Exceptional fully restored Mercedes-Benz 280SL manufactured in 1969. Original UK delivery with the desirable 2.8 litre engine specification, power steering, hard and soft tops, automatic transmission, and low number of owners.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE 1969 | COLOUR: SILVER GRAY METALLIC DB180 | INTERIOR TRIM: RED LEATHER | PRICE: POA
MODEL HISTORY & PRODUCTION
The W113 was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 as a replacement for its predecessors, the 190SL and 300SL. The 280SL variant was introduced in December 1967 with production continuing until February 1971
Recognised by its clean, straight lines and large Mercedes-Benz star in the grille, the W113 was available as a coupé, or convertible with either a hard top or soft folding roof. It had virtually nothing in common with its predecessors, with its chassis based on that of the 220SE (W111) saloon, with modifications to be tauter, offering a sportier feel. The relatively tall nature of the roof made it quite easy to get in and out of, and the inwardly facing curvature of the roofline sparked many analogies with Far Eastern Temples – coining the term ‘Pagoda’.
The bonnet was styled with a slight bulge to accommodate the straight six-cylinder engine, again developed from that in the saloon. Developing 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) and 244 nm of torque, the 2.8 litre unit with multi-port fuel injection produced more than adequate power with a very smooth delivery. The transmission was either the standard four-speed manual or four-speed automatic
The W113 was the first ever sports car to come with a ‘safety body’. It had a rigid passenger cell and designated crumple zones with impact-absorbing front and rear sections built into the vehicle structure. With recirculating ball steering, a dual-circuit brake system, gas-filled shock absorbers and radial ply tyres, it offered a sporty feeling with exceptional handling due to its taut chassis, but also a very compliant ride too.
The W113 proved to be a sound foundation for all subsequent SLs: An exceptional blend of good performance with the highest levels of comfort.
Currently under preparation and available for viewing at our showroom.
This 280SL is unmistakeably the best on offer in the market. We can genuinely say that with confidence, as we have restored many concours winning cars over the years. Every component seen or unseen is restored to a very high standard and factory specification, utilising modern paints, techniques and materials. The upgraded modern sound system with period fascia and electronic ignition make this a much more user-friendly Pagoda to enjoy and own.
Manufacture completion date of 3rd September 1969 and delivered to its first owner in Great Britain in this delightful Silver Gray metallic specification.
Fully restored to an exceptional standard, and comes tried and tested. Currently under preparation for sale, with full service and post-restoration adjustments. This 280SL will make for an exceptional Pagoda classic for an enthusiast or collector.
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This vehicle is available for viewing in the UK on an appointment basis, and would suit an enthusiast or collector with whom this vehicle will represent a good acquisition opportunity.
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