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UK delivered, RHD, V8 Coupe presented in its factory colour scheme of Metallic Silver over black leather Showing less than 46,500 miles and in superb overall condition, offered with a fresh MOT Fitted in 2017 with a period radio, a discreet connection for an MP3, four speakers and new boot carpet Recent new floors, brakes, suspension and carpeting at a cost of £4,000 Good history folder containing an abundance of documentation and invoices demonstrating caring ownership The 3.5-litre version of the 280SE typifies the resurgence of larger-engined Mercedes-Benz models that began in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the progressive easing of fiscal constraints, which had dissuaded customers from buying cars with large capacity engines, encouraged the German manufacturer to offer bigger, more potent power units. Thus, the ultra-luxurious 280SE Coupé/Cabriolet and 300SEL saloon were the models chosen by Mercedes-Benz to launch its magnificent new 3.5-litre V8 engine in 1969. An over-square design featuring a cast-iron block and aluminium alloy cylinder heads, each equipped with a single overhead camshaft, this all-new, state-of-the-art power unit produced 200bhp courtesy of Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorised ignition. Thus equipped, the Coupé/Cabriolet was good for 125mph with 60mph whispering by in 9.5 seconds, a substantial improvement on the six-cylinder version's figures. Although the equivalent SEL saloon used the 'New Generation' bodyshell, the Coupé and Cabriolet kept the elegant coachwork that had debuted back in 1959 on the 220SE and, as befitted top-of-the-range luxury models came equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and a stereo radio as standard. Significantly, the 280SE 3.5 was to be the final model to feature this long-established and much-admired body style, and today, these last-of-the-line classics are highly sought after by discerning Mercedes-Benz collectors. This, tastefully specified, 1971 example was, according to a copy of the Mercedes-Benz data card, destined for the UK and finished in (DB 180) Metallic Silver, the colour it wears today, with a black leather interior (241). The car has recently benefitted from some restoration work, mainly to the under-body by a previous owner, television actor and noted Mercedes enthusiast, Gary Mavers. New floors were installed to allay the common 280SE rust problem and new brakes, suspension and carpeting were fitted at the same time with receipts on file to the value of around £4,000. The underside now presents as well as the rest of the car. Further restoration work, carried out in 2017, includes an outlay of £2,600 on the interior including the fitting of a period radio, a discreet auxiliary connection for MP3 music playback, four speakers, and new boot carpet. The leather interior, wood and chrome fittings are in superb period condition, with beautiful patina, in fact, the whole car is excellent. JYY 95J is supplied to auction with an MOT until April 2020, showing an odometer reading a shade over 46,500 miles. To conclude, the 280SE Coupé has a discreet opulence and the smooth 3.5 V8 engine, mated to the seamless automatic Mercedes gearbox, enables powerful but peaceful progress. These smooth big Coupés have a certain cachét and would be comfortable in St.Tropez, St.Moritz, St.John's Wood, and even St.Evenage!