1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5


First Registered: 02/11/1972

Make: Mercedes-Benz

Model: W108 280SE 3.5

Colour: Aqua Blue

Interior:  Parchment MB Tex


Odometer: 65,273 Miles




This beautiful eight-cylinder W108 saloon is a highly original example of this desirable model, having covered just 65,000 miles from new in the hands of one family until 2006 and one subsequent owner.

Paul Bracq’s timeless lines gave the W108 tremendous elegance, dignity and restrained style, but it was the addition of the 200hp 3.5-litre V8 in 1969 that gave it the performance and high speed refinement that befitted its Sonderklasse status. The ‘3.5’ is without question the pick of the W108 range. And in saloon form represents fantastic value when compared with mechanically and stylistically similar W111 coupé and cabriolet models.

This particular car was one of the last W108 models sold new in the UK, registered on November 2nd 1972. Supplied by Bradford’s MB agent, Charles Sidney Ltd, this Aqua Blue 3.5 had been a cancelled order so remained on Sidney’s showroom floor until spotted by businessman John Fairburn. The unusual colour just happened to match the corporate logo of Fairburn’s foundry business.
Having purchased the car, Fairburn then came to the conclusion that the new large Mercedes was far too grand and extravagant to be seen by his employees, so he elected to use the car solely for weekend transport. After his death the Mercedes passed to Fairburn’s son who, like his father, garaged and cossetted the car, using it sparingly until in 2006 (at 45k miles) a decision was made to sell.
Since 2006 the car has been owned by a prominent member of the Mercedes-Benz Club who has covered 20,000 miles enjoying club events including rallies to Germany as well as undertaking a comprehensive program of improvement, and preventative maintenance.

As you might expect this W108 comes with a fantastic history file – the original owner’s manual and service book along with a substantial folder of receipts for work carried out over the years, both recent and earlier in the car’ s life. This also includes photographs of some of the restoration works carried out.

Finished in unusual and striking Aqua Blue contrasted by Parchment MB Tex interior with navy carpets, this 3.5 was also equipped with power steering, electric windows, heated rear screen and a factory electric sunroof. Its original, dealer-fit Motorola radio is present and working. The last owner has had headrests and four seatbelts added by a Mercedes trim specialist for safety.

The car is in superb condition throughout – corrosion free with fantastic paintwork (partially original), excellent brightwork and an original interior in beautiful order.

Thanks to substantial expenditure over the last decade refurbishing mechanical aspects of the car, along with regular long-distance use, it drives superbly with ample performance and a relaxed gait at speed.

In summary, this beautiful W108 3.5 has been preserved by the care and sparing use of a father and son before coming into the hands of a enthusiastic and diligent long term owner who has sought to improve, preserve and maintain the car correctly to ensure it can be enjoyed out on the road where it belongs.

A fantastic opportunity to acquire a superb 3.5, on the market for only the second time since new.