1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572
Lot 26
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop
Sold for € 230,000 (US$ 265,374) inc. premium

Lot Details
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop  Chassis no. 113044 10 006445 Engine no. 130983 10 002572
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 5-Speed ZF gearbox convertible with Hardtop
Chassis no. 113044 10 006445
Engine no. 130983 10 002572
•Delivered new to France
•Rare five-speed ZF manual gearbox
•Rare original colour scheme
•Unrestored and immaculate condition
•Matching numbers and colours confirmed by Mercedes Classic

'Some cars don't change, they just get better. The Mercedes-Benz 280SL, latest version of a line that began as the 230 SL in 1963, is the same as ever, just better,' concluded Road & Track after testing a 280 SL 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 280 SL, '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 280 SL'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 280 SL's essential user friendliness broadened its appeal beyond the traditional sports car-enthusiast market; many celebrities and film stars owned 280 SLs 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 230 SL of 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 280 SL was introduced in 1967 powered by a new 2.8-litre six-cylinder engine that produced 180bhp, 20 horsepower more than the preceding 250 SL's. The 280 SL'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.

Autocar was full of praise for the 280 SL's effortless performance: 'Those going abroad will be pleased to know that the 280 SL can sustain 100mph with ease, and still have a good bit in hand for surging up to 120mph when traffic and conditions permit. All the time the engine is smooth and it has a sweet song to its exhaust note, which starts as a deep throb and builds up to a busy hum at maximum revs.'

Christened 'Pagoda' after their distinctive cabin shape - devised by French designer and classic car enthusiast, Paul Bracq - these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and remain highly sought after by collectors.

This 280 SL was sold new in Paris in January 1969. The car left the factory equipped with the extremely rare and highly desirable five-speed manual gearbox, while other items of special equipment included a coupé hardtop, left-side door mirror, Becker Grand Prix radio, automatic antenna, and a convertible hood in black. The car's first owners were a Mr and Mrs Coppex living on the Faubourg St Honoré in Paris (see warranty booklet). They later moved to the South of France and kept the car registered there until 2002 (copy of local Certificat d'Immatriculation on file). The 280 SL was regularly serviced, as evidenced by various stamps in the booklet, and even went to Mercedes-Benz in Stuttgart in 1985 for works totalling 8,000 DM, an enormous sum at that time (original invoice on file). In 2002 the car was sold and acquired by Geert De Moor, a renowned Mercedes-Benz collector. Mr De Moor kept the 280 SL for 11 years without registering it, driving it occasionally on his other plates. During his ownership, the car was re-sprayed in its original red metallic colour and received a new beige hood, which it still has today, while the cognac coloured MB-Tex interior is still completely original apart from new carpets. No other restoration works whatsoever have been carried out and this wonderful 280 SL remains in outstandingly original condition, having never been dismantled since it left the factory, a rare attribute for a Pagoda.

In 2013 the Mercedes was sold to its third owner, who kept the car garaged and drove it only occasionally; indeed, the odometer reading today is only 107,000 kilometres. Described as in generally excellent condition, this quite exceptional 280 SL comes with its original factory data card, owner's manual, warranty booklet and service booklet, and two original pouches. Also included is the original manual and warranty card for the Becker Grand Prix radio, which is still fitted and functional.

Presented in its original and extremely rare colour scheme, this best and most sought version of the Pagoda is worthy of the closest inspection.

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