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Mercedes 280 SE
280 SE coupes are written about as a great classic car to invest in, specifically the SE coupes made from 1969-1971.
Rock-solid, comfortable, loaded with advanced technology for the time, and packed with luxury options, these are just some of the reasons why 280 SE models are worth your time.
Mercedes’ goal in creating the 280 SE was to provide a close-bodied, two-door alternative to big four-door car sedans.
An old-money vibe is created through the 280 SE sound proportions and clean, rounded lines. Those looking to achieve a sense of elegance through their vehicle will surely be satisfied behind the wheel of a 280 SE.
It’s no surprise that a long list of notable figures have driven Mercedes 280 SE models as the car was initially targeted toward the “in crowd.”
Otherwise known as W11’s, Paul Bracq designed the Mercedes 280 SE. Updates in 1969 involved squaring off the upright Mercedes grille and lowering it to achieve a more sporty appearance. Luxury trim, more leather, and more wood veneer additionally helped the 280 SE achieve a sophisticated look.
Under the 280 SE Hood
Instead of a typical inline six-cylinder engine was a new 3.5-liter V8 that had up to 66% more power than previous engines. Top speeds were increased by 20 mph on the 280 SE, while acceleration times up to 60 mph were cut by nearly five seconds.
Continuous 280 SE Advances
Increased speed with the 280 SE was combined with advances in passenger protection. 280 SE was among the first cars with a built-in passenger safety cell. The front and rear of the vehicle were designed to crumple during impact. Energy is absorbed instead of transferring power to the cabin and occupants.
Enhanced grip four-wheel disc brakes helped the car stop faster while three-point seatbelts fastened occupants. Three-point seat belts were a tremendous advancement over standard lap belts of the time.
Personal injury during the event of a crash was additionally decreased via collapsable switches, padded instrument panel, and a fall-away windshield.
280 SE models could do it all. The car look gorgeous and increased levels of power and room within the vehicle satisfied many.
What makes the 280 SE a desirable classic is its ability to be used in an everyday environment. Late-model 280 SE vehicles have seen a boost in prices in recent years, partly due to film appearances in movies like ‘The Hangover.’
Hardtop coupes are a bit more affordable within the 280 SE line, but car experts don’t think their reduced prices will last very long. There has been reliable increase in market demand for Mercedes collectibles in recent years. While cabriolets are out of reach for most people, coupes serve as an excellent collectible option.
What you get with the 280 SE is top-level, open-air motoring for four occupants. Sporty performance is combined with a handsome style to produce an overwhelmingly elegant vehicle. Historical significance additionally marks the 280 SE legend as the car received a massive boost in overall safety and performance for consumers.
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