LUX CLASSICS ARE DELIGHTED TO OFFER THIS EXCEPTIONAL RIGHT HAND DRIVE 1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL, WITH AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION AND POWER STEERING IN ITS ORIGINAL COLOUR COMBINATION.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE: 1970 | COLOUR: BEIGE GRAY METALLIC (DB728) | INTERIOR TRIM: BLACK LEATHER | PRICE: £125,000
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. Also recognised by its clean, straight lines and large Mercedes-Benz star in the grille, this SL was available as a convertible with a hard top and soft folding roof. It had virtually nothing in common with its predecessors, with its chassis based on that of the 220SE (W111) saloon modified to offer a sportier feel.
The bonnet was styled with a slight bulge to accommodate the straight six cylinder engine, again developed from that in the saloon. Developing for the 230SL / 250SL 170 HP (SAE) at 5,600 rpm & 280SL 195 HP at 6,500 rpm with mechanical multi-port fuel injection produced a very smooth power delivery. Paired with the standard four-speed manual transmission, the W113 SL’s also offered an optional extra four-speed automatic transmission too & 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 - 1971.
THIS ACTUAL CAR
Presented now in period and rare factory original Beige Grey Metallic DB728 paintwork with black hard top, complemented by Black leather interior, with Black carpets and Black mohair soft top.
With a Stuttgart manufacture date of 19th August 1970 and original UK delivery with power steering, automatic transmission and hard top and soft top.
A nice history file exists dating back to 1994 when indicated mileage was showing some 19,000 miles now 34,000 miles. (please note that this is the indicated mileage and can not be guaranteed).
Factory and standard options include:
+ Four-Speed Automatic Transmission
+ Power steering
+ Becker Mexico Stereo and Electric Aerial
Past major work done with invoices to the value of £42,000 consists of:
+ Repaint in original colour - with evidence of front and rear wings renewed
+ Full engine rebuild - Cochera Restoration Spain
+ Renewal of gearbox and clutch
Invoices with works done at the following specialists including when it spent a long time in Spain:
- Roger Edwards Motors
- Schmitt Automobile Services
Currently under preparation but ready for viewing & test drive.
This vehicle is available for viewing in our UK showroom 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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