1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Hardtop Convertible Registration no. YVO 468H Chassis no. to be advised Engine no. to be advised
The last of a popular and extremely successful line begun with the 230SL of 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 280SL was introduced in 1967. Although similar in basic architecture to that of the preceding 250SL, the 280's overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine was entirely new. Maximum power of the fuel-injected unit increased from 150 to 180bhp, and while the 280's 120mph top speed was no greater, it was significantly quicker off the mark than the 250. Otherwise the 280 remained mechanically virtually identical to its predecessor, with independent suspension all round and four-wheel disc brakes. 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. This original, right-hand drive, UK market 280SL has the desirable manual transmission. The car has recently been re-commissioned after more then ten years in storage at a cost of over £1,600 (invoices on file). Works included new Bilstein rear dampers; reconditioned brake callipers and brake pipes all round; overhauled cold start system; new spark plugs; injectors cleaned; new electronic points (original system with car); comprehensive tune and set-up; Waxoyling and new under-seal. Other noteworthy features include an original interior complete with the rare rear seats; colour matched hubcaps and 'pagoda' hardtop; AM/FM stereo radio cassette; original tool roll; spare wheel; stainless steel exhaust system; and four good tyres. The car comes with a folder of history, mainly from the last two owners. There is a large bill for bare metal re-spray by main dealer Gerard Mann Mercedes in 1989 and also numerous bills totalling thousands of pounds from main dealer Swinford Motors dating from the late 1980s and early '90s. Only sold to help finance the purchase of the vendor's dream property, 'YVO 460H' is offered with current MoT/tax and is ready to be enjoyed.