1971 MERCEDES BENZ 280SE 3.5 – CAR OF THE WEEK

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CAR OF THE WEEK PARKOFF MEBE 3.5 COMPRESSED

The Mercedes-Benz W111 was a chassis code given to a range of Mercedes’ vehicles produced between 1959 and 1971. There were only 1232 convertible cabriolet’s produced with a 3.5 engine

In August 1969, the 280 SE 3.5. The car was fitted with the brand-new M116 3499 cc V8 engine with 200 hp and a 0-100 at 9.5 seconds (11.5 for the auto). To accommodate the large engine, the car’s front grille was widened and front and rear bumpers were modified with the addition of rubber strips. The rear lenses changed to a flatter cleaner design. This change was carried across the standard 280 SE. Some view this car as an ideological successor to the W112 300 SE, though it lacked the air suspension of the W112. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercedes-Benz_W111)