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Mercedes-Benz: 200-Series 280 sel

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Mercedes-Benz: 200-Series 280 sel for sale

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 1972 Mercedes Benz 280SEL 4. 5

Gray exterior and dark brown leather interior

Powerful 4. 5L M117 SOHC V8 Engine (195 hp)

Three-speed automatic transmission

Factory air-conditioning

Power steering. brakes and windows and rear defroster

Many original components. a solid chassis and relatively presentable cosmetic pieces make this 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 4. 5 a worthy restoration project. The car is in presentable condition with strong engine and transmission. It was been taken care over the years. Has been driven in summer and stored in heated garage in winter. The body is very solid  and there is no visible rust.

The Mercedes-Benz W108 and W109 vehicles equipped with the 4. 5L SOHC cast-iron block m117 V-8 were produced. starting in early 1971. with the 280SE 4. 5. The 4. 5 engine was released by MB initially for the North American market. to get around the tougher emissions standards without killing the engine output and performance of the 3. 5L engine. The m117 4. 5 is very similar to the 3. 5. with a 30 mm taller stroke. The heads also received larger combustion chambers. lowered compression to 8. 8:1 or 8. 0:1. depending on engine variation and production date. Power was 230 or 200 horsepower in Europe. depending on compression but 195 horsepower for North America. The D-Jet EFI system was tuned further for the 4. 5. with a specific ECU that gave a 10 percent full-throttle enrichment. This (along with a taller rear-end gear) allowed the 4. 5 to achieve similar efficiency to the 3. 5. yet more power on full throttle. The 3. 5 and 4. 5 are so similar that 3. 5 heads can fit directly on a 4. 5 with no modifications for a roughly 11:1 compression ratio!

Believed to have been repainted in its original gray. the paint is in fair shape. with some blemishes visible. Most of the glass is clear and intact.  

The interior is almost 100 percent original. with the exception of a Blaunpukt  AM/FM stereo with and at least 2 speakers installed in the back. The dashboard is crack-free and its VDO gauges work as designed while the door panels. headliner. the large steering wheel. gearshift lever and upholstery are in decent condition overall. Driver assist features include power steering and power brakes.

The 108 and 109 Chassis Mercedes-Benz vehicles with the 4. 5L m117 V-8 are still. to this date. sought after by many people who owned one in the early 1970s (or who had a family member or friend with one). Also. many people who live in Europe are buying rust-free examples from the USA and shipping them back to Europe. The 4. 5 wasn't offered in Europe at the time. and it has a possibly stronger following than the 3. 5 in Europe. In 1971. the 280 SEL 4. 5 sedan was available at the same time as the regular-length 3. 5 sedan. The almost four-inch (10-centimeter) difference gave the rear-seat passengers additional space to stretch their legs. a plus on longer journeys. This 4. 5-liter engined long sedan outsold the 3. 5-liter version by three-to-one in 1971 and the following year. the more powerful version was the choice of more than 6. 00 customers while only about 500 people chose the lesser car. Production in 1971-1972 totaled 8. 73 units.

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