1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL   Chassis no. 113044.12.009756
Lot 322
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Chassis no. 113044.12.009756
Sold for US$ 66,000 inc. premium

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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL   Chassis no. 113044.12.009756 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL   Chassis no. 113044.12.009756 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL   Chassis no. 113044.12.009756 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL   Chassis no. 113044.12.009756 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL   Chassis no. 113044.12.009756 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL   Chassis no. 113044.12.009756
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
Chassis no. 113044.12.009756
2,778cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
170bhp at 5,700rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

-Professionally restored 280SL
-Delivered new in DB050 White over Bamboo
-Optioned with both soft and hard top
-Ready for Sunday drives or local shows
-Offered with copies of the factory build sheets, receipts and tools

The Mercedes-Benz W113

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, the 230SL - or W113 as the model range was internally labeled at Mercedes-Benz – was really a completely new car through and through. A truly modern car for its time and constructed to the high level of craftsmanship expected from a Mercedes-Benz product, the model quickly became a very popular sporty 2-seater among the elite. Mercedes-Benz would call the W113 "a Grand Tourer in the traditional sense" and "a unique combination of sports car performance and saloon car comfort." Many of the design and technical features were industry firsts, including the hard-top designed to withstand the cars weight for safety reasons, and with a distinct design from where the W113 series got the nickname 'Pagoda'. After the 230SL came the 250SL, which had about 200cc more cubic centimeter capacity than its predecessor; after that, both were replaced by the ultimate evolution, the 280SL, which was introduced in 1967. The enlarged 2.8-liter 6-cylinder SOHC now produced 170 horsepower, and the car was outfitted with disc brakes in all four corners. The classic Pagoda models are becoming increasingly collectible, featuring exceptional build quality and low maintenance, easy access to spare parts and all around just a great collectors car.

The Motorcar Offered

According to copies of the Mercedes-Benz factory build-sheets, this US delivery 280SL was finished new in the classic color DB050 White over a Dark Bamboo MB Tex interior. It came from the factory with both soft and hard tops, a Becker radio, the 4-speed automatic transmission, power steering, front and rear bumper guards and an outside rearview mirror mounted on the left hand door. Although the early history remains unknown, the car was in 2007 in need of restoration work, when the owner at the time entrusted the Lake Bluff, Illinois based restoration shop, The Ultimate Paint Shop, to perform a comprehensive refurbishment of the aging Pagoda. Totaling over $46,000 in receipts, the work included the installation of a new interior, a complete repaint and refurbishment of the engine. It should be noted that at some point in the car's history, the original engine was replaced with an un-numbered factory replacement unit. Beautifully presented with color-coded hubcaps and shod on Michelin radials, this classic 280SL remains in wonderful condition, ready to be enjoyed on Sunday drives or proudly displayed at a Concours d'Elegance.
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