With dossier of Service and Parts Invoices

Accompanied by Original Spare Tire Assembly, Tool Kit, Jack, Tire Iron, Period Emergency Kit & Top Wrenches in Sleeve
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. 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.

According to its Mercedes-Benz DataCard, 111025 12 00322 was equipped with a host of options, as translated below:

Paint: 291 – Dark Olive
Upholstery: 249 – Bamboo Leather
Top: 747 – Folding (Soft) Top Fabric Dark Green 6004

Additional Options:
401 - SINGLE SEATS
423 - POWER STEERING AND AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WITH STEERING COLUMN SHIFT
461 - INSTRUMENT WITH MILEAGE READING AND ENGLISH LETTERING
491 – U.S. VERSION
503 – OUTSIDE REAR VIEW MIRROR, ON THE LEFT
524 - PAINTCOAT PRESERVATION
540 - SEAT ADAPTER, BETWEEN THE FRONT SEATS
587 - SINGLE SEATS WITH FOLDING ARMREST
601 - OIL FOR REAR AXLE WITH LIMITED-SLIP DIFFERENTIAL, IN CANISTERS AND CONTAINERS
630 - RADIAL-PLY TIRES
669 - 662 + 666 - 10 LITERS OF FUEL AND MODE OF PACKING VE II
“Wenig Gewünscht” aka “Rarely Ordered”
236 - ELECTRIC WINDOW LIFTERS (FRONT AND REAR DOORS)
256 - REAR AXLE WITH LIMITED-SLIP DIFFERENTIAL

Provenance:
Michael Ryan: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (with 53,000 miles)
- New - April 1998
Donald Padget; Palm Desert , California & B.C. Canada
- April 1998 – October 2020

Notable Services According to Previous Owner:
Restored by Rudi Koniczek of Vancouver Island
Transmission rebuilt at 90,00 miles (6/2/2012)
New front fenders from Mercedes-Benz classic Center of Irvine, CA (6/15/2012)
Rebuild of the original engine at 92,00 miles (6/15/2014)
Restoration of the cabin woodwork by Modera Concepts of California and rechrome bumpers at 95,800 miles (2/12/2016)
Undercoating, Shocks, Engine Damper, Scheduled Services and Repairs Thereafter
2021 Inspection and Scheduled Service included new tires, battery and an extensive concours detailing.

This extraordinary 2-owner, numbers-matching 280SE cabriolet leaves a lasting impression, both cosmetically, in presence and performance. An older “Rudi Koniczek” restoration has mellowed beautifully into what we consider a nice and very well presented 280SE in its exceptionally chic period correct livery.

Displayed in White Grey over Dark Green leather and carpeting, a Dark Green canvas soft top is fitted with correct headliner and clear back vinyl window. A matching Dark Green convertible boot cover complements open motoring. All glass is etched Sekurit. Five 6/69 date stamped steel wheels are fitted four chrome body color-matched hubcaps and shod with new 185/75R14 Maxxis ¾“ Whitewall Tires (x4).

The cabin's opulence is enriched by supple seating, plush carpeting and excellent woodwork. Amenities include correct Becker Europa radio, power windows, center console seat conversion pad, and arm rests. It appears all electronics, lights and safety equipment are in proper working order, including the clock and dome light. Convertible top wrenches rest in the glovebox.

Both engine and luggage compartments appear clean, correct and orderly. This includes the original chassis stamping along the passenger front rail and original number's-matching engine – verified by Mercedes-Benz Data-Card. Gray vinyl mats, date matched spare wheel, original tool kit, jack and tire iron reside in the trunk.

The Cabriolet performs well in a variety of conditions and modern traffic, thanks to upkeep and a 2020 inspection and scheduled service. Additional accessories of note include key in fob, Original Owner's Manual and Books in Vinyl Folio. We offer this wonderfully honest 280SE Cabriolet for immediate worldwide purchase and delivery from our Houston, Texas showroom.
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