1971 Mercedes-Benz W111 280SE 3.5

Gallery Aaldering

Gallery Aaldering is offering this brilliant Mercedes-Benz W111 280 SE 3.5 in a wonderful original peak condition for sale!

This 1971 Mercedes-Benz W111 280SE 3.5 was supplied from new to the Unites States. In 2009 it arrived in the Netherlands and was added to the collection of a very knowledgable collector. The manner in which this car has been maintained and improved upon shows a great deal of insightful knowledge. The paintwork was resprayed in its original livery. The original interior trim has been treated and sealed by a specialist, thereby fully preserving the original leather for posterity. It looks great sight and is indicative of the expert fashion in which this car has been treated.

Over the past few years over € 15,000.- has been spent on maintenance and preservation of this wonderful Mercedes-Benz.

The bodywork looks fantastic, with nice and thin, correctly aligned panelwork. Brightwork and rims are also in peak condition. The quality of the respray has held up fantastically well.

The interior trim is in very good and authentic state. The wonderfully supple leather has developed a fine patina. The wooden dashboard inlay and bakelite steering wheel are similarly in a fine state. Other obvious interior elements are the Becker Mexico radio and original air conditioning.

Mechanically this Mercedes-Benz has enjoyed perfect maintenance. The engine bay stands out with its pure authenticity. Many parts have been remoulded adding to the appeal of this gleaming space. To top it all the car is a matching numbers example. The 3.5 litre V8 is attached to a 4-speed automatic gearbox that eminently suits the car’s character. The 200 Ps engine reaches a top-speed of 200 km/hr. The fully overhauled air-conditioning adds to ones creature comforts when travelling of large distances in this lovely big convertible.

The W111 was the top-class car of its era. The advantage of driving such an older top-class is that they rarely feel the ravages of time passing. They feel as if they drive just as well as any modern car. For example modern cars with their huge rims and tyres as flat as a postman’s elastic band can’t compare to the relaxing feeling of comfort of this W111’s 14” rims with large wall tyres. That is good for at least a drop ones heart rate of 15 bpm the moment you turn the ignition key, pure chill!

This “Tabakbraun” Mercedes-Benz W111 280SE 3.5 convertible (w111.027 for insiders) is possibly the most stylish manner to get around in!

The work carried out to this Mercedes-Benz W111 280SE 3.5 has been meticulously recorded in the accompanying invoices. The car’s matching numbers and colours is confirmed on the Datenkarte that comes with the car.

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Gallery Aaldering is a family owned business since 1975. Founder Nico Aaldering and his son Nick are responsible for operational and executive management. The company has been in Brummen since 1987 and started on the location where they currently have their second workshop and detailing shop. Nico started very small, with only three employees. People who still work for the company today. The company grew rapidly and established a name for itself based on quality. In the nineties it was time for expansions after many years of selling Alfa Romeo, then Italian cars later on followed by British cars as well. At the end of 2000 Gallery Aaldering moved to the current premises at the Arnhemsestraat in Brummen. This showroom was build according to Nico's idea and sketches and has a Neoclassical style to match the classic cars inside. During this time Nick entered the company after finishing his studies and working for different automotive companies. Gallery Aaldering expanded and gained momentum with the decades of experience offered by Nico and the bright new ideas and progressive vision offered by Nick. The collection became more diverse with an important move upwards to higher segments. Gallery Aaldering has grown to become one of the largest classic car dealers in Europe. There are about 350 classic cars on display on four floors with a Grand Café and special rooms for business meetings. As a family owned business Gallery Aaldering is proud of its history and traditions, but the future is just as important. At the heart of this all is the passion for classic automobiles. For that reason they participate in the most impressive classic car rally in the world, the Mille Miglia. A deeply rooted love for cars. You will find this in both their genes and the identity of this family owned business.