1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupe
This remarkable example of the glorious Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupe is arguably the finest available in Australia. Superbly presented inside and out with refurbished tan leather seats, carpets and polished woodgrain for an as-new look and feel; while the white and chrome exterior is classic Mercedes-Benz of the late ’60s era, right down to the white sidewall tyres.
The W111 uses the sedan body’s five-seat layout but with a pillarless centre section for the extended coupe roof. The result is a large glasshouse giving the car an open feel. The streamline roof with its tapered C-pillar and rounded rear glass creates a distinctive period look that remains charming to this day.
Ultimate collection piece
To drive this Coupe is to discover how endearing cars of this ilk can be. You don’t grip the thin steering wheel with your hands so much as press it mildly between your thumb and forefinger, and anything less than a decent prod of the brake pedal serves only to signal your intent to slow as opposed to provide meaningful retardation. And the smile you’re left with after the initial shock means you would not want it any other way. This 280 SE Coupe is to be admired for its fastidious period aesthetics,or enjoyed as a silky Sunday driver or a collection piece for the ultimate car connoisseur.