1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabrio W111 Restoration by BRABUS

This 1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet is the current recipient of a restoration by none other than the Mercedes modification gurus at BRABUS in the Ruhr region of Germany. The aftermarket tuner has recently entered the restoration business with the addition of their “Classic” department, which seeks out vintage cars to renovate to show quality standards and then sell. They also take on as special assignment projects commissioned with customer-supplied vehicles built per spec on a one-to-one basis.




Although there is no history or any information given what-so-ever regarding this particular W111 on their website or on their Facebook account, we still felt obligated to share it here since we are huge fans of this vintage model. Not to mention the quality of the renovation is immaculate.

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With 230 bhp from their OHV V-8 engine from the 600 and 600 Pullman limousine along with independent front and rear suspensions, 4 wheel disc brakes and 4 speed automatic transmissions, the 3.5 Cabrio can be aptly defined as the quintessential luxo rocket ship of their era.

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Although not as expensive new as the Rolls Royce Corniche, they were still considered very pricey at the time. Therefore, not many were sold which makes them rare to find today and quite the collectible.

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Hagerty Insurance currently values this particular model and year at an average selling price of $150,000, with a high cited at $245,000 from the recent RM auction at Monterey. After this one’s restoration is complete, we wouldn’t be surprised if it will be worth the higher end of that spectrum as well.

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Now, if only Brabus’s aftermarket equipment for late model Mercedes Benz’s were all as tasteful as their restorations….

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Follow this gorgeous example during it’s final restoration phases here at:



For further information on Brabus Classic, see www.brabus.com/en.

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Hagerty Valuation of the 1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 can be found here at:




2 Comments on 1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabrio W111 Restoration by BRABUS

  1. Correction; the 3.5 V8(M117) in this car was not the same V8 as the 6.3 in the 600 Pullman and/or 300 SEL sedan, that was the famous M100 motor.

  2. Hi, it’s not a M117 either, it’s a M116 🙂 ,the cast iron low block V8 . M117’s are the high block 4.5 and larger engies in Cast iron and alloy block versions.

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