1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE is up for auction

In 1968, Mercedes-Benz presented the successor to the 250 SE model, with a chassis code W111, the Mercedes-Benz 280SE. It was produced until 1971, and around 1,390 examples of this model left the production lines. One of them, a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SE is up for auction.

Mercedes-Benz 280SE is powered by a rebuilt 2.8-liter M130 inline-six engine, with Bosch mechanical fuel injection, producing 160 hp (119 kW) and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. It is mounted on steel 14″ wheels wrapped in GT Radial Champiro 75 tires. The engine was rebuilt last year which included a rebuilt fuel injection pump and replaced camshaft, crankshaft, oil pump, valves, lifters, pistons, piston rings, bearings, seals, timing chain and rails.

This car is finished in shade of Light Ivory, has been properly maintained and is in good condition. It is equipped with a soft roof, front vent windows, fog lights, dual side mirrors, chrome bumpers, top boot, suspension with independent double-wishbone front setup with coil springs along with, a rear single-joint swing axle with hydropneumatic compensating spring and level control , and power-assisted disc brakes at each corner.

Inside, the seats are upholstered in Cognac leather, which also covers the door panels, dash and rear bench. In front of the driver is a two-spoke steering wheel and instrument panel with a five-digit odometer showing 13,964 miles (total mileage unknown). Additional equipment includes three-point seat belts for the front occupants, power windows, a dashboard-mounted clock, a rear window defroster, air conditioning, a Becker AM/FM radio, and a Bluetooth module.

The car comes with refurbishment records, a tool kit, and a clean California title in the name of the seller’s trust.

The auction ends December 1 and the highest bid at the time of writing was USD $52,500.

Source: Bring a Trailer


Porsche discontinued the Panamera Sport Turismo

A few days ago, Porsche unveiled the third generation of the Panamera, which comes with new technology, the Porsche Driver Experience, first introduced in the Taycan, with the focus on the driver. However, one version of this model, the Panamera Sport Turismo, will no longer be offered. The reason? Bad sales.

Sales in the last two years have shown that buyers are not interested in this model as expected. Out of the total number of Panamera sold, less than 10 percent were Sport Turismo, which was enough for Porsche to make the decision to stop offering this model. However, to avoid possible embarrassment, Porsche stated that the standard Panamera with a practical fifth door has more than enough luggage space, and that the Sport Turismo was only a ‘design project’.

Porsche issued a statement that reads: “In China and the US – our main markets in the D-Segment – the Sport Turismo plays only a minor role. For this reason, we have decided to discontinue this model variant with the launch of the new generation.”

Given that most station wagons can be classified as crossovers, potential buyers who liked the idea of the Sport Turismo model will be able to choose the electrically powered Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. For those who are not Porsche fans, there is the Audi RS6 as an option.

Source: Porsche


The third generation of the Porsche Panamera has arrived

The third generation Porsche Panamera was premiered a few days ago at the Icons of Porsche festival in Dubai. It is a spacious car with technological, luxury-oriented amenities, whose story began with the first generation presented at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in April 2009.

The new Panamera comes with new technology, the Porsche Driver Experience, first introduced in the Taycan, with the focus on the driver. It is slightly longer than the previous generation (5,052 millimeters; +3 mm), while the height of 1,422 mm and width of 1,938 mm remained the same.

It is equipped with a semi-active chassis with new two-valve shock absorbers that can regulate compression and rebound independently of each other. In this way, the range between comfortable and sporty settings is significantly expanded even with the new serial chassis. There are also larger air intakes, newly designed Matrix LED headlights, wider fenders, a redesigned rear spoiler. The Turbo E-Hybrid version will have spoilers with different air intakes, a body-colored air diffuser, bronze-colored tailpipe tips, while the Porsche badge will be in the new Turbonite color.

“With the active chassis we are setting new standards. We could feel this on every meter of our test drives – very comfortable on the cobblestones in Barcelona harbor, and highly dynamic and agile on the winding country roads outside the city,” said Thomas Friemuth .

Inside, the car features a quality sporty ambience with a fully digital screen that offers a multitude of customization options, while driving controls are positioned closer to the steering wheel allowing the driver to react faster in certain situations. For the first time, there is continuous ambient lighting along the entire panel. An optional head-up display is available, which can be operated directly from the sports steering wheel. The mode switch for selecting driving programs and the navigation switch have been moved from the center console to the steering wheel, opening up space for physical switches and a control panel for the climate, as well as newly designed electrically adjustable air vents. The newly designed rear seat system and seat foam materials provide greater passenger comfort, and for the first time Porsche offers a car with Race-Tex and Pepita fabric instead of leather.

When it comes to the powertrain, the new generation of Panamera comes with four e-hybrid options, based on a more powerful electric motor. Entry models (Panamera and Panamera 4) will be powered by a 2.9-liter V6 engine with 353 hp (263 kW) and 569 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. That’s 23 hp and 50 Nm more than its predecessor. That’s enough power to propel the car to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.1 seconds and a top speed of 272 km/h (169 mph). Panemera 4 will reach 62 mph in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 270 km/h (168 mph).

The most powerful version, the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid is powered by a 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbo engine combined with an electric motor with a total power of 680 hp (507 kW) and 686 lb-ft (930 Nm) of torque. It reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 315 km/h (196 mph). It is equipped with a 25.9 kWh battery and an 11 kW charger that shortens the charging time despite the higher energy content.

The car can be ordered in Europe and the first deliveries will start in early 2024. It will cost between 107,800 euros and 192,500 euros, depending on the version.

Source: Porsche


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