1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272

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Lot 48
Offered from The BHA Automobile Museum
1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL

Sold for US$ 123,200 inc. premium
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615
Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272

2,778cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection
160bhp at 5,700rpm
5-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Fitted with the rare and desirable ZF manual transmission
*Includes both hard 'Pagoda' top and folding soft top
*Numbers matching, uncommon and elegant color scheme
*The most sporting iteration of the W113



THE MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL

In the Spring of 1963, Mercedes-Benz debuted an all-new roadster to replace the 190SL and 300SL- The 230SL. The 230SL 'Pagoda' was a stunning Paul Bracq designed two-seat convertible that followed Mercedes' new design language, featuring crisp lines and upright headlights. The 230 SL was fitted with a prominent three-pointed star in its grill as a reference to the already iconic 300SL. To save on weight, the hood, door skins, trunk lid, and tonneau cover are all composed of aluminum. The nickname 'Pagoda' was quickly adopted thanks to the slightly concave roof on the optional removable hardtop that resembled a pagoda roof. Although controversial at its introduction, these SLs are now considered a masterpiece of design.

In 1967, Mercedes introduced the third and final iteration of the 'Pagoda', the 280SL. The 280 featured the same modified W111 chassis with a rear swing axle and independent front suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Power came from a 2.8-liter version of Mercedes' robust inline-six and used Bosch fuel injection- a combination producing 160 horsepower in US-market variants, which had to be modified slightly to comply with emissions standards. To compensate, the rear-end ratios were changed in these US-market cars to offer greater low-end acceleration.

While the 280SL did not offer the performance of the 300SL, it is a very charming model with capable handling and braking thanks to its suspension and all-wheel disc brakes. These roadsters also have one of the most beautiful bodies produced in the 1960s and thanks to their robust inline-6 and luxurious Mercedes interior are wonderful cars to be driven and enjoyed.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Constructed in February of 1968, this 280SL Pagoda was delivered new to Germany. According to its Mercedes-Benz data card, it was finished in Moss Green over Cognac MB-Tex, both tops, and the rare and desirable ZF 5-speed manual transmission—a $500 option at the time.

Retaining its original colors and specifications, the car was acquired by the current owner in August 2008. Arriving from sunny San Antonio, the numbers matching car continues to show very well today. Service and regular maintenance has been religiously performed by Treasured Motorcar Services in Owings Mills, Maryland.

This striking 280SL with the desirable manual transmission option and hardtop offers a great opportunity to acquire one of Mercedes' most iconic models. Add the gorgeous and rarely seen color scheme along with its brilliantly presented condition and it is easy to see why 280SLs remain popular today and why this example is among the best ones to have in your garage.

Footnotes

  • Proceeds from vehicles sold by the BHA Automobile Museum will be distributed to charities that benefit medical institutions (including Johns Hopkins Medicine), the arts, education and social services.
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1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL  Chassis no. 113 044-10-000 615 Engine no. 1130 130098 10 000272
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