1973 Mercedes-Benz W108 280 SE #2270

Astral Silver with Black Leather / 280 SE

£39,995

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Overview of this Mercedes-Benz

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108)

Astral Silver Metallic (735) with Black Leather (9000) & White Wall Tires

The 280SE you see here was registered to a Mr B Snape of Snape & Son Ltd, Salford, on the 27th December 1972; with the warranty card showing a last minute amend to the registration carried out in biro. Accompanying the warranty card, is the original vehicle data card in German, as well as the all the original owners’ manuals, servicing book and Mercedes-Benz’s own Europa book detailing every service centre on the continent. Accompanying all of this, is an original invitation to join the Mercedes-Benz owners club.

The saloon was well used and similarly well maintained by Mr Snape, covering 69,465 under his ownership up until 1980. During this time, he used the same local service centre – T.H Bennett Motors LTD of Preston, where the car was tended to religiously and with the only large gap between services being 1975 – 1977. Presumably the car was utilised for business, as the mileage climbed sharply in the first 7 years of the saloon being on the road.

From 1980 the 280SE was sold for the grand total of £2450.00 to a Mr J Dargie – from here, little is known about the saloon’s fate and where the car would reside moving forward. The journey resurfaces in the mid-2000s when the is acquired by the current owner – Mr Fletcher of Manchester – who went to considerable lengths to return the saloon to the road.

Mr Fletcher exchanged regular communication with Mercedes-Benz, piecing together the history of the vehicle with the help of MB’s Homologation Department and acquiring support for the repair of the interior heater controls. Mr Fletcher paid for a Supply of Date of Manufacture Letter from MB at a cost of £30.00. It was in his possession that the car was brought up to the standard you see today.

The 280SE 3.5 Saloon was an unaffordable saloon to most in 1970s Britain, suggesting the original owner was a well to do individual. While most of the British public were driving around in Escorts, Marinas and Allegros, Mr Snape’s large displacement 3.5 litre petrol powered V8 would have been a rare sight on northern roads.

With only 11,000 produced, this is one of the rarer saloons produced by Mercedes-Benz.  Featuring Bosch electronic fuel injection, independent suspension, and dual-circuit disc brakes at each wheel, the 280SE was a sophisticated vehicle that still holds its own on modern roads.

In its current form, this vehicle represents a splendid opportunity for a collector or enthusiast to preserve and enjoy a rare segment of MB history; with confidence that the car has been carefully cared for over the past 50 years. With values rising fast, this a very sensible entry point into the classic Mercedes arena.

Interested enthusiasts can request further information about the car by contacting [email protected].

Condition:

This Mercedes-Benz has been hand-picked by SLSHOP’s sales team due to its high calibre status. Every inch of this vehicle’s exterior, interior and mechanicals have been inspected by SLSHOP’s workshops to ensure the vehicle meets our world leading standards. While every effort has been made to offer pristine vehicles, there will be some age-related marks, unless otherwise stated.

History:

845 miles 17th January 1973
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston
5,217 miles 27th June 1973
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston
11,376 miles 3rd April 1974
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston
19,841 miles 11th December 1974
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston
29,832 miles 9th December 1975
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston
41,168 miles 18th August 1977
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston
52,009 miles 17th August 1978
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston
62,419 miles 20th April 1979
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston
65,131 miles 7th September 1979
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston
69,465 miles 10th April 1980
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston
75,828 miles 20th October 1980
T.H Bennett Motors Ltd, Preston

£39,995

About The Mercedes-Benz

  • 1973
  • Automatic
  • Astral Silver
  • Black Leather
  • Petrol

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