1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542
Lot 130
Recent cosmetic restoration in factory-delivered livery
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
Sold for US$ 104,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Chassis no. 113.044.12.006542

2,778cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
170bhp at 5,700rpm
4-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Beautifully presented 280SL complete with hard top
*One family ownership for many years
*Recent cosmetic restoration in factory-delivered livery
*High-quality classic Mercedes-Benz with great usability
*Offered with copies of the Mercedes-Benz Wagenkarte



THE MERCEDES-BENZ W113 SERIES

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, the 230SL – or W113 as the model range was internally labeled at Mercedes-Benz – was a completely new car through and through, designed to replace the outgoing 190SL. A truly modern car for its time and constructed to the high level of craftsmanship expected from Mercedes-Benz, the model quickly became a very popular two-seater among the elite thanks to its combination of luxury and high style. 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 car's weight for safety reasons, and its distinct lines, featuring a large greenhouse that eventually led to the model's popular nickname, the 'Pagoda'.

After the 230SL came the 250SL, which boosted engine capacity by about 200cc over its predecessor; later, both were replaced by the ultimate evolution of the W113, the 280SL, introduced in 1967. The enlarged 2.8-liter 6-cylinder SOHC engine now produced 170 horsepower, and disc brakes were now standard on all four corners. These last classic Pagoda models have become increasingly collectible, featuring exceptional build quality and reliability, easy access to spare parts, not to mention being highly usable thanks to their modern specifications.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

According to copies of the Mercedes-Benz factory build sheets, this excellent 280SL was completed at the Mercedes-Benz works in Stuttgart on November 29, 1968. The Pagoda was finished as it appears today, with the exterior and factory hard top finished in DB542 Dark Red and interior in Cognac MB Tex. Destined for the US market, the 280SL arrived on US shores, where it is believed to have been purchased when new by a Mr. B. Schurecht of Barrington, Illinois. Mr. Schurecht is believed to have kept the Mercedes-Benz until 2013, bringing the car with him to California when he and his family relocated to the West Coast in 1974.

When purchased by the consignor in 2013, the Dark Red Mercedes 'Pagoda' had recorded fewer than 89,600 miles on its odometer, and appeared to have been very well kept, remaining in largely original condition throughout. The Pagoda has since been treated to a high quality repaint in the original DB542 Dark Red color, and had rubber and seals replaced throughout, while chrome and bright work was refurbished. The interior has been re-trimmed in new Cognac MB Tex and the carpets redone. Mechanicals were recently serviced, and a new exhaust system was installed. It should be noted that no engine number was found on the engine block, indicating that it is likely a dealer-installed, un-stamped unit.

Beautifully presented in the factory-delivered colors, this classic 280SL should prove to be enjoyable on Sunday drives and will be equally at home on display at a Concours d'Elegance. Offering timeless styling, a very high build quality indicative of the marque, and excellent usability, the W113 280SL is quickly becoming one of Mercedes-Benz's most iconic and sought-after models of all time. Here is a fine and fitting way to experience the legend.

Without reserve

Footnotes

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled as a 1969.
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