Octane Magazine recognizes the V8 SWB 108s
Our friends at UK based Octane Magazine are always on the lookout for under appreciated and undervalued classics. March’s issue contains an article by Dave Selby touting the 280SE 3.5 sedan, a car the US received as a 4.5 liter.
According to Dave, “it’s one of the most tasteful Mercs” and “has to be one of the most subtle ‘Q-cars’ around.” (The Q-car moniker arose from Britain’s practice during WW2 of operating military ships disguised as passenger and commercial vessels.) Of course the ultimate Mercedes Q-car would be the complicated and finicky 6.3.
The point here is a healthy 280SE 3.5 – or for us in the US the 4.5 – is a quick practical understated sedan. You receive most of the build quality of the sexier coupes/cabriolets for a fraction of the cost. We couldn’t agree with Octane more. Of course, we’ve been devoted 108 promoters for years and have prepared and sold dozens of examples.
Dave sums it up noting, “Here’s a car you’d be proud to NOT be recognized in, which is all the better considering it could top 125mph and whisk you to 60mph in under 9 seconds.” If that’s your style, be sure to give the 280SE 4.5 a look when you consider a low cost entry into the collectible Mercedes-Benz world.
roy spencer/editor mercedesheritage