1968 | Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Ex-von Braun - aftersale at auctomobile.com

Price on request

 

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE
1968 | Mercedes-Benz 280 SE

Ex-von Braun - aftersale at auctomobile.com
Price on request

 

Czechia

W 111
Coupe
118/160 kw/hp
84,582 mls
Jari Brzon

Auctomobile.com

  • Vehicle details

    Vehicle data
    Make Mercedes-Benz
    Model 280
    Model name 280 SE
    Series W 111
    Year of manufacture 1968
    Chassis number 11102412001451
    Condition category Original
    Mileage (read) 84,582 mls
    First registration 08/1968
    Technical details
    Body style Coupe
    Body detail Coupe
    Power (kw/hp) 118/160
    Cubic capacity (ccm) 2,778
    Cylinders 6
    Doors 2
    Steering Left (LHD)
    Transmission Automatic
    Gears 4
    Drive Rear
    Front Brake Disc
    Rear Brake Disc
    Fuel Petrol
    Individual configuration
    Exterior colour White
    Interior colour Yellow
    Interior material Leather

Description

  • Ex-Wernher von Braun
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  • Most glamorous two-door W111 coupe version
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  • Twice the price of a Jaguar E-Type when launched
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  • Runs and drives
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  • Complete car for straightforward restoration
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  • All documents were checked and the car was photographed personally by Auctomobile
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  • Other features: possibility of assisting with registration, transport, insurance, storage and Trusted Checkout payment
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  • Please note that this car will be available for viewing by prior appointment in Hradec Kralove, Czechia

Launched in 1965, the W108 Series S-Class saloon was the-top-of-the-range Mercedes of the late 1960s and early ‘70s. Hailed by contemporary motoring journalists as the finest luxury car in the world, it was built to a standard that put most other manufacturers to shame. Allied to this bank vault solidity was an air of sober Teutonic opulence that made it an instant hit with tycoons and diplomats the world over.
Most glamorous of all was the two-door W111 coupe version, a fantastically elegant pillarless design by Paul Bracq that was tailor-made for the artistic elite of the Swinging Sixties. The mix of chrome, wood and leather still oozes a cigars and champagne class that makes you feel like a film star every time you slip behind the wheel.
Initially available with a straight-six 2.2-litre engine, this was soon upgraded to a 2.5-litre unit and from 1967 by a 2.8-litre which produced 160bhp and could propel the car to 100 kph in under 11 seconds on its way to a top speed of 185 kph. Costs at launch in 1967 were over twice the price of a Jaguar E-Type, the 280SE Coupe was always an exclusive machine and ownership was restricted to a privileged few.

As copies of the original Mercedes data sheets show, this 280SE Coupe was built in July 1968 and was despatched new to an agent in Jacksonville, Florida, for first owner Wernher von Braun. We are told that this is the same Wernher von Braun - the famous German rocket scientist who developed the V-2 rocket for the Nazis in WW2 before being secretly moved to America in September 1945 where he led the NASA team that finally put man on the moon in 1969.
There is some correspondence on the subject in the history file, along with a photo of von Braun with a similar car, plus some old Department of Defense transfers on the front bumper permitting access to Bolling Air Force Base in Washington DC, but whether the provenance is watertight or not we leave it up to you to decide.
It is not known how long von Braun owned the car (he died in 1977) but by 1980 it was with a Mr J K Nargil of Washington DC, remaining in District of Columbia until it was exported to the UK in 2015. There is one old MOT on file issued in March 2017 but the car has only done one mile since then, the odometer currently showing 84.582 miles.

Although the car still runs and drives, the engine starting promptly, revving easily and sounding healthy, it is in need of restoration. The outer bodywork looks reasonably sound and straight, the brightwork is good but the interior is very scruffy.
One of the most elegant cars of the post-war era, this Teutonic masterpiece is on offer here at a modest guide price which leaves plenty of scope for the remedial works now required.

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Jaroslav Brzon

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