Manual transmission, former long term ownership,1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hard Top

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Manual transmission, former long term ownership, 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hard Top

Sold for US$ 52,650 inc. premium
Manual transmission, former long term ownership
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hard Top
Coachwork by 113044-10-004415
*2,778cc inline six
*180hp
*4-speed manual

*Previous single long term ownership for more than 25 years
*Copy of original invoice with car
*Factory hard top
*Air-conditioning recharged with modern Freon gas

'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).'

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.

A large file of information accompanies this archetypal example of the model which is presented in its original livery of white with a black interior. Among this is a copy of the original sales sheet for the car, which lists the sale taking place through Concours Motors Inc. of Milwaukee, to Dr. Eugene Weston. Weston paid additions for white wall tires, power steering, radio, tinted glass and chrome roof bars all bringing the total purchase price to a not inconsiderable $7867. Dr. Weston kept the Mercedes for more than 25 years, latterly living in Colorado. According another letter on file, in 1979, German Motors Inc. who were maintaining the car discovered a crack in the engine block and at this point a factory replacement was fitted by the Mercedes dealership in Lakewood. In the mid-1990s the car passed to its former keeper.

Since that time, its paintwork has been refreshed and the engine bay detailed, but ostensibly this is a well preserved and original car. Fitted with period Behr air-conditioning, this has been recently converted to the latest Freon gas.

Accompanying it are the aforementioned file of documentation, some factory manuals and a jack, all making for a well packaged SL.

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  • Please note that the chassis number for this vehicle is 11304410004415
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Manual transmission, former long term ownership,1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hard Top
Manual transmission, former long term ownership,1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hard Top
Manual transmission, former long term ownership,1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hard Top
Manual transmission, former long term ownership,1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hard Top
Manual transmission, former long term ownership,1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hard Top
Manual transmission, former long term ownership,1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible with Hard Top
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