1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443
Lot 330
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop
Registration no. WGU 553F Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443
Sold for £66,460 (US$ 89,160) inc. premium

Lot Details
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 11304412000365 Engine no. 13098012054443
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hardtop
Registration no. WGU 553F
Chassis no. 11304412000365
Engine no. 13098012054443

*Left-hand drive
*Delivered new to California, USA
*Fully restored in Germany
*Automatic transmission

Footnotes

  • '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 American motoring magazine, 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; many celebrities and film stars owned 280SLs and only a few years ago Bonhams sold that belonging to Oscar-nominated actress Leslie Ann Warren.

    The last of a popular and extremely successful line begun with the 230SL of 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 280SL was introduced in 1967 powered by a new 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine that 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.

    Delivered new to California, USA, this superb 280SL benefits from a full, restoration, which the vendor has been advised was carried out by a specialist in Germany. It is presented in its original factory colour combination of black with tan interior, the latter fully re-trimmed, has the automatic transmission option and comes with a hardtop. The car is offered with MoT to January 2016, V5C registration document and a selection of photographs of the restoration.
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