The 280 SE 3.5 coupe is widely regarded as the final embodiment of the meticulously handcrafted Mercedes-Benz vehicles. It represents the epitome of the W111 models, as each car was individually assembled by skilled craftsmen, starting with a standard chassis. These masterpieces were adorned with opulent wood and leather interiors, attracting discerning individuals such as bankers, lawyers, and Hollywood stars who eagerly sought to possess one.
Despite its weight surpassing 3,600 pounds, every car boasted Mercedes-Benz’s groundbreaking 3.5-liter V-8 engine, delivering an impressive 230 horsepower. This power allowed the 280 SE 3.5 coupe to achieve a top speed of 130 mph and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under 10 seconds. Equipped with fully independent coil-spring suspension and four-wheel disc brakes, the long-wheelbase chassis offered a blend of contemporary ride quality and handling.