Displacement: 3,499 cc
Horsepower: 197 bhp @ 5,800 rpm
Engine Torque: 211 lb ft @ 4,000 rpm
Top Speed: 127 mph
0 - 60 mph: 9.4 seconds
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The 111 cars were the top of the Mercedes range and were available as four door sedans and two door coupes and cabriolets. Designs were begun in 1957 with the first cars being produced in 1959. The 111 chassis coupe was introduced in 1961 and was an immediate success, offering very attractive styling and comfortable seating for four. Initially powered by a six-cylinder engine, they remained basically unchanged with various small revisions to trim and displacement until 1969 with the launch of the 280 SE 3.5. This featured an all-new 3.5 litre V8 engine, which dramatically improved the car’s performance. Additionally, the front grille was lowered and widened to accommodate the larger V8 engine, which also served to give the car a more modern appearance. Consequently, these are the most sought-after versions of the legendary 111 series.
This particular car was delivered new in Germany and brought to the U.S. shortly thereafter. The last owner purchased from the original owner in 1983 and it has remained in his loving care ever since. The DB387 metallic blue paintwork is in excellent shape and the body is very straight & rust-free. The navy interior was retrimmed about ten years ago but shows almost no wear. The wood and chrome are in similarly good condition. The factory sunroof operates faultlessly and the original Becker Europa radio is in good working order. Mechanically, the car is very strong and has just had a recent service including new brakes & fuel pump.
With only 3,270 built, good examples of these cars are increasingly hard to find, making this an excellent opportunity to enjoy one of the best looking and driving cars to leave Stuttgart.