280 SE/9 W111 Cabriolet
Vehicles like the W111 3.5 convertible have shaped the reputation of Mercedes. The brand is associated with elegant, powerful and luxurious vehicles. The way and solid sound its doors shut has become an omnipresent benchmark for the industry. In hardly any other historical vehicle the sense of quality and craftmanship is so recognizable. With the Mercedes W111 280SE 3.5, Mercedes Benz brought the highest evolutionary stage onto the market in 1969. The heart of the luxury convertible was a sovereign and powerful 8-cylinder injection engine with 200 BHP and a top speed of around 210 km/h. A total of 1,232 of the “Flachkühler” were manufactured in Sindelfingen, mostly by hand. Priced confident at approx 35.000 Deutsch Marks it only shows the high social status of clients Mercedes was aiming.
Our vehicle offered here in the rare color combination 180 silver metallic with 244 leather in olive green was delivered on March 12, 1970. The customer was the then famous opera star Ingeborg Hallstein from Munich. Awarded the “Bundesverdienstkreuz” andy many more awards, she was to be admired in countless appearances live and in films. Ms. Hallstein socialized with the “who is who” of the show and music business at that time. At the age of 34, a car appropriate to the style could not be missing in the garage and Ms. Hallstein ordered this W111 3.5 convertible in her very stylish and classic specification. Factory documents show notes of her special requests that have been approved by the board due to her special VIP status.
Today the Mercedes with chassis number 635 is in an unbelievably original and mechanically as well as visually perfect condition. The interior is still equipped with its first leather and very charming patina, which still exudes the quality standards of the Mercedes vehicles of the time. The paintwork, carpets and the hood have been renewed and the mechanic is absolutely up to date working perfectly. The substance is rust-free and can only be described as outstanding. The 3.5 is also completely preserved with transparent wax and the cavity is sealed. The ordered equipment includes all the coveted extras such as automatic gearbox, air conditioning, 4 electr. windows and much more. The soft top material in dark green was chosen particularly tastefully to match the olive green interior. Hardly to be surpassed in elegance and style, the 3.5 series convertible was a vehicle for the rich and famous of its time. Such original vehicles rarely come up for sale in this elegant colour combination combining exceptionally perfect looks and mechanical order. This is not any US import with an average optical restoration and too much shiny chrome, but a wonderful, authentic vehicle that can hardly be surpassed in charisma. Delivered to a star of his time in Munich, this desirable W111 3.5 convertible is now for sale in Munich again today and is seeking for its next chapter and a appreciating new owner.