The Mercedes-Benz 280 SEL was part of the Mercedes-Benz Series 108 line, which debuted in 1965 and was offered until 1972. The four specific models with its nomenclature, however, were available during different periods.
One, the 280 SEL itself, replaced the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz 280 SE in 1969 and ran until 1971. It built in an in-line, six-cylinder engine capable of 2778 cc displacement and 160 horsepower. You could pair the motor with either a four- or five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed automatic.
Two others, 280 SEL 3.5 models (one a special protection version) were offered in 1971 and 1972. They both had V8 engines with 3499 cc displacement that produced 200 horsepower. You could choose to mate them with four-speed manual or four-speed auto transmissions.
The last model, 280 SEL 4.5, was also available during 1971 and 1972, and it also had an eight-cylinder engine. However, this motor displaced 4520 cc, delivered 198 horsepower, and paired with a three-speed auto gearbox.
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