1972 Mercedes 280SE 4.5
Stemming from the evolution of the expensive 300s of the early 1950’s along with the 170/180 sedans, Mercedes moved to the more modern W111 chassis design. Incorporating “fintails” similar to the U.S. market, those cars were safer, faster, and much more refined. Incorporating a unibody platform, the W111 “Ponton” sedans were produced from 1959-1968 with production of the Coupes ending in 1971. As the evolution of the design was considered, the Coupe was the focus with Designer Paul Bracq’s gorgeous exterior changes leading the W111 to the ultimate and stunning 280SE 3.5 Coupe built from 68-71. Along the way, Paul’s design also significantly influenced the W108/109 chassis sedans produced from 1968-1973.
The W108 and W109 (4.5” longer wheelbase) sedan was a marvel of modern engineering. Comprised of unibody construction, these hand-built cars incorporated independent front/rear suspension, 4 wheel disc brakes, crumple zones, front/rear seat belts, air conditioning (option), electric windows (option), AM/FM radios, power steering, power brakes, sunroofs (option), leather seating (option), and, to most, a gorgeous exterior style that is still current today. Offered engines for the W108/109 included a 2.8L in-line six 160hp carbureted version (280S), a 2.8L in-line six 165hp mechanical fuel injected version (280SE), a 3.5L 200hp electronic fuel injected V8 (280SE 3.5 Europe only), and a 4.5L 220hp electronic fuel injected V8 (280SE/SEL 4.5 U.S. only).
#11912 is a two owner, 100% original, 82,400 mile car. It has every single book, manual, and record all the way back to its original window sticker!! Originally purchased in August 1972 at McNey Motors in Maryland for $11,522, the car was highly optioned and included: horizon blue paint, parchment leather interior, electronically operated sunroof, central locking system, Europa radio, an ivory steering wheel, height adjustable front seats, air conditioning, electric front/back windows, tinted glass, heated rear window, and white wall tires. Mr. XXX also had the car rust-proofed which explains it's wonderfully rust-free condition.
The W108 4.5's were very fast for their time and could easily cruise over 120mph all day long. They were built on the shorter wheelbase 108 chassis and were responsive and are still a lot of fun to drive, even to this day!
Mr. XXX enjoyed the car as well as taking stunning care of it until it's sale. He handwrote notes to the new owner on what products to use, how to tow the car, what not to do, and gave an entire book of all items performed since 1972.
In August 1993, with 75,281 original miles, the car was sold to Walter Mayer of Ohio for $14,500. The Mayer family retained ownership until 2017 while taking meticulous care of the car. Their stewardship lasted to 81,700 miles, when I purchased the car.
This car has been completely serviced including: injector rebalance/cleaning, fan clutch replacement, A/C service, all fluids changed, front window motors replaced, new tires, fuel pump replaced, fuel tank serviced, and anything else it has needed. It drives wonderfully and is ready to go anywhere in the country!
If you've never seen Horizon Blue in person...it is absolutely gorgeous on these 280SE's. Just the right amout of chrome and class combined with wonderful wood on the dash and doors. Mercedes at its absolute best, in my opinion!!!