“After months of searching and looking at a few classic Mercedes Benz’s, I bought my first 1972 Mercedes Benz 280SE in March 2010. I purchased it because I love everything about these cars and their body style. Luckily, it was completely restored in the early 90’s and needed nothing but minor mechanical stuff but everything I would’ve done to it after, would’ve been just to get it to my personal liking and my touch to it. I daily drove that car 90 miles a day for 3 months until gas started killing me and it was so clean, that I didn’t want to risk something happening to it. I understand cars are meant to be driven but something like that, isn’t practical compared to the distance I was driving and trying to avoid rock chips, etc. Unfortunately, the fuel pump gave out and I never got around to fixing it so it’s been sitting since.
I always keep an eye out for W108’s and parts until one day, late February of this year while at work during my break, I was searching Craigslist and came across this Silver Right Hand Drive one. I called the seller and asked the typical questions you would ask when buying a car and I was immediately interested. More-so because it is an authentic Right Hand Drive which you don’t see at all with these cars. People don’t import these or convert them to RHD as you see all day with Honda’s.
I asked a friend at work if he would be willing to take me to look at this car during our lunch break and he said yes, so we swung by the bank, I took out some cash, went to look and it and after test driving it and everything checked out OK, needless to say, I bought it. I drove it back to work and that’s where I was in a dilemma as to how I would get this car and my daily driver home. I called another friend and we worked something out and I was able to get both cars home that night. The car was all original but previous owner had installed US headlights, US gauge cluster, and had all black big tires which is common with these cars as people usually put larger than OEM size tires for a more comfortable ride. I had parts laying around that I was collecting for my other Benz but never installed them and since that one wasn’t running, I installed them on this one.
Years ago when I barely got my first W108, I specifically requested to a friend from the Netherlands to see if he can find me European headlights with rare yellow integrated fog lights, French tail lights and a rear fog light specifically for this car and to my surprise after about a month, he managed to find someone who was parting one of these out and had the headlights and tail lights I wanted.
I was shocked as he used to get me rare parts for my Del Sol about 7yrs ago that I wouldn’t have thought he would be able to come across something for this car but thankfully, he did. He sent me pics of the parts, I sent him the money and they were on their way. I ended up installing the headlights, tail lights, sourcing and installing the correct rear fog light, days after I got the car as well as putting the OEM size tire with period correct white walls on.
Shortly after I got this car, I started doing my research on air ride and ended up making an appointment with Universal Air Suspension, told them I wanted the car to go as low as possible and they were able to do that by modifying the front lower control arms, rear compensator spring and removing my front sway bar. Now the car rests on the header with the frame being a little over 1/4″ from the ground when it’s aired out. All in all, it took me almost 3 months to get it to how you see it now after some detailing, fixing minor mechanical issues and installing the parts and air ride. My future plans would be to tidy it up a bit more and install an aftermarket audio system in it and call it a day. OEM wheels and hub caps are staying on!”
Owner: Jimmy Uria (Instagram @RARE_EG2)
Reside: Los Angeles, California.
Year, make, model: Original Right Hand Drive 1972 Mercedes Benz 280SE
Exterior: Original Silver Grey paint color, European headlights with rare yellow integrated fog lights, French tail lights, European rear fog light, white wall tires.
Interior: All original, nothing special.
Suspension: Universal Air Suspension Air Ride with 5gal tank and 2 Viair compressors, modified front lower control arms, modified compensator spring.
Engine: Original 3.5 V8