1972 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5


  • Rare right-hand drive V8 model
  • Comprehensive restoration in 2008
  • Winner of best S-Class in MB Club UK competitions in 2017
  • Only 49,088 miles from new
  • Imported from Australia in 2011

The Appeal

This 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 is a rare find, a right-hand drive V8 model that has been meticulously restored and maintained. The 280SE 3.5 is part of the W109 S-class family, a line of luxury cars that are renowned for their timeless design and superior build quality.

This particular vehicle has an impressive history, having been owned by the same family in Australia from new until 2011, and then imported to England. It has been entered in various MB Club UK competitions, winning the best S-Class in 2017. With only 49,088 miles on the clock, this car is a fantastic opportunity for any classic car enthusiast.

History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1972 and owned by the same family in Australia until 2008 Imported into England by the second owner in 2008 Comprehensive restoration carried out in early 2000s
  • Winner of best S-Class in MB Club UK competitions in 2017
  • Purchased by the current owner in 2017 and garaged in London
  • Currently indicates 66,722km on a five-figure odometer
  • Some gaps in history from time in Australia, but otherwise comprehensive
  • Forced sale due to an overseas move
  • Paperwork file includes:
    • V5c document
    • Pride of Ownership Certificate from 2015 Classic Motor Show, Birmingham
    • Trophy from MB Club UK competitions in 2017
    • Australian plates
    • Becker radio manual
    • Original car manual
    • Numerous other pieces of paraphernalia from the car's life
    • An impressive selection of invoices

The Condition

  • Highly original with zero dents or dings
  • Very clean and solid throughout
  • Small spot of corrosion on the underside of the passenger rear quarter panel
  • Includes modernized Becker Mexico radio in classic look and boot-mounted CD changer
  • Paintwork is largely in good order with very little sign of wear
  • Chromework is nicely presented with plenty of contrast
  • Car is sat on its original 'Mexican Hat' wheels
  • Shod in Michelin tyres
  • Few cracks in the original dash, otherwise in fine form
  • Upholstery is made of durable MB-Tex
  • Some wear to the driver's seat commensurate with age
  • Includes modernised Becker Mexico radio in classic look and boot-mounted CD changer

The Mechanics

  • 3.5L M116 V8 powerplant
  • 4-speed automatic transmission
  • Mechanically in excellent condition
  • Fuel injector system and lines updated in 2020
  • Rare combination of right-hand drive (RHD) and V8 engine
  • Starts first time, every time
  • Powerful V8 engine maintains modern motorway speeds
  • Suitable for country roads

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A non-refundable deposit will be payable if you are the winning bidder at auction or if your offer is accepted, refer to FAQs and T&Cs for details. 
This vehicle is “Sold As Seen”, on an “As Is, Where Is’ basis and without warranty. A full inspection of the vehicle prior to purchase and bidding is highly recommended. Photos and descriptions are for guidance purposes only. 
✓ VAT is included in the buyer's deposit. VAT may or may not be included in the final bid or offer price, as specified in the listing. 
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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1972
  • Make Mercedes
  • Model 280 280 S
  • Colour Blue
  • Odometer 79,000 Miles
  • Engine size 3499
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location London
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
37 bids
  • Si•••• £22,500 30/11/23
  • MJ•••• £22,250 30/11/23
  • MJ•••• £22,000 30/11/23
  • Si•••• £21,750 30/11/23
  • MJ•••• £21,500 30/11/23
  • Si•••• £21,250 30/11/23
  • MJ•••• £21,000 30/11/23
  • Si•••• £20,750 30/11/23
  • MJ•••• £20,500 26/11/23
  • Pe•••• £20,250 26/11/23
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