1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster  Chassis no. 113044-12-018607 Engine no. 130-983-2-014302
Lot 402
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster Chassis no. 113044-12-018607 Engine no. 130-983-2-014302
Sold for US$ 78,200 inc. premium
Lot Details
1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster
Chassis no. 113044-12-018607
Engine no. 130-983-2-014302
• 2,778cc inline six-cylinder
• Automatic transmission

• Both soft and factory hardtops
• Very elegant triple green color combination
• Great collectible "Pagoda"

"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)."

This 280 SL features automatic transmission, a Becker Europa AM/FM radio, and A/ C all equipped for your driving pleasure. 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.

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-liter 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.

This unmolested 1971 Mercedes Benz 280 SL, has limited ownership, and is a very nice example. It is painted in a spectacular color combination, with matching upholstery and includes a soft and hard top. The vehicle has just benefitted from a meticulous major mechanical service and vehicle detail inside and out. It has been well cared for, kept up, and has been professionally maintained. Even the chrome and interior wood present very well.

The rare triple green color combination lends an air of elegance and beauty and certainly attracts plenty of favorable attention. Picture yourself behind the wheel of this stylish Pagoda on a beautiful open road.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the correct engine number for this vehicle is 130-983-12-012302
  1. Motor Cars (US)
    Auction Administration - Motor Cars
    Work +1 415 391 4000
    FaxFax: +1 415 391 4040