1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280 SE 3.5 CABRIOLET - $Auction
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Arizona event, 27 January 2022. Estimate:$300,000 - $350,000 USD Offered from The Tenenbaum CollectionOne of just 347 examples produced for the model yearFinished in its original Light Ivory paintwork over a Cognac leather interiorRetained by the original California owner until 2016Desirably equipped with factory air conditioning and rear power windows Mercedes-Benzs elegant Paul Bracq-designed W111 series made its debut in 1959. Among the most desirable variations were the two-door modelsthe 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet and Coupeproduced from 1969 through 1971. These elegant V-8 powered cars were expensive, largely hand-built automobiles in the great tradition of German craftsmanship. The copious wood trim throughout the interior was all genuine, solid hardwood, sparingly accented with brightwork; the leather upholstery was thick and sumptuous; and both the ride quality and handling were (and continue to be) superb. On account of their largely hand-built construction, merely 4,502 of these tremendous automobiles were produced over three years: 3,270 coupes and 1,232 cabriolets. In simpler terms, the 280 SE 3.5 appealed, then as now, to those who appreciate the finest things in life.MRS. MARONEYS MERCEDES-BENZOne of just 347 examples of the 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet produced during the final year of availability, this Light Ivory over Cognac leather offering was delivered new to its original Los Angeles-area owner via Mercedes-Benz of Hollywood on 26 April 1971. Non-standard factory specifications included a center armrest, green insulating cabin glass, Behr air conditioning, rear power windows, Becker Europa radio with cassette, and whitewall tires. Interestingly, the cars original owner was part of the family which managed the Maroney Company, a niche machining firm famous for outfitting NASAs lunar module missions. The original maintenance booklet shows regular service entries at authorized Mercedes-Benz facilities through September 1976, with this handsome Cabriolet then indicating 75,000 miles. In 2014, this stately single-owner 280 SE 3.5 was sold directly to noted Mercedes-Benz specialist and restorer Scott Melnick of Calabasas, California. During Melnicks short ownership, he masterfully reupholstered the cars Cognac leather interior and beige soft-top using the correct horsehair padding. Recent inspection by an RM Sothebys specialist indicates that this 3.5 Cabriolets Light Ivory paintwork appears to be the original finish from new, although the brightwork was professionally refinished to an as-new shine during Melnicks ownership.In November 2016, the Tenenbaum Collection acquired this 280 SE 3.5 from Melnick, and it has been carefully enjoyed since. Notable servicing invoices on file illustrate a comprehensive 15,000-mile maintenance interval, radiator rebuild, and the fitment of a new starter assembly through 2019.Desirable when new and no less coveted today, Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolets such as this are equally suitable for dedicated connoisseurs of the marque and those who appreciate the best of classic, hand-crafted luxury. This superb example is now accompanied by its original data card, owner identification plate, window sticker, manuals, service booklet, trim tag, tool roll, and California registration records dating back to its original purchase. To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/az22.
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