$97,011.19 in Receipts:

1972 Mercedes-Benz
280SE 4.5 Sonderklasse

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Hailing from prestigious Beverly Hills, this Vee Eight-powered Mercedes-Benz 280SE 4.5 is special indeed!

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It's a fully documented 1-owner California car in fine condition throughout!

Purchased new at Mercedes Benz of Beverly Hills's posh Wilshire Blvd. showroom on April 5, 1972, its late owner was a top executive with AMI, a ground-breaking, billion-Dollar administrator of hospitals all over the world. After taking an early retirement in 1982, he decided to retain his company car, a love affair that lasted until his passing at the age of 81 in 2014. Quite recently, we were fortunate to acquire this amazing Teutonic time machine from the estate.

The car is 100% matching numbers. The color "Medium Red Metallic," code 571H, is one of the rarest factory colors for the W108/109/111/112 series.

A complete set of original books and manuals accompany the car, including the metal ServiCard.

There's a 5-inch-thick ring binder containing 165 records for parts and maintenance totalling the staggering amount of $97,011.19. To claim that this Daimler always received the best of care, regardless of cost, would be an understatement! About $2,000 was spent on upkeep annually, on average. Major items included top end as well as complete engine rebuilds, A/C (updated to R134a) and brake work as needed, and more than one full suspension overhaul.

This is the original, early (6-digit) California blue-and-yellow license plate, issued in 1971.

Motorvation comes from Mercedes' bullet-proof 4.5-liter OHC V8 that sounds and behaves very much like a good ol' American Vee Eight. The engine is in a superb state of health, with no issues to report.

Recent work included a professional detailing of the engine compartment, including powdercoating of the air cleaner housing, and a new decal set.

Even underneath, it's as clean as it gets. Note that the vulnerable subframe has been replaced (records included).

Body is solid as a vault, with perfect gaps and shut lines.

Quite possibly, this automobile could be one of the finest, best-looking, and best-performing of all the surviving model 108 sedans available anywhere.

Details matter!

Original door panels are beautifully preserved.

Original headliner and sunvisors.

Sumptuous luxury appointments abound. Fabulous Personal Italian wood-rimmed steering wheel was added during the late 1970s. L.A.'s legendary Markel's Upholstery shop always took care of any interior needs, and it shows.

Everything works on this car, including the air conditioning and the vaccum-operated central locking system.

Durable Parchment MB Tex looks fabulous. There are no rips, tears or other flaws to note.

Spacious rear compartment presents itself wonderfully well preserved. Original red carpeting looks marvelous throughout.

Still an awe-inspiring view: Mercedes' formal and elegant rear. Brightwork presents itself in an excellent state of preservation. That thick, German chrome is virtually irreplaceable today!
Note the aforementioned, original, 1972-issue California license plate.

Huge trunk is clean, with factory rubber trunk mat and factory tool roll present.

Trunk floor itself is superbly preserved, with factory paint throughout. Original spare and jack are in place.

Undercarriage is as dry and clean as you would expect it from a life-long California resident. The many refurbished and new suspension components are easy to spot.

Origianl floor pans are supberbly preserved.

Tuesday, November 5th, was another sunny, warm winter day in Ventura. We thoroughly enjoyed cruising around in the big Benz while snapping a ton of photos.

Unlike most American period offerings (and even its venerable British competitor, the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow), the S-Class Benz is a true driver's car.

It provides that superior feeling of being in charge, connected to the road, instead of floating about on a mushy sofa with wheels. Though also very comfortable, it's truly the performance sedan of its era and still oodles of fun to drive today.

Returning home, we are in awe of Mr. Bolton, the car's sole owner for more than four decades, and his dedication to keeping the impressive four-door in tip-top condition. Yes, the car's a classic now, but it's one you can get in and actually drive every day, if so desired. In any case, with its fabled Beverly Hills pedigree, full service records from day one, and desirable color combination, it's a substantial Daimler-Benz automobile you'd be proud to have in your collection.

Needing nothing but a new owner, this 4.5 is worthy of a good home.


You are most welcome to inspect this fine automobile at our location in Ventura, by appointment, or have someone inspect it for you.
Please, direct all inquiries to bill@californiaclassix.com or call us at 805-653-5551.