1972 Mercedes Benz 280 SEL 4.5

  • Stock Number: 170701
  • Make: Mercedes Benz
  • Model: 280 SEL
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Miles: 71,537
  • VIN: 10806812012233
  • Title: Clear

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1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 4.5 

  • Believed to be one of the nicest original condition survivor 280 SEL 4.5 in existence 
  • Unrestored car that is in overall stunning condition!
  • One-owner car that has resided here in St. Louis Missouri since new 
  • 73,000 actual miles that is supported by intensive service records with no gaps and personal owners log 
  • Extremly meticulous owner who was a Captain pilot in the 110th Tactical Fighter Squadron and Ozark Airlines privately
  • Sold at 4pm on August 23, 1972 at Boulevard Motors in St. Louis Missouri 
  • Religiously dealer serviced at Boulevard Motors and Plaza Mercedes Benz, all receipts are included and stamped maintenance book
  • One of 6,302 280SEL 4.5 models made in 1972
  • Finished in its factory correct Light Ivory exterior (code 670) with optional Cognac interior (code 250)
  • Numbers matching 230HP 4.5L SOHC V-8 engine with Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection #012388
  • Three-speed automatic transmission with torque converter and 3.23 rear end
  • Air-conditioning, central locking, power steering, power four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, four-way power front seats and central locking, tinted glass, rear window defroster
  • Optioned with Becker Grand Prix AM/FM stereo, power sliding sunroof, cognac leather and white wall tires
  • Tons of documentation, including original data card, original owner’s manual, US Directory of M-B Dealers, a copy of the 1970 M-B model category, original Becker auto radio guide, original service warranty booklet, large stack of dealer maintenance and service receipts and more

Classic and formal Mercedes-Benz styling combined with power and handling to keep up with modern traffic is what you’ll find in this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 4.5 at MotoeXotica Classic Cars. This example was made in March 1972 in Stuttgart, West Germany. It arrived in the US via the Port of Baltimore then was sold on August 23, 1972 at Boulevard Motors right here in St. Louis, Missouri and has been in the area since new by the original owner. Extremly meticulous one owner who was a Captain pilot in the 110th Tactical Fighter Squadron and Ozark Airlines privately and religiously dealer serviced his beloved 280SEL only at Boulevard Motors and Plaza Mercedes Benz. This has to be one of the best unrestored survivor quality 280 SEL Sedans available in the market today! With only 73,000 actual miles and one owner that is supported by the intensive service records included with no gaps and personal owners log.

Finished in Light Ivory (code 670), the car’s paint and trim are in overall excellent condition and the overall appearance is striking. The car’s glass panels are clear and crack-free, as are the vehicle’s lights. The stacked headlights still look great 45 years later and still sport the original Carello lamps. This Benz rolls on Michelin XH4 whitewall radials, sized 195/75R14 at all four corners, surrounding body-colored factory wheel covers. The car’s body panels are straight and solid and the bumpers and chrome look excellent.

Under the hood is Mercedes’ 4.5L SOHC V-8 engine with cast-iron block and Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection. Backing this engine is a Mercedes-Benz three-speed automatic transmission and a 3.23:1 rear end. The 4.5L engine debuted for the North American market in early 1971 to circumvent new federal emissions standards without sacrificing engine output and performance. The 4.5 had a specific ECU that provided 10 percent full throttle enrichment. Driver convenience features include air-conditioning, power steering, power four-wheel disc brakes, power windows, central locking, four-way power front seats, sunroof, tinted glass and rear window defroster.

Inside, the car is upholstered in Cognac (code 250). The SEL variants had a four-inch longer wheelbase and four more inches of rear legroom compared to 280S and 280SE models. The front leather buckets and rear leather bench seat with fold-down center armrest are in very good order, as is the matching carpet and the tan headliner. The black instrument panel is in one piece and its walnut wood trim lends an added dose of warmth. The original, two-spoke steering wheel is present and looks terrific , as do the car’s inner door panels. The mirror glass and gated shifter are in good order while the center console is in very good order. Completing this interior is a Becker Grand Prix AM/FM stereo. The interior features a factory power moonroof and it functions correctly.

The W108 cars premiered at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1965. The initial model lineup consisted of 250S, 250SE and 300SE, as well as a W109; the 300SEL. Engines for the new car were carried over from the previous generation but enlarged and refined.

The 250S was the entry-level vehicle fitted with a 2.2L straight-six cylinder engine with two dual downdraft carburetors. The 250SE featured an identical straight-six but with a six-plunger fuel injection (designated M129) for improved performance.

Both the 300SE and 300SEL came with the 3.0L engine originally developed for the Adenauers. It had a modern six-plunger pump that adjusted automatically to accelerator pedal pressure, engine speed, atmospheric pressure, and cooling water temperature, to deliver the proper mixture depending on driving conditions. The cylinder capacity of the three-liter Mercedes engine was unchanged since 1951. From 1965 to 1967, fewer than 3,000 W109s were produced. However, approximately 130,000 of the less powerful 250 S/SE models were built during the first two years of the W108’s/109’s existence.

Documentation includes original data card, original owner’s manual, US Directory of M-B Dealers, a copy of the 1970 M-B model category, original Becker auto radio guide, original service warranty booklet assorted maintenance and service receipts and much more. Be sure to see the photos for the extensive paperwork!

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 71,537 miles and is believed to be actual supported by the extensive service receipts and owners log. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

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VIN: 108068-12-012233
EIN: 117984-12-012388

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Asking Price: Miles: 71,537 VIN: 10806812012233
Year: 1972 Make: Mercedes Benz Model: 280 SEL
Title: Clear Warranty: Condition: Used
Options: Engine: V8 Transmission: Automatic
Body: Sedan Doors: 4 Doors Stock Number: 170701
Lot Number: Exterior: Light Ivory Interior: Cognac Leather
Call Motoexotica: 636-600-4600 Ebay Listing: View on Ebay Sold to:

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