1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Coupe
Chassis no. 11304412007493
'Some cars don't change, they just get better. The Mercedes-Benz 280SL, latest version of a line that began as the 230SL in 1963, is the same as ever, just better,' concluded Road & Track after testing a 280SL in 1968. 'For those who value engineering finesse and high quality construction, it's alone in the field,' enthused the highly respected publication, while its manufacturer considered the 280SL, '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 280SL's essential user friendliness broadened its appeal beyond the traditional sports car enthusiast market.
The final refinement of a popular and extremely successful line begun with the 230SL of 1963, the 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 line, 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.
A desirable automatic transmission example, this 280SL is finished in its original color of white with red interior, described as original by the vendor. The vendor further indicates that this nice original California car is complete with its books, tools and California black license plate. Here is a highly original 280SL that affords the prospect of stylish motoring at relatively modest cost.