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: £275,000
This 280SL is unmistakableably 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. With sensible upgrades consisting of an up-rated period Becker Mexico Radio and electronic ignition make this a much more user-friendly Pagoda to enjoy and own.
Extensive history file documenting its early & later life with a datacard indicating a manufacture completion date of 3rd September 1969 and delivered to its first owner in Great Britain in this delightful original factory colour of Silver Gray metallic DB180, Black Hard Top DB040 & MB Text Black interior with Black Soft Top.
Other documented factory option codes noted on datacard:
- 401 Single Seats
- 416 Hard Top Mounted with Soft Top in its compartment
- 426 Automatic Transmission & Power Steering
- 461 Version for Great Britain
May have spent its early life in South Africa before returning to the UK in 1972. Extensive early & current history file containing last restoration details from Marque Specialist John Haynes, MOT's from 1975 to date confirming mileage, service & purchase invoices, owners details & old V5 registration documents.
Fully restored to an exceptional standard, and comes tried and tested.
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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.
WARRANTY & FINANCE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
MODEL HISTORY & PRODUCTION
The 230SL (W113) was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1963 as a replacement for its predecessors, the 190SL and 300SL. The 230SL was updated in November 1966 to the 250SL and in November 1967 to the last production series as a 280SL.
With its inwardly facing roof curvature and many analogies with Far Eastern Temples, these models soon became better known as the ‘Pagoda’. They were however relatively easy to get in and out of due the tall nature of the roof. The W113’s clean, elegant straight lines typify the work of its lead designer - the legendary Paul Bracq. It had virtually nothing in common with its predecessors, with only the chassis based on that of the 220SE (W111) saloon modified to offer a sportier feel. It was available as a convertible with a hard top and soft folding roof.
The bonnet was styled with a slight bulge to accommodate the straight six cylinder engine, again developed from that in the saloon. Developing 148 hp for the 230SL and 168 hp for the 280SL with mechanical multi-port fuel injection it produced a very smooth power delivery. It was offered with standard four-speed manual, or an optional extra four-speed automatic transmission too, and later with the ZF five-speed manual transmission.
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 Pagoda 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.
The Pagoda proved to be a sound foundation for all subsequent SLs: An exceptional blend of good performance with the highest levels of comfort, with some 48,912 built between 1963 and 1971.
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