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Allow myself to introduce... myself (and my W116)

Started by LazyLightning, 13 September 2023, 01:51 AM

LazyLightning

Hi All,

Just want to introduce you all to my new (to me) W116.  A Brilliant Red 1977 280SE, that I acquired recently from BaT:

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1977-mercedes-benz-280se-7/

Excited to be piloting a W116 these days!  I've owned numerous Benzes from the '60s and '70s (Heckflosses, W108, W114/115s, W123s), but this is my first ever W116.  So impressed by its presence - makes you feel like a head of state when you're behind the wheel (and likely even more so when you're riding in the back...).

Hoping to cross paths with other W116 caretakers here in the Bay Area!
'74 Alfa Spider
'77 MB 280SE
'81 BMW 528i
'01 BMW 740i M Sport
'04 Land Rover Discovery
'05 Porsche 911 Carrera S

raueda1

Welcome to the asylum!  Looks like you got a great car.  The history and context are terrific, something my car totally lacks.  Cheers,
-Dave
Now:  1976 6.9 Euro, 2015 GL550
Before that:  1966 230S, 1964 220SE coupe, 1977 Carrera 3.0

Gpapaniko

Congrats on the red 280SE.  You need to do the Euro conversion on the headlights and bumpers and just enjoy her with all her beautiful flaws.
Never stop loving
1980 280SEL

BCK1963

Welcome also from my side of the ocean.

I think it's a particularly nice and rare color combo and great options: leather, automatic climate control, reading lamps in the back and power windows are rare on 280s.

If the re-paining has been done in the 90s and there is none or only little rust today, the body appears to be very good.
Too bad that that leather shows notable wear.
Bernd

1976 Merc 6.9   Magnetit blue

rumb

'68 250S
'77 6.9 Euro
'91 300SE,
'98 SL500
'14 CLS550,
'16 AMG GTS
'21 E450 Cabrio

LazyLightning

Thanks All!  Totally agree on the Euro conversion with the bumpers and lights - one day... I've been wanting to do that for years on my BMW E12 as well, but no dice finding parts.

'74 Alfa Spider
'77 MB 280SE
'81 BMW 528i
'01 BMW 740i M Sport
'04 Land Rover Discovery
'05 Porsche 911 Carrera S

LazyLightning

btw @rumb: that's an impressive stable you have there!  Several of my dream cars!
'74 Alfa Spider
'77 MB 280SE
'81 BMW 528i
'01 BMW 740i M Sport
'04 Land Rover Discovery
'05 Porsche 911 Carrera S

rumb

Quote from: LazyLightning on 14 September 2023, 12:46 AMbtw @rumb: that's an impressive stable you have there!  Several of my dream cars!

My dream stable would include a euro 280sl R107, 220s pontoon, andenhauer, and a 170V.
'68 250S
'77 6.9 Euro
'91 300SE,
'98 SL500
'14 CLS550,
'16 AMG GTS
'21 E450 Cabrio

Eyeman

Great looking car Lazy, congrats.  I had to add my cars to my profile.  Funny how people tend to like similar cars.  My 968 coupe is listed in the classified area of Rennlist, it has even lighter colored seats than your SE.  Porsche called it light gray, but it's nearly white.
1963 190SL(project)
1977 6.9 (Euro)
1994 Porsche 968 Cabriolet
1994 Porsche 968 Coupe
2008 BMW 135
2017 AMG GTS

revilla

That seats color subject reminded me of this old image.

Florida man changed leather color to snow white

Neil4speed

Similar taste for sure is always a bit remarkable, but looking at your two stables... the similarities have blown me away LOL! Amazing that you both have 6.9s AND AMG GTS's???

LazyLightning

Quote from: Eyeman on 14 September 2023, 06:36 PMGreat looking car Lazy, congrats.  I had to add my cars to my profile.  Funny how people tend to like similar cars.  My 968 coupe is listed in the classified area of Rennlist, it has even lighter colored seats than your SE.  Porsche called it light gray, but it's nearly white.

Totally!  I've noticed that too about people's car tastes (and sometimes car tastes are even predictive of taste in music I've found!) - in my line of work we would call this "linkage disequilibrium"...

I love 968's!  So far I've only owned 911's but one of these days I hope to get my hands on one.
'74 Alfa Spider
'77 MB 280SE
'81 BMW 528i
'01 BMW 740i M Sport
'04 Land Rover Discovery
'05 Porsche 911 Carrera S

LazyLightning

Quote from: Neil4speed on 15 September 2023, 08:52 AMSimilar taste for sure is always a bit remarkable, but looking at your two stables... the similarities have blown me away LOL! Amazing that you both have 6.9s AND AMG GTS's???


Excellent point... have rumb and Eyeman ever been spotted in the same room at the same time???
'74 Alfa Spider
'77 MB 280SE
'81 BMW 528i
'01 BMW 740i M Sport
'04 Land Rover Discovery
'05 Porsche 911 Carrera S

UTn_boy

I love seeing these cars in unusual paint colors.  Congratulations on the purchase!
1966 250se coupe`,black/dark green leather
1970 600 midnight blue/parchment leather
1971 300sel 6.3,papyrus white/dark red leather
1975 450se, pine green metallic/green leather
1973 300sel 4.5,silver blue metallic/blue leather
1979 450sel 516 red/bamboo

BMA

very nice color combination and condition looks nice as well. Congrats and welcome. Very good Price as well. only 32k miles?  :o
Cars like that are more expensive here in Germany
Regards, Björn
happy having finally a 6.9 # 7271 in my garage, ...so nice to cruise!