1968 Mercedes Benz 280SL
Lot 435
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible Chassis no. 11304422004721 Engine no. 13098322002940
£35,000 - 40,000
US$ 59,000 - 67,000
Lot Details
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible
Registration no. CBY 87G
Chassis no. 11304422004721
Engine no. 13098322002940


  • '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 spent ten years in Adelaide, Australia from whence it returned with the immediately preceding owner in August 2010. The car was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in July 2011 (Lot 491). 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. Since acquisition the car has benefited from much mechanical refurbishment and has been thoroughly serviced and re-sprayed again. This desirable classic Mercedes-Benz soft-top is offered with restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C registration document.
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