Mercedes Benz 280 Parts and Mercedes Benz 280 Accessories
6 Things You Need to Know about the Mercedes Benz 280
- Mercedes Benz has actually sold several automobiles under the name 280. A total of 24 cars that shared the 280 nameplate were sold from 1959 to 1994. The first one was also called the W11, which is actually a name given to several top-range Mercedes Benz vehicles produced from 1959 to 1968. The last 280, on the other hand, was more known as the W202-a compact executive car introduced in 1993.
- A Mercedes Benz 280, the Mercedes 280 SE convertible (W11) to be exact, was used in the movie Bridget Jones's Diary. It was primarily chosen because it exudes elegance and style, which is very appropriate for Hugh Grant's character, Daniel Cleaver-Bridget Jones' (played by Renee Zellweger) boss in the movie.
- It really looks like the Mercedes Benz 280 was a real hit on Hollywood. The Mercedes Benz 280S (W108) was used in the classic film The Driver. Ryan O'Neal's character showed vehicle owners what slick driving and a superb can do.
- Top Gear, a British television show about motor vehicles or cars, featured the Mercedes Bens 280 SL in one of their segments (season 3, episode 8). Its host, Jeremy Clarkson, admired the 280 SL and even called it as one of the vehicles from the 1960s that stood the test of time.
- When it comes to exposure, the Mercedes Benz 280 already had so much. Top-notch magazines like GQ, Belgian webzine Gentlemen's Corner, Vogue.com, and The Daily Telegraph featured the W11 in so many articles. This particular Mercedes Benz model was included in several prestigious lists such as the 20 Most Stylish Cars in the Past 50 years by GQ in 2010, Ten Cars that Made Mercedes Benz by Gentlemen's Corner, David Gandy's (Vogue.com) 15 Favorite Cars, and The 100 Most Beautiful Cars of All Time by The Daily Telegraph.
- The Mercedes Benz 280 was not all glamour, though. It also has accolades when it comes to motorsports. As a matter of fact, in 1983, a specially modified 280 GE won the very tough Paris-Dakar rally. The car was driven by Jacky Ickx and Claude Brasseur. That year, the course was rough as it crossed the Tenere desert for the first time, which lead to 40 competitors getting lost because of the sandstorm.