<B>1969 MERCEDES-BENZ  280SL</B>

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Lot 38
1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL

Sold for US$ 104,500 inc. premium
1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL

Chassis no. 113044 10 009229
Engine no. 130980 12 011748

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


*Fitted with the rare and desirable manual transmission
*Includes both hard 'Pagoda' top and folding soft top
*Beautifully restored in an 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 230SL 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 were 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, and it then became apparent that some cars don't change, they just get better. "The Mercedes-Benz 280SL, the 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)."

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. Thanks to their robust inline-six and their luxurious Mercedes interior, they are wonderful cars to be driven and enjoyed.


The Motorcar Offered

If one is looking for the perfect all-around car for rallies, shows and Sunday cruising, this might be the car. With an exquisite restoration and all the right accessories and specifications in place, this European-delivery 280SL is among the most desirable examples we have been entrusted with.

The stunning car on offer is finished in the classic silver (DB180) exterior color, over a period correct red leather interior, neatly matched with red German square-weave carpeting. The burgundy convertible top adds great contrast to the silver exterior paint, and the Pagoda roof hardtop is finished in the same silver paint as the rest of the car.

This beautifully restored 280SL was delivered with the desirable 4-speed manual transmission from the factory, which provides the owner with a sportier driving experience compared to the more common automatic transmission fitted in most of these cars. Besides the rare transmission, the car is equipped with factory air conditioning, which makes it a great candidate for rallies and tours in hot climates.

A highly desirable European specification example, the car is equipped with headlamps that create a truly distinctive look on the Pagoda in comparison to the US models that sport round sealed beam headlamps. Upon a recent road test, this 280SL performed as well as it presents, and gives one a feeling of quality craftsmanship.

Footnotes

  • Please note car is titled WDB11304410009229.
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