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1970 Mercedes 280se
1970 Mercedes 280se
1962 Mercedes 280SE

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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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Lev M
Lev M
11:26 02 Feb 20
People have been telling me to go look at Dusty Cars and I'm glad I did. One day, I took the family round and met Doug, the place is great. We saw some really nice vintage cars and even got taken for a drive in one of them.
Laura Levato
Laura Levato
17:18 29 Jan 20
It's been some time since I've been able to do something for myself and I was looking for something that wasn't going to cost me anything, but still give me a pleasurable outing. Dusty Cars was that one outing. I was able to just look around and take in all the cars around me.
Holly Barnard
Holly Barnard
22:21 02 Jan 20
Dear Dusty Cars, Thank you for your hospitality in welcoming us into your dealership. My grandson loved seeing all of your vehicles and committed to star saving his allowance in order to buy one as soon as he turns 21. He's not anywhere near where he needs to be yet, but we'll hold thumbs and keep you in mind for that upcoming visit.
Gabby Shaw
Gabby Shaw
12:28 13 Dec 19
Doug was fantastic to us when we first arrived, but after he had to go and do something urgently, we spoke to another worker there who took great care of us too. Their customer service is good!
Gustavo Costa
Gustavo Costa
13:56 04 Nov 19
Upon meeting John at Dusty Cars, we knew we were in the right place to get our new vintage car. The staff was very professional and friendly, they knew everything about all of the cars and were able to help us get exactly what we needed. Thank you for everything you've done for us. We'll definitely be back again.
George Guerrero
George Guerrero
23:42 29 Oct 19
I particularly love the details that the owners pay attention to. There are very few things better than sitting in vintage car with the smell of the leather seats, seeing brand new dials on the car. It's great to see how much care is put into restoring these works of art.
Noé Gérard
Noé Gérard
18:41 21 Oct 19
these cars are so sexy looking. The cars are right outta the games that we play, you can see all the classics just sitting on the floor its just nice to go and look!
Stuart Anderson
Stuart Anderson
18:15 16 Oct 19
I was accessing my father's storage garage after he passed away, which coincidentally, was just across the street from Dusty Cars! I knew there was a car in there and thought it must have been a sign from God to take my car there and sell it to them. It was such a nice experience and I'll go back again.
Jessica Messina
Jessica Messina
05:25 10 Oct 19
The dealership is a wonderful place to visit. Love the cars, love the people, love the dog!!! Even though I'm not a collector of any kind, there's something special about coming to see the love they put into their restoration process.
Glory Oye
Glory Oye
00:09 26 Jun 19
I've always been a lover of classic cars, precisely the 1956 Porsche 356 Coupe, which is considered as the grandfather of Porsche. I was filled with excitement when I saw my dream car listed on eBay by Dusty Cars. I could count almost a 100 stunning pictures of this car on display, with the metal components, the 4-cylinder, air cooled engine and the red leather interior all in good condition. Douglas is indeed a professional; his attention to details is flawless.
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