In 1972, Mercedes-Benz presented a luxury sedan and the first model to be officially called S-Class, the Mercedes-Benz 280S. It was produced until 1980, and one has just been offered at auction. It is a 1973 Mercedes-Benz 280S that was owned by the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf until 1979.
King Carl XVI Gustaf was crowned in 1973, and the same year the royal family bought this Mercedes. Carl XVI Gustaf is the longest-serving monarch in Sweden’s history, having ruled for 50 years.
This Mercedes-Benz 280S is powered by a 2.8L six-cylinder engine with a Solex carburetor, producing 158 hp (118 kW) and 166 lb-ft (225 Nm) of torque. The engine is paired with a four-speed automatic transmission. It reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in 11.5 seconds with a top speed of 118 mph (190 km/h).
The car is finished in black and is in pretty good condition. However, to restore it to its royal appearance, some work is required. The interior is upholstered in a combination of blue fabric and vinyl, and air conditioning is not part of the equipment.
The Mercedes-Benz 280S will be offered at Bilweb Auctions on September 21, and the estimated value is between SEK 120,000 – 150,000 (€10,000 – €12,600).
Source: Bilweb Auctions