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1972 Mercedes 280SE 4.5 1 family owner

1972 Mercedes 280 SE 4.5
Essentially this is a one family owned car from new.
Must sell our beloved family heirloom, my deseased Grandmother’s original Mercedes sedan. She purchased this 280 from a doctor friend in New Jersey, when the car was less than one year old, my grandmother always garaged this car, and rarely drove it in the winter. For the last 15 years it has been in FL & California, always covered or garaged.
She has 113,000 miles indicated, odo has been intermittent for about 5 years. I would estimate less than 120k total.

I have every receipt, books, original window sticker, basically all records from new.

The paint, glass, and brightwork on this car are really beautiful, in a way only an original car can be. Paint is 90% original, and is in very very nice condition. There are a few spots where the paint is rubbed through to primer, giving a nice patina that compliments the overall condition of the car. There are a couple very minor dents, again not noticable on this color. There are a couple of very small rust spots, though I repaired the worst spot a few years ago. I have resisted the urge to restore anything cosmetically on this car because it is only original once, and everything looks very complimentary.

The dash is in beautiful original condition, shows very well. This car is equipped with a factory floor shift for the 3-speed auto transmission. The drivers seat is in need of recovering, and there are a few minor cracks in the rear seat. The driver’s seat headrest needs repair.. The headliner is hanging in there, but will need attention eventually. The package tray shows well. The carpets are nice originals.

4.5L V8 engine, 3-speed auto transmission.
The engine and transmission are in great condition: good compression, nice shift action.
The A/C blows ICE COLD! The car has 4 new Bilstein shocks & subframe bushings, and rides fantastic. The brakes are good and have no vibration. The steering box was rebuilt, but the shaft needs a new bushing to replace the dry, cracked one that allows some play in the wheel. It steered quite nicely before the bushing gave up the ghost. The car will need the radiator recored, for now I just keep it topped off. I would describe the car as a good “local driver”, as it is really a pleasure to crusie around town.

All lights & switches work. The sunroof motor works but will not retract. The power antenna needs replacing. The Becker radio truns on & the speakers work, but without the antenna there is no reception. It has a new hood pad, and the grille has been restored. The trunk looks great with the original spare, tool kit, and other accessories. The fuel tank has been flushed & resealed, with new fuel hoses at the tank. Parts of the rear end have been rebuilt, I have receipts for everything. It has new, factory style battery cables. The tires are older Michelins with full tread.

This is the kind of car you look for, if you like an original, unmoletsed, Mercedes. It is smooth and powerful, and drives more like a modern vehicle than a vintage one. It has shoulder belts, 4 wheel disc brakes, power brakes & steering. We have traveled many miles with our infant children safely strapped in to the back seat.

Please call Jeff at 941-350-1964
Car is in West Central Florida
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WOW! Very nice! I love the color!

Good luck on the sale.

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OMG, if only it wasn't tax season.
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Wow amazing.....how does the engine run...does it burn oil
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That's one good looking 4.5. Later.

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Thanks, all. It does smoke a bit after idling for a while, probably needs valve seals eventually. Not enough that I need to add oil very often, though.
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That is a beautiful car, it's obvious why it was kept all these years since new.

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Is this car still available?

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Is this car still available?
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