'For those who value engineering finesse and high quality construction, it's alone in the field,' enthused the highly respected American motoring magazine Road & Track after testing a 280SL in 1968, while its manufacturer considered it 'a Grand Tourer in the traditional sense' and 'a unique combination of sports car performance and saloon car comfort (a Mercedes-Benz saloon naturally).' These attributes help explain the 280SL's phenomenal success, particularly in the all-important North American market where the optional automatic transmission was considered an essential feature by the majority of customers. The fact that it looked like 'sex on wheels' helped enormously too, of course. The 280SL's essential user friendliness broadened its appeal beyond the traditional sports car-enthusiast market; many celebrities and film stars owned 280SLs and only a few years ago Bonhams sold that belonging to Oscar-nominated actress Leslie Ann Warren. The last of a popular and extremely successful line begun with the 230SL of 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 280SL was introduced in 1967. The new 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine produced 180bhp, 20 horsepower more than the preceding 250SL's. The 280SL's 120mph top speed was no greater but it was significantly quicker off the mark, its 0-60mph time of 10 seconds being a whole second better than its predecessor's. Christened 'pagoda top' after their distinctive cabin shape, these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and remain highly sought after by collectors. We are advised that this right-hand drive 280SL has had only two owners since 1992 and spent ten years in Adelaide, Australia, from whence it returned with the current owner in August 2010. Restored in 2008, including a bare metal re-spray and rebuilt engine, 'CBY 87G' is finished in red with black interior and has the optional automatic transmission. This desirable classic Mercedes-Benz soft-top is offered with restoration invoices, MoT/tax to August 2012 and Swansea V5C registration document.
The MoT for this car is valid until August 2011, not 2012 as catalogued.