1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002

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Lot 366
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop
Registration no. MER 602H Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002

Sold for £ 42,550 (US$ 52,856) inc. premium
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop
Registration no. MER 602H
Chassis no. 1130442011204
Engine no. 13098322007002

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,' enthused Road & Track after testing a 280SL in 1968, concluding: 'For those who value engineering finesse and high quality construction, it's alone in the field.'

    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.

    This automatic transmission 280SL is an example of the 'California Coupé', a 2+2 version (first introduced on the 250SL) that came with a rear bench seat occupying the space hitherto reserved for the convertible top. A removable hardtop provided the weather protection. An after-market item, this 280SL's convertible top is new and in very good condition, and the car also comes with a very good hardtop, Covercraft custom-made cover and unused tonneau in its original pouch. 'MER 602H' was owned by the same family for 19 years and during that time was well maintained, including a bare metal re-spray.

    Recent work has seen the steering drag link, track rod ends, silencer, brake pads and brake master cylinder replaced, while in the last few months the car has benefited from a 60,000-mile Mercedes-Benz recommended major service undertaken by classic and sports car specialists Hilton & Moss of Stansted, Essex. Works carried out include replacing the ignition leads, distributor cap, rotor, points and condenser; fitting a new prop shaft coupling; replacing all brake discs; and attending to various more minor issues at a cost of £3,866 (bill on file). This desirable 280SL 'Pagoda' affords increased practicality courtesy of its convertible top and is presented in generally very good/excellent condition. The car is offered with sundry bills and a V5C registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this Lot does not include an unused tonneau in its original pouch.
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1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 'California Coupé' with Hardtop  Chassis no. 1130442011204 Engine no. 13098322007002
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