This 1984 Mercedes-Benz 280SE was originally ordered through the Dusseldorf branch in Germany and sold as a German market example. It was imported to the United States in the late 1990’s and subsequently federalized with emissions equipment and headlamps. The selling dealer has it listed on consignment for the current owner who acquired the car in 2003 and has added roughly 7k miles since purchasing and had the sedan completely restored. Finished in Black (040) over a Black Leather (251) interior, power comes from a 2.8-liter M110 Inline-6 paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. Features include a power sunroof, power and heated seats, a heated rear window, and power windows. This 280SE currently shows 181k miles on the analog odometer and is being offered by the current owner with documented maintenance and restoration, service records, literature, two keys, and a clean Georgia title.
Repainted in Black (040), this example originally left the factory in Anthracite Grey but the color was changed during the restoration in 2019. The typically contrasting lower cladding was also painted Black along with the European bumpers. This example shows US-spec headlamps as a result of federalization at the time of importation. Exterior features include glass headlamps with washers, a painted power sunroof, a power antenna, and a debadged deck lid.
This 280SE wears 14” Bundt wheels wrapped in new Michelin tires measuring 195/70 with original painted center caps installed. The wheels have been refinished and show no signs of curb rash or bends.
The cabin is trimmed in Black Leather (251) across the seats, door cards, head rests, armrest, center console, and dashboard. The steering wheel and shift knob are wrapped in matching Black leather. Black carpets and floor mats remain with the car and can be seen in the gallery below. Refinished Zebrano wood veneer adorns the center console, door cards, and dashboard. An original Becker Mexico head unit remains intact and operational. Additional features include automatic, dual-zone climate control, air-conditioning, power adjustable heated front seats, and heated rear glass.
The black leather steering wheel frames a 160mph speedometer and a 7k-rpm tachometer featuring an analog clock, along with gauges for coolant temperature, fuel level, and oil pressure. The six-digit odometer now shows 181,174 miles.
The 2.8-liter M110 inline-six was factory rated at 182 horsepower and 177 lb-ft of torque when new. In 2016 the owner had the car completely restored including an engine reseal and tune up. In addition to the engine, this example received all new suspension, bushings, and exhaust. The maintenance binder included in the sale outlines the work performed.
This 280SE currently shows 181k miles on the analog odometer and is being offered by the current owner with documented maintenance and restoration, service records, literature, two keys, and a clean Georgia title.
If there’s a model we don’t see many of it’s the W126 280SE or M110 (straight-six) powered S-Class. Most of these models were built with less features than the example shown meaning heated seats with power controls are fairly rare to see on a 280. Although this specific car has been repainted, it seems to have been a quality job and judging by the book of service and documentation included, the owner doesn’t like cutting corners. Luckily, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen cars from this collection so we know the next home will be a happy one.
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