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Mercedes Benz W111 280 SE (1968)

Mercedes-Benz W111 280 SE Coupe 3rd hand restored 13.000 € investment (1968)
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36.500 €
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Manufacturer Model Year
Mercedes BenzW111 280 SE1968
Automatic16043.958 mi
Not or only partially comprehensible.
Country VersionLocation Color
USDE-22927 GroßhansdorfSilver-black

Vehicle description

Highlights and general information

For sale is a Mercedes-Benz W111 280 SE Coupe from 1968 in the color silver-black with black leather interior.


  • From 3rd hand, with TÜV, H license plate and immediately ready to drive.
  • The appearance of the vehicle was converted to that of the 300 SE in the USA (minor optical applications such as the model lettering at the rear)
  • In its current ownership, a total of just under €13,000 (seller's estimate) has been invested in the vehicle.
  • Complete cavity sealed with Mike Sanders sealant, carried out by Gunnar Hahn, specialist company for Mercedes-Benz classic cars (costs €4500)
  • From January to March 2023, a total of €2,690.07 was invested in repairs; among other things, the following things were done
    • Fuel pump replaced in exchange
    • Water cooler repaired
  • In May 2023, the following things were done for €1,105.09 (invoice available)
    • Engine maintenance, incl. adjustment of the valves, completed.
    • Spark plugs renewed
    • Cold running device of the injection pump repaired
  • Original radio with sound system fitted.
  • Further equipment includes: Sunroof, power steering, central locking, electric windows, air conditioning.
  • The optional wood veneers are present in the interior.
  • Well-maintained overall condition

General information about the vehicle

  • Year of construction: 1968
  • First registration: USA, 1968
  • Location: 22927 Großhansdorf, Germany
  • 3 owners
  • Accident-free in current ownership
  • TÜV until 03/25
  • H license plate
  • Ready to drive immediately, with German registration
  • Restored
  • Valuation report grade 2 (from 2015), grade 2 (from 2018)

Model history

In November 1967, the Mercedes-Benz 250 SE was replaced by the improved 280 SE model. The new 280 SE was powered by a 2,778 cm³ M130 engine, which achieved an output of 160 hp (119 kW). Although the top speed remained largely unchanged, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h improved to 10.5 seconds - or 13 seconds for models with automatic transmission. In the interior, the car now offered optional wood veneer on the dashboard and some minor adjustments, such as new buttons for the door locking and heating levers.

The facts

Exterior & interior:

  • Color: Silver with black roof (original color combination)
  • Interior with black leather upholstery and wood applications.
  • Repainting cannot be ruled out.

Engine and transmission:

  • 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine with 160 hp
  • Automatic transmission
  • Last engine service in May 2023.


  • 43,958 mi (read off)
  • Mileage can be partially traced.
  • No checkbook available.


  • Vehicle documents, TÜV and service reports, invoices, expert reports from 2015 and 2018

Tires, brakes, body & underbody:

  • Tires: 70-90 %
  • Brakes: 70-90 %
  • The underbody is original, rust-free and cavity-sealed
  • Please take a look at the photo gallery and videos to get further impressions of the vehicle's condition.

Known defects

  • A seam has come undone on the rear seat.
  • The parcel shelf has tears in the fabric.
  • Tail light cover (right) with cracks.
  • Signs of wear and tear due to age are present.
  • Please take a look at the photo gallery and videos for further impressions of the vehicle's condition.


This W111 280 SE Coupe, currently from third hand, is immediately ready to drive, with TÜV until 03/2025 and an H license plate. Since its acquisition by the current owner, over €13,000 has been invested, including an engine service in May 2023. The vehicle is in a well-kept overall condition and has extensive equipment. The vehicle is accompanied by invoices and an appraisal from 2015, which gives it a condition rating of 2. Despite minor signs of use due to its age and minor defects in the interior, this 280 SE Coupe offers an excellent opportunity for collectors and enthusiasts.

Vehicle videos

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Kickdown check

  • Kickdown photographer was on site
  • Video of the vehicle available
  • Main inspection
  • Matching numbers
  • Current service performed

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