This 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5 was purchased by the current owner in 2021 and has undergone a mechanical refurbishment over the past year. Finished in Beige-Grey (DB726) over a Dark Brown MB-Tex (346) interior, power comes from a 4.5-liter M117 V8 paired to a three-speed automatic transmission with column shift. In addition to regular service throughout ownership, this W108 has seen a major mechanical refurbishment including new engine, transmission, and subframe mounts, engine reseal, transmission reseal, ignition overhaul, brake refresh, new power steering unit, various sending unit and switch rebuild, and R134 converted and refurbished air conditioning. The odometer currently reads 32,466 miles with a roll-over noted from original mileage. Features include original air conditioning, power windows, an original Becker Europa AM/FM receiver, and custom-ordered Brown and Taupe Cocomats for all four footwells. This 1972 280SE 4.5 is offered by the selling dealer on behalf of the current owner with original literature, documented purchase agreements, two keys, thorough maintenance records with photo documentation, and a clean Georgia title in the seller’s name.
The car is finished in Beige-Grey (DB726) and features original brightwork including front and rear bumpers, grille, and window trim. The car was repainted in 2013 in the original color, as noted on the datacard. The car shows original glass featuring factory rear electronic defrost. The windshield shows a chip in the bottom left corner which can be seen in the included gallery. The paint has been polished, corrected, and ceramic coated in preparation for the sale.
Black 14″ wheels with Beige-Grey (DB726) hubcaps are mounted with 195/70 Goodyear Integrity all-season tires showing 2011 date codes. The brakes were rebuilt including calipers and master cylinder.
The cabin is trimmed in Dark Brown MB-Tex (346) across the seats, door cards, head rests, center console, and dashboard. While the MB-Tex seats are reportedly original, the carpets have been replaced with OE-spec Dark Brown carpets and custom Cocomats in DarkBrown/Taupe have been installed for all four footwells. Cabin features include chrome-trimmed gauges and controls, R134-converted air conditioning, a Becker Europa AM/FM receiver, power windows, and front head restraints. Photos in the gallery show various interior pieces under restoration including sun visors, seat belts, and various switchgear. The perforated headliner shows some staining and a new one is included in the sale. A small spot of corrosion was patched in the rear left of the trunk with accompanying photos shown in the gallery.
The two-spoke steering wheel shows two cracks at the base of the black horn pad and fronts a brown dashboard with wood trim. VDO instrumentation was refurbished via lights, gears, and pins. The cluster includes a 160-mph speedometer, a combination gauge, and an operational clock. The five-digit odometer shows 32k miles and the owner reports a documented roll-over under previous ownership. Photos of the instrumentation refurbishment can be seen in the gallery.
The 4.5-liter M117 V8 was factory-rated for 230 horsepower and 278 lb-ft of torque. Service under current ownership includes regular fluid flushes and documented oil changes in addition to a heavy mechanical refurbishment outlined by photo documentation with noteworthy highlights as follows:
-Air Conditioning overhaul, conversion, and refurbishment
-Air Filter Box and Battery Tray Restoration
-Blinker Stalk Refurbishment
-Brake System Rebuild
-Engine Bay Breather and Vacuum Line Replacement
-Engine Rear Main Seal and Oil Pan
-Engine, Transmission, and Subframe Mounts
-Firewall Fuse Box Restoration
-Fuel Level Sending Unit
-Hood Pad Replacement
-Power Steering Pump Rebuild
-Steering and Steering Box Rebuild
-Timing Chain and Tensioner
-Valve Cover Gasket and Valve Adjustment
-Wiper System Refurbishment
The included gallery shows photo documentation including 500+ photos and 20+ videos of the work performed and a complete gallery will be transferred to the next owner. This 1972 280SE 4.5 is offered by the selling dealer on behalf of the current owner with original literature, documented purchase agreements, two keys, thorough maintenance records with photo documentation, and a clean Georgia title in the seller’s name.
If a picture really is worth a thousand words then we don’t need to say how special this example is when the owner has kept a 500-photo digital album for the refurbishment. There’s so much to like about this car from the factory-color repaint over the paint-matched hubcaps to the subdued yet interesting Dark Brown interior and matching Cocomats we were immediately smitten. Moreover, we’ve personally had the pleasure of driving this example and we can attest all the work was done correctly and up to par with our standards. If anyone is looking for a well-sorted W108 that can act as a daily driver and show car simultaneously, look no further. If you’re not looking for a W108 and just want to enjoy some thorough documentation, take some time and browse the gallery. This is what it takes to painstakingly refurbish a classic Mercedes. By comparison to the coupes and cabriolet versions, these 4.5L sedans are absolute bargains today and finding another as well-sorted as this would be no easy task.
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