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1970 Mercedes 280SE: Little Red Barn

1970 Mercedes 280SE

Reader Robert R sends us tons of great finds from all over the country, sometimes the world, and today he sent us a barn find that’s right in our own backyard! This 1970 Mercedes 280SE was discovered in a barn somewhere near Boise, Idaho and after a little work, the seller got it running. The body looks straight and the paint is surprisingly nice. It isn’t perfect, but this could actually make for a really nice driver and at just $3,300 won’t break the bank! Sure it isn’t a super rare or desirable model of Benz, but you could drive this one without fear of paint chips or parking lots. If this sounds like your kind of classic, you can find it here on craigslist. Special thanks to Robert for another great tip!


  1. Mark E

    Big, heavy, classic looks, what’s not to like?!??

    Oh and you’re making me think when I lived in SE Idaho back in ’76, I found a barn find ’55 Packard Clipper Constellation for only $350. Unfortunately I had to pass ’cause I was renting and had no place to put it while I worked on it…

  2. Jesse Mortensen Jesse Staff

    I showed this one to Josh the same day Robert submitted this. Man, he’s on top of things! I’m sure the seller paid much less than their asking price, but I wouldn’t feel bad paying the premium because they at least took the time to get it running again. A buddy of mine was into these. Not my favorite cars, but they were well-built I suppose. If I really wanted a Mercedes though, I’d probably hold out for an earlier fintail with a four-speed.

  3. MikeH

    These cars weren’t quick with a manual. The auto is a killer for me.

  4. Jason

    Classy! Interior is a bit of a letdown.

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