1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet W 111 W 111 E 35/1

The Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet is a rear wheel drive road car, with the powerplant mounted in the front, and a 2 door convertible/cabriolet bodyshell designed by Friedrich Geiger. The 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet is part of Mercedes-Benz's W 111 series of cars. Powering the Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet is a single overhead camshaft, 3.5 litre naturally aspirated 8 cylinder powerplant, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 197 bhp (200 PS/147 kW) at 5800 rpm and 286 N·m (211 lb·ft/29.2 kgm) at 4000 rpm respectively. The engine transfers its power through to the wheels via a 4 speed automatic gearbox. Its claimed kerb weight is 1650 kg. Top quoted speed is 205 km/h, or 127 mph.

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Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet -
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet
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Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet
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Key facts

1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet W 111 W 111 E 35/1 information summary

What body style?
2 door convertible/cabriolet with 4/5 seats
How long?
4905 mm
How heavy?
1650 kg
What size engine?
3.5 litre, 3499 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
200 PS / 197 bhp / 147 kW @ 5800 rpm
How much torque?
286 Nm / 211 ft.lb / 29.2 kgm @ 4000 rpm
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 9.4 s
How fast?
205 km/h, 127 mph

Mercedes-Benz 280 models

4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2778 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1470 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2778 cm3 142 PS 140 bhp 104 kW 1470 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2778 cm3 160 PS 158 bhp 118 kW 1495 kg
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 3499 cm3 200 PS 197 bhp 147 kW 1570 kg
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Coupé Automatic -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 3499 cm3 200 PS 197 bhp 147 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 5M 2778 cm3 160 PS 158 bhp 118 kW 1590 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 2778 cm3 160 PS 158 bhp 118 kW 1590 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4A 2778 cm3 160 PS 158 bhp 118 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 5M 2778 cm3 160 PS 158 bhp 118 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 2778 cm3 160 PS 158 bhp 118 kW 1590 kg
Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupé -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 2778 cm3 160 PS 158 bhp 118 kW 1510 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 2778 cm3 160 PS 158 bhp 118 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2306 cm3 120 PS 118 bhp 88 kW 1350 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 2306 cm3 120 PS 118 bhp 88 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 2497 cm3 150 PS 148 bhp 110 kW 1575 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4A 2497 cm3 150 PS 148 bhp 110 kW
Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2195 cm3 120 PS 118 bhp 88 kW 1375 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 2195 cm3 120 PS 118 bhp 88 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 2195 cm3 120 PS 118 bhp 88 kW
Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet -
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 2195 cm3 120 PS 118 bhp 88 kW 1510 kg
Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Cabriolet -
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4A 2195 cm3 120 PS 118 bhp 88 kW
Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Coupe -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 2195 cm3 120 PS 118 bhp 88 kW 1410 kg
Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb Coupé -
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4A 2195 cm3 120 PS 118 bhp 88 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2195 cm3 112 PS 110 bhp 82 kW 1334 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2195 cm3 122 PS 120 bhp 89 kW 1334 kg
Mercedes-Benz 220 SEb -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2195 cm3 120 PS 118 bhp 88 kW 1360 kg

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2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 3778 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW 1560 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 3778 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 3778 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW 1555 kg
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 3748 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 3748 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 3748 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 3M 3748 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 3748 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 2A 3748 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
DesignerFriedrich Geiger
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2750 mm 108.3 inches
Track/tread (front) 1482 mm 58.3 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1485 mm 58.5 inches
Length 4905 mm 193.1 inches
Width 1845 mm 72.6 inches
Height 1420 mm 55.9 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.78
Kerb weight 1650 kg 3638 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 82 litres 18 UK Gal 21.7 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Engine code M 116 E 35 / 116.980
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 3.5 litre
3499 cc
(213.522 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 92 × 65.8 mm
3.62 × 2.59 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.4
Valve gear single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 200 PS (197 bhp) (147 kW)
at 5800 rpm
Specific output 56.3 bhp/litre
0.92 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 286 Nm (211 ft·lb) (29.2 kgm)
at 4000 rpm
Specific torque 81.74 Nm/litre
0.99 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9.5:1
Fuel system Bosch D-Jetronic fuel injection
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1027.1 kPa (149 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 437.38 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h 9.4 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 205 km/h (127 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 121.05 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
89.03 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
119.39 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.05 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 11.23 kg/kW
18.76 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock 3.200
Turning circle
Front suspension I.DW.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension SwAx.CS.
Wheel size front 6J x 14 HB
Wheel size rear 6J x 14 HB
Tyres front 185 V 14 (6 PR)
Tyres rear 185 V 14 (6 PR)
Brakes F/R Di/Dr-S
Front brake diameter 273 mm
Rear brake diameter 279 mm
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.69
general
Carfolio.com ID188485
Production total 1232
Model code W 111 E 35/1
Model family W 111
RAC rating 42.0
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 Cabriolet added 2008-09-29.
Last modified 2013-06-19.