The W116 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was built from 1973 until 1980, and while these big luxury sedans were fairly common back in the day, few probably remain in as good of a condition as this one. This European-spec 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE was imported to the U.S. in 2017, and it was sold through Gooding & Company at the Scottsdale 2020 auction event for $78,400; that's toward the higher end of its pre-auction estimates of between $60,000 and $80,000.
Above anything else, this 280 SE will get noticed immediately thanks to its attention-grabbing Mimosa Yellow paint and matching dog-dish hubcaps. The interior is just as eye-catching with a mix of Avocado MB-Tex upholstery and plaid cloth, and everything looks as clean as it did back in 1978. That's because this luxury sedan shows just under 53,000 kilometers – less than 33,000 miles – on the odometer. If you're looking for a car that is dripping with '70s style, this 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE is exactly what you need.
Under the hood, the 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE featured a fuel-injected 2.8-liter inline-six, and this engine is paired to a four-speed manual transmission. No matter where you look on this car, you'll be blown away by its original condition and impressive preservation, and its well-documented history includes a trunk full of paperwork such as service receipts, past ownership, service manuals, factory data card and even the car's original sales brochure.
While action companies like Mecum and Barrett-Jackson generally feature vehicles that are flashy, modified and tend mostly to be American makes, Gooding & Co. is always good for bringing cool European cars (like this all-original 1978 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE) to the auction block.
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