A big V8, four plush leather seats and a fold-back roof. In the early 1970s, the Mercedes 280 SE 3.5 Cabrio represented the pinnacle in luxury convertibles.The understated elegance of Mercedes' flagship convertible had no real rivals. A Jaguar E-type was too cramped; a Rolls too stuffy; a Ferrari too exotic. And with its 3.5 liter V8, the car was exclusive. Just 1,232 units were built. Today the model is a coveted collector’s item worth many times its original sticker price.